Ethan explains how deficits develop, why structural deficits a re what's really hurting us and the various ways to tackle. They consider how lowering tax-rates on the rich, high healthcare costs and tax subsidies exacerbate them. Bill ends with an question on the idea that we need to cut workers' income to deal with deficits.
Thabiti talks to Jan about his new book "Ballers of the New School" (available at Talking Drum books) that looks at transformations in racial consciousness and performance in America in the realms of sports. Tabhti brings up W.E. DuBois notion of "the tunis" ("this idea of being a person of color and being an American, and that sense of that American identity being denied or not acknowledged") and how through sports/youth culture people of color have come to disavow it.
We heard rap and hip-hop inspired by events in Egypt and around the Middle East on today's show. Brad gives us a little more perspective on the music and where it's come from, and speaks to listener concerns about vulgarity.
Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, features interviews about teachers struggling against the businessizing of education, single-payer healthcare in Oregon, neoliberalism and gay marriage, and a Well Read Red about the connection between the war against women and labor struggles nation-wide. The show is also peppered with music by Utah Phillips and a reading from the Industrial Workers of the World's constitution.
Frann Michel reviews recent attacks on reproductive rights considers how "the neoconservative movement to enforce gender conformity and women's subordination dovetails with the neoliberal agenda of cutting social programs." The full-text version with media-links can be found HERE.
Denise and Yasmin connect the struggle for LBGT rights with struggles against privatization and criticize how marriage equality obfuscates the fact that essential services like healthcare are not available to all, or in the case of education are under attack.
Yasmin Nair is a writer and activist in Chicago. Her work focuses on queer activism and struggles. She also writes for Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collecive dedicated to challenging the rhetoric and politics of inclusion.
Peter talks about Single Payer, which is being proposed to the House Healthcare Committee March the 11th in Salem: how it improves access, creates medical jobs, saves everyone $4 billion in overhead, and saves lives by making preventative care available. Experts from around the country will be coming to vouch for the demonstrated benefits of single Payer. If you are interested in bringing single payer to Oregon or participating in the hearing, go to www.singlepayeroregon.org
A technical difficulty made Bill absent for the first couple minutes of this interview.