Old Mole Variety Hour
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Bill Resnick attended the rally on Sunday in support of the Postal Service workers and against cuts in service, including Saturday deliveries. He recorded sound bites from speeches and interviews at the rally, plus a more extended defense of the Postal Service by Willie Goshell, in the KBOO studios. From it all, we learn more than we knew about what the Postal Service does to bind communities together.
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Mole dealing with Congressional Budget proposals, drones and filibusters, rape and Native Americans, civilization's fate in the hands of capitalism, and the fight to save the US Postal Service.
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Three budgets for the Federal Government are being proposed by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Ellen Frank, a University of Massachussetts economist who writes for Dollars and Sense, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the values behind each of them and what their impact would be.
Tom Becker reads excerpts from Alfred W. McCoy's op-ed, "Space Warfare and the Future of US Global Power," which he wrote for the Al-Jazeera. It exposes the Pentagon's project to re-militarize space with advanced drone technology in the name of national security.
Bill Resnick talks with Michael Fox, a freelance journalist and documentary film-maker, about the death of Hugo Chavez and the future of popular movements and socialism in Venezuela. They consider the charges of authoritarianism, on the one hand, and the vibrancy of Venezuelan democratic culture and controls, on the other.
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear about Hugo Chavez and Venuzuela, the new drug-war action film Snitch, wage-slavery and republican visions of liberty, and space warfare.
- Bill Resnick talks with Michael Fox about Hugo Chavez and what's next for Veneuzalans.
- Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker review "Snitch", a new drug-war action film.
- Joe Clement interviews Alex Gourevitch about the early-American critique of wage-slavery.
- Tom Becker reads excerpts of an essay about space warfare and the future of US global power.
- Title: OMVH3112012
- Length: 56:11 minutes (22.51 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)
Today words like "republican" or "independence" or "liberty" are likely to conjure ideas about the freedom of business, right to work laws, and the aggrandizement of owner-entrepreneurs. Joe Clement interviews Alex Gourevitch's about his recent article for Jacobin Magazine on "Wave Slavery and Republican Liberty", which argues against this grain.
Gourevitch encourages readers (especially working-class organizers) to revisit early American arguments about liberty, in particular some of their radical orientations toward equality and independence. He argues we can find an interesting tradition of revolutionary agitation around liberty in the 18th and 19th centuries, which he says at the time was as much about freedom from economic dependence as freedom from immediate interference. To this end, it was appropriated to great effect by Workingmen's Party organizers in the 1820s and '30s to condemn economic inequality and the wage-slavery it generates, going so far as demands to radically equalize property. But then, Gourevitch shows, later generations of who he calls worker-republicans, like the Knights of Labor and even the Industrial Workers of the World, build on these ideals.
Joe and Alex consider that history and its implications for 20th and 21st Century class-struggle. The first 15 minutes is what was heard on air, and focuses on the earliest history of the worker-republicans. The second part was recorded before and after the on-air portion, where they talk about later worker-republican agitation, the shifting ideology of liberty, as well as race and gender as potentially unmet challenges for worker-republicans.
Politics in Italy has always been entertaining, with its frequently falling governments. In the most recent elections there, a real entertainer named Beppe Grillo ("Joe Cricket"), leading a new party with a rhetoric combining progressive and reactionary positions, leaped into the fray with surprising success. Steve Hellmen is a an expert on Italian politics, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Grillo and the Five Star Movement he leads.
in this personal account, Old Mole Iven Hale recounts some harrowing experiences as a community healthcare worker trying to help folks who are doubly challenged with both serious illness and poverty.
Justice Anthony Scalia has compared civil rights-era voting legislation to welfare entitlements, as if protecting the right to vote were a "government handout". Well Read Red Frann Michel looks into the challenge to this legislation that has now reached the Supreme Court.