Thoughts on the Current State of our Education System

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 6.08.46 PMOstrolenk shares his thoughts on the structure of the United State’s education system. Through his own experience in formulating interdisciplinary education programs, Ostrolenk describes how he has explored the origins of the U.S.’s system, the current critiques, and what alternatives are available. Focusing on various alternatives, Ostrolenk shares how education can be structured to advocate for a child’s learning, and ultimately foster more actively-participating citizens in our democracy.

#FeinWisdom: What Qualifies as Cyber Warfare?

cyber_securityOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the debate over what qualifies as cyber warfare, versus what qualifies as a cyber criminal attack. Bruce suggests a definition of his own, and further advocates that congress, rather than the president, should have the authority to create the criteria of, and response to, both categories.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall (http://www.amazon.com/American-Empire-Before-Fall-Bruce/dp/1452829535)

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy (http://www.amazon.com/Constitutional-Peril-Struggle-Constitution-Democracy/dp/0230617611/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424925282&sr=1-1&keywords=bruce+fein+constitutional)

#FeinWisdom: Creating Greater Insecurity

predator-firing-missile4Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why predator drone strikes must be eliminated to increase America’s safety. Predator drone strikes, Fein argues, are often carried out on faulty intelligence, leading to more civilian deaths, and becoming a symbol of American’s indifference to the killing of Muslims. This, in turn, fosters resentment and ultimately breeds more anti-American terrorists. In continuing predator drone strikes, America is hurting itself more than its enemies.

Readiness Unmeasured, and a Time for Reform

Ostrolenk speaks with Matt Fay, Foreign and Defense Policy Analyst for the Niskanen Center on Defense Reform. Fey comments on the Pentagon’s claim that a readiness issue resulted from sequestration. However, Fey argues that such an assertion is difficult to prove, given that the Pentagon does not utilize adequate metrics to measure readiness, relying on input, rather than output, indicators. Further elaborating on various structural issues, Fey speculates on if we are at a time of Pentagon reform.

For more on Matt Fay, his writings, and the work of the Niskanen Center: www.niskanencenter.org and www.dollarsanddefense.com

The Interests For Which We Intervene

American-Foreign-Policy-Military-Intervention-Kevin-KreneckOstrolenk speaks with Paul Saunders, Executive Director of the Center for National Interests, on US military intervention. Saunders sets out by explaining how American conventional wisdom has become set on fixing every problem and righting every wrong. This ambitious foreign policy, however, is based on intentions rather than results. Saunders argues that we should intervene only when the cost is low, the probability of success is high, and the results will demonstrably benefit the United States.

To learn more: www.nationalinterest.org or on Twitter @1796farewell

#FeinWisdom: Taking Back the 4th Amendment

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. The debate over whether the U.S. government is violating citizens' privacy rights while trying to protect them from terrorism escalated dramatically on Thursday amid reports that authorities have collected data on millions of phone users and tapped into servers at nine internet companies.   REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski   (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY BUSINESS) - RTX10EYWOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the upcoming expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the NSA to collect data from domestic and international phone calls without warrant or suspicion. Despite 9 years in use, the NSA has failed to tie any of the information gathered through 215 to acts of terrorism. Not only impractical, but a massive invasion of our privacy, 215’s authority, Bruce insists, should be allowed to lapse in June.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

#FeinWisdom: The Economic Implications of a Country too Big to Fail

EmpireOstrolenk talks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why the American Empire can be categorized as one “too-big-to-fail.” By permitting businesses to grow so large that the economy relies heavily upon them, the government becomes quick to bail out even the most mismanaged business to prevent economic collapse. Such a system has led to income inequality based not on differences in innovation, hard work, and creativity, but rather on the fact that the game is rigged. This results in a sluggish economy that can only be fixed by getting the federal government out of the affairs of businesses.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

#FeinWisdom: The U.S.’s Quagmire in the Middle East, a Product of an Empire-Mentality

Quagmire in the Middle East (1)Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein concerning the United State’s complex entanglement in the Middle East, which currently includes fighting with the Iranians in Iraq against ISIS, against the Iranians and Hezbollah in Syria, and protecting Hezbollah against ISIS in Lebanon. The intricacy of our current entanglement, Bruce comments, is proof that we need to return to the fundamental principles of our country’s founding: our influence abroad should be that of example, and not one that risks liberty at home to transform foreign societies. We have built an empire, and to return to America’s fundamental principles we must eradicate the desire to expand and control.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

The Importance of the Surveillance State Repeal Act

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Ostrolenk talks with Patrick Eddington, a Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties at the CATO Institute, and former CIA analyst, who shares his views on the importance of passing the Surveillance State Repeal Act. This bill, originally introduced by Former Representative Rush Holt, would essentially repeal all 150(+) provisions of The Patriot Act, including troubling provisions allowing for administrative subpoenas, and no Congressional oversight. Detailing the ways in which these provisions are being used to collect data on American citizens, Eddington shows why secrecy is one of the most toxic aspects of our government.

#FeinWisdom: Political Traitors to the American Cause

traitorsOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein about how our country’s present-day leaders are traitors to the American cause. Prioritizing the supremacy of the state and military over civilians, today’s political order more closely resembles the monarchy that our founding fathers rose up against. Rand Paul, Bruce points out, is one of the few leaders who’s ideology runs contrast to this.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy