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Bill Resnick talks with Robin Hahnel, who teaches (an emeritus of American U now at PSU), writes, speaks, and is deeply engaged in grass roots struggles towards building that other possible necessary world, that democratic and sustainable alternative. His books include Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, Socialism Today and Tomorrow, and The ABCs of Political-Economy. About Green Economics his publisher wrote: "This book's pluralistic, non-dogmatic, and committed investigation of the values of ecological sustainability, economic justice, and human dignity provides balanced analysis of environmental problems and their potential solutions."
They discuss the big picture: a need for a sense of an alternative to the current system, that in fact there are communities that have demonstrated that that we possess the technologies and resources of production to curb climate change to manageable levels and think tanks and academic groups who have developed reasonable ideas and plans for developing an economic system that could maintain sufficient production to keep people alive and satisfied, that could raise and deploy resources and set priorities for investment and research, and also integrate these communities into confederated regions and nations. But how and in what sorts of struggles do we build the political forces powerful enough, in the conditions of environmental/economic crisis likely to prevail, to overpower the political forces that now hold back the needed reconstruction?
Robin recommends these websites for more information:
on participatory economics http://www.participatoryeconomics.info/ and http://zcomm.org/category/topic/parecon/
economics for equity and the environment http://e3network.org/
future economy http://futureecon.com/
labor network for sustainability http://www.labor4sustainability.org/
[image by Johann Dréo]
Desiree Hellegers talks with Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper about the fossil fuel struggle. They discuss the disastrous effects of the planned Liquified Natural Gas Export Terminals and the need to stand up to the oil companies. They mention the successful citizen action to stop the Bradwood LNG project, and also note an upcoming event for more information and to make connections with others working on these issues:
October 22, 2015; 6:30 pm Panel Discussion on Two Reckless LNG Export Proposals on Thursday, October 22, 2015, doors at 6:30pm, panel at 7:00pm at First Unitarian Church Fuller Hall Downtown Portland. Panelists include scientists, climate activists, and community leaders who will offer ideas about how you can plug into the fight to stop LNG in Oregon!
[image by Paul K Anderson from columbia riverkeeper]
Book mole Larry Bowlden reviews the work of the late Kent Haruf, and recommends the work of this quiet writer of the heart, who writes in simple, direct prose; Larry particularly discusses his novels Plainsong, Benediction, Eventide, and the posthumously published Our Souls at Night.
You can find more of Larry's reviews here.
Jan Haaken interviews Kathy Farr, professor emeritus at PSU, on her current research on school shootings. She looks at middle and high school rampage shootings over the past 30 years and takes up some of the gender and social dynamics that seem to be driving these expressions of rage. They note the inadequacy of simply calling for more mental health counseling.
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Bill Resick talks with Robin Hahnel about environmental crisis and economics beyond capitalism
Desiree Hellegers talks with Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper about urgent actions to stop fossil fuel development in the Pacific Northwest
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews the work of the late novelist Kent Haruf
Jan talks with sociologist Kathy Farr about school shootings and young white men's rage
- Title: OMVH19Oct2015
- Length: 54:36 minutes (24.99 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
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1. Greenberg, Kansas goes green -- Bill Resnick talks with Mayor Dixson.
2. Tod Sloan discusses how historical memory helps social movements with oral historian and activist Sandy Polishuk.
3. Tom Becker reads from Michael T. Klare's article, "Welcome to the New Planet"
4. Old Mole Laurie Mercier talks with Professor Zoltán Grossman about "cowboy and Indian" alliances to save their lands from coal and natural gas extraction.