It's kinda nice when we remember we're strong. The extraordinary pro-worker demonstrations that started in Wisconsin two weeks ago -- and have since spread -- give lie to the conventional wisdom that the labor movement is dead. Wisconsin's new governor, Scott Walker, made busting the state public employees' union his first order of business. The union, along with sympathetic Wisconsinites of all stripes, busted him right back -- hard. And they show no sign of backing down.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with revolution and democracy in Egypt, the future of the Left in the context of the Wisconsin protests, a movie about being fired, and a fine book of short stories.
Exciting protests are going on in Wisconsin and other states against cuts to public sector jobs and social services. But when will the Left begin to protest the system that empowers the super rich and disempowers the rest of us? Clayton Morgareidge comments, drawing on Slavoj Žižek's recent bookFirst as Tragedy, Then As Farce.
Can the Egyptian people who toppled Mubarak and who are demanding democracy keep up their momentum to achieve their goals? Chris Toensing edits Middle East Report, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the obstacles that lie ahead.
Dave Mazza hosted this week's Voices from the Edge about the ongoing 2011 Wisconsin Protests. Open lines with KBOO Listeners.
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