Plug from Caleb Crain!

The Book Bench: Why I Signed the Occupy Writers Petition : The New Yorker My Keynesian hunch about the current economic troubles is that when wealth is too much concentrated in the hands of people who don’t need to spend it, it stops circulating. I suspect that America spent its way out of the structurally similar Great Depression of the nineteen-thirties through a campaign of wealth redistribution that lasted decades—the government hired soldiers, gave college educations to veterans, granted pensions to senior citizens, and went to war on poverty—and that the transfer laid the groundwork for… Read More

Help wanted

LBO needs a new assistant/intern/researcher. Tasks include maintaining the subscription database, responding to sub queries, making bank deposits, doing various sorts of research. Working conditions are charming, hours short and flexible (5-10 hours a week), and pay is modest but hardly scandalous. If you’re interested, send a query with resume to

More Zimbabwe solidarity

Scott McLemee asked me to circulate this, as a follow-up to this post from earlier in the week: Solidarity With Zimbabwean Political Prisoners. They’re getting screwed and they need support.  

Lunacy at KPFA

No doubt many of you are sick of the whole Pacifica mess, but this is really important: if these layoffs go down, it’s gonna be 9/11 and chemtrails. From the excellent historian of Pacifica, Matthew Lasar: How the KPFA Morning Show almost killed me (and why I want it to live) | Radio Survivor.

Big thanks!

Thanks to all of you who donated to WBAI to support Behind the News. It was, in the words of the station’s webmaster, “a huge success.” Thank you all. And if you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late! Details here. The donations came from all over the place. In the webmaster’s words: “Texas, Washington state, California, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, Louisiana, Florida, Michigan and Maryland, in addition to, of course, New York and New Jersey. On top of this, there were also donations from Belgium, Australia and Canada.” And, as I was typing this,… Read More

Another reminder to support BtN

Just reiterating yesterday’s plea: if you listen to my radio show, please contribute during WBAI’s fundraiser. Without WBAI, and without WBAI airing “Behind the News,” there would be no “Behind the News.” Ways to do it are online (see links here), or phone in a pledge to 212-209-2950 during my fundraising shift today, 5-6 PM New York time. The show will feature, as a fundraising premium, my June interview with Norman Finkelstein on CD and/or Norman’s latest book, This Time We Went Too Far (description here.)

Support “Behind the News” on WBAI—really!

WBAI is in the midst of a crucial fundraising marathon now, running through most of this month. The station is in very bad shape financially, and unless we raise a bundle in the coming weeks, there could be dire consequences. And the interim program director has made some noises about bringing in some “big names” in the 5–6 PM slot. That’s my slot, at least on Thursdays, and I doubt as I qualify as a “big name.” In pursuit of a similar strategy at KPFK, Pacifica’s Los Angeles outlet, they brought in… Read More