On The Monitor this week:
- An alliance between Boehner and Obama to push Trade Deal? We discuss the issue with Alan Tonelson
- The Yes Men Are Revolting! We talk to Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum about their new film
More about this week’s guests:
Alan Tonelson is author of The Race to the Bottom: Why A Global Worker Surplus and Uncontrolled Free Trade are Sinking American Living Standards. Follow him on Twitter
His recent pieces include “Trade deals have been both growth and recovery killers.” He regularly writes on trade and other issues on his RealityChek blog. His most recent piece there is “Thoughts on the Fast Track Trade Vote — Including Where Hillary Now Stands.”
Alan Tonelson’s articles on American politics, foreign policy, globalization, and technology policy have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The Harvard Business Review, The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, and Issues in Science and Technology, as well as in several anthologies. In addition, Tonelson appears often on radio and television networks and programs, including The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, The Diane Rehm Show, The Nightly Business Report, CNN, TalkAmerica, and Global Economic Media. His previous books are “Made in China? America’s Failed Trade Policies towards the People’s Republic” and “Giving America the Business: The Business Roundtable’s Shoddy Case for Corporate-Driven Trade Policies,” both published by the USBIC Educational Foundation.
Tonelson has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, the Congressional Trade Deficit Review Commission, and the Congressional China Security Review Commission. And he has lectured at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, The National Defense University, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Columbia University, Harvard University, The University of Virginia, the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, The College of William & Mary, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at San Diego, the University of San Francisco, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Boston University, the David Sarnoff Research Center, George Washington University, The American University, the World Affairs Councils of Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Hampton Roads (Va.), the Universities of East Anglia, Sussex, and Kent, and Bonn, and many other fora.
The Yes Men
For 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous hoaxes to hijack public dialogue about the issues of the day. You can get a taste of them here. In their third cinematic outing (after “The Yes Men” and “The Yes Men Fix the World”) called The Yes Men are Revoting they’re well into their 40s, and mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge yet: climate change. Their latest film is as much a character study as it is a thrilling ride depicting their latest interventions against corporate greed. From villages in Uganda, to toxic oil fields in Canada, these iconoclastic revolutionaries take on big oil, lobbyists, and the U.S. government, armed with nothing but thrift-store suits. Overcoming personal obstacles to deliver uproarious actions of global significance, the Yes Men deliver a hopeful message about ordinary people taking back the planet.