Alternative economics

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show

Air date: 
Tue, 07/28/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Everyone has been touched by the health care crisis. If you haven't been personally burned by our profit-driven, insurance based health care system, you probably have a friend or loved one who has been. Tune in to talk radio Tuesday morning at 8 and call-in at 503-231-8187 to share your story.
Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card are your guest hosts.
 

How do we change the national conversation about war and peace? Also: Update on health care reform legislation

program date: 
Wed, 07/22/2009

Seven months into a new administration and the nation still finds itself embroiled in two Asian wars. Many Americans would have difficulty explaining how the Obama administration's conduct of these wars differs from the last administration's. They're certainly not being helped by policymakers and pundits who are working overtime to marginalize arguments for American withdrawal from the region. With the economy now people's foremost concern, how does the peace movement change the national conversation about war and peace?

56:58 minutes (45.64 MB)

Goldman Sachs lives high on the taxpayer dole

program date: 
Mon, 07/20/2009

 Goldman Sachs lives high on the taxpayer dole

55:04 minutes (25.21 MB)

The Death of Labor Law Reform, or Why the Democrats are So Pathetic and Meaningful Reform is Dead

 Bill Resnick for The Old Mole Variety Hour
 
 Why are the Congressional Democrats so weak and afraid? Why did they refuse to consider universal single payer health care, also called Medicare for All? Why last week did card check union organization die in the Congress? The card check provision was certainly the key part of the Labor Law Reform bill and labor’s top legislative priority. The AFL-CIO spent hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and campaign contributions – yet its key section was killed by the Democrats. But how could that be?

Masters of the Universe, Redux

July 21, 2009

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi gets to the heart of how one investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs, has engineered bubble after speculative bubble in the marketplace for years, always positioning itself to prosper in the wake of each disaster -- often at taxpayer expense.

What you need to know is the big picture: If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain — an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.

Read it. It's a blueprint of how the executive class rigs the game for its own benefit.

-A

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 07/21/09

Air date: 
Tue, 07/21/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Goldman Sachs lives high on the taxpayer dole

Abe digs in to a smokin' hot piece in Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi, about how Goldman Sachs -- and a who's-who cast of Goldman alumni -- has for years engineered speculative bubble after speculative bubble in the "free market" (including the recent housing/mortgage derivative bubble), and placed itself in a unique position to profit at taxpayer expense.

The July 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 07/19/2009

 

Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program deals with Israel-Palestine, a better way to think about taxes, a movie about walled-in globalization, and why the Democrats are not doing what we elected them to do.  

 

56:50 minutes (32.52 MB)

An Illusion About Taxes

program date: 
Sun, 07/19/2009

The rich claim their private wealth is under assault in proposals to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for improved healthcare.  But do they really own their wealth?    Clayton Morgareidge explains why they don't and how taxes and justice are related.  To read his remarks, go to his blog where you'll find links to his sources.  

9:39 minutes (5.53 MB)

An Illusion about Taxes

 Clayton Morgareidge, for the Old Mole Variety Hour, July 20, 2009

Voices from the Edge on 07/16/09

Air date: 
Thu, 07/16/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What's the future of community media? A discussion with Erik Mollberg and Phil Busse

As recent events in Iran have shown, technology has given ordinary people the power to inform neighbors down the street and strangers halfway around the world about important events regardless of government censorship or corporate media indifference. "Community media" - citizen-operated print, broadcast and digital technologies - is filling the information needs of a growing number of Americans.

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