WBEZ | 99 percent http://www.wbez.org/tags/99-percent Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Occupy and its adversaries need to find common ground, says rabbi http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/occupy-and-its-adversaries-need-find-common-ground-says-rabbi-94619 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/occupy1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Occupy movement has been a learning experience for everyone, including <a href="http://www.bradhirschfield.com/" target="_blank">Rabbi Brad Hirschfield</a>, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and Beliefnet.com <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/windowsanddoors/" target="_blank">blogger</a>.</p><p>He gives his take on religious congregations' reaction to Occupy Wall Street.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/occupy-and-its-adversaries-need-find-common-ground-says-rabbi-94619 Income disparity and U.S. political economy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-09/income-disparity-and-us-political-economy-93898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/occupy2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At the heart of the growing Occupy movement is a frustration that economic elites dominate public policy and don’t contribute their fair share to society.</p><p>Last month, we sat down with <a href="http://www.polisci.northwestern.edu/people/winters.html" target="_blank">Jeffrey Winters</a>, a political science professor at Northwestern University, to talk about wealth in America and his book <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107005280&amp;ss=fro" target="_blank"><em>Oligarchy</em></a>. Jeffrey <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/oligarchy-history-how-super-rich-defend-their-wealth-93577" target="_blank">talked to us</a> about the root causes of income disparity, and how America’s super-rich have an entire ‘wealth defense industry” at their disposal to evade paying taxes proportional to what the rest of the country pays. The interview provoked a compelling discussion about the nature of wealth in America. He returns to the program to take calls from listeners.</p><p>We're also joined by <a href="http://political-science.uchicago.edu/people/faculty/mccormick.shtml" target="_blank">John McCormick</a>, a political science professor at the University of Chicago and author of <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item5695990/?site_locale=en_GB" target="_blank"><em>Machiavellian Democracy</em></a>. He proposes a new branch of government, a "people’s council," that could try government officials for war crimes and abuse, veto and propose legislation, and ultimately keep government accountable to the masses. His ideas stem from research into ancient systems such as Rome and Athens, where plebeians held high positions in government alongside elites.</p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-09/income-disparity-and-us-political-economy-93898 Researcher finds wealth distribution linked to health of societies http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/researcher-finds-wealth-distribution-linked-health-societies-93853 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-08/occupy3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Americans are taught early on that “all men are created equal.” But people taking part in Occupy Wall Street would argue that’s no longer the case.</p><p>The protesters are angry about the enormous gap between the rich and poor and frustrated by rising unemployment, foreclosures and corporate bonuses.</p><p>British epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson studies income inequality in developed countries. He’s found that people who live in more equal societies tend to fare better on a whole range of social indicators, from education to health to violence.</p><p>Richard, who also co-authored the book <em><a href="http://www.bloomsburypress.com/books/catalog/spirit_level_hc_362" target="_blank">The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger</a></em>, spoke with Worldview's Jerome McDonnell about his findings - including why country like Denmark has far more upward mobility than the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>Click on the audio link atop the page to hear their conversation in its entirety.</p><p><strong>Watch Richard's TED Talk, "How economic inequality harms societies":</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><object width="526" height="374"><param name="movie" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"><param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff"><param name="flashvars" value="vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2011G/Blank/RichardWilkinson_2011G-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/RichardWilkinson_2011G-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;vh=288&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=1253&amp;lang=&amp;introDuration=15330&amp;adDuration=4000&amp;postAdDuration=830&amp;adKeys=talk=richard_wilkinson;year=2011;theme=medicine_without_borders;theme=rethinking_poverty;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=not_business_as_usual;event=TEDGlobal+2011;tag=Culture;tag=Global+Issues;tag=data;tag=money;tag=social+change;tag=visualizations;&amp;preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#ffffff" flashvars="vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2011G/Blank/RichardWilkinson_2011G-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/RichardWilkinson_2011G-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;vh=288&amp;ap=0&amp;ti=1253&amp;lang=&amp;introDuration=15330&amp;adDuration=4000&amp;postAdDuration=830&amp;adKeys=talk=richard_wilkinson;year=2011;theme=medicine_without_borders;theme=rethinking_poverty;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=not_business_as_usual;event=TEDGlobal+2011;tag=Culture;tag=Global+Issues;tag=data;tag=money;tag=social+change;tag=visualizations;&amp;preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;" pluginspace="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" src="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="526" height="374"></object></p></p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/researcher-finds-wealth-distribution-linked-health-societies-93853 Occupy Chicago protests in City Hall http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-chicago-protests-city-hall-93524 <p><p>Occupy Chicago organizers are intent on getting a permanent camp site, and they want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make it happen.</p><p>On Wednesday, more than 100 protestors marched from the Chicago Board of Trade building to the mayor's office in city hall to hand over a petition asking that Emanuel allow the group to set up a permanent camp in Grant Park. They also want the city to allow protestors within "sight and sound" of the upcoming G8 and NATO conferences.</p><p>Long-time activist Andy Thayer said the mayor has a responsibility to protect Chicagoans' First Amendment rights.</p><p>"That's why we took our message right here to city hall," said Thayer. "We're angry at his arrests of the occupy Chicago protestors, so we're taking it right to his door step, right now."</p><p>Occupy Chicago also demands that charges against arrested protestors be dropped. This past weekend 130 people were arrested for camping in Grant Park after closing time. &nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 23:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-chicago-protests-city-hall-93524 Occupy Chicago looking for place to set up camp http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-chicago-looking-place-set-camp-93215 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-18/AP111003030082.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Organizers of the Occupy Chicago movement are looking for a place to set up tents and a make-shift headquarters as weather gets colder.</p><p>An Occupy Chicago spokesperson said Monday the group is looking for a permanent location where participants can stay and sleep as the protest continues.</p><p>Organizers have spent the past three weeks picketing in the Loop across the street from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, but due to city municipal ordinances, are not allowed to make camp at the location. This weekend, the Chicago Police Department said they arrested 175 protestors who sat in Grant Park after closing hours.</p><p>"We are looking for a more permanent home," said Megan Goves, a press liaison for the Occupy movement.&nbsp;"That is what we were attempting to do on Saturday night."&nbsp;</p><p>Micah Philbrook, an Occupy Chicago organizer, said finding a site is essential as the number of protestors continues to grow.</p><p>"We want to have a tent city," said Philbrook. "We want to have a place that we can set up and start creating the change that we want to be in society, and so moving forward that's one of our main goals."</p><p>Philbrook said Grant Park would be an ideal location to camp, but that organizers are considering other downtown parks and even warehouses as potential sites. He said protesters will continue to assemble in front of downtown Chicago's Federal Reserve Bank with or without the camp site.</p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-chicago-looking-place-set-camp-93215 Worldview 10.11.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-101111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-11/bitcoin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the aftermath of the financial crisis, a person using the alias "Satoshi Nakamoto" invented “bitcoins,” a virtual currency users could trade for real bills like dollars and euros. His idea was to circumvent the manipulations of central banks and irresponsible governments. We talk to <em>New Yorker</em> writer Joshua Davis, who, in a <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/10/111010fa_fact_davis" target="_blank">recent piece</a>, tries to find the real Nakamoto and examines whether bitcoins could do to real money what digital music did to analog recordings. Also, a Chicagoan explains why he uses bitcoins. Later, <a href="http://williamgreider.com/" target="_blank">William Greider</a>, national affairs correspondent for <em>The Nation</em>, tells us how he would break apart and re-imagine our dysfunctional economic system.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-101111