Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Sernatinger, a baker, activist, and labor-organizer in Madison, Wisconsin about the class struggle there. What is left out of the mainstream conversations is progressive taxation, while Democrats appear on the side of unions mostly for their campaign contributions. Sernatinger has hopeful news about the multitude of radical progressive organizations who are keeping the focus on Wall Street and the role of tax breaks in the so-called budget crisis. Following the interview, host Laurie Mercier provides even more recent news from Sernatinger about the changing political situation.
Richard D. Wolff, a radical economist who writes and speaks frequently on the economic crisis, argues that the Left will soon have the opportunity to organize around popular dissatisfaction with the economy once the Tea Party loses support from the big business and the rich. He explains why in this piece published in the Guardian and on his blog, and read here by today's Well-read Red Clayton Morgareidge.
The working class is missing from popular TV shows, as this analysis by Josh Eidelson shows. Josh's funny and biting piece, published on the Dissent website and on his blog, is read here by the Old Mole's Joe Clement. It's called "Welcome to TV-Ville, Population: Richer Than You."
Laurie Mercier is our host today for this program about labor and politics. We hear about the continuing struggle of progressives in Wisconsin to resist attacks on labor by Republicans and to overcome the temerity of Democrats. We hear from Sandy Pope running against James P. Hoffa Jr. for Teamsters President and how she would democratize the union. We learn just how biased mainstream TV is against workers, and some hopeful analysis suggesting the end of Tea Party power and more opportunities for the Left.