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Alternative Visions – Has the Global Economy Crossed its Rubicon?

Dr. Rasmus explains how the global capitalist economy crossed a kind of economic rubicon with the 2008-09 global crash and has not been able to restore itself to pre-crisis trends.  With 2008, the growth in global trade as a percent of global GDP hit a wall, stagnated after, and is now declining as a percent of global GDP which itself …

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Economic Update – Addiction, Capitalism and 12 Steps – 07.09.17

Updates on car loans, sales showing falsity of “recovery” claims, airline profits vs service, the G-20 meetings coordinate global austerity, July 4 and capitalism, and the misleading debate over raising minimum wages and losing jobs. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on connections among addictions, capitalism and 12-step programs. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Progressive Commentary Hour – 06.27.17

CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS Why is there no unified progressive movement and what is necessary to build one. Dr. Jim Garrison is the founding President of Ubiquity University and the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, an international school of higher education built upon innovative principles of whole brain and whole system learning. The university operates on four continents with partners in the EU, …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 06.26.17

 On today’s program, Vince examines the conspiratorial left and the organizations, media outlets and individuals who support it. In order for poor and working-class people to effectively organize in the long-term, we must reject the nihilism, cynicism and apathy produced by those entities. Unfortunately, these trends are not limited to progressive movements in the U.S. Download this episode (right click …

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Alternative Visions – How Macron and Trump Economic Policies Are Similar – 05.12.17

Dr. Rasmus reviews early policy directions of newly elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, that focus on anti-labor reform, business tax cuts, and privatization and how that set of policy priorities is similar in many ways to Trump’s.  How recent reports on unemployment in Europe show jobless rates at 18% (not 9.5%) while the US rate is really 9%-12% and not …

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Alternative Visions – America’s Crisis: What Can Be Done? – 04.21.17

With a ‘false right populism’ of Trump replacing the previous ‘false left populism’ of Obama, Jack Rasmus raises the question ‘What Can Be Done’?  Arguing against ‘inside-outside’ strategies to reform the two dominant political parties, against spontaneous rebellions from below that dissipate with little gained, and the dead-end of fragmenting identity politics—all of which go nowhere in terms of change—Jack …

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Resistance Radio – Luigi Boitani – 04.16.17

Luigi Boitani is chair of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE). He is also a professor in the Department of Animal and Human Biology at the University of Rome. Prof. Boitani is a world leading authority on wolves, and many papers and books are centered on wolf biology, wolf management and human attitudes towards wolves. Today we talk about large carnivores in Europe.

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Meria Heller – News of Planet of the Apes – 04.02.17

3/30/17 News of Planet of the Apes, with Meria. Nunes the storyteller; need an independent investigation;US ups wars and war dead;N.C. repeals bathroom bill;Fukushima radiation poisoning the world; latest trump horror bills;Westinghouse bankrupt;Fed.Court halts trump muslim ban indefinitely;Mexico trumps trump; tourism takes a beating under trump’s “ameriKKKa”; Phoenix makes huge deal with Mexico;trump vs. Republicans;leaders ripped off charities and towns;Ivanka in WH; 15 felonies for phony PP video makers;Brexit;no coal jobs coming back; no internet privacy-activists respond;DNC resignations;Dakota pipeline flows;More troops to Iraq,Yemen & Afghanistan;Sessions vs. sanctuary cities; lawsuit against Sessions;Bridgegate sentences;Iowa’s new ridiculous abortion bill;Canada moves to legalize cannabis;Kushner & Russia ties (lost big deal with China); trump created 35 jobs, destroyed thousands;trump/Russia/Mobs/FBI (must read); Russian protests; and more insanity.

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Economic Update – Capitalism in Trouble – 04.02.17

“Updates on major troubles (Brexit, Trump, etc.), student debt penalty, New York billionaires ask to be taxed, Trump’s job fantasies, Seattle’s official renters commission, age discrimination. Major discussions on (1) the economics of immigration, and (2) how worker coops differ from capitalist corporations on where and how to produce.”