The Dark Knight Ruses: Joe Clement and Iven Hale discuss the failure of Christopher Nolan's latest Batman film to live up to the rumors about its representation of the Occupy Movement, and how the film instead rationalizes a police state, and bears closer comparison to the French Revolution or the Occupation of Iraq. Although Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle at first seems a kind of individualist libertarian, the possibility of class analysis is undermined by the end of the film, reinforcing its testosterone-fueled misogyny.
Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth"
Michael Parenti – The Pathology of Wealth (lecture)
Michael Parenti is one of this country's foremost independent political analysts. He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including the classic "Democracy for the Few," “The Face of Imperialism,” and the highly acclaimed "The Assassination of Julius Caesar."
David McNally on Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance
Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with David McNally about his book Global Slump, which analyzes the global financial meltdown as the first systemic crisis of the neoliberal stage of capitalism. McNally argues that – far from having ended – the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence. In developing an account of the crisis as rooted in fundamental features of capitalism, Global Slump challenges the view that its source lies in financial deregulation.
Hosted by Frann Michel, this episode features Bill Resnick talking with Don McIntosh about Trimet and with Ellen Brown about Public Banking, as well as Denise Morris talking with Catherine Sameh about the Scholar and Feminist Online. Music by Django Reinhardt.