Mondragón is a large and successful set of worker-owned and cooperatively managed enterprises in the Basque region of Spain. Sociologist George Cheney has studied and written about Mondragón for many years, and here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how they work and their prospects for the future. Cheney is the author of Employee Participation Meets Market Pressure at Mondragon.
Neoliberal political thought is deeply anti-democratic and believes that the rich should rule. A recent article by Cory Robin in The Nation demonstrates this, and here Clayton Morgareidge summarizes and comments on it.
Old Mole guest Paul Roland conducts a wide-ranging conversation about listener-supported non-commercial radio with Paul Stockwell, a long-time member of the management collective at WORT in Madison, Wisconsin. They talk about the historical origins of this kind of community radio, the challenges it faces today, and how it may develop in the future.
This interview aired on KBOO's Political Perspectives program, and is here presented in edited form. You can hear the complete version here.
Raising the minimum wage to equal half the average salary of workers would benefit the whole economy, says John Schmitt in this article in CounterPunch, "The Path to Wage-Led Growth". It is read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.