Corporate personhood and the campaign to legalize democracy
On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme court took another step in the long - and many say misguided - journey to granting corporations personhood under the U.S. Constitution. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a five-member majority of the court increased the ability of corporations to use their wealth to influence our electoral process.
This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris. It deals with making energy locally, the racial, gender and class politics of the Southern plantation household, Alice Munro's latest book, a novel by Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, and a big leftist confab coming up in New York. ("Variety" is our middle name.)
The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination
This is the theme of this year's Left Forum Conference. The Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. Bill Resnick and Seth Adler discuss the Forum's upcoming annual conference in New York that draws thousands to a rich banquet of panels, speakers, arts shows, films and informal discussions. It runs from March 19 to March 21. You can learn more about it at the Left Forum website, where you can also find videos of last year's panel discussions.
Will the transition to Clean Energy lead to decentralized, worker and community controlled energy production? Or will it be centralized under corporate and state control and promote high usage and consumerism? John Farrell works with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance which supports environmentally sound and equitable community development. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many communities, including some in the US, are building ways in which families and communities can produce energy locally and cut back on their consumption. You can find an article by Farrell here.
Ani speaks with Paul Cienfuegos about the dangerous fiction of corporate personhood, and how to recl
How can the voices of the people be heard over the din of corporate influence?
Join us for a great discussion about reclaiming our power, and addressing people’s needs for environmental protection, healthcare, housing, and more.
Corporate control over our legislative process significantly hinders serious achievements towards a world where peoples’ needs come before profits. What are the mechanisms of corporate control? What are the implications of the most recent Supreme Court decision concerning the rights of corporations?
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show begins with several discussions of work: how its wages are stolen, why it can be called slavery, whether work is necessary, and the value of "real" work. In the second half of the program, we hear from a human rights activist just returned from Haiti, and Bill Resnick provides an assessment of the Obama presidency and its limitations.
What is wage slavery? Why are even well-paid workers nevertheless slaves? Could work be abolished? What is the real value of work? These are the questions pondered by Old Moles Clayton Morgareidge and Frann Michel, and Poet Marge Piercy in this portmanteau segment with musical breaks by Thelonious Monk and Stephan Grapelli. The image here is a Mural at the Frederick Douglass Library/ University of Maryland by Mike Alewitz, "The Creation of Wealth." And you can find Frann's text and her sources by clicking here.