Old Mole Variety Hour

 

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

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 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is  by Charlie Ertola. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

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Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour April 18th

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Mon, 04/18/2011

 Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris, features two conversations about Ayn Rand, an interview about public goods and the economy, and the latest scores for the current class-war.

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1. Bill talks with Martin Hart Landsberg about how public goods factor into economic prosperity.

2. Tom Becker reads Mike Whitney's "Class-Warfare Scorecard: guess who's winning?"

3. Joe Clement and Clayton Morgareidge discuss Ayn Rand's valorization of selfishness and Oscar Wilde's socialist alternative.

4. Joe and Frann Michel discuss the film Atlas Shrugged, based on Ayn Rand's novel about state-capitalist dystopia and her perversely capitalist alternative.

 

 

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The Virtue of Selfishness or The Soul of Man Under Socialism

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Mon, 04/18/2011

 Joe and Clayton consider selfishness and altruism in the context of Ayn Rand's work. They bring in Oscar Wilde's 1891 essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" - which almost sounds like an essay Rand would write - as an alternative understanding of the same dynamics of altruism and self-determination that Rand uses to support laissez-faire capitalism and the rule of property. Wilde and Rand seem to agree in their disdain for "living for others" and "an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism," but for Wilde overcoming that "sorid necessity" would be the "chief advantage that would result from the establishment of Socialism." While Rand contends that private property is essential to individual freedom, Wilde argues (decades before Rand) that "with the abolition of private property ... we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism."

Guess Who's Winning the Class War?

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Mon, 04/18/2011

 Tom Becker reads "Class-Warfare Scorecard: guess who's winning?" Mike Whitney deflects the myth that our economic woes are due (primarily) to "credit addled shoppers going crazy at Macy's." Instead, wages have stagnated since the 1970s, money has accumulated among those who already have more than they know what to do with (literally), and profits soar while employment plummets. 

 
The original essay can be found at the CounterPunch website.

Michael Moore in Wisconsin

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 Last month, Michael Moore spoke to the crowd of protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, telling them "Wisconsin is not broke!"  The Old Mole presents a quick edited version.  You can find the entire speech with video at Mike's website.  

Why the Deficit?

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 Drastic cuts in public spending are being justified by pointing to the deficit, but why is there a deficit when there is so much wealth in the nation?   Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies explains in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Demonstration: Portland Rising!

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 Inspired by the Wisconsin protests, a coalition of Portland groups is organizing a march and rally this Saturday, April 16.  You can find details here and here.  In this segment, Bill Renick talks with three of the organizers: Greg Margolis from Jobs With Justice; Judy Barnes from Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy; and Noah Hochman from Coalition for Climate Justice.  They discuss the policy issues involved and details of Saturday's events.   

April 11 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 

Tom Becker hosts this show which fights back against the budget cutting, service slashing attack on government services fueled by illusions of national poverty.  The show opens with a rousing speech by Michael Moore to the protesters in Madison, and follows up with an analysis of the deficit and its causes with Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies.  Then Bill Resnick talks with organizers of Portland Rising, the protest  march and rally coming up this Saturday.  Through out the show, we hear music of the Greek diaspora of the 1920s and '30s, and conclude with a conversation about it with radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  

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About Rembetica, with Brad Duncan

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 This segment includes some of the music called Rembetico made by Greeks in the 1920s and 30s when they were expelled from Turkey.  Our radical musicologist Brad Duncan explains its history and some of its transgressive themes in conversation with Tom Becker.  Here are links to videos of the musical selections:

Anestis Delias (male vocalist)

Argile Mou (female vocalist)

Rosa Eskenazi (female vocalist)

A Primer In Class Struggle

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Mon, 04/04/2011

Hasn't Marx been proven wrong countless times by ALL the economists? Isn't it the Europeans who are held back by class, while Americans transcend class?

Michael Schwalbe, a sociology professor at University of North Carolina, begs to differ and explains how class-struggle STILL marks many different aspects of our social institutions and everday life. Tom Becker reads his "Primer in Class Struggle," which can be found on the Common Dreams website

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Old Mole Variety Hour April 4th

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Mon, 04/04/2011

Today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, features an interview about US intervention in Libya, reviews of Sucker Punch and Mildred Pierce, and a reading of "A Primer on Class Struggle."

 
Joe opens the show with a short- reading from Michael Hardt's Guardian essay "Reclaiming the Common in Communism."

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1. Bill and Dave talk about the debate on the left surrounding the merits of the US intervening in the Libyan uprising. 

2. Joe and Wendy Webb review Zach Snyder's "Sucker Punch."

3. Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review the HBO mini-series "Mildred Pierce."

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Comments

Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -

 

A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

http://www.progressive.org/mp/danto010510.html

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!      http://failblog.org/2010/01/10/avatar-plot-fail/

 

Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.

 

mel

 

 

 

commentary transcripts

It's convenient to have the Old Mole audio files available.
Even more useful for some of us would be transcripts of the commentaries (Clayton Morgareidge). Written material allows a person a chance to review, consider, digest and refer to mentioned references & thinkers. The "Well Read Red" commentary from 4 Aug 08 is a good example of a piece I'd like to read at my own pace.

transcripts

We will see to it that this happens whenever there is a prepared text. Thanks for the suggestion. Clayton Morgareidge The Old Mole Variety Hour

These folks are so profound

These folks are so profound and fascinating, especially the Resnick guy. Wow!

 

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