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Tom Becker reminds us that the ruling ideas are the ideas of the ruling class, but the dispossessed can generate alternative ideas. He reads an article from the Portland Tribune about the Portland Renters' Assembly and the radical vision of some of its organizers. The next Portland Renters Assembly will be at the Midland Library on August 26th from 5:30-7:30PM. There is also a rally and march planned for the following Friday (the 28th) starting at City Hall at 6:00PM. For more information go to www.portlandrentersassembly.info.
Joe Clement hosts and we hear music from Anne Feeney, variations on the Old Mole theme song, and these segments:
Bill Resnick talks with Dan Handelman of Portland CopWatch about police violence and militarization.
Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss democracy and its contradictions in Greece.
Desiree Hellegers interviews Seattle housing justice activists about their 1990s work in Operation Homestead.
Tom reads an article about the Portland Renters' Assembly, and shares how to get involved.
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- Title: aug3omvh2015
- Length: 58:20 minutes (26.7 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Recently back from the "Democracy Rising" conference in Athens, Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss democracy and its contradictions in Greece.
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(Image via GCAS)
Here are links to sources for some of the points they mention:
Democracy Rising conference call for papers
Videos and reports on the conference
Lisa Duggan in the Nation: To Grexit or not to Grexit
The Greek Crisis in 3 Documentaries from conference cosponsor info-war
More on the Greek Crisis, history, background
William Blum, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII (PDF of book)
on The Maastricht Treaty An early critique from W Godley in LRB
Perry Anderson in LRB on Eurozone
on the rejected European constitution
some past mole coverage of Greece
Bill and Leo discuss Syriza's victory early in 2015
Bill and Costas Panayotakis on the effects of austerity (2013)
Bill and Costas on alternatives to austerity (2012)
Jan Haaken and Eric Mankowski discuss the 2011 anti-austerity protests in Greece
More KBOO audio on Greece
For more links on political economy and current events, follow or friend Hyung Nam
on facebook or see his tumblr http://itspeoplepower.tumblr.com/
Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Frédéric Mousseau about agroecology: farming, ecology, and food. Mousseau is the Policy Director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the Institute’s research and advocacy activities on land investment, food security and agriculture. He has conducted numerous reviews and studies on food and agriculture and authored many reports and articles on these issues. Trained as an economist, Frederic has worked as a staff member and consultant for international relief agencies for nearly two decades, including Action Against Hunger, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam International.
For more of Larry's reviews, go here.
Image is Decor design for Gozzi’s play Princess Turandot (1922). Ignaty Nivinsky / Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Moscow. It illustrates the vibrancy of artistic activity in the first years of the Soviet Union.
Image: Folsom Prison
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow the numbered links. You can also keep up with the Mole by liking us on Facebook.
1. Bill Resnick talks with economist Frederick Mousseau about the promise of agroecology.
2.. Larry Bowlden reviews China Dog and Other stories from a Chinese Laundry, by Judy Fong Bates.
3. Why Socialism Will Not Be Boring: a Jacobin piece by Danny Katch read here in edited form by Clayton Morgareidge.
4. Left & the Law: Parole and parole boards: their history and current politics.