Old Mole Variety Hour for June 29, 2020

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Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Democracy and Defunding: CLR James, prison abolition, and cutting the defense budget

Frann Michel hosts and we hear these pieces:

Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Brenes, Lecturer in History at Yale University and author of the forthcoming For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy, on what we can learn from the long history of efforts to defund the post-World War II military state in order to support efforts to defund the domestic militarized police state, and how we might reimagine public spending.

Bill Resnick and Sharon Grant present a dramatic reading of C L R James’ essay  "Every Cook Can Govern" that discusses the lessons for today of Athenian radical democracy, its glorious record according to James, despite the problems James acknowledges. 

In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker take up philosophical and political arguments for the abolition of prisons and how leading Black racial justice activists are making their case for a radical rethinking of incarceration.

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