Old Mole Variety Hour
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Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about the army psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, who shot and killed 13 people and injured many more at Fort Hood last year. They consider him as both a victim of and collaborator in the Army's insensitivity toward mental illness.
Bill comments on the accusations that Democrats went too far left in the last two years, and suggests that a major component of their losses in the last election was a looming threat by businesses to set up shop elsewhere. We are told to lay of the Democrats for not committing political suicide, but to also realize that for that reason we cannot look to them as agents of real change.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 3:55 minutes (3.59 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Today's Old Mole, hosted by Bill Resnick, is almost all about the elections. It features interviews about election psychology, organizing for a free society, and how competition ties the hands of progressive city politics. We also hear two commentaries about the elections.
Unfortunately there was a recording error that prevented us from capturing a full-length version of the show. However, the whole show in its segments is available through the links below [in progress]:
Bill comments on electoral losses (also at the bottom of this page)
Well-read Red Frann Michel combs the left press for analysis of the John Stewart - Stephen Colbert rallies over the weekend, and the reasons why protests in the streets are much more effective than even the protesters suppose. You can read this piece here.
Ian McEwan's 1992 novel Black Dogs shows us a split in the human psyche embodied in two very different people living in the aftermath of World War II amidst postwar hopes for socialism. Larry Bowlden explains why this book is worth reading. More of Larry's reviews.
Today's Movie Moles are Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick, and they continue the theme of Bill's interview with Bill Black about criminal banking as they discuss Inside Job, a documentary by Charles Ferguson that exhibits the short-sightedness, stupidity, and criminality of financiers and their political allies.
Bill Black is a former bank regulator who speaks and writes widely on banking and finance. In this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, he makes clear just how corrupt the whole banking industry is. We, that is our government, do not root out the felons in the system; rather, we bail them out and make them wealthy. His blog with many links to more of his work is here.
Joe Clement hosts this show about corrupt banking, political protests, and the human psyche, with musical breaks about the 17th Century Diggers (or Levelers), who were the Moles of their time. The songs are "The World Turned Upside" Down by Leon Rosselson (sung here by Billy Bragg); and "The Diggers' Song" by Gerrard Winstanley (sung here by Chumbawamba).
The French working class has been in the news for massive protests of austerity moves to limit their pensions, but the issues are much more profound. Economist Professor Richard Wolff has been studying France for many years, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the prospects of the French workers to defeat these anti-worker measures. For more from Wolff on these matters, go here.
Pictured here is the storming of the Bastille, 1789.
Today's Well-read Red Joe Clement comments on and reads from a piece by Greg Moses, "A Public Option for Jobs." There are needs to be met and people without work: why can't these two things fit together? This piece appeared on Counterpunch.