Alternative economics

We're All Socialists Now?

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

A recent Newsweek article claims that the economic crisis is forcing the nation into socialism.  But do the authors really know what socialism is?  Or are they confused?  Tom Becker explains. 

7:05 minutes (4.06 MB)

Weathering the Economic Storm in Oregon

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

How can Oregon protect  its neediest citizens as unemployment and home foreclosures increase and tax revenues fall? 

Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the state government can prevent drastic cuts in services.

15:07 minutes (8.66 MB)

Marty Hart-Landsberg on the economy (part 2)

program date: 
Thu, 02/19/2009

Marty Hart-Landsberg is Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong.                                                                                 

55:48 minutes (51.09 MB)

More Talk Radio on 03/02/09

Program: 
More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey speak with activist and writer Randy Shaw, author of "Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century." Shaw will discuss the UFW's impact and its influence on recent labor organizing, the immigrant rights movement and other current social activism. Randy Shaw will be speaking in Portland on Wed., March 4, at 6 p.m. at the Central Library at 801 SW 10th.

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 02/19/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Catherine Austin Fitts examines the Obama administration's stimulus plan.

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

Hosted by Jan Haaken, this show features a discussion of democracy and local energy production; the Mickey Rourke film The Wrestler, the 19th Annual  Cascade Festival  of African Films, and  a follow-up on the Economic Town Hall meeting held in Portland on January 29.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Democratic self-sufficient energy production, a conversation between David Morris and Bill Resnick.

2.  The Movie Moles take hold of The Wrestler.

3.   Following up on the Town Hall meeting about the economic crisis.

53:18 minutes (30.5 MB)

Economic Town Hall

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

Laurie King, one of the organizers of the recent Town Hall meeting on the economic crisis, talks with Bill Resnick about the follow-up scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 at the SEIU Local 49 auditorium on SE 26th about a block south of Powell.  Bill and Laurie discuss actions and campaigns that would unify the many constituencies that came to the Town Hall around a "recovery" program adressing both the short run pain and long term threats.  Video highlights of the January 29 meeting here

8:42 minutes (4.98 MB)

Democracy & Sustainable Energy

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The most sustainable energy is local energy.  David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why this is so, and how it would generate not only power but participatory democracy. 

You can read Morris's report Energy Self-Reliant States: Homegrown Renewable Power

 

20:10 minutes (11.54 MB)

Locus Focus

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 02/18/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A look at the political and psychological as well as economic implications of the new economic stimu

President Obama has just signed an 787 billion dollar stimulus package into law. So what does it all mean and what can we hope for? Locus Focus Resident Economist Chuck Collins joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to discuss the political and psychological implications - as well as economic - of the struggle to get this package enacted. Is it big enough to really have any impact? What else is needed to turn the economy around?

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (New Press, 2005). He coordinates a national effort to preserve the federal estate tax, our nation’s only tax on inherited wealth. He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth, a case for taxing inherited fortunes.

In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. In 1997, he co-founded Responsible Wealth, a project of UFE to bring together business leaders and investors to publicly speak out against economic policies and corporate practices that worsen economic inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

Positively Revolting on 02/20/09

Air date: 
Fri, 02/20/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Marty Hart-Landsberg on the Economy, Part Two. Host Melodie Silverwolf.

Marty Hart-Landsberg is Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong.                                                                                                                                                                    

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