New radio product

Back after a long fundraising break. Freshly posted to my radio archives: Paul Street, author of The Empire’s New Clothes, on the sorrows of Brand Obama • Christian Parenti, author of this article, on how the gov can kickstart the adoption of green technologies by the way it buys

The Real News, part 2

Part 2 of my interview with The Real News on The Crisis is up: THE LIMITS OF STIMULUS.

Jonesing for a slump

The Bullet reprints the lead piece from LBO #128: “Jonesing for a slump: austerity in the face of weakness”

LBO 128 out

LBO #128—just emailed to electronic subscribers, and on press for the print audience. Contents: •Austerity in the face of weakness •Andy Stern, stocks, and Social Security •the energy picture: how the U.S. stacks up (badly), and how we’re doing on renewables (badly) • The Nation moves its money • localism in Portland If you don’t already subscribe, please do: LBO subscription info. Paid subscriptions help keep the free stuff (this, radio show) going.

Welcome back…

…to me, that is. I’ve neglected this thing for too long. Back, and in size.

Demonstrate against JPMorgan Chase!

A bunch of good orgs, including the excellent NEDAP, are planning a demonstration against JPMorgan Chase, for all the usual reasons, at their shareholders’ meeting. If you can, please come and be righteous: Tuesday, May 18, 9 AM 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, Pine St side NYC

Fresh audio

Just updated my radio archives. The April 22 and 29 shows were available to podcast subscribers, but the web page wasn’t updated. And the May 8 show (yes, that’s tomorrow) is freshly uploaded. Guests: Emily Gould, Rob Weissman, Enrique Diaz-Alvarez, Kert Davies, Mark Weisbrot, Steve Early.

The Wal-Mart suit revisited

Allow me to plug another fine article by my beloved spouse: A Wal-Mart Worker’s Horror Story by Liza Featherstone Passed over for promotion in favor of teenagers? Subject to sexual innuendo from a supervisor? Liza Featherstone on Dee Gunter, the plaintiff behind the largest sex discrimination case in U.S. history.

Idiocy at Pacifica

This piece of idiocy is about to be voted on by the Pacifica National Board. It’s only going to make me intensify my on-air criticisms of 9/11 nuttery and conspiracism in general. Pacifica National Board Motion on 911 Programming and Mission Compliance Proposed 4-25-10 by Pacifica Foundation member Christopher Condon Except during fund drives, key public affairs programming throughout the Pacifica Network has appeared to overwhelmingly accept the Official Story of 911, arguing from its assumptions, asserting the theory assigning culpability for these tragic attacks to Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaida without… Read More

Fresh audio!

Just posted to my Radio archives: April 15, 2010 Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute on how China’s currency manipulation kills American jobs • Matt Taibbi on how Wall Street ripped off Jefferson County, Alabama, and the U.S. government Links to relevant bios and articles at archive site.

Fresh audio

Just posted to my radio archive: April 8, 2010 Diane Ravitch, former conservative educational reformer turned critic of the privatization agenda and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System, on the awfulness of the now-bipartisan scheme of testing, charters, union-busting, etc. April 3, 2010 (KPFA version) Ann Harrison, labor economist at Berkeley, on the effects of the anti-sweatshop campaign on Indonesian footwear workers (paper here) • Steven Hill, author of Europe’s Promise, on the Old World as an economic model for the U.S.

Laura Agustín in NYC, tonight. Go!

Wish I could go, but I can’t. If you can, please do. She’s excellent, and needs support in case NOW sends hecklers. Trafficking, migration and the sex industry: Framing the questions, Providing the proofs Wednesday, March 10, 2010 6:45pm – 9:00pm Rockefeller University, Weiss Building Room 305 York avenue at 66th St: Enter the campus at 66th Street Subway: Lexington Avenue Local #6 to 68th Street/Lexington Avenue Station; walk east Buses: M31 (York Avenue/57th St crosstown) and M66 (68th St crosstown) Laura Agustín is author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets… Read More

Don’t believe the Manhattan Institute

In a few hours, I’ll be posting the piece on how expensive college has gotten and why to the LBO website. In the meanwhile, a dreadful article, “Why the Student Protesters Are Wrong,” published by a Manhattan Institute front called Minding the Campus needs some correction. The author, Daniel Bennett, is a policy analyst at a right-wing think tank with a creepy name: The Center for College Affordability & Productivity. The director of the think tank is Richard Vedder, who wrote a book on how great Wal-Mart is, which gives you an idea… Read More

LBO 125 out

Left Business Observer #125 is out! Already emailed to electronic subscribers, and on press for the dead tree contingent. Contents: a risky return to the familiar college: best way to make a buck, especially if you’ve already got a few contemplating exits; Obama’s stingy budget unemployment & GDP: U.S. more savage than usual Tastes here. But why settle for a tease when you can get the real thing for just a few bucks? Support the kind of economic and political analysis you can’t get anywhere else: LBO subscription info.

Me, interviewed…

…by the excellent folks at The Activist, the YDS webzine: Unconventional Wisdom.