Archive for March, 2010

3P-059 Two Things Are Certain: Debt and Taxes

This episode looks at national debts as sneaky taxes, and why protectionism should be one of the most holy words in our vocabulary. Asks, if we owe on loans without our consent, are we really free? Referencing the radio series Wizards of Money by “Smithy,” does an in-depth analysis of FICA, the tax that pays for Social Security and Medicare.

Demonstrates how FICA made the income tax less progressive, and why those who can’t afford their own insurance are paying the most to extend the lives of seniors. Proposes an alternative that would provide free reproductive, pre-natal, and pre-school healthcare, so the right to life doesn’t end at birth.

Finally, compares the budget of the Roman Empire in 150 CE and the 21st century US Empire, including the most expensive provinces for each: Judea and Egypt. Updates the parable of the talents to the modern terminology of IMF loans and corporate kickbacks.

Poems:

  • “No More Cliches” by Octavio Paz
  • “ The Tao of the Trial” by Marilyn Nelson

Songs:

  • “Everything Has an End, Even Sadness” by Kaki King
  • “Money” by Monty Python
  • “The Taxman” by the Beatles

Videos:

  • “The Money Programme” with Eric Idle of Monty Python
  • “Journeys with George,” a video-montage by Monica Guerra using footage from Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary of the same name

To listen or view the transcript, click here.

3P-058 Honduras: The People Speak

This episode chronicles the violent aftermath of the Honduran coup, which Hilary Clinton has lauded as a return to normalcy. However, the Honduran people are not defeated. A Constituent People’s Assembly is being convened to strategize a map to the next world. Bertha Caceres Flores’ poetic invitation to the Assembly asks them to bring solidarity in their sack of dreams, but her agenda is clear-eyed and pragmatic. We answer their invitation with a parallel agenda for the US and use their blueprint for a new Constitution to re-envision our own consumer democracy.

Bertha is a leader of COPINH: The Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Intertwined throughout this tribute to the indigenous struggle of the Hondurans are the poetry, songs, videos, and quotes of Joy Harjo, visionary Cherokee poet and saxophone player. Alongside these two practical mystics, native to their lands, we also claim our legacy as proud descendents of peasants and commoners, witches and troublemakers.

Poem:

  • “A Map to the Next World” by Joy Harjo

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Song for Survival” by Mike Oldfield and the Anuta Tribe
  • “A Post-Colonial Tale” by Joy Harjo
  • “This is My Heart” by Joy Harjo

Click here to view the transcript or listen to the audio file. Thanks to Grahame Russell and Annie Bird of Rights Action, and Tom Louden of the Quixote Center for the information in this episode. Food in the ‘Hood has now raised $1900 for indigenous organizations of Honduras and Peru. Bruce Parry’s CD “Amazon Tribe: Songs for Survival” is also featured as a fundraiser for Survival International.