Bill Resnick and Patrick Mazza discuss Naomi Klein's promising new book about capitalism and the environment, "This Changes Everything: captalsism vs. the climate". They consider the books merits, but also how it does not adequately deal with the challenges it raises against capitalism. They talk about corporate environmentalism, how Naomi ties the great social movements of the last couple centuries to environmentalism, but also her soft-pedaling on the big-business approach to sustainable energy, and the need for radically democratic solutions that devolve centralized forms of power in society, the economy, and energy grid.
Benjamin Parzybok's novel, Sherwood Nation, is a futuristic story of Portland, post-drought. It explores the possibility of creating fairly small city-states that are self-governing and dependent on neighborhood volunteers for protection and services. The novel raises a number of important questions about what political action means for regular folks who seem to have little control over their lives in contemporary, allegedly democratic, societies. 6:40 minutes (6.1 MB)
Bill Resnick reads from Horace Campbell in Counterpunch on "Ebola, the African Union, and Bioeconomic Warfare," and summarizes and comments on other accounts of the Ebola Crisis. He concentrates on the neo-liberal defunding of public health agencies and the exploitation of the Ebola crisis by the right wing that blames the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress for not properly responding. The right intends this attack on Obama to influence voters to vote Republican. 7:41 minutes (3.52 MB)
Joe Clement talks with James Tracy, author of "Dispatches Against Displacement: field notes from San Francisco's housing war". They consider what gentrification is as an economic and by extension racialized form of domination, how different cities experience gentrification differently, and real world strategies for fighting back and protecting housing from market forces. James will be speaking at Reading Frenzy books off of N Beech and Mississippi at 6pm on Sunday the 19th, where there'll be a community discussion about fighting displacement.
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