Corporate personhood and the campaign to legalize democracy
On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme court took another step in the long - and many say misguided - journey to granting corporations personhood under the U.S. Constitution. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a five-member majority of the court increased the ability of corporations to use their wealth to influence our electoral process.
This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris. It deals with making energy locally, the racial, gender and class politics of the Southern plantation household, Alice Munro's latest book, a novel by Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, and a big leftist confab coming up in New York. ("Variety" is our middle name.)
Americans don't torture. No, they call it something else. And then they get away with it.
A deeply disappointing Department of Justice report reduces the war crimes of the Bush administration to an error of legal judgment. Sorry about the torture! Shouldn't have listened to those damn lawyers. With Joe out on vacation, Abe looks at a Bizarro World in which torturers and mass murderers enjoy lives of retired luxury in between speaking gigs and Sunday talkshow appearances. Oh wait -- it's our world.
The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination
This is the theme of this year's Left Forum Conference. The Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. Bill Resnick and Seth Adler discuss the Forum's upcoming annual conference in New York that draws thousands to a rich banquet of panels, speakers, arts shows, films and informal discussions. It runs from March 19 to March 21. You can learn more about it at the Left Forum website, where you can also find videos of last year's panel discussions.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we’ll take you on an audio tour through the art exhibition: Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now. Hundreds of posters, photographs, video, and audio representing more than forty years of activism, political protest, and social justice campaigns curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, are on display until March 19th at the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space, at 1214 NW Johnson in Portland. Thanks to Alec Dunn, tour guide, Mack McFarland, and Claude Marks.