Alternative economics

Eric Laursen on Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Eric Laursen, author of The People’s Pension: The War Against Social Security, from Reagan to Obama, available from AK Press. They discuss how and why Social Security survived in the face of elite attacks since its inception. Laursen is part of the movement seeking to expand Social Security, not just raising benefits but involving recipients in the battle for a just economy.  You can find more of his recent work here.

[image via Wikimedia] 19:11 minutes (13.18 MB)

Labor Day's Radical Roots

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
Joe Clement reflects on Labor Day's radical roots. All too often pitted against celebrations of International Workers Day, Labor Day was born of the same international-tending workers movement that also gave birth to May Day. To help tell this story, Joe reads from Eugene Ruyle's article on the subject for Popular Resistance. 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)

Mark Jacobson on Scaling Up Renewable Energy

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about the realistic potential, and with that barriers, to scale up renewable energy to meet the world's energy needs. 

Mark Jacobson teaches civil and environmental engineering at Stanford
20:05 minutes (13.79 MB)

The Spirit of the Forest - Episode 02

program date: 
Tue, 09/01/2015
This is episode 2 of The Spirit of the Forest, an audio drama / dark comedy created by Oregon resident Dan Crall, which reflects upon the sadness, absurdity, and normalcy of modern life. 42:19 minutes (38.75 MB)

Refusing Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015

Capitalism depends on addiction to consumer goods, argues Colin Todhunter in his piece in Counterpunch, "Refusing Capitalism", read for us here by Tom Becker.

5:51 minutes (4.02 MB)
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