Alternative economics

August 10 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 

Tom Becker (pictured here) hosts this show dealing with racism, the WTO, anti-tax protests at healthcare reform meetings, and mountain top removal coal mining.   It features music from Woodstock as we approach the 40th anniversary of that historic festival.  

 

52:44 minutes (30.17 MB)

Battle for Seattle Ten Years On

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 Ten years after the Seattle anti-WTO protests, actions are being planned for this November and December.  Tom Becker reads David Korten's piece from Yes Magazine about the need for ongoing protests against Wall Street's strangle-hold on the Earth.  For more information on how to get involved, go here.   

7:00 minutes (4.01 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/04/09

Air date: 
Tue, 08/04/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Abe looks at the conundrum shared by the Portland Water Bureau and that segment of the populace which ingests water. Also, wingnut mobs descend upon town hall meetings across the land, intent on stopping the socialist conspiracy that emperils the Republic.

Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card on the Health Care Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2009

 Both Abe Proctor and Joe Uris are on vacation this week.

Today, Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card tell us some horror stories about the current Health Care Crisis, and listeners are encouraged to call in and share theirs.  It seems as tho everyone has been touched by the health care crisis lately. If you haven't been personally burned by our profit-driven, insurance based health care system, you probably have a friend or loved one who has been.

57:15 minutes (26.21 MB)

Alternative Radio on 07/28/09

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 07/28/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

HYPOCRISIES OF CAPITALISM

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show

Air date: 
Tue, 07/28/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Everyone has been touched by the health care crisis. If you haven't been personally burned by our profit-driven, insurance based health care system, you probably have a friend or loved one who has been. Tune in to talk radio Tuesday morning at 8 and call-in at 503-231-8187 to share your story.
Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card are your guest hosts.
 

How do we change the national conversation about war and peace? Also: Update on health care reform legislation

program date: 
Wed, 07/22/2009

Seven months into a new administration and the nation still finds itself embroiled in two Asian wars. Many Americans would have difficulty explaining how the Obama administration's conduct of these wars differs from the last administration's. They're certainly not being helped by policymakers and pundits who are working overtime to marginalize arguments for American withdrawal from the region. With the economy now people's foremost concern, how does the peace movement change the national conversation about war and peace?

56:58 minutes (45.64 MB)

Goldman Sachs lives high on the taxpayer dole

program date: 
Mon, 07/20/2009

 Goldman Sachs lives high on the taxpayer dole

55:04 minutes (25.21 MB)

The Death of Labor Law Reform, or Why the Democrats are So Pathetic and Meaningful Reform is Dead

 Bill Resnick for The Old Mole Variety Hour
 
 Why are the Congressional Democrats so weak and afraid? Why did they refuse to consider universal single payer health care, also called Medicare for All? Why last week did card check union organization die in the Congress? The card check provision was certainly the key part of the Labor Law Reform bill and labor’s top legislative priority. The AFL-CIO spent hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and campaign contributions – yet its key section was killed by the Democrats. But how could that be?

Masters of the Universe, Redux

July 21, 2009

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi gets to the heart of how one investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs, has engineered bubble after speculative bubble in the marketplace for years, always positioning itself to prosper in the wake of each disaster -- often at taxpayer expense.

What you need to know is the big picture: If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain — an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.

Read it. It's a blueprint of how the executive class rigs the game for its own benefit.

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