Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which features anti-nuke activist Harvey Wasserman, a movie about Palestinian immigrants, a dark vision of our civilization's decline, and a discussion of why our current economic system cares little about creating jobs.
There are many ways government could create jobs, and yet with almost 16% real unemployment, very little is being done. Clayton Morgareidge draws on an insightful article from 70 years ago by Michal Kalecki, recently republished in the Monthly Review, to explain why.
Longtime anti nuclear activist and journalist Harvey Wasserman joins the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for a conversation about the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and the immediate promise of available alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy. Wasserman is the author of Nukefree and the author of Solartopia, the story of a post-nuclear world. At Solartopia, you can listen to the Solartopia song played in this segment and to Pete Seeger leading another song about this brilliant new world.
Kevin Mannix promised voters in 1994 that his Ballot Measure 11 establishing minimum mandatory sentences would create certainty in Oregon's criminal justice system. While the measure tripled the state's prison population over 20 years, a new report by the state Criminal Justice Commission finds that Measure 11 not only failed to deliver certainty, it has cost the state billions of dollars while it shifting sentencing power from the hands of judges to those of district attorneys - a shift many see as dangerous.
Denise Morris hosts this show featuring a review of the Matt Damon movie (based on a Philip K. Dick story) The Adjustment Bureau; a discussion of the ideological ambiguities thrown up by the struggle for the recognition of domestic violence; some questions and about the meaning and value of The American Dream; and an analysis of the possibilities and limits of the democratic movements going on in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss organizing efforts in Wisconsin and other states where masses of people have turned out in opposition to drastic budgit cuts. What has to happen if this energy is to lead to a real challenge to the power of the moneyed elites? Norm Diamond is a labor historian with many years of experience as an activist on labor issues. He was the President of the Northwest Labor College, and co-author of The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States.
Well-read Red Frann Michel reflects on "The American Dream" which progressives are being asked to rally around, in opposition to the attack on the working class coming from the right these days. But what do we dream when we dream The American Dream? Is it a way of evading the hard reality that the wealthy classes would like us to dream that we can all be like them -- and that that would make us happy?