Is there a role for Anarchists in the OWS movement?

Dennis Trainor, documentary filmmaker & was w/October2011 DC joins Thom Hartmann. From its beginning - the Occupy Movement has preached non-violence in it's demonstrations and protests. But now - splinter cells of the movement are popping up - using violence to send their message. Is there a role for anarchists in the movement to re-build the American economy?

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Lone Liberal Rumble - A Re-Trial of Citizens United?

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Marc Harrold, conservative commentator, join Thom Hartmann. Have Republicans become reliant on corporate executives to win elections - and did Republicans just prove this week that they are the party of bigotry? Those questions and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble..

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Is Libertarianism Dead?

With England and Spain in double-dip recessions - and civil unrest from Madrid to Athens - austerity might be coming to an end. But is something else dying along with austerity - and why will it leave the likes of Paul Ryan and Ron Paul in tears?

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Full Show 5/1/12: May Day: Global Day of Action

Thom talks to OWS participants about their roles in today's Global Day of Action. In many parts of the world, today is better known as 'May Day'. It's a day when working class people take to the streets to demand fair wages and better treatment. Thom also talks to economist, Richard Wolff, about the significance of the growing number of OWS protesters on the streets and their anger over too much corporate power and corporate corruption of the US government.

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The Tea Party - A front group for Banksters & Billionaires

In the fall of 1773 - a group of revolutionaries dressed up like Indians - boarded a ship belonging to the East India Tea Company - and dumped over a million dollars worth of tea over the rail and into Boston Harbor. It was later called the Boston Tea Party - the first act in a drama that eventually led to the Revolutionary War - and the birth of the United States of America. What most people don't know about the Boston Tea Party is why exactly it happened - what the colonists were actually protesting against. It wasn't just against the King, or taxation without representation, or a fight for freedom. It was a protest against corporate control over the North American economy. It came after the British Parliament - who were mostly shareholders in the British East India Company - gave the largest corporate tax break in the history of the world to the world's then-largest corporation, the East India Company - so it could pull a Wal-Mart and put out of business all the local tea sellers up and down the east coast of the colonies. Enraged by that blatant example of crony capitalism - the Tea Act of 1773 - the colonists put feathers on their heads and dumped the tea overboard - and the rest is history. Our nation has a history of - and in fact was founded on - rebelling against corporate monopolies and rage about corporations getting huge tax breaks from Parliament. Which brings us to today - when tens of thousands of Americans across the nation have taken to the streets to ...

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How Romney Rich Fat Cats are Destroying America

Zaid Jilani, Republic Report, joins Thom Hartmann. Between right-wing think tanks like the American Legislative Exchange Council writing our laws on behalf of corporate interests - to lawmakers in Washington, DC doing the will of lobbyists just to keep the campaign contributions coming in - our democracy is growing more and more unresponsive to the people. And it's one reason why many Americans think they can make more of a difference in the streets than in the ballot box.

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The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Carnificialously Ugly!

The Good! *Bob Beckel* You may have heard how comedian Jon Lovitz recently attacked President Obama over his desire for wealthy Americans to pay more taxes. The Bad! *Rep. Joe Walsh* At a town hall meeting over the weekend - the Tea Party Congressman told Illinois constituents that President Obama was elected by Americans because he was black. The Very Very Ugly! *US Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock* Next week - Mourdock - a hard-right Conservative - is expected to beat incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in Indiana's Republican Primary. That's bad news for the people of Indiana - and the rest of America.

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May Day Hits Capitalism

So what's the big picture to today's events? Yes, there's enormous wealth inequality. Yes, the economy still isn't producing wealth for the vast majority of us. Yes, there's Wall Street still making huge profits off screwing over customers. Yes, students are saddled with a trillion dollars in loans. But WHY is all of this happening? Absent of the political will to do this - how will it get done? Through mass rallies like we're seeing today? OR do things have to get really badHere with some answers is Prof. Richard Wolff - professor at New School University and author of numerous books including, "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It"

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How Do You Create Change through Mass Movements?

Historically - labor organizations have spearheaded economic change in America through strikes, rallies, and marches. In fact - May Day itself - or what's better known today as International Workers Day -has its roots in the labor movement of the 19th century demanding better working conditions and pay during the Robber Baron era in America. And today - as workers now face similar challenges - the labor movement is once again organizing and in the streets. Richard Trumka - the President of the AFL-CIO released a statement on today's action saying, "Workers' rights should be universal and every person - no matter what nationality, ethnicity, or gender - must have equal rights and the opportunity to achieve a better life." Stewart Acuff joins Thom..he is the Chief of Staff with the Utility Workers Union of America and Former Director of Organizing at the AFL-CIO. He's also the Author of the book, "Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing"

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The Dark Side of Recycling

Welcome back to our special coverage of today's May Day events. May Day used to be a day set aside for immigrant workers in America - however - after opposition from the US Government - the day quickly lost most of it's relevance in our country. But - despite being dormant for decades - May Day and its legacy are able to live on today thanks in large part to America's immigrant workers. In 2006 - immigrant activists organized "a day without an immigrant" - a nationwide strike of immigrant workers. It turned out to be one of the the largest demonstrations and protests of workers in American history. And today - immigrants are making their make on this year's May Day as well. Joining Thom Hartmann now to discuss this is Axel Caballero - founder and Producer of Cuentame - a Brave New Foundation campaign..

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Were the San Francisco Vandals Paid Provocateurs?

On a massive day of action like this - there's always a debate over what sort of tactics should be used to advance the movement forward. And although the Occupy Movement has prided itself primarily as a peaceful movement - there are elements within it that have endorsed more destructive tactics. Last night - on the eve of May Day - a group of 50 protestors took to the streets in San Francisco armed with crow bars - splattering paint on buildings, breaking storefront and car windows - and even lighting an SUV on fire. The local occupy movement condemned the vandalism - but it's not the first time that such a tactic has been employed in the background of peaceful occupy rallies. Joshua Holland, Alternet, joins Thom Hartman from Oakland - the site of some of the most tumultuous encounters between the Occupy movement and police.

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May Day - Is this the kick off of OWS spring?

Workers of the world are uniting in a global day of action to commemorate International Workers Day. In hundreds of cities across America and around the world - in London, Barcelona, Toronto, Kuala Lampur, and Sydney - there were calls for a general strike with no working, no shopping and no banking. One thing you might have noticed in today's rallies and marches, is that a majority of those taking part in the action are young people. That's because they've figured out that Reaganomic austerity policies they're pushing back against are harming them the most. According to a new study by the International Labour Organization, trickle-down austerity measures like the ones passed in Europe and by Republicans here in the United States disproportionately hit young workers the hardest. In austerity-wracked Ireland - a third of young workers are unemployed. And in austerity-hit Spain - more than half of all workers under age 25 are unemployed. And here in the United States - where Republicans have forced the President's hand on budget cuts - including cuts to Pell grant programs - half of our nation's recent college graduates are out of work or underemployed. If young people can't find work out of college - then a whole generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, and engineers could be lost. For a round-up of today's action from New York City - I'm joined by Occupy participants Sarah Seltzer, Associate Editor-Alternet, and Mark Bray, Press Liaison-OWS.

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Full Show 4/30/12: CISPA: Patriot Act of the internet?

Thom talks with Policy Director of FreePress.org, Matt Wood about the US cyber security bill known as CISPA and the possible implications it would have on private online information. Then Thom talks to actor and activist, Noah Wyle and his recent arrest on Capitol Hill over Medicaid cuts. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom explains the connection between wealth inequality and obesity.

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The Obesity epidemic...blame Reagan!

Since 1960 - the obesity rate in America has tripled - and one man is largely to blame for the epidemic. I'll tell you who he is and how he's created a nation of over-weight Americans, in tonight's Daily Take.

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Without immediate global action on climate change, today's teenagers will be forced to live with the consequences of our inaction. The World Bank has issued their third report of climate change, and it says that global temperatures could rise by as much as 4 degrees Celsius by the time today's teens hit their 80th birthday.

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