Saturday, February 4, 2012

Are We Broke? and What Can We Do?

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 5 -- February 4, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #205, February 7, 2012

Are We Broke? and
What Can We Do?

In brief

The more our country crumbles, the more the government says it can't afford to help us. Three voices offer three different solutions.

Annie Leonard says there's plenty of money: just force Congress to close corporate loopholes and support new "green" industries instead of "the dinosaur economy." Kevin Carson says forget it: Big Government will always serve the powerful . . . so let's develop an alternative economy. Chris Hedges says that civil disobedience is our only option.

Includes the entirety of Annie Leonard's new video, The Story of Broke . . . plus some reflections by K.D.

Above: Annie Leonard. Below: Kevin Carson

Notes, credits, & links

The Story of Broke is available on YouTube.

Thanks to Robin Upton and Unwelcome Guests for Chris Hedges' recent talk at Hofstra University (from which I have played excerpts).

Kevin Carson's essay--which I slightly condensed and edited for radio--is from CounterPunch, November 28, 2011.

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Above: Chris Hedges. Below: Still from The Story of Broke.

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RH said...

I love this show but I can't take the voice of this week's documentary filmmaker. She has a certain tone that I find irritatingly perky, like the stilted voices on PSAs and radio ads.

Kenneth Dowst said...

Yes: Annie Leonard's voice does take some getting used to. The first time I broadcast her ("The Story of Stuff"), I included a warning to the listeners. A shame, because she has some worthwhile things to say.

Even worse than Annie, for me: the female voices that occasionally come over the PA system at the superarket, pushing products. Help! I'm being infantilized!

Thanks for your comment,