Economic imperialism

Alternative Radio on 05/03/11

Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Tue, 05/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Simon Johnson on Megabanks: Too Big to Save (lecture)

Simon Johnson on Megabanks: Too Big to Save (lecture)

It was an unusual moment at the 2011 Oscars. Charles Ferguson, director of the award-winning documentary "Inside Job," told the audience, "Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that's wrong." There was some applause. Imagine if you or I drove away without paying for gas or stole a pizza. We’d be arrested. But if you commit a huge financial fraud you walk away with tons of money. The robber barons of the age are laughing as hapless citizens watch in dismay as they are taken to the cleaners. Are these the values U.S. politicians keep extolling and insist the world emulate?

Movie Moles: Atlas Shrugged

program date: 
Mon, 04/18/2011

 Joe and Frann talk about the new film based on Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand's magnum opus and exploration of a capitalist utopia. They consider the wooden acting and painful pacing, but also the representations of business and liberal capitalist government; the fascist fantasy of individuals willing the activity of large-scale organizations; the departure from Rand's own assertive sexuality; the apocalyptic resonance of setting the story in 2016; and the possible boost to high-speed rail.

12:49 minutes (11.73 MB)

The Virtue of Selfishness or The Soul of Man Under Socialism

program date: 
Mon, 04/18/2011

 Joe and Clayton consider selfishness and altruism in the context of Ayn Rand's work. They bring in Oscar Wilde's 1891 essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" - which almost sounds like an essay Rand would write - as an alternative understanding of the same dynamics of altruism and self-determination that Rand uses to support laissez-faire capitalism and the rule of property.

11:15 minutes (10.31 MB)

Guess Who's Winning the Class War?

program date: 
Mon, 04/18/2011

 Tom Becker reads "Class-Warfare Scorecard: guess who's winning?" Mike Whitney deflects the myth that our economic woes are due (primarily) to "credit addled shoppers going crazy at Macy's." Instead, wages have stagnated since the 1970s, money has accumulated among those who already have more than they know what to do with (literally), and profits soar while employment plummets. 

The original essay can be found at the CounterPunch website.
6:42 minutes (6.14 MB)

The Economics of Public Goods

program date: 
Mon, 04/18/2011

 Martin and Bill connect the ideological, political and economic aspects of neoliberalism and talk about the obfuscation over the last 30 years of the state and public goods in the economy.

Martin Hart-Landsberg is a professor of economics at Lewis and Clark College and the Coordinator of their Political Economy program.
19:09 minutes (17.53 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour April 18th

program date: 
Mon, 04/18/2011

 Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris, features two conversations about Ayn Rand, an interview about public goods and the economy, and the latest scores for the current class-war.

56:16 minutes (51.51 MB)

Abe & Joe discuss the Federal Budget

program date: 
Tue, 04/19/2011

 Hosted by Joe Uris and Abe Proctor.

Today, we'll discuss the Federal Budget...

54:09 minutes (24.79 MB)

Peter Mountford discusses recent novel: "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism"

Between the Covers
program date: 
Wed, 04/13/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with fiction writer Peter Mountford about his new novel A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism, which tells the story of Gabriel de Boya, a recent college graduate who works for an unscrupulous hedge fund while pretending to be a freelance journalist. Mountford drew on his own experience for the book. Just out of college, he was hired to write about the economy of Ecuador for a nonprofit think tank. He later discovered that the think tank was running a hedge fund out of its back office.

28:10 minutes (12.9 MB)

Positively Revolting on 04-15-11 United for A Fair Economy

program date: 
Fri, 04/15/2011

Positively Revolting hosts Ani & Lyn talk about wealth and taxes with guest Brian Miller, the Executive Director of United for A Fair Economy

When it comes to taxes, not all income is created—or taxed—equal

Despite the time-honored value of rewarding hard work, our tax code gives preferential treatment to income derived from pre-existing wealth instead of income earned from work. 


51:28 minutes (47.12 MB)

The Mysterious Case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: Interview with Victoria Brittain

A Deeper Look
program date: 
Thu, 04/14/2011

Do you like a mystery? Then I have one for you. It’s the mysterious case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

This American educated, Pakistani neuroscientist, and her 3 young children disappeared in Pakistan in 2003. Did she go underground with al-Quaeda or was she kidnapped by the US and Pakistan? That question has never been answered.What we do know is that she reappeared in 2008. Picked up by authorities in Afghanistan, she was shot in the stomach and accused of attempting to kill US soldiers. In February she was sentenced to an astonishing 86 years in Federal prison despite the complete lack of forensic evidence to support the prosecutions case.

Tune in to learn more about the mysterious case of  Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a terrorist?

29:18 minutes (26.82 MB)
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