Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about radical South American politics and the new film he co-wrote with Oliver Stone, South of the Border. Mark has us look to South American populism, the empowerment of working-people over the claims of Capital and strengthening of the State as relevant to thinking about political transformation in the US.
Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, discuss Olver Stone's new movie about South American politics. They consider the up-beat tenor of the film and criticisms that this trivializes the seriousness of South American projects.
"Better Not Bigger - Reshaping the Economy for a Finite World."
Rob Dietz, the director of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, spoke on achieving a steady-state econmy on May 12th at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library,. His talk was recorded and produced by Roberta Hall, host of Health and Healthcare Forum.
According to Dietz, in a steady-state economy, energy and resource use are reduced to a level that is within ecological limits and the goal of maximizing GDP is replaced by the goal of maximizing quality of life.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave looked at the good and bad news of the week. Topics discussed included: federal funds being made available to Oregon to address budget shortfalls and whether those dollars will reach the people who really are in need; the impact of the new president of the Portland Police Association; shortcomings and risks with new assistance being offered to homeowners facing foreclosure; and missed economic development opportunities in emerging technologies.
Every now and then, we get one right. The 9th Circuit Court overturns California's gay marriage ban.
In a nod to outmoded notions like equality and inalienable rights, the Ninth Circuit Court overturned California's ban on gay marriage last week. As some radio hosts have observed, injustice and iniquity endure, but there has been an inexorable march in America toward a condition of more freedom, more justice, more equality. We're not fully equal yet, folks, but we just got a little more equal. Reaction from the right has been predictable.
And there's homework! Verizon and Google are on the verge of striking a deal with the FCC that would effectively end Internet neutrality. This would usher in an age where Internet providers would be able to give preferential treatment -- in the form of speed and access -- to the content of their choice, ending the grass-roots populism that has characterized the Web to date.
So call the White House comment line, 202-456-1111, and tell them to keep the Internet neutral and free. While you're at it, call Nancy Pelosi (202-225-0100) and Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and tell them the same thing. Or, sign the petition.
Governments around the world are promoting austerity and "fiscal responsibility" as a solution to the global financial crisis. Liberal critics say this is short-sighted, but in fact it's the way governments serve "their corporate/financial masters." The Old Mole's Tom Becker reads from a piece by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh from Counterpunch.
Joe Clement introduces a selection from Brendan Cooney's video blog Kapitalism 101. Cooney explains how the workings of the "free" market inevitably produce class inquality. You can watch the video version here.
Oregon House District 43 is one of the most diverse in the state. It also faces some of the biggest challenges: high unemployment, high rates of police misconduct, high displacement from gentrification.
This week Dave and Jo Ann talked with State Rep. Lew Frederick about what role the state can play in addressing some of these problems.