Tom Becker hosts this episode where we hear about the Portland Troublemakers School (April 13th) from two of its organizers, a movie review of "No", a discussion about the crises in Europe, and a book review of Jennifer Egan's "Look At Me". An error clipped the first couple minutes of this recording, and it starts right with Tom introducing Bill's interview. The list below is in order and the show is otherwise complete.
Bill Resnick talks with Megan Heise, an organizer of the Portland Troublemakers School that's this Saturday (April 13th). They discuss the specifics of the event and some of what people can expect. Megan also describes the Troublemakers' bold (but not exactly new) vision of working-class organizing. This interview aired the same day as another with Stephanie Luce, a keynote speaker at the event, who talks with Bill more broadly about the importance of workplace organizing for social justice.
Bill Resnick talks with Stephanie Luce about workplace organzing and worker self-management, and how they are indispensible elements of progressive vision. They talk about the Labor Notes "Troublemakers School" and the "new unionism" it advances.
If you listen closely, you can hear the last rasping breaths of the New Deal as it lays down to die. For the first time in history, a sitting Democratic president has proposed cuts to Social Security -- the single most popular government program of all time, and a bedrock of the modern American social contract. Well played, sir.
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Margrit Kennedy, an outspoken critic of the current global economic system and an internationally-renowned advocate of alternative regional and complementary currencies, about her new book "Occupy Money: Creating an Economy where Everybody Wins."
Compound interest and inflation have caused our monetary system to balloon to the point where bailing out banks, large corporations, and even entire countries will not prevent a complete breakdown of the global economy - unless we change the system in fundamental ways. Margrit Kennedy says it's time for a grassroots movement to knock conventional money off its pedestal and replace it with a fresh paradigm that puts people before profits.
Leo Panitch is a Distinguished Research Professor, political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register.
In this interview Leo Panitch discusses "The Making of Global Capitalism" and the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state, including its role as an “informal empire” promoting free trade and capital movements. He also discusses how the US has superintended the restructuring of other states in favor of competitive markets and coordinated the management of increasingly frequent financial crises.