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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Raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010! That's the proposal of well-known author and activist Holly Sklar and Let Justice Roll. Holly talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage, and why raising the minimum is good for the economy and good for business.
Foreclosures. Unemployment. Poverty. At least a third of the nation ill-housed or un-housed. What to do? Chester Hartman has written widely on housing issues, and he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC.
"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects." So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker. You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.
Neo-liberalism has been discredited by the current economic crisis. What will replace it? Walden Bello argues that it will be "Global Social Democracy" -- in some ways better than the failed ideas that got us into this mess, but it's still as undemocratic as capitalism has always been. Bill Resnick reads from Bello's essay, which you can find on line here.
Tom Becker hosts the first Old Mole show of 2009. Topics include
- The Housing Crisis and how to solve it
- The War in Gaza
- Two movies: Slumdog Millionaire and Wendy and Lucy
- A new kind of capitalism ahead?
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Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated -- Socialism is coming back in full force in Europe, according to an article by Neil Clark in the New Statesman. Tom Becker reads, and adds a caveat by the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
How many of the problems with our health care will, and will not, be solved by what's on the table in the national health care debate that will take place in the Obama years? Paul Gorman of Physicians for a National Health Care Program, and a Portland physician, talks with Bill Resnick and explains the options and what has worked best in other countries.
Kaye Gibbons writes about growing up with (and without) a mother who is mentally ill in her novel Sights Unseen, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden.
The CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, has been chosen to be Secretary of Education in the Obama Cabinet. What does his track record suggest is ahead for schools? It's not a progressive picture. Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article by Henry A. Giroux and Kenneth Saltman that appeared on t r u t h o u t.