In the last years of his life, Karl Marx returned to the themes of his early writings: the possibility of a society beyond private property and alienation, inspired by what he read about the Iroquois in the work of anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan. Clayton Morgareidge reads selected passages from an essay by Franklin Rosemont. The full article, which is worth reading by anyone interested in Marx and Marxism, is here. 8:07 minutes (7.43 MB)
Iven Hale reads a cautionary tale about her experience with a client with mental health issues and how they were not adequately treated or even approached by Oregon social work systems. 8:09 minutes (7.47 MB)
Bill Resnick and Patrick Mazza discuss Naomi Klein's promising new book about capitalism and the environment, "This Changes Everything: captalsism vs. the climate". They consider the books merits, but also how it does not adequately deal with the challenges it raises against capitalism. They talk about corporate environmentalism, how Naomi ties the great social movements of the last couple centuries to environmentalism, but also her soft-pedaling on the big-business approach to sustainable energy, and the need for radically democratic solutions that devolve centralized forms of power in society, the economy, and energy grid.
2014 marks the 35th anniversary of the Ridley Scott 1979 film Alien. This October, Portlanders had the opportunity to see Alien on the big screen. Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the film and its continuing appeal. 13:45 minutes (12.58 MB)
"What Really Happened in Ferguson, MO" -- Race & Police Accountability Forum, sponsored by the Albina MInisterial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform at Maranatha Church on Nov. 1, 2014, featuring Rev. Robert O. White of Ferguson's "Clergy United". This audio is the entire 2 hour program, including uplifting music by Marilyn Keller, the featured speaker, questions and answers, and a local panel including Jo Ann Hardesty, Dan Handleman, Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, and Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel. 125:13 minutes (114.64 MB)
The Center for Public Integrity evaluated the disclosure rules for judges in the highest state courts nationwide. The level of disclosure in the 50 states and the District of Columbia was poor, with 43 receiving failing grades, Oregon among those, making it difficult for the public to identify potential conflicts of interest on the bench. Despite the lack of information in the public records, the Center’s investigation found nearly three dozen conflicts, questionable gifts and entanglements among top judges around the country. Investigative journalist, Janet Phelan analyses what the Center found in Oregon - and "It ain't that Pretty at All..."" (- Warren Zevon) 14:24 minutes (13.18 MB)
Miho Aida is an enviromental educator, acivist, and film maker. She started the project titled "If she can do it, You can too!" which is a collection of short films and interviews with women of color who are fighting to make the world a better place. In this interview she speaks about her latest film "The sacred place where life begins: Gwich'in women speak" which covers the efforts of the Gwich'in tribe to save a sacred place near their reservation in alaska from big oil.
More info @ http://www.mihoaida.com/ 22:20 minutes (20.44 MB)
As next Tuesday’s election approaches, a number of ballot measure races in Oregon look like they’re going to be very close.
One of the more contested initiatives, Measure 92, would require labeling of foods with genetically engineered ingredients.
It’s gotten added media attention because of large financial contributions from chemical and agricultural corporations, making it the most expensive initiative campaign in Oregon history. 9:39 minutes (13.25 MB)
Benjamin Parzybok's novel, Sherwood Nation, is a futuristic story of Portland, post-drought. It explores the possibility of creating fairly small city-states that are self-governing and dependent on neighborhood volunteers for protection and services. The novel raises a number of important questions about what political action means for regular folks who seem to have little control over their lives in contemporary, allegedly democratic, societies. 6:40 minutes (6.1 MB)