Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole that, in addition to a discussion about the Syrian civil war and other mid-east conflicts, converges on a theme of social democracy under attack and the political stakes in its being defunded.
Joe Clement reads a short commentary about food stamps in terms of class warfare, and to that end as supporting the working-classes' capacity to organize and be organized to radical ends. 7:58 minutes (4.56 MB)
Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red, this time focusing on pension-raiding under neoliberalism and the PERS system in Oregon, which Governor Kitzhaber has advocated cutting in order to make up for education cuts. In Frann's words: let's pit old people against young people. Frann explains how public pensions work, how they've been raided in the name of investment and the false crisis this creates. You can read the blogged version of it with links HERE 7:50 minutes (4.49 MB)