Old Mole Variety Hour
The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life. The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society. The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist. (We count Karl Marx as a friend).
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Capitalism is always a drag on the progressive agenda. But why? What is capitalism? In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explains how the private ownership of productive property forms and deforms social life.
Cartoon by Janet Stein, Monthly Review (mrzine.monthlyreview.org/ stein180805.htm)
What else could we get for the may billions of dollars already spent on two wars? Laurie Mercier talks with Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project about redirecting massive military expenditures to our real security needs namely education, health care and jobs.
Only 53% of Americans believe capitalism is better than socialism! At least that is the finding of a recent Rassmussen poll. Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss the poll results and what they suggests about how people are reacting to the economic crisis.
The Moles focus today on Capitalism and Socialism. What is capitalism, anyway, and how does it make us unfree? What might socialism be like? Why don't we have more voice in how the government spends our money, and what would we say if we did? Are Americans really committed to Capitalism and opposed to socialism? (A new poll says otherwise.) Below are links to the segments of this show, hosted by Laurie Mercier. Or you can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above.
Who knows what (a real, democratic) socialism will be like? No one. But it can at least be imagined in various ways, and that is what some science fiction writers do, as Old Mole Frann Michel explains. Read her remarks and follow links to her many sources here.
The Bible is not the only version of the Easter story. Tom Becker reports on pre-Christian myths that parallel many details of the resurrection.
Pilotless aircraft -- drones -- controlled by "pilots" in California are dropping bombs on targets in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. What's the impact on the ground? On the operators? Kathy Kelley of Voices for Creative Nonviloence talks with Bill Resnick. Kelley was among the 14 people recently arrested, protesting at Creech Airforce Base.
This show features music by and an interview about Tupac Shakur. Also discussed are: reclaiming the consensus that the richest folks should pay the most for the government services everyone needs; how details of the Easter story (crucifixion and resurrection) run parallel to much earlier myths; and protesting the drones operated from California to rain destruction in the middle east.
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Gobi Rahimi is a director and producer of films and music videos, and was a friend and colleague of Tupac Shakur. He is author of Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Shakur in Pictures and Words . Here he talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about Tupac's life and music.
Rahim will be the keynote speaker at a conference Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, at PSU titled "The Tupac Legacy: Hip-hop, Youth, and Global Identities." Details here.
A good society taxes its wealthiest members to invest in infrastructure and services for all. At least that was the consensus fifty years ago, but now the wealthy pay lower taxes than the rest of us.
Chuck Collins from the Institute of Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what our society needs and how to pay for it. Collins is the author of the pamphlet Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Economic Recovery Fairly, available here.