Friday, September 30, 2011

Three Populists

New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 40 -- September 30, 2011

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This week in New World Notes, radio program #187, October 4, 2011

Three Populists

Tommy Douglas
In brief

What's a populist? Broadly speaking, it's a person who believes that government should be controlled by the people--not by the oligarchs and big corporations. And that government should serve the needs of the people (not ... etc.). The three populists we'll hear from this week are
  • Tommy Douglas: Longtime Canadian politician & reformer, co-founder of Canada's New Democratic Party (social-democratic), Premier of Saskatchewan Province 1944-1960. Said to be the person responsible for the first Medicare program in North America. Died in 1986. We'll hear his oft-told comic beast-fable about unresponsive politicians, Mouseland
  • Molly Ivins: Texas-based journalist and nationally-known commentator, here speaking in Berkeley, CA, around 2005. She died in 2007
  • Jim Hightower: Former Texas state government official (Agriculture Commissioner)--back when liberal Democrats could get elected to office in Texas. Now a nationally-known political commentator, self-identified populist, and general troublemaker. Still alive & kickin'
Each is witty and amusing (sometimes downright funny). Each offers a worthwhile critique of the present System--and a call to action.

Above: Molly Ivins. Below: Gov. Rick "Goodhair" Perry
plays a prominent role in Molly's stories.

Notes, credits, & links

Molly Ivins recording courtesy of Scooter, of "The innerSide" on KPFT-FM (Houston, Texas). This excerpt was previously broadcast on NWN #44 in December 2008. Jim Hightower's commentaries are from his Web site.

Mouseland is available as an animated video.

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