Old Mole Variety Hour
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Joe Clement talks with Jeff Shantz about his book, Green Syndicalism: An Alternative Red / Green Vision. They discuss Shantz's history working for Greenpeace as the organization shifted from direct action to canvassing and lobbying, and the connections he made as an exploited canvasser with exploited workers in industries exploiting the natural world. The book draws on the theoretical work of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, but offers practical considerations of the needs of activist organizers to make connections across groups, and to integrate activism into daily life and workplaces. Part Two of the discussion (not broadcast) will be available soon.
Bill Resnick talks with Robert Dietz, co-author with Dan O'Neill of Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Most people know the earth is on the wrong track—but how to change? Dietz proposes sharing work, guaranteed jobs (as in the Civilian Conservation Corps of the New Deal era), and more.
Tom Becker reads from David Graeber's "Work it Out, Slow it Down," exerpted from his Practical Utopians Guide to the Coming Collapse, on the dangers of overproduction and the need to respond differently to economic and environmental crisis.
Bill Resnick comments on the recent events in Boston and the dangers of the rightist narrative that justifies further spending on police.
On this special Earth Day Old Mole Variety Hour, Joe Clement hosts, and we hear
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- Title: 2013.04.22moleD.m4a 1
- Length: 56:12 minutes (25.73 MB)
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Social Security, the life line of support for millions, is under attack these days, even from Democrats. Eric Laursen is the author of The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why the Right Wing is so opposed to Social Security -- and has been against it since the days of the New Deal.
Eric Laursen is an independent financial and political journalist, activist, and commentator. He is co-author ofUnderstanding the Crash (2010). and his work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Nation, The Village Voice, Z Magazine, The Indypendent, and the Huffington Post.
A recent article in Willamette Week praises the Oregon prison system, claiming the system is one of the best in the nation. Attorney Mike Snedeker debunks this claim as part of the lobbying effort of the prison-industrial complex to keep prisons funded in the face of declining crime rates. He talks here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.
Well-read Red Alan Wieder introduces and reads from Jay Naidoo's article about South African anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani. After helping win the battle against apartheid, Hani called for a "culture of service."
"On the eve of the 1994 democratic election, he said that South Africa faced a “new enemy” and a “new struggle”. That enemy, he said, was socio-economic; it was about the struggle for jobs, houses, schools, so that we can build a society that cares."
Hani was assasinated by a right-wing extremist shortly after saying this.