Human rights and their violation are an insistent focus of many activists and organizations. But are there important limitations to rights-based politics? Because an individualist interpretation of rights holds sway, Richard McIntyre asserts that the rights revolution has failed to advance the collective strength of US workers. (Encore presentation.)
Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina touched down on the Gulf Coast. What followed was a very human-made disaster, whipped up by a media that favored hype over accuracy. Yet it was also a moment of human-created solidarity and mutual aid. Award-winning writer Rebecca Solnit speaks about how disasters can make us step out of the isolation and fragmentation of our daily lives and give us a glimpse of how a society based on collectivity might look.