Per Fagereng speaks with Ellen Brown, who developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In "Web of Debt", her latest book, she turns those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and "the money trust." She shows how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back.
Socialism for the rich, the state of the economy, and political art and theater
On the Old Mole Variety Hour, we will hear what’s ahead for the declining US economy, and how the welfare state for the rich socializes risks and privatizes profits: When corporations win, they win; when they lose, we all pay. The Moles will also talk with members of the Just Seeds Art Collective and review the play "Man to Man" about a German woman who switched identities to survive the Nazis.
Laurie Mercier hosts this program of interviews and reviews about civil rights, justice and injustice. Laurie interviews Ellen Schrecker about the assaults on academic freedom in the 1950s and how they compare with those of today. Bill Resnick talks with radical economist Robin Hahnel about participatory democracy in Venezuela. And the Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review The Road to Guantanamo.
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Robin Hahnel talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about new forms of democracy developing in Venezuela, including such radical arrangments as participatory budgeting. He discusses some of this in a recent article in Monthly Review.
Political repression in the US and Participator Democracy in Venezuela
Does the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act? Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host Laurie Mercier. Can grassroots communities govern themselves? What is “participatory budgeting?” Radical economist Robin Hahnel and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick discuss. That's all on The Old Mole Variety Hour today, along with commentary by Thabiti Lewis and a film review from Denise Morris.
Host Barbara Bernstein talks about the recent severe weather and the impacts on Agriculture with Dr. Matthew Helmers, Assistant Professor at Iowa State's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and an expert in Agricultural and Water Resources.
Robyn Shanti interviews author/economist Michael Shuman about the importance of a healthy local food system and how communities are increasingly feeding themselves, and simultaneously reaping huge economic, environmental and social benefits. Learn about case studies of successful, innovative local food businesses right here in Portland and information about the upcoming Eat Local Week, July 4-11th.