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Show #1: January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

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On today’s first installment of Building A Powerful Left in the United States: We start out with Dolores Huerta, and talk about her initiative to Weave Movements Together – which certainly sounds like a good strategy to build a left.

Anthony Arnove provides some historical perspective.  Arnove worked closely with the late historian Howard Zinn on the book”Voices of a People’s History of the United States.”

We then speak to Stephen Duncombe, a professor of media studies at NYU.  While we must learn from history, we must also recognize what is unique about the moment we’re in now, and one aspect of that is a media landscape that evolves seemingly at breakneck speed, week by week.

Then we talk to Bill Fletcher Jr., and start to get into the brass tacks of what a powerful Left could look like, how it might be organized, and what ideas may animate that.

Lastly, we’ll hear from Stanley Aronowitz, a man who has devoted his long career into looking at the Left in the United States, and we’ll hear him focus on certain central points that he feels need to be addressed as the Left revitalizes itself in the present.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. msoling permalink
    February 1, 2011 12:48 am

    I am excited to see what is to come with this website. Thanks for your contribution and dedication to the revival of the Left. GODSPEED!

    “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” – Thomas Jefferson

  2. February 1, 2011 9:09 am

    I believe that JOB agencies just like advertising agencies have take hostage the work market. Workers are a commodity that companies no longer can afford. When advertising companies took control of the public airwaves (By this I mean that they monopolized the media they also made it so expensive for a small or regular company advertise. that only those in their elite circle had access and penetration directly into our homes). In the same way only people that are loyal to a job agency have work. But these people are also the most inept, and get shuffled around so that they don’t learn a skill or get friendly with other workers they are switched every three months and replaced by someone snatched from another place. Nobody gets hired unless they are recommended by a “Agency”.
    Looking on the other side of the problem as a business owner your being sued by people that have worked less, less and less. While your forced to take loans to stay in business, just to give the money to insurance companies and rent. There is little incentive for small business you can’t keep a presence any where when your competition has no quality control but all the publicity.
    I have a few ideas on how to change this situation.
    And will post them later thank you for your concern over this critical situation

    to defeat your enemy you must know him…


  3. February 4, 2011 6:20 pm

    Alan, nice idea. Constructive comments: I’m with Les Leopold whom Ian interviewed Thursday. i looked up the article Les wrote where he spelled out his point the “left has no vision”

    Les’s insight applies double to KPFK and your current project: no alternative positive vision of much of anything. This is the same trap MoveOn fell into: againstness is not a solution and will not attract the best young and new leaders, who are working in churches, spiritual groups and communicty organizing.

    Whre’s the forward vision? Right where it has always been, in the ballpark of Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging, two of few books outlining the direction of change of SUFFICIENT MAGNITUDE to address Progressive concerns on economy, environment, energy, social norms etc

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