Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left. Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants? Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
Jan Haaken talks with Kate Raphael about the upside of the Supreme Court's recent decision in McCullen v Coakley striking down no-protest buffer zones around reproductive health care clinics that provide abortions. While buffer zones provided little real protection from anti-choice violence, they modeled restrictions on speech and protest and they increased clinic reliance on policing.
Plus, Tom Becker and Frann Michel offer readings and commentaries.