Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole which discusses the political threats to Social Security, the Oregon prison system, a South African fighter against apartheid, and a new film about Jackie Robinson. Below are links to individual segments of the show. Or use the playbutton to hear the whole show including music.
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Social Security, the life line of support for millions, is under attack these days, even from Democrats. Eric Laursen is the author of The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why the Right Wing is so opposed to Social Security -- and has been against it since the days of the New Deal.
Tom Becker hosts this episode where we hear about the Portland Troublemakers School (April 13th) from two of its organizers, a movie review of "No", a discussion about the crises in Europe, and a book review of Jennifer Egan's "Look At Me". An error clipped the first couple minutes of this recording, and it starts right with Tom introducing Bill's interview. The list below is in order and the show is otherwise complete.
Bill Resnick talks with Megan Heise, an organizer of the Portland Troublemakers School that's this Saturday (April 13th). They discuss the specifics of the event and some of what people can expect. Megan also describes the Troublemakers' bold (but not exactly new) vision of working-class organizing. This interview aired the same day as another with Stephanie Luce, a keynote speaker at the event, who talks with Bill more broadly about the importance of workplace organizing for social justice.
Bill Resnick talks with Stephanie Luce about workplace organzing and worker self-management, and how they are indispensible elements of progressive vision. They talk about the Labor Notes "Troublemakers School" and the "new unionism" it advances.
If you listen closely, you can hear the last rasping breaths of the New Deal as it lays down to die. For the first time in history, a sitting Democratic president has proposed cuts to Social Security -- the single most popular government program of all time, and a bedrock of the modern American social contract. Well played, sir.
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