Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth"
Michael Parenti speaks on THE PATHOLOGY OF WEALTH
What exactly is CAPITALISM? Parenti is debunking some of the myths of capitalism: That it creates jobs, peace, democracy and wealth - and more. In Part TWO Parenti describes the pathologies of capitalism by its inability to respond to climate change. Quoting a businessman in a New Yorker cartoon he reads: "While the end of the world scenario will be rife with unimaginable horrors, ..the pre-end period will be filled with unprecedented opportunities." Also in this segment arguments for the benefits of socialism in areas of our lives that should not be managed under the profit system. He lists health care, energy, and transportation.
Joe Clement reads Doug Henwood's commentary on the changing political landscape for the labor movement and considers classic pitfalls of American unionism, namely it's focus on electoral politics and workplace contracts. Doug points out that unions typically don't make common cause with the consumers they otherwise serve. Joe reminds listeners that he and Josh Eidelson considered this industrial strategy last year when AT&T was looking to merge with T-Mobile.
Doug is a writer for the Left Business Observer and radio-commentator in the San Francisco Bay Area
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole. We hear about the challenge to Obamacare and the single-payer alternative, the pitfalls of mainstream unionism, a movie review of Spike Lee's 1999 "Summer of Sam", and an update on Julian Assange.
Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins in to discuss the coming Supreme Court health decision
It's a big week for the Supreme Court. Monday's decisions on Arizona's "Papers, Please" law and mandatory minimum sentences for juveniles are a prelude to the big one -- a decision on the Affordable Care Act, expected later this week.
Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe to discuss the coming decision on President Obama's signature health care legislation.
Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco on their book "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt"
Host S.W. Conser speaks with Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco about their new book "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt." Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and American Book Award-winning cartoonist Joe Sacco present a searing portrait of an American underclass in crisis. Hedges and Sacco speak tonight, June 25th at 7:30 at Powell's Books on Burnside.
Organizer Max Rameau speaks on "Gimme Shelter: The Housing Crisis"
Max Rameau – Gimme Shelter: The Housing Crisis (lecture)
Max Rameau is a community organizer. He is Executive Director of Movement Catalyst. He helped establish Take Back the Land which organizes resistance to foreclosures and assists families to stay in their homes. He works on a broad range of issues impacting the poor such as housing, immigrant rights, economic justice, and Cop Watch.
The history of the United States is a saga of immigration, whether you're a descendant of immigrants, a descendant of those displaced by immigrants, or an immigrant yourself. In a place such as this -- where being a American is more about an idea than where your ancestors came from -- the question of immigration still resonates.
Bill Resnick talks with Dave King, a local activist and organizer of the upcoming mini-conference on Jobs and the Climate, being held at the Musicians Union Hall. They talk about the various ways that creating an ecologically sustainable world, addressing climate and other environmental crises, reconstructing and decentralizing the energy-grid, would generate millions of jobs. It's at Wednesday the 20th at 5:45pm at the Musician's Union Hall, just south of Sandy and 28th.