The price of food is going up. Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starving and many other works, talks with Bill Resnick about how weather, farming, and food distribution combine to make food harder to get for many millions around the world. Among other positions, Patel is a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. More information at their website.
Today it seems that mainstream and right-wing pundits prefer their heroes dead, the better to bowlderize their words and twist their messages. Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on many sources to remind us of the radical dimensions of Martin Luther King's legacy. You can read her remarks and find links to her sources here.
Capitalism exploits our labor, but at least wage workers usually get paid for time on the job. But what happens when governments and other institutions offer prizes for a job done? Then many people labor, but only the winner wins. Joe Clement reads from Jodi Dean's blog on "Finding the One".