Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole featuring discussions of the November elections and the psychology of political activism.
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Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan, psychologists and activists, talk about the emotional demands of social movement work, and what we can learn from the history of groups organizing for fundamental social change. Sloan talks about an organization he helped found in Portland, Cascadia Center for Social Ecology, focused on education and emotional support for activists. On Facebook 15:41 minutes (10.77 MB)
Today's Well-read Red is Bill Resnick. He examines various left assessments of the 2014 mid-term election on why it had such a disastrous outcome for the Democrats and what political initiatives are required of the left, including building movements for reform but also "reform and revolution/transformation" organizing. 14:22 minutes (9.86 MB)
Paul Sonn, of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), speaks with Laurie Mercier about recent successes of state and city minimum wage campaigns, and new grass-roots strategies for promoting living wage jobs. Here is a good online resource for action on this issues. 13:15 minutes (9.1 MB)
Thomas Linzey is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and serves as chief legal counsel. He and his group have been spearheading the Community Rights Movement, which is developing a radical new approach to challenging corporate domination based on their "constitutional rights" and helping communities build self-governance.
He will be a speaker at the "Earth at Risk" conference coming up in San Francisco, November 22-23, along with Chris Hedges, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Stan Goff and many others. http://www.fertilegroundinstitute.org/
56:18 minutes (77.31 MB)
Wouldn't really rather watch people fighting than people voting?
Of course you would. War is expensive, that's true but so are elections. Maybe even more expensive...
Above all else, what's at stake in Tuesday's midterm elections is control of the U.S. Senate.
That, in turn, will shape the fate of President Barack Obama's agenda for the rest of his term. And everything else that Congress wants to do, or stop from getting done.
Republicans need to gain six seats to win back the Senate majority they lost in 2006. Their odds are good, but it's not a slam dunk. 13:34 minutes (12.42 MB)
In the last years of his life, Karl Marx returned to the themes of his early writings: the possibility of a society beyond private property and alienation, inspired by what he read about the Iroquois in the work of anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan. Clayton Morgareidge reads selected passages from an essay by Franklin Rosemont. The full article, which is worth reading by anyone interested in Marx and Marxism, is here. 8:07 minutes (7.43 MB)