Old Mole Variety Hour
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The US government provides spends more on subsidies for the wealthy than it does on aid to the poor, and almost as much as it spends on the the military. This op-ed by David R. Francis, read here by Tom Becker, explains how public policy widens the growing gap between the very rich and the rest of us. (See also on this topic a piece from Counterpunch.)
Activists in Vermont are working to get their State to enact a single-payer health plan. Bill Resnick talks with activist Traven Leyshon, a member of the Vermont Workers' Center. Leyshon also broadcasts on Equal Time Radio in Vermont.
Tom Becker hosts this program about government aid to the wealthy, including the Obama Deficit Commission proposals; working for a single payer health program in Vermont; and a "cooler" approach to climate change as seen in a new documentary about Bjørn Lomborg.
Sam Pizzigati analyzes the Obama Commission Report on the Deficit in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Pizzigati is the editor of Too Much, a newsletter on inequality and excess, and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about the army psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, who shot and killed 13 people and injured many more at Fort Hood last year. They consider him as both a victim of and collaborator in the Army's insensitivity toward mental illness.
Bill comments on the accusations that Democrats went too far left in the last two years, and suggests that a major component of their losses in the last election was a looming threat by businesses to set up shop elsewhere. We are told to lay of the Democrats for not committing political suicide, but to also realize that for that reason we cannot look to them as agents of real change.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 3:55 minutes (3.59 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Today's Old Mole, hosted by Bill Resnick, is almost all about the elections. It features interviews about election psychology, organizing for a free society, and how competition ties the hands of progressive city politics. We also hear two commentaries about the elections.
Unfortunately there was a recording error that prevented us from capturing a full-length version of the show. However, the whole show in its segments is available through the links below [in progress]:
Bill comments on electoral losses (also at the bottom of this page)
Well Read Red Frann Michel reflects on the recent elections, voters' motivations, and surveys the broad response by progressives and leftists in the media. Read her essay HERE, which is chock-full of links.
Well-read Red Frann Michel combs the left press for analysis of the John Stewart - Stephen Colbert rallies over the weekend, and the reasons why protests in the streets are much more effective than even the protesters suppose. You can read this piece here.
Ian McEwan's 1992 novel Black Dogs shows us a split in the human psyche embodied in two very different people living in the aftermath of World War II amidst postwar hopes for socialism. Larry Bowlden explains why this book is worth reading. More of Larry's reviews.