Detroit's "blight" was caused by the forces in finance, government, and bussinesses that are now planning to fix it in ways that will only make matters worse. Writer, activist, and retired auto-worker Dianne Feeley talks with Bill Resnick about what her city needs to make it whole. 15:34 minutes (8.91 MB)
The election of a Sociaist to the Seattle City Council and Jesse Myerson's recent article in Rolling Stone is evidence that discontent with the morass of neo-liberal capitalism is giving new life to socialist alternatives. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge examines some of the conservative reaction to this news: is it a panic reaction to the crumbling of capitalist ideological hegemony? 7:51 minutes (4.49 MB)
Aggressive Portland employers are pushing several local unions toward a strike in the coming weeks. This is no accident. Unions nationwide are facing Wisconsin-style attacks targeting public employees, teachers, students and everyone who benefits from public services. Join us for a community discussion about how we can work together and take common action for the common good.
Click the play button to hear a brief announcement by Megan Hise about a meeting this Thursday to learn more. More info is here. 2:31 minutes (1.45 MB)
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden previews a soon-to-be-published novel by Portland writer Rene Denfeld. It's called The Enchanted, and it takes place on death row. It's a sad, yet courageous book, full of superb writing.
More of Larry's reviews are here.
7:40 minutes (4.39 MB)
What is the problem with the national security state and its secret surveillance of everyone? Is it that it is unconstitutional? Or illegal? What if the courts declare it legal? In this essay published in Jacobin Magaze, read here by Clayton Morgareidge, Chase Madar argues for political and moral objections to injustice. 7:32 minutes (4.31 MB)
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Mole dealing with Detroit, the increasing respect for socialism in the US, why Portland public workers may strike, a new novel about death row, and why appealing to the constitution is not the way to support whistle blowers like Edward Snowden.
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. The hear individual segments, follow these links. 53:22 minutes (30.54 MB)