Albert Einstein wrote "Why Socialism?" for the first issue of Monthly Review. In it he considers the possibility revealed by anthropological science for many different forms of social organization, and way socialism answers the crises of our time.
Bill talks with Joseph Torres about net neutrality, which as Joseph puts it is about making sure any internet user can access any content or application of their choice online. Joseph describes the way that net neutrality kills innovative competition, allows for a subtle form of censorship and, in monetizing the internet, ignores the successful models employed elsewhere in the world that preserve it as a public good.
It's that time of year, when Jo Ann and Dave review which of our public figures deserve a gift in their stocking and which deserve a lump of coal, such as Senator John McCain for his blind opposition to "don't ask, don't tell"; Governor-elect John Kitzhaber for stonewalling single-payer health care advocates once again; and even closer to home, Portland Police Chief Reese and his public position on participatory democracy.
Listeners called in and shared their holiday list of candidates.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice.
We've all heard of peak oil, but what about peak hafnium, or peak terbium? Hafnium, which is important in computer chips, could be depleted by 2017, and terbium, used in florescent light bulbs, by 2012. Most other ores are also in decline. One solution is to recycle these materials, but how? Janet Unruh is a Portlander who believes that everything can be recycled 100% – provided we learn how to design things properly and set up the right systems for materials recovery.
What should the government be able to keep secret? Were the WikiLeaks a good thing?
The release of secret U.S. State Department diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks has prompted a draconian response, ranging from calls for founder Julian Assange's assassination to repeated attempts to shut down WikiLeaks and its satellite Web sites. Attacks from leading American political and media figures -- not to mention Assange's arrest -- suggest that it's a far graver sin to expose secrets than to govern under their aegis.