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Joe and Clayton consider selfishness and altruism in the context of Ayn Rand's work. They bring in Oscar Wilde's 1891 essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" - which almost sounds like an essay Rand would write - as an alternative understanding of the same dynamics of altruism and self-determination that Rand uses to support laissez-faire capitalism and the rule of property. Wilde and Rand seem to agree in their disdain for "living for others" and "an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism," but for Wilde overcoming that "sorid necessity" would be the "chief advantage that would result from the establishment of Socialism." While Rand contends that private property is essential to individual freedom, Wilde argues (decades before Rand) that "with the abolition of private property ... we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism."
Tom Becker reads "Class-Warfare Scorecard: guess who's winning?" Mike Whitney deflects the myth that our economic woes are due (primarily) to "credit addled shoppers going crazy at Macy's." Instead, wages have stagnated since the 1970s, money has accumulated among those who already have more than they know what to do with (literally), and profits soar while employment plummets.
Last month, Michael Moore spoke to the crowd of protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, telling them "Wisconsin is not broke!" The Old Mole presents a quick edited version. You can find the entire speech with video at Mike's website.
Drastic cuts in public spending are being justified by pointing to the deficit, but why is there a deficit when there is so much wealth in the nation? Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies explains in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Inspired by the Wisconsin protests, a coalition of Portland groups is organizing a march and rally this Saturday, April 16. You can find details here and here. In this segment, Bill Renick talks with three of the organizers: Greg Margolis from Jobs With Justice; Judy Barnes from Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy; and Noah Hochman from Coalition for Climate Justice. They discuss the policy issues involved and details of Saturday's events.
Tom Becker hosts this show which fights back against the budget cutting, service slashing attack on government services fueled by illusions of national poverty. The show opens with a rousing speech by Michael Moore to the protesters in Madison, and follows up with an analysis of the deficit and its causes with Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies. Then Bill Resnick talks with organizers of Portland Rising, the protest march and rally coming up this Saturday. Through out the show, we hear music of the Greek diaspora of the 1920s and '30s, and conclude with a conversation about it with radical musicologist Brad Duncan.
This segment includes some of the music called Rembetico made by Greeks in the 1920s and 30s when they were expelled from Turkey. Our radical musicologist Brad Duncan explains its history and some of its transgressive themes in conversation with Tom Becker. Here are links to videos of the musical selections:
- Title: About Rembetico, with Brad Duncan
- Length: 9:58 minutes (5.7 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
Hasn't Marx been proven wrong countless times by ALL the economists? Isn't it the Europeans who are held back by class, while Americans transcend class?
Michael Schwalbe, a sociology professor at University of North Carolina, begs to differ and explains how class-struggle STILL marks many different aspects of our social institutions and everday life. Tom Becker reads his "Primer in Class Struggle," which can be found on the Common Dreams website.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 7:02 minutes (6.44 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, features an interview about US intervention in Libya, reviews of Sucker Punch and Mildred Pierce, and a reading of "A Primer on Class Struggle."
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For those of us who support the Libyan rebels as part of the broader uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East there are problems both in uncritically opposing or embracing US intervention in Gaddafi's massacre. David talks about what's at stake and what's motivating those who are for and against the intervention. Bill asks: what are the next steps? David tries to answer this question too.