Bill Resnick, Alan Wieder and Frann Michel talk about the political economy of electoral politics and what that means for left strategy. They keep coming back to popular mobilization and how electoral politics may or may not fit into that.
Tom Becker reads from "The Opiate of Exceptionalism" by NY Times editorialist Scott Shane. It focuses on the myth of American exceptionalism as the reason why we can't get politicians to talk about inequality and injustice.
Joe Clement talks with Gina of the Portland Action Lab about anti-austerity actions that're being planned for November 3rd 2012. She describes the way that PAL and the groups who work with it are resisting austerity as "the new normal" and underscoring the hugely neglected economic aspects of justice.