Tues 4.12.11| What Golden Age?

Are the myriad crises besetting California's economy new, or do they have their origins in longstanding practices that denied millions of residents access to public goods and services? Daniel Martinez HoSang challenges the notion of a lost Golden Age by examining the history of racialized ballot measures in California.

Mon 4.11.11| Indigenous Insurgencies

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and John Womack, Jr., Dreams of Revolution: Oklahoma, 1917 Monthly Review

Dan Berger ed., The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism Rutgers U. Press, 201


Insurrection and resistance are as much a part of the history of these lands as dispossession and occupation. Native American historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has made it her life's work to shine a light on such history, which is so often hidden. She discusses the little-known Green Corn Rebellion in 1917, as well as the struggles of Native peoples in the 1970s. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 4.04.11| Labor Upsurge

Dan Clawson argues that organized labor's decline could be reversed, and the Left's prospects greatly enhanced, if workers and their unions actively connected with social movements pushing for economic, racial, gender, and global justice. Clawson articulates his vision for labor's resurgence, discusses recent attacks on unions and public-sector workers, and describes the last great labor upsurge.

Wed 3.30.11| Media, Race, and the Tea Party

Black Agenda Report

Laura Flanders, At the Tea Party Or Books

Richard Kim, "The Mad Tea Party" The Nation

Essential Dissent



The anti-tax and anti-worker Tea Party took the mainstream media by storm, coming to prominence during debates over healthcare, and alarming those hoping for a shift to the left, not the right, during this time of crisis. The Tea Party's popularity, however, has been slipping over the past year. Left journalists Glen Ford, Laura Flanders, Richard Kim, and Adele Stan discuss the Tea Party's rise, its racist appeal, and the troubles that currently beset it.

Tues 3.29.11| North Africa Now, Asia Then

George Katsiaficas, "The Real Egyptian Revolution is Yet to Come" Sri Lanka Guardian

George Katsiaficas, "The Eros Effect Comes to Cairo" The Egyptian Gazette



In North Africa popular movements have sprung up challenging entrenched dictatorial regimes with the eyes of the world watching. Less known, at least in the West, are similar movements that swept Asia in the 1980s and '90s -- in Bangladesh, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Nepal, the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, and beyond. George Katsiaficas discusses the impulse behind the uprisings in Egypt and Asia and considers why they have often ended up strengthening the regimes they sought to overthrow.

Mon 3.28.11| Looking Left, Looking Forward

The past several months have witnessed the emergence of significant protests movements in the US and abroad. But what led to them and where are they headed? Those were some of the questions posed and answered by Barbara Ehrenreich, Richard Wolff, Paul Mason, and Frances Fox Piven at the annual Left Forum gathering in New York City.

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