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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Posted Jan. 4, 2012
Interview with Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman professor of political economy at the University of Maryland , conducted by Scott Harris
As Republican Party presidential candidates campaigned across Iowa – the state holding the first meaningful contest for the GOP nomination, Occupy Wall Street activists in the state organized actions to focus public attention on one of priority concerns, the corrupting influence of big money in U.S. politics. Direct action disruptions at candidate speeches and protests at headquarters, including Democratic party offices, resulted in more than 60 arrests. The message these activists were sending was that both the Republican and Democratic parties largely represent the interests of major corporations and the top one percent wealthiest Americans.
As the new year begins, many observers are pondering the future of the Occupy Wall Street movement after police evicted thousands of activists from encampments in dozens of cities nationwide. Since the emergence of Occupy activism in New York City on Sept. 17, one question frequently asked of the movement is, "Where is your agenda and what are your specific demands?"
While the decentralized movement that operates by modified consensus is working through these important questions, Gar Alperovitz, author of a newly revised edition of his 2005 book, "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy," offers some well thought-out answers. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman professor of political economy at the University of Maryland, who examines the problem of rising economic inequality in the U.S. and the practical, democratic solutions, many of which have already been put into practice in communities nationwide.