November 30 - Can the Central Banks Save Europe From Itself; "Why Liberals Should be Rooting For Romney"; "Occupy" Elections

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Part 1

We begin with some of the world’s biggest central banks announcing they will take coordinated action to stop the European debt crisis from tanking the global economy. The former chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking and Budget Committees, and now the Director of the Institute For New Economic Thinking, Robert Johnson joins us. As Europe enters a critical 10 day period ending on December 10th after the European Union Summit, by which time the Italian Prime Minister has warned, there will be no more room for error, we will discuss whether Europe can be saved from itself. Robert Johnson


Part 2

Then Northeastern University Journalism Professor  Dan Kennedy, who writes a weekly column for The Guardian, joins us to discuss his latest article “Why Liberals Should Be Rooting For Romney” which argues that while Obama supporters hope one of the many flawed Republican Presidential contenders get the nomination, they should be careful what they wish for.  If the already ailing economy collapses and unemployment soars, then instead of a moderate, pragmatic and results-oriented Romney who is everything today’s Republican Party is not, a Gingrich or a Perry could get elected and America would lose. Dan Kennedy


Part 3

Then finally George Lakoff joins us. He is the author of “The Political Mind, Moral Politics, Don’t Think Like an Elephant and Whose Freedom?” He argues that the next step for the “occupy” movement is to occupy elections. Just as the Tea Party gained power, he feels the occupy movement can change the nation by engaging in electoral politics, because elections focus attention on public discourse and so far, the 99% versus the 1% has opened a national dialogue that should be built upon. george lakoff
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