A slightly shorter version of this appeared on the Jan 6, 2014 Old Mole Variety Hour.
The well-read red considers Zapatista resistance to neoliberalism.
This month marks "the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising in . . . Mexico, a short moment with a long legacy of struggle for indigenous rights. The Zapatistas–also known as the Zapatista Army of National Liberation or the EZLN–are a movement of indigenous people fighting against the effects of neoliberalism, particularly the privatization of land and other natural resources."
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole full of ideas that rock the dominant paradigm: climate insurgency, decentralized and democratic energy, a critique of femmephobia, and the end of work and capitalism.
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, use the play button. For individual segments, follow these links: 54:23 minutes (31.12 MB)
The solution to poverty and inequality is widely assumed to be jobs: more jobs with better pay. But capital is committed to increased productivity -- more profits with less labor. The more capital succeeds, the fewer jobs. But ultimately, profit is value captured from labor. So if jobs disappear, so will capital. Old Mole Joe Clement talks with blogger and activist Jehu about this contradiction. Jehu blogs at The Real Movement, and his twitter account is here. 11:57 minutes (6.84 MB)
How could the production and distribution of energy be cleaner and more subject to local control? Energy expert Al Weinrub talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how locally and cleanly produced electricity, not requiring fossil fuels, could engage local communities in decisions about where their electricity comes from. Weinrub is the author of Community Power, is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is currently the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs. More about his book here. 20:36 minutes (11.79 MB)