Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.
9:30 minutes (4.36 MB)
James Leuenberger is a third-party candidate for the Constitution party. He is running for the Oregon Senate. He talked with Don Merrill about his views on gun ownership, Oregon's Equal Rights ballot initiative and why he thinks running for office might be the only way to educate people about the state and federal constitutions. 29:31 minutes (27.02 MB)
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work. We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.
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57:18 minutes (39.34 MB)
As late as1939, orphans from eastern cities were taken west by train to be offered up for adoption to farmer and others, and often they were abused. Christina Baker Kline's new novel, The Orphan Train is about the friendship that develops between two such orphans, one in her late teens, the other in her nineties. Larry Bowlden gives us his take on it.
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6:14 minutes (4.28 MB)
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams likes telling stories about rich people making mistakes as a way to show that money doesn't necessarily buy intellingence or couth. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Williams about her love of writing and the contrast between women of pre-World War Two New England and today in the context of her latest book, The Secret Life of Violet Grant. 29:35 minutes (27.09 MB)