Old Mole Variety Hour
The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life. The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society. The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist. (We count Karl Marx as a friend).
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1. Bill Resnick talks with historian Anne Kornhauser about left and right takes on bureacracy at the time of the New Deal.
2. Tom Becker reads from Colin Todhunter's piece in Counterpunch about capitalism and the addiction to consumer goods.
3. Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan offer a critique of Barry Schwartz's claim that too many choices make us miserable.
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Denise Morris and Joe Clement discuss housing as a human right, the broad impact of rising housing costs, the Portland history of racism that has contributed to the current housing crunch, the struggle for sustainable solutions that go beyond isolated nuclear family homes, and the process of working together for a variety of remedies, including public housing, tenants unions, community land trusts, and more. In the end, Joe plays a "right to the city" rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".
They also discuss upcoming events including the next Portland Renters' Assembly at the Midland Library, 805 NE 122nd Ave Portland OR, August 26th @ 5:30pm, and the Rally and March for Housing Rights for All Starting at 6pm August 28th at City Hall on SW 4th Street, followed by a 6:30pm march across the Hawthorne bridge to the Multnomah County building.
- Title: Housing Justice in Portland
- Length: 14:53 minutes (13.63 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Tom Becker reads Pete Dolack's Low Wages Don't Come Cheap, about wage suppression and the use of public funds to subsidize the profits of the corporate elite.
[public domain image via wikipedia]
Clayton Morgareidge reads from a piece by Alex Gourevitch in the current issue of Jacobin "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution" arguing that the Reconstruction of the South following the Civil War was ended because its promise of freedom was threatening to go beyond the abolition of chattel slavery to challenge wage slavery.
[public domain image of Knights of Labor Seal via wikipedia]
Tom Becker hosts this episode with segments featuring Jeremy Brecher on Climate Insurgency, Denise & Joe on Housing Justice, and readings on the cost of low wages and the radical promise of Reconstruction.
Bill talks with Jeremy Brecher about Climate Insurgency.
Tom reads from Pete Dolack on the cost of Low Wages
Denise and Joe discuss housing justice and upcoming actions
Clayton reads from Jacobin about Revolutionary labor after the US Civil War
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This edited volume features some of the best articles from *Rethinking Schools* magazine, alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution—as well as on people who are working to make things better.
- Title: PeoplesCurriculumForTheEarth
- Length: 20:00 minutes (8.01 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)
- Length: 5:29 minutes (2.19 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)