Alternative economics

Bad Policy or Class Policy?

program date: 
Wed, 08/04/2010

Governments around the world are promoting austerity and "fiscal responsibility" as a solution to the global financial crisis.   Liberal critics say this is short-sighted, but in fact it's the way governments serve "their corporate/financial masters."  The Old Mole's Tom Becker reads from a piece by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh from Counterpunch.

6:51 minutes (3.92 MB)

Kapitalism 101: Marx on the Market

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

 Joe Clement introduces a selection from Brendan Cooney's video blog Kapitalism 101.  Cooney explains how the workings of the "free" market inevitably produce class inquality.  You can watch the video version here.  

7:32 minutes (4.31 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 07/29/2010

program date: 
Thu, 07/29/2010

Oregon House District 43 is one of the most diverse in the state.  It also faces some of the biggest challenges:  high unemployment, high rates of police misconduct, high displacement from gentrification.

This week Dave and Jo Ann talked with State Rep. Lew Frederick about what role the state can play in addressing some of these problems. 

53:24 minutes (48.89 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour July 26th

program date: 
Mon, 07/26/2010

Today's show, hosted by Tom Becker, featured three interviews on green economics, transnational identies in the United States, and the political import of late '70s British music. Related to that last theme, you will hear through out the show music selected by Denise Morris from The Clash "Guns of Brixton", XTC "Respectable Street" and Selector "Too Much Pressure". For specific segments click the links below, and for the whole show click the play button just under them.

57:25 minutes (52.57 MB)

From Greed to Green

program date: 
Tue, 07/27/2010

Bill Resnick talks with Charles Derber about his book "From Greed to Green: Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy." Derber says, if the relatively mainstream, working-class Boston suburb where he lives can get excited about implamenting green technology and policies, so can the rest of the country. Derber's message is fundamentally optimistic, and he explains why.

21:46 minutes (19.93 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 07/22/2010

program date: 
Thu, 07/22/2010

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave ask the question "Are the good guys ahead?" Local progressive may be feeling a bit down over the direction of local and state politics lately. City Hall seems more disconnected than ever from the world in which most Portlanders live. Earlier this week, city council voted 4-1 (Commissioner Fritz abstaining) to put a new bond measure before voters for a new communications system and other equipment for the Fire Bureau. With so many city services taking hits - and at least on other proposed bond measure being put on hold because of the economy - should there have been a community discussion about whether this measure could wait? Oregon's gubernatorial race - "Doc vs.

55:18 minutes (50.63 MB)

Nonprofit group sues Clearwire

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Fri, 07/23/2010

An Oregon Non-Profit Organization known as RespectPDX filed a lawsuit yesterday against the City of Portland and Clearwire to stop the construction of a wireless internet facility in North East Portland.  Reporter Sasha Buchert discusses the case with attorney Steve Case.

4:30 minutes (4.12 MB)

July 19 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 07/19/2010

Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program is about climate change, science fiction, and science fiction about climate change, but it is not about the illusion that climate change is itself science fiction.  This is a show that should be heard from beginning to end, although the parts are available separately below.  Frann Michel's three commentaries are packaged together, along with appropriate songs by jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. 

54:52 minutes (31.4 MB)

Imagining the (climate) future

program date: 
Mon, 07/19/2010

Linking the pieces of this program about climate change are several songs by Ella Fitzgerald, together with commentary by host Frann Michel on

  • the basic issues and concepts of climate change,
  • how climate change and other global disasters have played in works of science fiction, and
  • how fantasy can help us to imagine alternatives to the current reality of capitalism and environmental degradation.  

This segment puts together all Frann's remarks and Ella's songs. You can also read Frann's remarks on her blog.  

19:40 minutes (11.26 MB)
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