Frann Michele hosts this edition of the Old Mole, featuring discussions of Wisconsin's recall election, the legend of Robin Hood and its continuing resonance today, the so-called "obesity epidemic," and what happens when libertarians think about (their own) working conditions.
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Does it make sense for a libertarian writer to complain about having to conform to a narrow editorial line laid down by his or her publication? Blogger and political scientist Corey Robin explores the hidden contradictions in libertarian thinking about individual freedom and the work place in this piece read for us here by Old Mole Joe Clement.
As Joe prepares for his annual hiatus, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.
The State of the Union is screwed. Four years into the New Depression, the economy still lags and working people suffer while the ruling class rolls in profligate wealth. Inequality grows more extreme. The wars drag on. The modern surveillancestate is a reality. The planet grows warmer.
What's to be done? Do we play by the rules, and rely on our democratic institutions? If so, whom do we support? Does it matter? Is it time for a more creative solution?
In Joe's last show before his annual summer break, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.
Bill Resnick talks with John Miller about the financialization of the economy. John summarizes the transformation in the economy that was going on when Mitt Romney co-founded private equity firm, Bain Capital, in the 1980. Bill asks John to summarize and speak to the arguments being made by conservatives in defense of private equity firms. In the end John also suggests some low-hanging fruit for starving the beast of financial capital.
Larry Bowlden reviews the signifance of Wallace Stegner's wide-ranging vocation as a writer and teacher. Stegner wrote short-stories, biographies, novels, literary and environmental criticism. Stegner was a creative writing teacher to many powerful writers, such as Ken Kesey and Edward Abbey. Stegner went further than most in his condemnation of the American Dream as such, locating in it a tragic illusion about the potential of America's selfless bounty and the lack constraints on American's selfish exploitation of it all.
STRIKE! East County Teachers & Colombian GM worker
600 school teachers, represented by the Reynolds Education Association (REA) have been on strike for five days. Despite the union’s agreement to the district’s economic demands, the school board has continued to insist on severe attacks on teachers’ working conditions. Co-host Jamie Partridge talks with some of the hundreds of teachers who have been out on the picketline every day.
In the second half of the show, co-host John Walsh recorded a Colombian GM worker, Jorge Parra, speaking with UAW staff at Solidarity House in Detroit about the fightback against dangerous working conditions and a cruel company.
Police arrested 12 people at the University Station Post Office in downtown portland, yesterday.Nearly a hundred people were at the demonstration, protesting cuts to the United States Postal Service and calling for Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s resignation.Portland Police made the arrests at about 7:30, an hour and a half after the station was supposed to close.
Day five of the Reynolds teachers strike was calm compared with earlier in the week. Teachers rallied for a few hours in the morning and waited for the results of a mediation/ negotiation session. Despite union agreement to the district's economic demands earlier in the week, the school board continues to insist on dramatic takeaways in working conditions and basic union rights. Labor reporter Jamie Partridge talks with strike organizer Emily Crumm, a kindergarten teacher at Alder Elementary School.