Joe Clement reads from Jason Read's review of Sleep Dealer, which he wrote for The Portland Phoenix. Sleep Dealer is a recent sci-fi dystopia in Spanish about a near future where robots are operated from afar by desperate Mexican workers. Jason writes about how he got to talk with the film's director, Alex Rivera, about the changing nature of work and the lived reality of exploitation in late capitalism.
Iven Hale reads from a recent essay by Yasmin Nair titled Against Equality, Against Marriage. Iven leads off relating her own experiences with marriage's cultural hegemony.
"A queer radical critique of the family is not simply the celebration of an outsider status, although it is often that, but an economic critique as well. A queer radical critique of gay marriage exposes how capitalism structures our notion of family and the privatization of the social relationships we depend on to survive."
Tom Becker hosts this show dealing with several struggles for freedom and respect against forces of repression and exploitation.
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In commemoration of Nelson Mandela, one year after his death, Alan Wieder presents his comments on a televised town meeting from his first trip to the United States after he was released from prison in 1990. In the meeting, he responded to reactionary comments from politicians and newsmen.
6:51 minutes (4.7 MB)
Bill Resnick and Tod Sloan consider what consumerism is and isn't, the political-economic project that drives consumerism, how consumerism tries to compensates us for alienation and exploitation, how consumerism infects our social relations, and how to think about anti-consumerism in a world of material and political inequalities.
Tom Becker reads Benjamin Selwyn's essay for Le Mond Diplomatique, Neoliberalism is Alive and Well. Selwyn asks why neoliberalism persists if it is described by prominent economists to be a failure. His suggestion points past economic discourse though to the political project neoliberal austerity represents. 7:25 minutes (6.79 MB)
Bill Resnick interviews Tom Athanasiou following his recent trip to Lima for the United Nations climate change conference. They discuss the "global commons" and international cooperation around reducing emmission, but also creating equity. They consider the history of previous international agreements and the challenges of practically binding countries to them.