Alternative economics

Well-read Red: Injustice In the Wage-System vs. Wage-System As Injustice

program date: 
Mon, 09/02/2013

Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red. She muses on the dire state of labor, and by the end focuses on the need to challenge not just injustice in the wage-system, but to decouple income from jobs and overthrow the wage-system as such.

8:19 minutes (7.62 MB)

On the Phenomenon of BS Jobs

program date: 
Mon, 09/02/2013

Joe Clement summarizes and otherwise reads from David Graeber's article "On the Phenomenon of BS Jobs". A more user-friendly version can be found at

7:56 minutes (7.27 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2013

program date: 
Mon, 09/02/2013

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:


59:49 minutes (54.76 MB)

Happy Labor Day?

Happy Labor Day.

Or, is it?

You might have noticed that Labor is not doing so well lately.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Bribery a k a Lobbying: Clayton Morgareidge on David Graeber on capitalist democracy

program date: 
Mon, 08/26/2013

Clayton Morgareidge reads from and comments on David Graeber's The Democracy Project, which argues that our whole political system functions by bribery, and that the corruption of government entails the corruption of language through euphemism. For instance, rape, torture, and murder are now "human rights violations"; bribery of public officials is "lobbying"; soliciting bribes is "fundraising."

8:26 minutes (3.86 MB)

Max Richtman on defending and extending Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 08/26/2013

Bill Resnick talks with Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare , who clarifies that Social Security is an earned benefit, and the program is not broke or breaking. The current program can continue paying full benefits for twenty years; and with a slight adjustment of the payroll cap, it can continue long after that. (Currently, only the first $113,000 of income is taxed, no matter whether someone's total income is $113,000 or $113,000,000). Half of all Social Security beneficiaries rely on the program for 90 % of their income, though the average benefit is only about $13,000 per year. Bill and Max  discuss how chained CPI would reduce benefits.

18:55 minutes (8.66 MB)
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