Alternative economics

Well-read Red: the contradictions of housing under capitalism

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Mon, 03/09/2015
Well-read Red, Frann Michel, offers a set of short readings* on housing as a human right, the contradictions of human need vs. profit, and the success of direct collective action by tenants in establishing housing as a truly public good. In addition to these readings, she mentions Oregon State House Bill 2564, which is currently being considered and would repeal Oregon laws prohibiting inclusionary  zoning, as well as The Portland Solidarity Network and The Right to the City Coalition. 10:10 minutes (9.32 MB)

Studs Turkel Documentary: working-class intellectuals & third-party politics

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Mon, 03/09/2015
Every second Monday of the month, Alan Wieder presents a short documentary on the life and times of radical radio commentator and oral historian Studs Turkel, including clips of his work or else of him speaking. This month looks at the influence of wobblies and other working-class intellectuals on Studs in his early life, as well as his support for third-party politics. 14:04 minutes (12.88 MB)

Al Weinrub on Clean Energy Part 2

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Mon, 03/09/2015
This is the second half of Bill Resnick's talk with clean energy activist, Al Weinrub. The first half played last week. They discussed community energy, which are networks of small scale networked solar and wind installations all over the city and connected by the existing electric grid. It can be run democratically. It can replace big expensive corporate energy. 17:22 minutes (11.93 MB)

The Fairy Tale of Economic Recovery

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Mon, 03/02/2015
Tom Becker reads Paul Craig Roberts' article "The Consequences of Globalism: Whatever Became of Economists (and the American Economy)?" It argues that the so-called U.S. economic recovery is a sham. Most economists either ignore or have forgotten the proven record of Keynesian economic principles in favor of neo-liberalism, austerity, and globalism to disastrous effect.
6:40 minutes (4.58 MB)

A Conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge

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Thu, 02/19/2015
Helena Norberg-Hodge interviewed by Paul Roland from her home in Australia. The author, activist and film producer will be in Portland for the Economics of Happiness Conference February 27 to March 1.   28:11 minutes (38.69 MB)
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