Economic imperialism

The debt ceiling fiasco: an update with economist Richard Wolff

program: 
Fight the Empire
program date: 
Thu, 08/04/2011

Economist Richard Wolff returns returns to Fight the Empire with an update on the debt ceiling fiasco. (Host Per Fagereng also hosted Wolff 2 weeks ago on 7/21/11.) 

27:42 minutes (12.69 MB)

Alternative Radio on 08/30/11

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Economic Crisis & the Tea Party

Arun Gupta speaks on "The Economic Crisis & the Tea Party."

You've played by the rules. Went to work every day. Paid your bills and taxes. When your country summoned you to fight in its wars you were proud to serve. You've worked hard all your life and now what do you get? Bupkis as they say in Yiddish. Goat droppings. Your job was outsourced overseas. Your house has been foreclosed. You're in debt. Meanwhile, the big banks are sitting pretty on tons of cash. The stock market and corporate profits are up. GE made billions in 2010 and didn't pay a dime in taxes. With this backdrop in walks the Tea Party. They got the answers. You know why you are getting shafted? It's the immigrants, gays, uppity women, minorities, liberals, unions, and public service workers.

Talk Radio on 08/26/11

Air date: 
Fri, 08/26/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Disaster capitalism swoops over Libya

Host Per Fagereng interviews journalist Pepe Escobar about Libya. According to Escobar, the next step is to get American hands on Libyan oil, and, in his words, “if this is the way that US and NATO goes, we’re going to have Iraq 2.0.”

Escobar's books include "Obama Does Globalistan." His recent pieces include "The Big Gaddafi," "The House of Saud Paranoia" and "Have Lobby, Will Travel" about "the 'rebel' government -- which is now named, after numerous permutations, the Interim Transitional National Council of Libya ... hiring [lobbying firm] Patton Boggs." His recent writings for the Asia Times are at: http://atimes.com/atimes/others/Pepe2011.html.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/23/11

Air date: 
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
The current austerity fetish was never a good idea, and now we know it's bad politics, too.

The austerity kick in Washington is exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. At a time of enormous economic duress, the government is tying its own hands, robbing itself of its most effective tool in periods of high unemployment and low demand -- spending. Abandoning Keynsian economics has always carried a high human cost -- and now we know it's bad politics, too.

With Joe on hiatus, Abe surveys the economic, social and political wreckage of the new age of austerity.

UK Rising

program date: 
Wed, 08/17/2011
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.

http://collectiveresistance.com/2011/02/01/black-activists-rising-against-the-cuts/

videos from Riots, Recessions and Resistance here:

http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/

57:27 minutes (52.59 MB)

The Digital Divide on 08/12/11

Program: 
The Digital Divide
Air date: 
Fri, 08/12/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Scientist and historian Naomi Oreskes, Amber Case, PDX Broadband Plan, more!

Today, Dave DeAngelis speaks with scientist and historian Naomi Oreskes about her new book "The Merchants of Doubt,"which describes how organized campaigns undermine the scientific evidence related to important environmental and health issues such as second-hand smoke, acid rain, the ozone hole, and global warming.

Movie Moles: If a Tree Falls - a story of the Earth Liberation Front

program date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011

Jan and Wendy talk about "If Tree Falls: a story for the Earth Liberation Front". In looking at the history and activities of the Earth Liberation Front strikes this film strikes close to home, since it focuses on an ELF cell based out of Eugene, Oregon. The film provokes questions about the origins of political violence and radical politics as a young person's game, and why its important to distinguish blowing people up and blowing property up. Does the film imbue the activists with more power than they actually have? Ultimately it seems that radical politics can't issue from a single-cell or group.
 

12:42 minutes (8.73 MB)

Empire and Inequality

program date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011

Tom reads Paul Street's counterpunch article "Empire and Inequality Win Again". Street argues that the "debt deal" and any more like it to come cripple our capacity to halt the right-ward shift in politics,  and that despite having "avoided" default the real and most substantial winners are STILL the rich.
 

8:19 minutes (5.72 MB)
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