May 1, 2009 marks the 123rd anniversary of a rally for the eight-hour day in Chicago's Haymarket Square that ended with a police riot that left over a dozen dead. The political trial and hanging of four anarchists that followed sparked protests around the world and the designation by the Second International of May 1 as International Workers' Day, more commonly known as May Day. But does commemoration of a 19th century incident have relevance for people in the 21st century? Does demonstrating on May Day have meaning for you?
30 miles from the nearest town,
hidden in the Louisiana hills, traveling along a long
twisting road at a dead end you will find Angola, a former plantation now a prison the size of Manhattan which is unlike any other known at this point in time.
The Moles focus today on Capitalism and Socialism. What is capitalism, anyway, and how does it make us unfree? What might socialism be like? Why don't we have more voice in how the government spends our money, and what would we say if we did? Are Americans really committed to Capitalism and opposed to socialism? (A new poll says otherwise.) Below are links to the segments of this show, hosted by Laurie Mercier. Or you can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above.
Only 53% of Americans believe capitalism is better than socialism! At least that is the finding of a recent Rassmussen poll. Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss the poll results and what they suggests about how people are reacting to the economic crisis.
Who knows what (a real, democratic) socialism will be like? No one. But it can at least be imagined in various ways, and that is what some science fiction writers do, as Old Mole Frann Michel explains. Read her remarks and follow links to her many sources here.
What else could we get for the may billions of dollars already spent on two wars? Laurie Mercier talks with Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project about redirecting massive military expenditures to our real security needs namely education, health care and jobs.
Capitalism is always a drag on the progressive agenda.But why?What is capitalism?In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explains how the private ownership of productive property forms and deforms social life.
Financial analyst Catherine Austin Fitts talks about the alleged suicide of acting Fanny Mac CFO David Kellerman and Nora Barrows Friedman interviews one of the leading activists against the building of a wall through Palestine.