A Carbon Tax is Our Best Tool To Combat Global Warming — Andrew McAfee at Long Now

If we think about global warming, which we can all agree is a dire problem and a problem that’s getting worse. The instant I start thinking about it as a type of pollution—as pollution caused by greenhouse gases—the problem becomes clearer to me. And I say this, I don’t say this to minimize the problem […]

Farm to Coop to Table: Food Justice in Urban Agriculture

>>WHERE IT GROWS AND WHERE IT GOES, THIS WEEK OUR TOPIC IS FOOD AS IT MATTERS TO OUR BODIES AND TO OUR COMMUNITIES. I’LL TALK WITH FARMERS AND CITY DESIGNERS WHO ARE CREATING EQUITABLE FOOD SYSTEMS AND HEAR ABOUT THE FIGHTS THAT ARE BREWING OVER URBAN LAND AND AGRICULTURE. THAT’S ALL COMING UP ON THE […]

Forest Brothers – anti-Soviet Guerilla War in the Baltics – THE COLD WAR

By 1951, the middle class in the United States was enjoying booming economic prosperity while Weste Europe was well on the path to recovery. Business was good, people flowed into malls and drive-in theatres, while the New York Yankees won the world series in front of a sell out stadium. For the West, the horrors […]

The Fight for Hambach Forest I GER/SPA Subtitles

The activists refer to this place as Mordor – the mine – and, to be honest, I can totally see why. Jesus… So we’re here at Hambach Forest, which has become this huge flashpoint in Germany and this battleground between activists and the police and this energy company, RWE. The reason why this place is […]

Cuban Capitalism: Sugarcane and Shoe Repair

Are Cubans really happy with Castro’s system? or are they desperately hoping for change? That depends on whom you ask. Lots of Cubans are jumping at the chance to go into business for themselves Despite 50 years of socialism Cubans still love to make a buck. These guys want capitalism back – and fast. Manuel, […]

Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

I’d like to start with a simple question: Why do the poor make so many poor decisions? I know it’s a harsh question, but take a look at the data. The poor borrow more, save less, smoke more, exercise less, drink more and eat less healthfully. Why? Well, the standard explanation was once summed up […]

POLITICAL THEORY – Karl Marx

Most people agree that we need to improve our economic system somehow. Yet we’re also often keen to dismiss the ideas of capitalism’s most famous and ambitious critic, Karl Marx. This isn’t very surprising. In practice, his political and economic ideas have been used to design disastrously planned economies and nasty dictatorships. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t […]

2. Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America’s “Peculiar” Region

Professor David Blight: Well, go South with me today. We’re going to take up this question initially of–it’s an old, old, old American question–how peculiar, or distinctive, or different is the American South? That used to be a question you could ask in quite some comfort. The “Dixie difference,” as a recent book title called […]

The Democrats’ “progress” from slavery to the new plantation

Student: I’ve seen that there’s in some way a false equivalency. You’re talking about this notion of, “You work, I eat.” But in the former scenario of the slave, that’s depriving someone of social mobility by basically taking all their labor for the benefit of someone else, whereas in the latter scenario, I assume you’re […]