Tuesday 23 March '10 show notes

Tuesday 23 March '10 show notes

  • Guests:
    • Dr. John Lott, best selling author...his latest book is "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half Baked Ideas Don't".
    • Hadar Susskind, Director of Strategy and Policy at J Street.
  • Topics:
    • Why should the United States be the only country in the world that allows for profit health care?
    • Why are the Republicans calling for a return to slave breaking?
    • How can America best both support Israel and peace in the region?
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  • Quote: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." ~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Article: Healthcare shares rise after vote By Andrew Jack .

    Shares in many US healthcare companies rose on Monday following the passage of healthcare reforms, with investors seeing the benefits of greater certainty and increased demand offsetting potential price controls.

    Even several large medical insurers, which could experience rising costs and lower profits from a requirement to accept broader coverage on more restricted terms, gained, alongside pharmaceutical companies, which had lobbied aggressively to limit the costs of reform.

  • Article: Excerpts from Slave Narratives - Chapter 31. Frederick Douglass: "Cowardice Departed, Bold Defiance Took Its Place".

    We were worked in all weathers. It was never too hot or too cold; it could never rain, blow, hail, or snow, too hard for us to work in the field. Work, work, work, was scarcely more the order of the day than of the night. The longest days were too short for him, and the shortest nights too long for him. I was somewhat unmanageable when I first went there, but a few months of this discipline tamed me. Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!

    Sunday was my only leisure time. I spent this in a sort of beast-like stupor, between sleep and wake, under some large tree. At times I would rise up, a flash of energetic freedom would dart through my soul, accompanied with a faint beam of hope, that flickered for a moment, and then vanished. I sank down again, mourning over my wretched condition. I was sometimes prompted to take my life, and that of Covey, but was prevented by a combination of hope and fear. My sufferings on this plantation seem now like a dream rather than a stern reality.

  • Document: Amendment XIII of the U.S. Constitution.

    Section 1.
    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    Section 2.
    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.