Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Old Mole, with segments on Greek elections, the campaign for single-payer health care in Oregon, anarchist poetry, and challenging state legal preemptions of local attempts to raise the minimum wage or demand affordable housing in new developments. To listen to the whole show, use the play button below; for individual segments use the links. 64:27 minutes (59.01 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory in Greece of the anti-austerity party Syriza. Although they will likely fulfill their promises to restore health care, to reinstate collective bargaining and workers’ basic rights, to raise the minimum wage, and to reconnect people to the electricity grid, more thorough resistance to the Eurozone is uncertain. Still, their victory provides a model for organizing for the long haul and testament to the need to take state power.
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Joe Clement and Iven Hale review Selma, the widely acclaimed biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Selma to Montgomery marches he helped organize in 1965, which aimed to draw attention to racial domination still alive after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King in a screenplay written and directed by Ava Duvernay. The movie moles consider the film's merits and question the limits its story-telling place on MLK's legacy and intersectional point of view when it came to fighting racism, materialism, and militarism.