Public health is a public good -- so it should be a public responsiblity. But many other public goods are poorly served by profit-making private interests. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge shows how the debate about a national health care program can, and should, lead to something more.
Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated -- Socialism is coming back in full force in Europe, according to an article by Neil Clark in the New Statesman. Tom Becker reads, and adds a caveat by the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
This program revolves around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond. Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system? Why are other nations better at this than the US? And we hear a review of Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.
Hosted by the intrepid Laurie Mercier, braving the biggest snow fall in 40 years to reach the KBOO studio, this program features Laurie's discussion with attorney Mike Snedeker of developments in the law this past year. We also hear how vampires are becoming more romantic and less dangerous than in years past as Frann Michel looks into the meaning of Twilight, the series of novels and the movie. Finally, Bill Resnick talks with Sarah Anderson about what the Obama administration may, and may not, bring in how the US acts around the world. Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links below.
Where will US foreign policy go under Obama? How might it impact the poorer nations of the world. Sarah Anderson, Director of the Global Economic Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, provides her insights in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Benjamin Barber speaks on Runaway Capitalism (lecture)
Benjamin Barber is a well-known scholar and political theorist. He is the author of many books including the bestseller Jihad vs. McWorld. His latest book is Consumed: The Fate of Citizens under Capitalism Triumphant.
Per Fagereng substitutes for Abe and Joe today. His guest is Tom Whipple. In a recent article in the Falls Church News-Press Whipple said, "There is a growing consensus among those who follow such things, that the new high of world oil production (87.9 million barrels a day) reached last July is likely to go down in history as the all-time peak."