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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Do concentration camps exist right here in the Pacific Northwest? Luz María Gordillo and Laura Philpott talk with Rosa Linda Guillen about the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids and detention of migrant workers, and their impact on workers' families. Rosa Linda Guillen is Executive Director Community2Community Development.
There is a secular (non-sectarian) resistance gong on in Iraq. The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with New York radio producer Bill Weinberg about acknowledging and allying with the Iraqi civil resistance. Weinberg is the National Co-chair of the National Organization for the Iraqi Freedom Struggles (NO-IFS). For more information on Iraqi secular resistance, go here, and here.
Should former members of the Bush Administration be prosecuted for war crimes in connection with authorizing torture? Bill Resnick reads from Steve Weissman's article, in truthout.
- Title: Holding Torturers Responsible
- Length: 8:54 minutes (5.1 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)
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.