BTS 3/20/06: Immigration; 3rd Anniversary of Iraq Invasion; Socialism & Basketball

Listen: Gustavo Arellano - John Bellamy Foster - Bertell Ollman

Immigration is becoming the hot-button issue for Republicans in the elections for 2006, and probably 2008. Rep Jim Sensenbrenner of Milwaukee has sponsored a backlash bill that is punitive and will further drive undocumented workers underground and to the margins of society. That may play well in Wisconsin, but Californians depend on the work and skills of these essential workers. Cardinal Mahony has come out in favor of compassion of the issue, standing against the immigration policy being proposed. Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly wrote an op-ed in the LA Times comparing Mahony's stance to the principled and consistent one of Father Luis Olivares, who offered sanctuary and refuge to undocumented workers without question. Arellano joins us to discuss the issue and what he calls Mahony's 'opportunism.'

We then turn to a talk by John Bellamy Foster on the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. John Bellamy Foster calls for building a permanent peace movement.

Finally, it's March Madness, and Bertell Ollman thinks there's a real reason people love basketball - because of team cooperation, which Ollman says reflects socialist values, not capitalist ones.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Gustavo Arellano is an OC Weekly reporter and author of the “Ask A Mexican” column in the OC Weekly.

2. John Bellamy Foster has written widely on political economy and has established a reputation as a major environmental sociologist. He teaches at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He is the author of the forthcoming Naked Imperialism: The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance (2006), as well as Pox Americana: Exposing the American Empire (co-edited with Robert W. McChesney, 2004) and Ecology Against Capitalism (2002).

3. Bertell Ollman is a professor of politics at NYU, and has written and edited over a dozen books, including Alienation: Marx's Conception of Man in Capitalist Society, Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich, Dialectical Investigations, How to Take an Exam...and Remake the World, and most recently Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method.