While many accuse the Tea Party of polarizing politics, Sam Pizzigati argues that the source is really economic inequality and the concentration of vast amounts of wealth. He talks about a few economic myths, like how the US is "broke" or that the rich are "job creators". Bill suggests we need more than Keynsian stimulus, but projects aimed at restoring the environment and building the instutitons and infrastructure for a free and sustainable society.
Sam Pizzigati is a Fellow Institute for Policy Studies who also puts together the weekly email-newsletter at toomuch.com
Larry Bowlden reviews South African author, Sheila Kohler's "Love Child". "Try to imagine yourself at 17 madly in love with a boy not much older than you, but knowing that because he is Jewish, and you the daughter of a not wealthy but nevertheless haughty authoritarian father, you'll never be able to openly date or marry your boy. The time is 1925, the place South Africa, and the young woman with the rather odd name of Bill is poised to grasp her freedom and elope. This is setting for Sheila Kohler's lovely but sad novel, Love Child."
Jan and Wendy talk about "If Tree Falls: a story for the Earth Liberation Front". In looking at the history and activities of the Earth Liberation Front strikes this film strikes close to home, since it focuses on an ELF cell based out of Eugene, Oregon. The film provokes questions about the origins of political violence and radical politics as a young person's game, and why its important to distinguish blowing people up and blowing property up. Does the film imbue the activists with more power than they actually have? Ultimately it seems that radical politics can't issue from a single-cell or group.