Prescription for Justice
Episodes 13 and 14 cover the topic, Teaching Social Justice. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote, “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity OR it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” My guest Hyung Nam studied political philosophy, worked with ''at-risk'' youth in both residential and school settings, and has taught social studies since 2000. He participates in social justice teacher groups and served on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools and the steering committee for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. We discuss how social justice can be taught, as well as the barriers to doing so. Note: episode 13 should be watched before episode 14.
This episode begins with a primer on the nature and scope of corporations including corporate profits/taxation/political influence/crime. My guest David Delk (Chair of the Oregon Progressive Party and national Co-Chair of the Alliance for Democracy) and I discuss the history of so-called “corporate personhood,” from colonial times to the present, covering significant Supreme Court decisions, the overwhelming influence of corporate money on politics, and the campaign for a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution to outlaw “corporate personhood.”