Bill Resnick and Chuck Collins talks about how inequality is ruining the world. Chuck points out how the concentration of wealth undermines democracy, the economy and our capacity to do anything about large-scale problems. They talk about public campaign finance reform, breaking up big banks and corporations, and radically reforming the tax-system to tax the rich. Bill points out that the concentration of wealth has closed off political space for ordinary people and public institutions.
Today host Theresa Mitchell will be talking about spring time in Portland, the Occupy Movement, unemployment, economics, military deployments and activity, terrorism by the rich, anit-abortion protests and more...
In The End of Money, David Wolman takes a critical look at cash, considering its liabilities and what our world would be like without those trillions of little numbered bits of paper and tiny metal disks.
Yes, there really is a vast conservative conspiracy. Abe and Joe look at ALEC.
In the early 1970s, a group of conservative lawmakers and businesspeople realized that synchronicity between the governments of different states was the path to ideological supremacy. The American Legislative Exchange Council -- ALEC -- was born. The group "assists" state legislators -- many of whom constitute ALEC's membership -- to draft legislation that downsizes government, removes corporate regulations, and makes it harder to hold wealthy miscreants to account.
Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth"
Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth" (lecture)
As the planet moves closer to environmental catastrophe, the captains of industry, the robber barons of the age, could hardly be bothered. They have more important matters to consider. Making money. And they better be on the ball and deliver those dividends because if they don’t they will soon be replaced. Profits uber alles is the guiding mantra. Environment. Schvironment. It gets in the way. Sure they’ll recycle paper and glass but forget about doing anything substantial. Pursuing new corporate earning opportunities and wealth accumulation are in capitalism’s DNA. The owners of the economy, the 1%, are operating from the tar sands in Alberta to fracking in Pennsylvania.
Laurie Mercier and Denise Morris talk about the 1970 documentary "Finally Got The News" (re-released and available to view for free online HERE), produced in association with the League for Revolutionary Black Workers. The League was wary of the film at first, worried it would compromise their organizing efforts in Detroit, but the film-makers promised to make it education and not journalistic. It directs its marxist message to black workers and not white college kids, and to that end focuses on the role and power of the black worker in the American economy.