On the eve of the recall election in Wisconsin, Old Mole Denise Morris talks with Wisconsin baker, activist, and journalist Andrew Sernatinger about the struggles between Governor Scott Walker and public service workers that have led up to this event. Sernatinger has written for Labor Notes and contributed to the book Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
What does the story of Robin Hood from medieval England have to do with American politics today? Quite a lot, as we learn from historian Paul Buhle in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Buhle has written a graphic novel about Robin Hood and is co-editor of a book about the protest movement in Wisconsin that led to, and continue beyond, the recall election there.
Is capitalism's latest fix for the problems of overproduction and overaccumulation to put the excess into our poor bodies? The new HBO series "The Weight of the Nation" explores the "epidemic" of obesity in the US without making some important connections. They are made here in this commentary by Frann Michele.
You can read her remarks and find links to her sources here.
Does it make sense for a libertarian writer to complain about having to conform to a narrow editorial line laid down by his or her publication? Blogger and political scientist Corey Robin explores the hidden contradictions in libertarian thinking about individual freedom and the work place in this piece read for us here by Old Mole Joe Clement.
Frann Michele hosts this edition of the Old Mole, featuring discussions of Wisconsin's recall election, the legend of Robin Hood and its continuing resonance today, the so-called "obesity epidemic," and what happens when libertarians think about (their own) working conditions.
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