Alternative economics

Moyers nails it

Once again, the inestimable Bill Moyers displays how a real journalist should act:

The Democratic Party has become like the Republican Party-- deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who's a clever politician, understands that the money for Obama's re-election will come primarily from the health industry, the drug industry and Wall Street. He is a corporate Democrat who is determined that there won't be something in this legislation-- if we get it-- that will turn off those powerful interests.

 

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 There’s this fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this era – Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a conservative Democratic President because he didn’t fight the powerful interests – people say Obama should be FDR – I’d much rather see him be Theodore Roosevelt --– Teddy Roosevelt loved to fight – … I think if Obama fought instead of really finessed it so much . . . I think it would change the atmosphere.

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As we survey the grim fact that -- despite big majorities in both houses of Congress, a popular and charismatic president, and solid public approval -- we may very well not get the kind of health care changes that befit a civilized nation, it's hard not to sink into a profound cynicism. We have never had an opportunity this good, and who knows when another one will come along. Money wins the day, forever and ever, amen.

-A

H/T Digby

August 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 

 This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Norm Diamond (pictured here), and includes his special feature "Mystery Mole," as well as thoughtful introductions to all the other Moles' contributions.  Norm also plays and comments on a song by the Nicaraguan duo Guardabarranco.

53:37 minutes (30.68 MB)

Cooperating Co-ops in Cleveland

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for  a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement.  Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)

18:36 minutes (10.65 MB)

A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void

program date: 
Thu, 08/27/2009

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.

55:40 minutes (44.6 MB)

Charles Eisenstein: Transitioning to A Gift Economy

program: 
Recovery Zone
program date: 
Tue, 08/25/2009

 Charles Eisenstein talks about the fundamental failure of our interest-bearing money system and the transition we must go through with what he sees as the impending collapse of our currency.  "Usury-money is the money of growth, and it was  perfect for humanity's growth stage on earth, and for the story of ascent, of dominance and mastery. The next stage is one of cocreative partnership with earth. The Story of the People for this new stage is coming together right now. .

26:12 minutes (18 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 08/27/09

Air date: 
Thu, 08/27/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void: An Interview with Chrles McGee and Johnell Bell

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Radiozine on 08/26/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Wed, 08/26/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sam Drevo about Bright Neighbor, an organization that has ways for people to learn about gardening, swap items, and share space.

Joe Uris covers Health Care and the War in Afghanistan

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2009

 The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show
 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

Abe is on vacation today, so Joe Uris invites callers to share thoughts on the Health Care debate, Government programs in general, the Insurance industry, the War in Afghanistan, the Bush era Torture debacle, and the lack of Activism in these trying times.

57:53 minutes (26.5 MB)

Recovery Zone on 08/26/09

Program: 
Recovery Zone
Air date: 
Wed, 08/26/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Healing Our World

  This week on the Recovery Zone, Charles Eisenstein will talk about the fundamental failure of our interest-bearing money system and the transition that we must go through with what he sees as the impending collapse of our currency.   "Usury-money is the money of growth, and it was  perfect for humanity's growth stage on earth, and for the story of ascent, of dominance and mastery. The next stage is one of cocreative partnership with earth. The Story of the People for this new stage is coming together right now.  . .

More Talk Radio on 08/24/09

Program: 
More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Interview with eco-food activist Bryant Terry

This Monday, August 24, More Talk Radio hosts a conversation with Bryant Terry, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine (Da Capo/Perseus March 2009).

Bryant Terry has spent the last decade advocating for and building a more just and sustainable food system, and uses his talents as a chef to examine the intersections of race, poverty, and food insecurity.  Mr. Terry is coming to the Portland Farmer's Market and the King Farmer's Market, August 29 and 30 for events for youth and adults.

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