Alternative economics

It's garden-variety racism, people

White people, of course, having never experienced the business end of institutionalized racism, can only achieve an approximate understanding of it. Fortunately, Tim Wise is on the scene to help. Here's Wise on how racism is driving the opposition to health care.

"You know full well that no one is talking about wanting to go back to the days of segregation."

Well, no, I don't know it. I don't know that at all, seeing as how so many of the tea-bag set and anti-health care folks make "taking their country back" one of the most prominent lines of their vocalized outrage. What does that mean, coming from people in their 60s and 70s, for whom the America of their youth was indeed a white supremacist place? A place where white hegemony could be taken as a given, something that could be presumed in perpetuity? What does it mean when someone says that they want to go back to the country the way the founders envisioned it, as many have also explained at these rallies? After all, they envisioned a white republic. They envisioned and sought out the extirpation of indigenous peoples, most believed in the enslavement of African peoples, and none truly believed that blacks should be treated as equals.

-A

Cuz, y'know, it helps me think

August 17, 2009

So, apparently public debate about health care is ... intimidating somehow, because more and more folks are showing up to town hall meetings with guns.

From the Arizona Republic:

A man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.

"Because I can do it," he said when asked why he was armed. "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."

Two police officers were staying very close to the man.

I suppose this man needs to demonstrate that he has "some freedoms" because it's so unnerving and menacing to discuss ... health care.

-A

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/18/09

Air date: 
Tue, 08/18/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

In what will surely one day be known as a case study in the downfall of our Republic, the Congress and -- presumably -- the President are poised to enact health care 'reform' legislation that won't allow us to opt into a Medicare-style single-payer plan. In related news, the for-profit health care industry has spent about $1.5 million per day on Capitol Hill over the past several weeks to make sure that we never have that option.

The score? Plutocrats 587, People 0.

 

Talk Radio on 08/14/09

Air date: 
Fri, 08/14/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Good Sista' Bad Sista' Talkin' Mess

Join Walidah Imarisha and Turiya Autry for morning talk radio - don't miss it!

 

August 10 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 

Tom Becker (pictured here) hosts this show dealing with racism, the WTO, anti-tax protests at healthcare reform meetings, and mountain top removal coal mining.   It features music from Woodstock as we approach the 40th anniversary of that historic festival.  

 

52:44 minutes (30.17 MB)

Battle for Seattle Ten Years On

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 Ten years after the Seattle anti-WTO protests, actions are being planned for this November and December.  Tom Becker reads David Korten's piece from Yes Magazine about the need for ongoing protests against Wall Street's strangle-hold on the Earth.  For more information on how to get involved, go here.   

7:00 minutes (4.01 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/04/09

Air date: 
Tue, 08/04/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Abe looks at the conundrum shared by the Portland Water Bureau and that segment of the populace which ingests water. Also, wingnut mobs descend upon town hall meetings across the land, intent on stopping the socialist conspiracy that emperils the Republic.

Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card on the Health Care Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2009

 Both Abe Proctor and Joe Uris are on vacation this week.

Today, Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card tell us some horror stories about the current Health Care Crisis, and listeners are encouraged to call in and share theirs.  It seems as tho everyone has been touched by the health care crisis lately. If you haven't been personally burned by our profit-driven, insurance based health care system, you probably have a friend or loved one who has been.

57:15 minutes (26.21 MB)

Alternative Radio on 07/28/09

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/28/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

HYPOCRISIES OF CAPITALISM

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show

Air date: 
Tue, 07/28/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Everyone has been touched by the health care crisis. If you haven't been personally burned by our profit-driven, insurance based health care system, you probably have a friend or loved one who has been. Tune in to talk radio Tuesday morning at 8 and call-in at 503-231-8187 to share your story.
Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card are your guest hosts.
 

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