Work done cooperatively and among equals gets better results than what comes out of a top-down, hierarchical organization. According to Dr. Robert Reid, this is demonstrated by the medical care provided by Group Health Cooperative, a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that coordinates care and coverage in Washington and Idaho. Here Reid talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about this kind of medicine.
Wealthy people often give large amounts to charity, and everyone is encouraged to contribute to charities. But does charity, besides whatever good it does in the world, distract us from solving the real problems that charity so inadequately deals with? Joe Clement draws on Slavoj Žižek and Oscar Wilde to illuminate these questions. For an animated version of Žižek's remarks, go here. For a fuller version, go here. And to read Oscar Wilde's "Soul of Man Under Socialism," click here.
Denise Morris and Wendy Webb find a lot to discuss in Todd Solondz’s new film Life During Wartime, which follows up on his earlier film Happiness. This latest movie "pokes fun at the hypocrisy around American notions of freedom and democracy."
With the help of the Old Mole's radical musicologist Brad Duncan, we sample and discuss some music that keeps alive memories of lost battles that can nevertheless point the way to a better future. Among the battles are the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 British miners' strike, the life and death of Malcolm X, and the ongoing struggle for the rights of political prisoners in Northern Ireland. Here is a video of Ciaran Murphy's "Rebel Song" with images that give you an idea of what he's singing about.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how medical care is improved when delivered by people who are cooperating rather than being managed from the top; whether charity keeps us from dealing with the real probems; the new Todd Solandz movie Life During Wartime; and music that keeps lost causes from being forgotten so that they may rise again and succeed.