The modern bureaucratic state was built during the New Deal and World War II by liberals who had doubts about a big state with a big bureaucracy. Anne Kornhauser tells the story in her book Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970. Here she talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about how efforts to reduce and control bureaucracy differed on the right and the left, and about how to democratize the state. 21:31 minutes (14.78 MB)
A panel organized by the Oregon Working Families Party addresses the topic - Disrupting Democracy -- What can the US Left learn from Greece. Panelists include moderator Mary King, economic professor from Portland State University; Robin Hahnel, economics professor from PSU; Barbara Dudley, political science professor at PSU and WFP founder; and Dan Cantor, national director of the Working Families Party. 55:49 minutes (51.1 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this episode with segments featuring Jeremy Brecher on Climate Insurgency, Denise & Joe on Housing Justice, and readings on the cost of low wages and the radical promise of Reconstruction.