Alternative economics

Kathi Weeks: debunking utopianism's critics

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Mon, 09/01/2014
Joe Clement brings Kathi Weeks back on the show to talk about another chapter in her book The Problem With Work: marxism, feminism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries: utopianism. Kathi describes both realistic and deliberately unrealistic invocations of the utopianism, various ways of articulating utopianism (critical utopias, ironic anti-utopianism, utopian demands), and the push and pull between crusaders and critics of utopianism.

Kathi Weeks is a professor of Women's Studies at Duke University. 20:24 minutes (18.68 MB)

Raising Expectations, and Raising Hell: Jane McAlevey's book on rank-and-file unionism

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Mon, 09/01/2014
Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond talk about union organizing by way of a mutual review of Jane McAlevey's book "Raising Expecations, and Raising Hell: my decade fighting for the labor movement". They consider the official and cynical meaning of labor day, but also the stagnation of the labor movement as it's moved away from rank-and-file organizing, direct action, and using workers' power to drive social change. 18:32 minutes (16.97 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day Special 2014

program date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014


Joe Clement hosts this labor day special, which features conversations about reducing the work week and having real power in society as workers, challenging stagnant norms in union organizing, the problem with work and utopianism. We also hear clips of political humor in honor of the late Robin Williams. 57:35 minutes (79.07 MB)

Organizing Against Capitalism

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Mon, 08/25/2014

Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.
9:30 minutes (4.36 MB)

WRR: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Class War

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014


Tom Becker reads from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race" on events in Ferguson and the problem of inequality. 8:26 minutes (3.86 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for 18 August 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with segments on police violence in Honduras, Ferguson, and Palestine, and on a local non-profit nourishing bodies and communities in Portland. Musical selections: Sound of da Police by KRS One; Call the Cops by Rob Hustle ft. Liv; Tired of Being Stepped On by the Click; and Revolution by Nina Simone.
57:31 minutes (26.33 MB)

Sisters of the Road: nourishing community

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014

Jan Haaken talks with volunteer and board member Robert Adams and co-manager Kris Soebroto of the non-profit Sisters of the Road Cafe in Old Town, which for nearly 35 years has been serving immediate needs and seeking systemic change. The Cafe offers hot meals in exchange for $1.50 cash, for work barter, or for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Work credits earned at Sisters can also be used at Portland Farmers' Markets, and field trips from Sisters introduce the farmer-vendors and explain how to use the foods they offer. Sisters also partners with the Sauvie Island Organics farm Food Works program, which teaches teenagers about farming. 12:21 minutes (5.66 MB)
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