Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond talk about union organizing by way of a mutual review of Jane McAlevey's book "Raising Expecations, and Raising Hell: my decade fighting for the labor movement". They consider the official and cynical meaning of labor day, but also the stagnation of the labor movement as it's moved away from rank-and-file organizing, direct action, and using workers' power to drive social change. 18:32 minutes (16.97 MB)
Joe Clement hosts this labor day special, which features conversations about reducing the work week and having real power in society as workers, challenging stagnant norms in union organizing, the problem with work and utopianism. We also hear clips of political humor in honor of the late Robin Williams. 57:35 minutes (79.07 MB)
Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.
9:30 minutes (4.36 MB)
James Leuenberger is a third-party candidate for the Constitution party. He is running for the Oregon Senate. He talked with Don Merrill about his views on gun ownership, Oregon's Equal Rights ballot initiative and why he thinks running for office might be the only way to educate people about the state and federal constitutions. 29:31 minutes (27.02 MB)
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work. We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.
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57:18 minutes (39.34 MB)
As late as1939, orphans from eastern cities were taken west by train to be offered up for adoption to farmer and others, and often they were abused. Christina Baker Kline's new novel, The Orphan Train is about the friendship that develops between two such orphans, one in her late teens, the other in her nineties. Larry Bowlden gives us his take on it.
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6:14 minutes (4.28 MB)