War & Peace

Radiozine

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 11/07/2008 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Hosts Lyn Moelich and Mike Hoffman speak with mythologist and author Michael Meade who will be in Portland on Veteran's Day for Voices of Veterans: A Welcome Home Ceremony.

End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

-A

Just voted!

 Just dropped off the ol' ballot. It feels pretty good.

It's hard to believe that this interminable election campaign (far, far too long) is nearly over. It's hard, too, to untie all the emotions that are bound up with it, at least for me.

For those of you who listen to the show, you've heard Joe and I pour out a lifetime's worth of angst over the last several years. So much has happened that one's sense of outrage (if one has been paying attention) blurs between this war and that Constitutional affront and this abuse of power ... It's like a background white noise of outrage.

War. Torture. Election theft. Disenfranchisement. Disappearing liberties. The abolition of science in the public sphere. The triumph of plutocracy. The reign of fear in electoral politics. The reign of cowardice in Congressional politics. And on and on.

Will an Obama win really signify the end of all this, a turning toward something better? I want to believe it so badly. I do believe it on some level. But I'm skeptical.

What if he's some kinda corporate Manchurian candidate. What if, behind the reasonable, progressive facade it's just business as usual in an Obama administration?

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, our work as progressives is not over. It's just begun. More on this later.

-A

Memo to the President Elect: An Interview with Madeline Albright

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program: 
Radiozine
program date: 
Wed, 10/29/2008

Dave Mazza talks with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright about her new book, Memo to the President Elect, in which she outlines the challenges facing the next president of the United States and how he can help restore the nation's standing in the world.

Ms. Albright was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State and is currently a professor at Georgetown University.

29:32 minutes (23.66 MB)

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 10/29/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Retired Colonel Ann Wright and former high level CIA official Ray McGovern respond to the attack on Syria and talk about what's missing in the U.S. Presidential campaigns. 

Alternative Radio

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 10/29/2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Howard Zinn on War & Civil Disobedience (lecture)

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 10/28/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

A series of special reports on the U.S. bombing and killing of civilians in Syria. Guests include journalist Dahr Jamail.

Radiozine

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Wed, 10/29/2008 - 9:30am - 10:30am

Host Per Fagereng interviews Zaher Wahab, professor at Lewis and Clark College and native of Afghanistan, about current events in Afghanistan and the Middle East and the connections between them. Call-ins welcome.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 27, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 10/26/2008

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features discussions of bank nationalization and student anti-war actions.  We also hear a  review of three recent novels by women writers.  To hear the whole show, including music by tenor sax player Don Byas, click on the arrow above.  To hear separate pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Clayton Morgareidge reads edited experpts from David Schweickart's essay "Bailout! A Case for Economic Democracy And Clearing the Path to Socialism".

2.  Dan La Botz talks with Bill Resnick about bank nationalizations, past, present, and future.

56:42 minutes (32.44 MB)

Student Anti-war Activism

program date: 
Sun, 10/26/2008

Two students from Macalester College in Minnesota, Sophie Smith and Hadley Pope, who locked themselves down in front of a weapons manufacturer talk with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about their experiences and the significance of their actions.  You can find extensive  coverage of the event here.  

14:44 minutes (8.44 MB)
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