Alternative economics

Old Mole Variety Hour September 30 2013

program date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole that, in addition to a discussion about the Syrian civil war and other mid-east conflicts, converges on a theme of social democracy under attack and the political stakes in its being defunded.

Bill Resnick talks with Chris Toensing about Middle East conflict

Frann Michel brings us a Well-read Red about Public Pensions under attack

Jan Haaken talks with a Healthcare for all advocate about Obamacare

Joe Clement comments on food stamps and class politics

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57:24 minutes (32.85 MB)

Food Stamps and Class Politics

program date: 
Thu, 10/03/2013
Joe Clement reads a short commentary about food stamps in terms of class warfare, and to that end as supporting the working-classes' capacity to organize and be organized to radical ends. 7:58 minutes (4.56 MB)

Obamacare from a Radical Universal Healthcare Perspective

program date: 
Thu, 10/03/2013
Jan Haaken talks with Universal Healthcare advocate, Chris Lowe, about Obamacare. Jan questions Chris about how to understand what's worthwhile and regressive in Obamacare from the perspective of those of us who believe healthcare should be universal. They talk about social democracy, the way that the government shutdown is being used to make us cynical about the state, and how we need to contextualize the kind of services the State offers and threatens to take away. 13:11 minutes (7.54 MB)

WRR: Public Pensions vs. Public Education - a forced choice?

program date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013
Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red, this time focusing on pension-raiding under neoliberalism and the PERS system in Oregon, which Governor Kitzhaber has advocated cutting in order to make up for education cuts. In Frann's words: let's pit old people against young people. Frann explains how public pensions work, how they've been raided in the name of investment and the false crisis this creates. You can read the blogged version of it with links HERE 7:50 minutes (4.49 MB)

Pillaging Public Pensions

WRR: Pensions

Last week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called for a special legislative session (to begin 8am September 30th) noting that "we have an opportunity to combine cost savings from reforms to the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and new revenue to restore lost school days." In other words, maybe we can remedy some of the draconian cuts made to education in recent years by slashing the pensions of retired teachers and other public workers. Or in other words, let's pit old people against children.

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