Show Details for the week of June 18th, 2012

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On this week’s show:

  • Border Security turns into Border Warfare – an interview with Todd Miller
  • Elections in France and Greece show a move to the left – an interview with Richard Wolff


More about this week’s guests:

Todd Miller

Todd Miller has researched and written about U.S.-Mexican border issues for more than 10 years. He currently writes on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas. He has worked for BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona, and Witness for Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Bringing the Battlefield to the Border – The Wild World of Border Security and Boundary Building in Arizona


“William ‘Drew’ Dodds, the salesperson for StrongWatch, a Tucson-based company, is at the top of his game when he describes developments on the southern border of the United States in football terms. In his telling, that boundary is the line of scrimmage, and the technology his company is trying to sell — a mobile surveillance system named Freedom-On-The-Move, a camera set atop a retractable mast outfitted in the bed of a truck and maneuvered with an Xbox controller — acts like a ‘roving linebacker…there has been an ‘al-Qaedization of immigrants and immigration policy.’ And as in the Global War on Terror, military-industrial companies like Boeing and Halliburton are cashing in on this version of for-profit war.”


Richard Wolff

Richard Wolff is author of the new book “Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism.” He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.


“Recent elections in France and Greece show politics moving sharply to the left. The basic reasons are shock and then mounting anger. After five years of global capitalist crisis and government bailouts chiefly for the financiers who caused that crisis, the people are told to pay the costs of crisis and bailouts by suffering austerity (reduced public services when most needed plus reduced government jobs when unemployment is already severe). The usual parties and the usual politics are exposed as bankrupt servants of a capitalism that no longer can ‘deliver the goods’ and keeps dumping ‘bads’ on most people. Demands for major leftward social shifts win millions of new supporters, especially among the young.”