Well-read Red, Clayton Morgareidge, reflects on the spectacle of elections and why they waste our political energies. It is not an argument to not vote, but to reprioritize voting in our sense of political agency.
We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, according to Paul Cienfuegos, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. A long-time community organizer and educator, Cienfuegos provides a wealth of information showing how the fictions of "corporate personhood" and "corporate rights" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action. He'll be leading a Portland workshop June 9-10.
On the eve of the recall election in Wisconsin, Old Mole Denise Morris talks with Wisconsin baker, activist, and journalist Andrew Sernatinger about the struggles between Governor Scott Walker and public service workers that have led up to this event. Sernatinger has written for Labor Notes and contributed to the book Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
As Joe prepares for his annual hiatus, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.
The State of the Union is screwed. Four years into the New Depression, the economy still lags and working people suffer while the ruling class rolls in profligate wealth. Inequality grows more extreme. The wars drag on. The modern surveillancestate is a reality. The planet grows warmer.
What's to be done? Do we play by the rules, and rely on our democratic institutions? If so, whom do we support? Does it matter? Is it time for a more creative solution?
In Joe's last show before his annual summer break, he and Abe survey the State of the Union.