Nations with leaders who are keenly affected by their own decisions may weather crises better than those whose leaders are further removed, according to author Jared Diamond. Paul Solman examines his view on the economic crisis in this interview.
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Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs & Steel (and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed), offers some timely thoughts on why Haiti, once a fairly prosperous country, has sunk into enduring poverty — a condition not comparatively shared by its neighbor on the same island, the Dominican Republic. According to Diamond, Haiti’s environmental conditions offer a partial explanation. But you will also find clues in the country’s language, and in the legacy of slavery that has shaped Haiti’s economic relationship with Europe and the US. This interview — quite a good one — aired this morning in San Francisco.
Alex Callinicos of the Socialist Workers Party at Marxism 2007 spoke on “From Marx’s Capital to Capitalism in the 21st Century”. This talk and many others can be found on the Resistance MP3 site. Hopefully, this will inspire you to pick up Marx’s master work, and if so, please check out David Harvey’s excellent online resource.
Music: Red Shadow – In the Lobby Bob Hill (Fred Hellerman) – Pity the Downtrodden Landlord Dave Lippmann – I Hate Walmart Ben Folds – Fred Jones Pt. 2 David Rovics – Strike a Blow Against the Empire Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man in Babylon (G Corp Dub) Inti-Illimani – El Pueblo Unido Albino! – Democracy
Background Music by Charlie Hunter, Bonobo, Frankenstein, Crooklyn Dub Consortium, Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips, Beatmakin Troopa and others.
Original version broadcast on Thursday, January 7th, 2009 8 PM EST on WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Program Length – 59:53