1, At some point America came to the end of an egalitarian dream birthed and nurtured by the New Deal of the 1930s, the creation of social security in the 1940s, and the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It’s now popular to say that, as president, Richard Nixon was to the left of Barack Obama, but what that means is that our society was then closer to a social democracy.
Two or three decades ago, however, we didn’t think of an education as being part of the landscape of predation upon the poor. Now, as Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel explain, when it comes to a new crew of “for-profit” colleges, higher education has gone hyena and is tearing at the financial flesh of the poor.
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As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots. Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.
Inspired by the World Social Forum in Port Alegre, Brazil in 2005, community organizing movements have formed around the world and throughout the US. One of them is the Pacific Nortwest Social Forum which will be holding a People's Movement Assembly here in Portland this weekend -- 9/26-9/28. More information here. Two of its organizers, Rosalinda Nguyen and Edgar Franks, talk here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the event and the movement. 14:07 minutes (9.7 MB)
Some liberal economists have suggested that stopping climate change is an easy fix: it would be good for the economy, and we have the technology. But that ignores the political question of who controls the policy making institutions, as Rob Urie argues in this article from CounterPunch, read for us here by Tom Becker. Climate Change “is a problem created by the ‘approach to the world’ that is capitalism.” Photo Credit: Mother Earth News. 7:51 minutes (5.39 MB)
Sunday's big Climate Change March was followed up on Monday with a more militant action, Flood Wall Street at which a hundred arrests were made. In this Old Mole exclusive, Jan Haaken talks in real time with Diana Rempe, a Portland community psychologist, as she walks in this demonstration. 7:22 minutes (5.06 MB)
What are governments doing, and not doing, about climate change, and what can we expect from the UN Summit Conference on Climate Change this week? Janet Redman, who studies and writes about climate policy at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how neoliberal governments are relying more and more on the private, profit-making sector to solve problems only governments, led by their citizens, can solve. 19:19 minutes (13.26 MB)
Eric Ross, organizing director for the Backbone Campaign based in Vashon, Washington, along with Jay Cookson and James John Bell of SmartMeme studios in Union, Washington were in Portland for the first Cascade Media Convergence, an event that attracted communicators from throughout the Pacific NW to share ways to put media into the hands of ordinary people. The best example of that in the presentation was Glacier Northwest, a mining company in upstate New York that tried to take over a spit of land on Maury Island to develop a mining and barge loading site. 29:29 minutes (26.99 MB)
Thought I'd just toss you a handful of jitterbugged-up fire -on-the-fly in the form of The Promisedd Land of Daily Headlines...
And here they come now.
1, At some point America came to the end of an egalitarian dream birthed and nurtured by the New Deal of the 1930s, the creation of social security in the 1940s, and the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It’s now popular to say that, as president, Richard Nixon was to the left of Barack Obama, but what that means is that our society was then closer to a social democracy. 13:51 minutes (12.68 MB)
Paul Evans is a Working Families and Democratic candidate. He is running for Oregon State Representative in District 20. He talks with Don Merrill about how as a candidate for both parties he has to sometimes walk the line between ideologies, the need to return the police to communities in a more personalized way to prevent it from become further militarized and why he has unfailing faith in Oregonians to fix problems that are admittedly endemic but not necessarily intransigent. 29:49 minutes (27.3 MB)