As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots. Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.
Some liberal economists have suggested that stopping climate change is an easy fix: it would be good for the economy, and we have the technology. But that ignores the political question of who controls the policy making institutions, as Rob Urie argues in this article from CounterPunch, read for us here by Tom Becker. Climate Change “is a problem created by the ‘approach to the world’ that is capitalism.” Photo Credit: Mother Earth News. 7:51 minutes (5.39 MB)
Mike Montchalin is a Libertarian candidate for US Senate in Oregon. He talked with Don Merrill about the necessity of individual action versus government action, why he supports the marijuana ballot initiative and why he thinks Measure 90 is a bad idea for Oregon's third parties.
NOTE: This interview includes a later correction by Mr. Montchalin at the beginning of his interview. Mr. Montchalin mistakenly leveled an allegation of misconduct at Constitution Party candidate for the Oregon Senate, Mr. James Leuenberger. Mr. Montchalin apologizes for that mistake and withdraws the allegation against Mr. Leuenberger. 28:10 minutes (25.79 MB)
Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole with a focus on the aftermath of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Also on the show are pieces on agriculture and climate change and liberation from working on the clock. It's all held together with Iven's interesting choices of music.
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54:55 minutes (37.71 MB)
A day will come when workers will no longer be slaves to the time clock, claims IWW member Chuck Allen. The original demand for less clock time early in the last century was for the 4-hour day 4 days a week. What we got instead was the 8-hour day. Chuck wrote this piece, read here by Joe Clement, at work ("on the clock"), thus demonstrating that we can find ways to reclaim our time when we are supposed to be working on "someone else's time".
6:32 minutes (4.49 MB)
Todd Moss is the author of his first novel The Golden Hour, a fictional tale about international intrigue in the Horn of Africa. But he's also an expert on real life foreign policy as a Senior Fellow and CEO for the Center for Global Development, a Washington DC Think tank that conducts research and analysis on the developing world. He talked with Don Merrill about terrorism, economic development and a few of the good stories across the African continent. 29:04 minutes (26.61 MB)