TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.
If Vladamir Putin returns to Russia's presidency, will it damage US foreign policy in the region? In a thoughtful discussion with Dan Rather on HDNet's Dan Rather Reports, Russian scholar and Nation contributor Stephen Cohen discredits the mainstream media's assumptions that a Putin presidency would have a detrimental effect on both the Russian people and American diplomacy. Read Professor Cohen's past analyses of Russian foreign policy here. Go here to watch this full epsiode.
The Occupy movement, inspired by the Arab Spring, Spain's Indignados and Wisconsin's mass mobilzation against Governor Scott Walker, has spread throughout the nation and the globe. As signs demanding the rightful economic equality for the 99% are seen in New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Madrid, we know that this movement is occupying not only Wall Street but the world.
The Nation's editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel joined The Ed Show last night to explain how the Occupy movement, or the "99% movement," has "captured the imagination" and opened up a space for political deliberation that had only too recently been drowned out by other manufactured crises. These protests around the globe have reshaped the political landscape in the US and other parts of the world. The power of the Occupy movement does not lie in specific demands, as vanden Heuvel pointed out, but in its moral demand and its "super charging" energy for a coalition of different progressive groups fighting to change the status quo that only serves the interests of a small group of people.
In 1968, American sprinter John Carlos's famous black power salute shattered the apolitical veneer of the Olympic games, and expressed solidarity with the political convulsions of that time. Carlos has dedicated the subsequent decades to sports and social outreach—and yesterday, he joined the The Nation's Dave Zirin (who is also his biographer) to show his support for Occupy Wall Street. "We are not asking for change," he states in an interview with Democracy Now!. "We are demanding it."
You can read Zirin's column on John Carlos's trip to Zuccotti Park here.
What will an Obama vs. Cain presidential campaign look like? It will be, to say the least, "fascinating," The Nation's Melissa Harris-Perry says on MSNBC's Sound Off. Cain has been a leading GOP candidate in many states and surely the most competitive African-American Republican candidate so far. Harris-Perry points out that his campaign signifies the ideological complexity in African-American communities, and as long as he doesn't reveal his ignorance on topic such as foreign policy, his folksy appeal will have some resonance.
Is Occupy Wall Street capable of bringing about concrete, social change? In the midst of an ongoing debate surrounding the protest's effectiveness, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel ventured to Liberty Plaza to see the protests for herself. In an interview with Danny Schecter and Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, she discusses the movements admirable “moral clarity”—and its potential need for electoral energy to push for radical, systemic reform.
Was ESPN's recent firing of Hank Williams Jr. an appropriate response to his inflammatory politics—or a violation of free speech? In a spirited debate on ESPN yesterday, Nation sports columnist Dave Zirin took on the controversy surrounding Williams's comments, and discussed the problematic implications of Williams's long involvement in Monday Night football. You can read Zirin's article about Williams's firing here.
Three weeks into Occupy Wall Street, many on the right and some on the left continue criticizing the occupiers for having not come up with clear demands. The movement seems to be amorphous and not all of its participants have a list of specific items on their agenda. But should that be the reason to dismiss and diminish the movement—when it's still in its cradle? After all, Occupy Wall Street is not even three weeks old.
The Nation's Naomi Klein talked with Brian Lehrer on WNYC yesterday before she spoke at Liberty Square, the epicenter of the protests. She points out that the very organic nature of the movement—people from all walks of life coming together in common frustration with a system that allows extremely unequal distribution of wealth and power—and the greedy profit-hungry "culture" it seeks to resist pretty much determines that it takes time to formulate specific demands. But beyond demands, the situation requires imagining an entirely new yet feasible alternative structure of power. The participating youth and those in the movement who are not so young deserve support, not scorn.
Does the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has now spread from lower Manhattan to places as far flung as Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, signal a new beginning for the left? After the faltering of the anti-globalization movement in the early-2000s, the following decade saw a series of defeats for progressives. But that may now be changing, as cities across the country echo to the chants of the protester's unifying rallying cry: "We Are the 99%." On The Rachel Maddow Show last night, The Nation's Naomi Klein spoke with Ezra Klein about the massive potential Occupy Wall Street holds for reinvigorating a demoralized and disenchanted left. For more, read the speech Klein made at Liberty Square last night, Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now.
As the Occupy Wall Street movement grows—10,000 to 15,000 people participated in the Foley Square march yesterday in Lower Manhattan—the mainstream media can no longer turn away from it. So some of them have decided to mock the movement and dismiss its legitimacy.
The Nation's Naomi Klein appeared on Democracy Now! this morning to condemn this “sick” and “corrupt” move that “welcomes” people who participate in politics. In addition, she exposes the lies of “scarcity” created by those in power to cover up the unequal distribution of wealth in a capitalist society.
New York's most powerful unions have endorsed it. CEOs have expressed vague concerns for their safety. As Occupy Wall Street gains ground throughout the country, Nation writer Kai Wright joins Democracy Now! to discuss whether the protests could evolve into a viable, populist movement.