Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left. Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants? Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
Norm Diamond is an organizer and sometime Old Mole, as well as co-author of The Power in Our Hands. 19:44 minutes (9.04 MB)
This week we speak with John Abbe, a member of the Great March for Climate Action, a community of concerned citizens marching from Los Angeles to Washington DC to “change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.”
Thawra Abu Khdeir, 20, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed by a group of right-wing Israelis in Jerusalem on July 2nd, 2014. Mohammed, 16, was kidnapped, beaten, stabbed and set on fire. Thawra spoke with KBOO on Tuesday July 8th, nearly a week after her cousin's death. 25:59 minutes (29.73 MB)
Brooks Fahy is the Executive Director of Predator Defense, an animal advocacy organization based in Eugene, OR. Rick Swart is the spokesperson for the Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife. KBOO's Don Merrill talked with both of these experts about the recent euthanizing of a cougar in a Portland community, what they both think about why it happened and what needs to be done to keep it from happening in the future. 27:52 minutes (25.52 MB)
Well-read Red, Clayton Morgareidge, continues a theme he spoke about a few weeks ago concerning "stagnant capitalism" and connects it to a recent Jacobin article by Richard Seymour. Seymour's article critiques an article in the popular magainze, The Economist, for pandering to what he calls "a very neoliberal way of thinking" when it acknowledges immense private profit/surplus/capital while also lamenting crumbling infrastructure and other responsibilities of the cash-strapped public sector. 6:14 minutes (4.28 MB)
Iven Hale considers the patriarchal theories of intimate partner violence espoused by some feminists and the difficulties in applying this to same-sex intimate partner violence, which happens with about the same frequency as among other-sex relationships. She shares several stories of her own experiences with violence at the hands of female partners, both physical and verbal. In the end, she points to how "power and control pervades our culture, and is perpetuated by our economic system." 8:28 minutes (3.87 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how the $15 minimum wage ordinance that was recently passed by the City Council in Seattle came to be. Arun points out how people are agitated by the bank-bailouts, the role played by Socialist Alternative and Kshama Sawant's election to the City Council, the contentiousness about and limitations to the final ordinance. They also consider what kind of organizing is or is not behind getting the ordinance passed. In this vein, they talk about "militant shopfloor organizing" vs. electoral organizing, the role played by independent media, weilding control at the "point of production, and the problem of finding solidarity as "all that is solid melts into air."
23:00 minutes (15.79 MB)
Activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant in Eugene this morning to protest the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest and ongoing pollution in West Eugene.
Several protestors locked themselves to equipment at the plant, effectively blocking the “truck dump” where biomass is loaded into the incinerator.
The plant releases an estimated 17,900 pounds of air toxins into West Eugene Neighborhoods annually.
There are three schools within three miles of the Seneca biomass facility.
For more information, KBOO’s Ken Jones spoke with Grace Warner of Cascadia Forest Defenders.
5:59 minutes (8.21 MB)
Laurie Mercier interviews Peter Hart about his recent writings on media coverage and revisionism surrounding the Iraq War. They consider the shifting of blame for instability in Iraq from the US occupation to "age-old ethnic conflicts"; the abscence of coverage of Iraqi suffering; and the way the Iraq War is portrayed as something that "happened to the US".
Jeff Kropf is a conservative who served in the Oregon legislature between 1999 and 2007. While there, he helped pass the Charter Schools Act, a piece of legislation based on language from the free market, limited government advocating American Legislative Exchange Council. But Mr. Kropf, who is now a co-founder of Oregon Connections Academy, an online charter school says many former democrats in the legislature helped pass that law. And he says Governor Kitzhaber's administration is experimenting with blended schooling that combines forms of public education and charter schooling. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Kropf about the positives and negatives of alternative education for Oregon's kids. 29:32 minutes (27.04 MB)
A couple more scenes that were too good to broadcast the first time around. Includes "Political Mad-libbs" and "Bunny in the Bush". Also includes the intro to the listener-voted favorite clip of all time: Stoner Trek!