Tom Becker hosts this episode and reads a selection from the work of Chris Hedges about the implications of environmental and economic collapse. Bill Resnick talks with Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau of Why Hunger? about how neoliberalism contributes to hunger and organic agriculture can and must feed the planet. The Movie Moles Iven Hale and Jan Haaken review the visually striking non-narrative film Samsara. Jan returns with Mike Snedeker for The Left and the Law, to discuss the arguments for open borders.
Appellate lawyer Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken, who recently returned from a Fulbright study of asylum seekers in the UK, discuss the arguments for open borders. They note that although the idea may sound radical, it was the US policy regarding immigration and both northern and southern borders until recently. Libertarians and economic conservatives have argued for the economic benefit of immigration even as social conservatives have opposed open borders. Ironically, there are now more people emigrating out of the US than immigrating in, but there is panic about defending and closing borders, suggesting a narcissistic fantasy that everyone wants to come to the US.