It was a fun, wide-ranging show last night, discussing the short-sighted US policies towards Egypt. then the short-sighted greed of corporations using tax shelters, and onwards to liberal tea parties.
Among the topics
The US, regardless of the outcome in Egypt, has hugely lost influence and power. Who will trust us now that we’ve waffled all over the place? China is making noises about backing Mubarek and the Saudi king had testy words for Obama. Yet the courage of the protesters in Egypt is what is driving it all. Does the US support democracy or does it support ‘stability’ by backing thugs? It can’t have it both ways.
How about we all protest against corporations that use sleazy tax shelters. Have flash mobs at Fedex combined with boycotts, with people using USPS instead. Hit ’em where it hurts. This goes double for Google and Apple, high visibility targets with a major investment in their brand. Yet Google routinely passes money through Irish corporations with the sole purpose of avoiding taxes. Flash mobs and protests against high-tech companies like these would get huge publicity if done right and might even make them change their evil tax-shelter ways.
And yes, there is a liberal Tea Party now – in Britain. It’s called UK Uncut. It started small at a grassroots level and has snowballed in size. We can do the same here.