Ralph welcomes activist, George Lakey, to discuss “Viking Economics,” about what the U.S. can learn from the Scandinavian economies and “How To Win” social progress with direct action, non-violent campaigning. Then, Ian Barlow from the Federal Trade Commission, tells us how to stop robo-calls. Plus, Ralph weighs in on Trump’s State of the Union.
George Lakey is a sociologist, author, and activist who for over six decades has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents and led projects on local, national and international levels. His first time arrested was in the civil rights movement; recently he went to jail in the successful campaign to stop the nation’s seventh largest bank from financing mountaintop removal coal mining. Those kinds of experiences have informed his book “How We Win: A Guide To Direct Action Nonviolent Campaigning.” He is also the author of “Viking Economics: How The Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too.”
“Instead of creating programs for poor people, they (the Scandinavians) understood they needed to create universal programs that provide benefits for everyone, and then everyone will defend them… and that really makes a huge difference in winning over people, first of all, and then implementing a system that provides way more equality than we can even dream of.”
George Lakey, author of “Viking Economics: How The Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too.”
Ian Barlow is an attorney, who works at the Federal Trade Commission as the coordinator for the “Do Not Call Program.”
“The four pieces of advice we give to consumers are 1.) Go to donotcall.gov and register for the Do Not Call Registry. 2.) Hang up on abusive or illegal calls. 3.) Report the unwanted, illegal, or abusive calls at donotcall.gov, and 4.) Consider a call-blocking application.”
Ian Barlow program coordinator for the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry.