Old Mole Variety Hour
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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Mole dealing with Detroit, the increasing respect for socialism in the US, why Portland public workers may strike, a new novel about death row, and why appealing to the constitution is not the way to support whistle blowers like Edward Snowden.
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- Bill Resnick talks with Dianne Feeley about how Detroit became "blighted" and what could fix it.
- Conservative reaction to Rolling Stone's article on socialism.
- Kshama Savant's inauguration speech as Seattle's newly elected socialist City Council member.
- Announcement of meeting to support Portland public service workers.
- Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews a forthcoming prison novel "The Enchanted"
- Clayton Morgareidge reads a piece about why the law is not enough to protect Snowden and others.
The first Old Mole Variety Hour of 2014 looks back at histories of struggle and forward to the end of alienation. Joe Clement hosts, and we hear segments on class struggle in labor and party politics, anti-capitalist activism in Mexico and globally, the revolutionary reform of guaranteed basic income, and the liabilities of hate crimes law.
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Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins about class struggle in labor and party politics
Well-read red Frann Michel on Zapatista resistance to neoliberalism
Joe Clement and Jacobin on basic income
Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about hate-crimes laws
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, press play below.
- Title: OMVH 2014.01.06.m4a
- Length: 58:03 minutes (26.58 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair of Against Equality about the ten years since the murder of Brandon Teena, and about how hate crimes legislation can result in increased surveillance and punishment of the very marginlized communities it is ostensibly meant to protect.
See also Nair's article on Why Hate Crimes Legislation is a Bad Idea; her review of a recent book on Matthew Shepard, and these other articles on the issues:
Kay Whitlock, We Need to Dream a Bolder Dream: The Politics of Fear and Queer Struggles for Safe Communities
Lisa Duggan, Crossing the Line: The Brandon Teena Case and the Social Psychology of Working-Class Resentment
Against Equality, Various articles on Hate Crimes Law and the Prison Industrial System