Alternative economics

Autonomism Explained

program date: 
Mon, 07/12/2010

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."

7:52 minutes (7.21 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 07/13/10

Air date: 
Tue, 07/13/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Who needs facts when you've got opinions?

Facts? Don't bother me with the facts. An article from the Boston Globe discusses the ramifications of a University of Michigan study which shows that reality has very little bearing on one's deeply held opinions, whether right or wrong. In fact (so to speak), the study suggests a perverse tendency to cling even more tightly to one's beliefs whenever reality proves to be inconvenient.

With Joe on vacation, Abe probes the murky waters where faith and fact overlap.

Village Building Convergence

program date: 
Thu, 05/27/2010

The Village Building Convergence celebrates its 10 year anniversary in Portland, Oregon. The City Repair Project prepares to deliver a city wide campaign to renew and revitalize city intersections across Portland as a model for the nation.

5:55 minutes (5.41 MB)

July 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

54:46 minutes (31.34 MB)

Understanding the Great Recession

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

 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.    

12:26 minutes (7.12 MB)

The Great Recession in Oregon

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

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.  

19:27 minutes (11.13 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 07-01-2010

program date: 
Thu, 07/01/2010

Dave Mazza talks with Justice Betty Roberts, the first woman to serve on Oregon's supreme court, about the Kagan nominations hearings and about her newly released memoir "With Grit and By Grace."

About the program…

55:19 minutes (50.65 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 07/06/10

Air date: 
Tue, 07/06/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe talks with a group of bike-based entrepreneurs about pedaling one’s goods on the street.

Sol Pops, SoupCycle and B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery are all Portland-based small businesses driven by a common factor: bicycles. But what’s it like to depend on human-powered transportation for your livelihood? It’s a sustainable, intimate and decidedly local form of commerce, sure, but one imagines that Januaries are likely to be extra long.

Noah Cable, Aaron Harmon and Danielle Koppel of Sol Pops, along with Jed Lazar of SoupCycle and Franklin Jones of B-Line, join Abe in studio to discuss doing business from atop a bicycle.
 
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