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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Can technology address the problems posed by climate change? Environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski is the author of The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth, and here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what kind of civilization can survive the coming climate shifts. You can read an excerpt from her book here.
When Marx was writing his grim analyses of Capitalism 150 years ago, workers did not have much if any autonomy. The labor movement gave workers the leverage to determine some of the terms of their livelihood, and since the 1970s progressive management theory has given more credit to self-management. The cybernetic revolution seems to have completed this great levelling, but in today's Well Read Red Joe Clement reads from Rob Horning's very recent "Autonomism Explained." Horning recalls the potential and pitfalls of Nick Dyer-Witheford's vision of worker autonomy in his 1994 essay, "Autonomist Marxism and the Information Society."
Our Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Brooke Jacobson, talk about hillbilly stereotypes, meth culture and gender in a very recent coming-of-age crime-thriller, "Winter's Bone," Directed by Deborah Granik.
Bill interviews James Workman - author of "Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushman Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanant Drought" - about fostering community through water-conservation, but specifically as he learned it studying African aborigines.
- Length: 20:08 minutes (9.22 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 32kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Jan Haaken interviews environmental engineer and former guest, Richard Heymann, about the changing situation in the gulf and what makes this spill and how it's being handled different from others.
Today's show ran the gamut from water conservation to oily devastation to the double-edge of postmodern autonomy, with a final romp by our Movie Moles through the Ozarks. Our host, Clayton Morgareidge, selected some bluegrass music to accent the plight of those who just want some "Cool Water," and of those in "Moneyland."
Below are links to the individual segments [in progress], and below those the whole show including transitions.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 58:19 minutes (53.38 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Bill Resick talks with Chuck Sheketoff of the Oregon Center for Public Policy about the great recession in Oregon and the looming cuts in social services. What can and should be done? Sheketoff is one of the founders of the OCPP where you can keep up with state issues from a progressive angle.
What are the most fundamental causes of the current economic crisis? Radical anthropologist David Harvey provides a lucid account of how this crisis and others are the result of capitalism’s inevitable compulsion to expand itself into a state of collapse, and argues that the only sane thing to do is to join an anti-capitalist movement. In this piece, Joe Clement introduces and presents parts of a lecture of Harvey's that explains in Marxist terms how we got into the mess we're in now.
Check out the animated video that accompanies the lecture on Harvey's website, where you can also find a whole course devoted to Marx's Capital.
David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and author of numerous books. He has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital for nearly 40 years.
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken give you the real and radical viewing of Toy Story 3: it's about the great recession, the fear of unemployment, and the fear of being tossed in the dump when you're no longer new. It even shows the way forward towards a world of cooperation and solidarity.
Read Frann's blog with links to similar readings of the film.
This show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, responds to the insane drive to cut social spending by governments at a time when people have been left high and dry, or homeless and hungry, by the absurd situation that capital has created: vast wealth that cannot be invested, millions of people with no jobs, and lots of work that needs to be done to keep our communities and our planet together. We look at the shortfall in the Oregon state budget and the cuts that are coming, and what should be done instead. We hear a lucid historical account of how the world has been led to this point by capitalist growth. And we learn how to see Toy Story 3 as a depiction of depression and hope in these hard times.
For more discussion of the recession from the Mole's point of view, see Marty Hart-Landsberg's blog.
Also on the show is music from hard times, past and present, selected for us by our radical musicologist Brad Duncan. We hear parts of Blind Alfred Reed's "How Can a Man Stand Such Times and Live;" "The Hustle is On" by T-Bone Walker; Young Jeezey singing "Circulate"; and "I'm Broke and Proud" by Rugged 'N Proud, featuring Hasan Salaam.