The middle class and the American Dream seem to be the concern of every politician. But the golden age of the affluent middle class is long gone and wasn't really so golden. Drawing on work by Arum Gupta, Clayton Morgareidge takes inventory of the ideological freight carried by the concept of the middle class. 10:29 minutes (6 MB)
Well-read Red Frann Michel surveys some of the discussion of Thomas Piketty's attempt to bring Karl Marx's insights into Capitalism up to date -- or at least some of those insights. Piketty's main finding is that left to its own devices, Capitalism can't help but produce gross inequalities of the kind we are seeing now. Making use of several reviewers and previews of the book itself, Frann considers the strengths and the limits of Piketty's analysis.
You can read Frann's comments on her blog. 9:36 minutes (5.5 MB)
The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out, and it predicts a catastrophic future for the planet and those who live on it. In this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, economist Robin Hahnel explains what the report says and what kinds of policies must be undertaken to deal with the changes that are happening and to stave off the worst of them. He also has a political analysis of how these policies might take effect.
You can find the Climate Equity Calculators Hahnel refers to here. 17:57 minutes (10.28 MB)
Hosted as well as engineered by Joe Clement, this episode features discussions of Education, Labor, Aging, Reading, Psychiatry and Cinema: Bill Resnick talks with Portland State University Professor Patricia Schechter about faculty labor struggles and neoliberal education; Joe talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin Magazine about rethinking work; Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews new nonfiction form Penelope Lively, and Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the upcoming Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.
58:05 minutes (26.59 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase about the desirability of working less, the possibility of the shorter work week, and the nature of wage and other labor. They discuss the productivity and problems of wage labor and the value of what is known as "free time"; the varied possible meanings of "full employment"; and the need for collective struggles to change the balance of power in the labor market. They touch on Kathi Weeks' book on The Problem with Work, and the importance of unwaged and immaterial labor. Joe mentions his interview last week with Anna Coote, available here: https://kboo.fm/content/towarda30hourworkweek. 13:26 minutes (6.15 MB)
Welcome to the first episode of Dine' a-la' ashla'ii Radio Podcast! We interviewed Lester Begay about his efforts to address corruption within the Navajo Nation Government and to introduce alternative and environmentally friendly economic opportunities.
Dine'-a-la' ashla'ii / Humans Beings with 5 Fingers is a podcast produced by Christopher Francisco, Leigh Anne Kranz and Delphine Criscenzo
Joe Clement and Anna Coote talk about an article she wrote for the NYTimes advocating a reduction of the work week to 30 hours*. They consider not just the reduction of the work-week, but different ways of appreciating our limited time. The fundamental issue is that the more of our time that we put toward paid work, the less of it we have to take care of ourselves and our communities; the less of it we have to stay informed; the less of it we have to take our time in ways that reduce our impact on the environment. Anna says that part-time should be the new full-time, and we can raise wages to make it happen. 14:39 minutes (13.41 MB)