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.
Abe and Joe ponder the recent preponderance of religious misbehavior.
Some three centuries into the Age of Reason, there still seem to be an inordinate number of public clashes between the secular and the sacred. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is using the two-week runup to the 4th of July to stage something called the "Fortnight for Freedom," a nationwide campaign aimed at ensuring that the Catholic Church (and other institutions) can continue to exercise their religious liberty by denying their employees access to contraception and abortion.
Bill Resnick talks with John Miller about the financialization of the economy. John summarizes the transformation in the economy that was going on when Mitt Romney co-founded private equity firm, Bain Capital, in the 1980. Bill asks John to summarize and speak to the arguments being made by conservatives in defense of private equity firms. In the end John also suggests some low-hanging fruit for starving the beast of financial capital.
Well-read Red, Denise Morris, challenges the way that marriage (not to mention participation in the military) has become the center-piece of the LGBT movement and what it means for how we think of equality for all groups. She argues that whether proponents of gay marriage like it or not the significance of gay marriage for politicians like Obama, who recently had "a change of heart" about gay marriage, is tied shoring up the efficacy of marriage as a political institution.
Hosts Cecil and Celeste interview Reverand Lennox Yearwood Jr., CEO of The Hip Hop Caucus
Over the past three years the Hip Hop Caucus has been successfully bridging the gap between our communities and the green movement. One Planet. One Voice. is our new global green campaign. The Hip Hop Caucus works to improve the conditions of our communities by empowering young leaders and linking them to policymakers. From getting out the vote to working with the White House, Congress, State Houses, Mayors and City Councils, we push to create a better future for our country.
David Cobb on Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule
Former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb recently toured the Northwest giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule." This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! He spoke in Portland at SEIU Local 503 Hall on April 16th.
Cobb is an organizer and national spokesman for MoveToAmend.org, a coalition of over 190,000 people and organizations whose goal is to amend the United States Constitution to end corporate rule and legalize democracy.