July 5 Old Mole Variety Hour
This show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, responds to the insane drive to cut social spending by governments at a time when people have been left high and dry, or homeless and hungry, by the absurd situation that capital has created: vast wealth that cannot be invested, millions of people with no jobs, and lots of work that needs to be done to keep our communities and our planet together. We look at the shortfall in the Oregon state budget and the cuts that are coming, and what should be done instead. We hear a lucid historical account of how the world has been led to this point by capitalist growth. And we learn how to see Toy Story 3 as a depiction of depression and hope in these hard times.
For more discussion of the recession from the Mole's point of view, see Marty Hart-Landsberg's blog.
Also on the show is music from hard times, past and present, selected for us by our radical musicologist Brad Duncan. We hear parts of Blind Alfred Reed's "How Can a Man Stand Such Times and Live;" "The Hustle is On" by T-Bone Walker; Young Jeezey singing "Circulate"; and "I'm Broke and Proud" by Rugged 'N Proud, featuring Hasan Salaam.