The function of police in the U.S. has always been to protect the property and status of the ruling elite (aka the 1%), according to Kristian William's important book Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how his analysis of policing relates to how police have handled the Occupy movement.
Host Denise Morris talks with Johnanna Brenner about welfare -- its history and meaning. Is welfare something to be demeaned, as it is when we call the subsidies and tax breaks for corporations "welfare for the rich"? Doesn't that play into the right-wing idea that welfare is for people who won't work? Isn't welfare really about faring well, doing well, and being well -- something we all need and need to receive from others?
Denise hosts this episode of the Old Mole in which she interviews Portland sociologist and activist Johanna Brenner about reclaiming the idea of welfare. Also on the show: Bill Resnick talks with Portland writer Kristian Williams about the function of policing in class societies and how the Occupy Movements are policed; and our Book Mole Larry Bowlden discusses a first novel by Anna Solomon.