Old Mole Variety Hour
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The first Old Mole Variety Hour of 2014 looks back at histories of struggle and forward to the end of alienation. Joe Clement hosts, and we hear segments on class struggle in labor and party politics, anti-capitalist activism in Mexico and globally, the revolutionary reform of guaranteed basic income, and the liabilities of hate crimes law.
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Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins about class struggle in labor and party politics
Well-read red Frann Michel on Zapatista resistance to neoliberalism
Joe Clement and Jacobin on basic income
Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about hate-crimes laws
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, press play below.
- Title: OMVH 2014.01.06.m4a
- Length: 58:03 minutes (26.58 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair of Against Equality about the ten years since the murder of Brandon Teena, and about how hate crimes legislation can result in increased surveillance and punishment of the very marginlized communities it is ostensibly meant to protect.
See also Nair's article on Why Hate Crimes Legislation is a Bad Idea; her review of a recent book on Matthew Shepard, and these other articles on the issues:
Kay Whitlock, We Need to Dream a Bolder Dream: The Politics of Fear and Queer Struggles for Safe Communities
Lisa Duggan, Crossing the Line: The Brandon Teena Case and the Social Psychology of Working-Class Resentment
Against Equality, Various articles on Hate Crimes Law and the Prison Industrial System
Well-Read Red Frann Michel considers the twenty years of NAFTA and of Zapatista resistance to NAFTA and neoliberalism. You can read a longer version of this piece, with links to sources, here on her blog.
(Photo: Ben Schumin / Flickr)
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole full of ideas that rock the dominant paradigm: climate insurgency, decentralized and democratic energy, a critique of femmephobia, and the end of work and capitalism.
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, use the play button. For individual segments, follow these links:
- Bill Resnick talks with energy expert Al Weinrub about new ways of producing and distributing energy.
- Iven Hale reads from Franvarian's blog about femme phobia in the LGBT community.
- Tom Becker shares a piece by Jeremy Brecker about climate protection insurgency.
- Joe Clement and blogger Jehu discuss the future of jobs and capital.
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