Every weekend CUIP's president Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogues compiled on Sunday, May 24, 2009 after watching selections from "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," and several Charlie Rose interviews. Read the entire Talk Talk here.
Salit: How would you characterize what is going on in the world?
Newman: That's what I'm characterizing, what's going on.
Salit: Are you agreeing that it will work?
Newman: I'm not agreeing that it's going to work.
Newman: But that's what's going on. And it might work for some time, and I'm even agreeing that it might be what's needed right now to get the world over the hump of the current crisis. But I don't know that it's where things have to wind up. I think the interests of capital are, in some fundamental sense, antithetical to the interests of labor.
Salit: So, in other words, it's not clear there can be a workable synthesis?