Alternative economics

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/29/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show features a discussion of the politics of urban planning and its effect on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland.  We also hear a eulogy for the late labor song folklorist Archie Green; a critique of the press's treatment of the Rihanna - Chris Brown violence case; and a discussion with a  leading Marxist about openings for socialism in the current economic crisis.  To hear the whole show, click the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Leo Panitch and Bill Resnick discuss the economic crisis and the prospects for socialist solutions.

53:11 minutes (30.43 MB)

Socialism and the Crisis

program date: 
Sun, 03/29/2009

Leo Panitch is a Marxist political scientist at York University.  In this interview, he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current crisis of capitalism  and what opportunities for socialism can be found.  He is the author of many books and articles, most recently Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination

 

18:53 minutes (10.81 MB)

Political Perspectives on 04/02/09

Air date: 
Thu, 04/02/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of "The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free." Ellen Brown says the banking system has been contrived so that big banks always get bailed out by the taxpayers from their risky ventures, but the scheme has reached its mathematical limits. There isn't enough money in the entire global economy to bail out the banks from a massive derivatives default today. When the investors realize that the "insurance" against catastrophe that they have purchased in the form of derivatives is worthless, they are liable to jump ship and bring the whole shaky edifice crashing down.

Community Calendar 3/28-29

program date: 
Fri, 03/27/2009
Community Calendar
Weekend of March 28-29, 2009
Produced by Natalie B.
 
Event Summary
 
The Better Living Show

Home, Garden, and Sustainable Lifestyle Show

March 27-29
Portland Expo Center

2060 North Marine Drive

Free admission

www.betterlivingshow.org

 

International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day

Performance Showcase & Art Exhibit

March 28-29

1-4 pm

Portland Expo Center

1:44 minutes (1.59 MB)

Robert Johnson and "Too Big To Bail: the 'Paulson Put', Presidential Politics, and the Global Financial Meltdown"

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 03/24/2009

In the past week there has been intense outrage over AIG executive bonuses and other manifestations of corporate greed. How do we go beyond the angry mob mentality? Guest Rob Johnson, who co-wrote "Too Big to Bail: The 'Paulson Put,' Presidential Politics, and the Global Financial Meltdown" with Thomas Ferguson, provides a larger context for understanding the current financial crisis and analyzing the knee-jerk responses that currently rule in the mass media.

Robert Johnson was formerly a managing director at Soros Funds Management and chief economist of the Senate Banking Committee.  You can read a recent article by Johnson and Ferguson at http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090309/ferguson_johnson?rel=hp_picks

57:13 minutes (26.19 MB)

Political Perspectives

Air date: 
Thu, 03/26/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

Flashpoints on 03/25/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 03/25/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Financial adviser Catherine Austin Fitts analyzes the Treasury Department's plan for the economy and Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada gives a postmortem on Gaza and looks at possibilities for justice and freedom for Palestinians.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/22/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.  

To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  "Give Them All Pitchforks!" -- Well-read Red Laurie Mercier on the popular outrage about AIG.

2.  Fred McKissack from Rethinking Schools talks with Bill Resnick about "merit" pay for teachers.

51:28 minutes (29.45 MB)

"Give Them All Pitchforks!"

program date: 
Sun, 03/22/2009

Today's Well-read Red, Laurie Mercier, says, "Thanks to the outrage over the AIG bailouts and  bonuses,  it is no longer cool to be rich.  There is a new populist resentment brewing, and the left must seize the opportunity to build movements to constructively direct that anger into building a new system that provides for all, not the rich few." More on this here, here<

8:34 minutes (4.91 MB)

Locus Focus

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 03/25/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
In the past week there has been intense outrage over AIG executive bonuses and other manifestations

In the past week there has been intense outrage over AIG executive bonuses and other manifestations of corporate greed. How do we go beyond the angry mob mentality? Guest Rob Johnson, who co-wrote "Too Big to Bail: The 'Paulson Put,' Presidential Politics, and the Global Financial Meltdown" with Thomas Ferguson, provides a larger context for understanding the current financial crisis and analyzing the knee-jerk responses that currently rule in the mass media.

Robert Johnson was formerly a managing director at Soros Funds Management and chief economist of the Senate Banking Committee.You can read a recenty article by Johnson and Ferguson at http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090309/ferguson_johnson?rel=hp_picks

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