The solution to poverty and inequality is widely assumed to be jobs: more jobs with better pay. But capital is committed to increased productivity -- more profits with less labor. The more capital succeeds, the fewer jobs. But ultimately, profit is value captured from labor. So if jobs disappear, so will capital. Old Mole Joe Clement talks with blogger and activist Jehu about this contradiction. Jehu blogs at The Real Movement, and his twitter account is here. 11:57 minutes (6.84 MB)
How could the production and distribution of energy be cleaner and more subject to local control? Energy expert Al Weinrub talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how locally and cleanly produced electricity, not requiring fossil fuels, could engage local communities in decisions about where their electricity comes from. Weinrub is the author of Community Power, is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is currently the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs. More about his book here. 20:36 minutes (11.79 MB)
Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Mole, featuring two discussions of the situation and the prospects for change in post-apartheid South Africa, Jesus as a radical, and Capitalism and the environmental crisis.
To hear the whole show, including music, use the play button below. To hear separate segments, follow these links: 56:40 minutes (25.94 MB)