Old Mole Variety Hour
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Tom Becker hosts this episode, which includes a discussion of the fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in Portland and beyond, a report on economics students around the world demanding alternatives to failed neoclassical orthodoxies, a review of a memoir of life in the West, and a discussion of the use of Title IX to address sexual violence on college campuses.
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Norton-Kertson about the Portland campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour
Tom Becker reads "Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt"
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about using Title IX to address sexual violence on campus
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- Length: 53:12 minutes (24.35 MB)
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Bill Resnick is our host for this Membership Drive edition of the Old Mole, and it features:
1. A conversation with Jeremy Brecher about the new and updated edition of his classic book Strike!
2. Analysis by Well-read Red Frann Michel of Portland Ballot measure 126-56 affecting our water.
3. Discussion between Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick reviewing the play "After the Revolution"
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Arun writes cofounded The Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent.
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- Length: 12:47 minutes (11.71 MB)
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Written not long after Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, Gabriel is responding to the very popular (though maybe unknown to you) philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek. After Thatcher died, Zizek wrote an article for The New Statesman defending, in his contrarian though unironic manner, Thatcher's authoritarian pnash as a value the left and anti-capitalists in particular should embrace if it is going to accomplish anything. Moreover, Zizek's controversial tact continues, this is held over and above socialist or communist ideologies that stress the people or masses achieving their own liberation democratically and inclusively.
Gabriel Levy's argument takes issue with these two points and in the end champions a renaissance in socialist thinking.
Joe Clement hosts (and Kate Welch engineers) this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour (foreshortened because of membership-drive).
We hear about socialist feminism for revolutionary change in the 21st Century, organizing within what Arun Gupta calls "the Walmart working-class", why "leading left intellectuals" like Slavoj Zizek are wrong about needing authoritarian leaders to defeat capital, and about the late Paul Robeson Jr.'s life and the influence his father had on his own political work.
- Frann Michel reads Johanna Brenner on 21st Century Socialist Feminism
- Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about "the Walmart working-class".
- Joe reads from Gabriel Levy's "We need ZIzek's 'Thatcher of the Left' like a fish needs a bicycle"
- Laurie Mercier remembers the intertwined politics of Paul Robeson Senior and his son who recently passed away, Paul Robeson Jr.