Monday, November 6, 2017

Housing Myths

Housing in Ithaca and Tompkins County is notoriously expensive. Teresa Halpert and Tom Eisenberg explain that many erroneously assume that adding any new housing -- even luxury housing -- will make excess housing filter down to the bottom. This doesn't work. It's too slow. Landlord upscale rather than reduce rents. Worst of all, there are not enough middle-income people through whose hands housing units would have to pass to make filtering work. New projects must be required to include affordable units.

Monday, March 27, 2017

New York Health Campaign

Dr. Susan Soboroff discusses health insurance with Theresa Alt. Whether the ACA survives or is repealed, the much better way to go is single payer. A bill New York Health before both houses in Albany would provide for improved Medicare for all to cover everyone in New York State at lower cost. It has gained nearly enough cosponsors to pass. Recorded March 24, 2017.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Healthcare Check-Up

Dan Lamb, who used to be an aide to Congrssman M. Hinchey, tells Deirdre Silverman about threats to the Affordable Care Act and how to counter them. Congressional Republicans want to use budget reconciliation to cut funding to the ACA, Medicaid and Medicare. Other aspects of the ACA that don't involve expenditures cannot be affected by reconciliation and are a separate fight. It might be better to seek single payer within New York State. Recorded February 10, 2017.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Red Vienna

Vienna after World War I faced devastating shortages of everything, especially housing. The City elected a socialist government, which built massive housing projects that provided not just places to live but laundries, clinics, day care, education and sports facilities. The buildings were solid and beautiful and established an ongoing tradition of quality public housing. Theresa Alt and Kathy Russel recently visited Vienna. Recorded December 9, 2016.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What Is Democratic Socialism?

Maria Svart, National Director of DSA, explains to Wayles Browne how under democratic socialism everybody would participate democratically in decisions about how we allocate our economic resources. This can be in the workplace through unions or cooperative ownership or at the national level. At present the 1% siphons off most of the wealth that the 99% create. DSA doesn't have a blueprint -- democratic decisions will determine the details. For sure, there will be space for entrepreneurship and creativity. Social democracy, the kind of program Sanders was talking about, is but a step in that direction. Recorded October 16, 2016.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Voters' Dilemma

DSA Vice Chair Joseph Schwartz and Theresa Alt discuss the decisions faced by voters disappointed in the results of the presidential primaries: vote for the lesser evil? a third-party candidate? not vote at all? Given the peculiarities of the US election system, the same action may have different impacts in different states. Recorded August 10, 2016.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

How Did Freiburg Get So Green?

Dominic Frongillo tells us more about the sustainable practices of the city of Freiburg, Germany. It all began with resistance to a proposed nuclear plant. The protesters then turned to politics, and the Green Party grew. But there is more that makes green practices possible. The utility company is owned by 90 municipalities and carries out their policies of sustainability. Federal money makes many projects possible. Young people don't go into debt over education or health expenses, so they can participate in public life. Recorded April 13, 2016.