Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the current situation in Greece, betrayals by the German social democratic parties, the Eurozone as a free-trade area, problems faced and tactics tried by Syriza, the origins of Stalinism, and the need for the global left to find ways to exercise power.
This week: we discuss the Global Day of Action for Drug Policy Reform coming up on June 26th, plus we talk about the newly released European Drug Report 2015 by the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
I finish my three-part series on the "good" book with Jennifer Grace Bird. She teaches at Portland Community College and the University of Portland and has written a fantastic guide to the Bible, Permission Granted: Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Some writers on climate change use the idea of the "Anthropocene" to blame humanity in general for the degradation caused by burning fossil fuels. Andrea Malm critiques this concept in this article from Jacobin, read here in abridged form by Clayton Morgareidge. Capitalists, not humanity, are to blame.
Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism, argues, to the contrary, that the concept of the Anthropocene is a useful one and does not rule out pointing the finger at Capitalism. His article is here.
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In remembrance of the police bombing of the MOVE collective in Philadelphia in 1985, Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris talk about the 2013 documentary film "Let the Fire Burn." In discussing the film, Jan and Denise take up some of the politics of MOVE and their activism prior to the bombing that led to the death of 13 MOVE members and the destruction of homes by the fire that the mayor allowed to continue to burn. 11:54 minutes (8.18 MB)
Bill Resnick and Tyler MacGuiness of the Oregon Center for Public Policy explore Child poverty in Oregon. Twenty-five percent of Oregon kids live in destitution, 50% are in ordinary poverty, and 75% of those are in working families. The "business community" has become concerned but their proposals are false and self-serving, and they are fighting against raising the minimum wage, the best way of reducing poverty.
Photo Credit: Oregon Food Bank
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