Archive for November, 2010

3P-064 Money as Theft, or Why We Need a Glocal Economy

In this episode, we look at money as created through debt, but actually backed by theft, by examining the exchange of labor that money purportedly represents. We question the high cost of housing and services vs. the low cost of food and goods.  Looking ahead, we develop 10 features that a successful turnaround plan would need to have, and we explain how a strategy to deal with hyperinflation is the opposite of a strategy for inflation.

We also tell the story of meeting Claudia Solerno, Venezuela’s Presidential Envoy on Climate Justice, at the Green Festival. We cite a study from Fast Food/Slow Food: the Cultural Economy of the Global Food System by Richard Wilk, and an article by economist Michael Hudson called “Krugman, China and the Role of Finance.” Finally, we end with holiday shopping tips from Fair Trade USA, a guide from Shop to Stop Slavery, Free2Work’s I-phone app, and Kyle Thiermann’s video, “Buy Local, Surf Global.”

Poems:

  • “Each of Us Has a Name” by Zelda
  • “For the Sleepwalkers” by Edward Hirsch
  • “Everything is Going to be All Right” by Derek Mahon

Songs/Music Videos

  • “Welcome, Ghosts” by Explosions in the Sky
  • “Before I Go” by John Hiatt
  • “Freedom Hangs Like Heaven” by Iron & Wine

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3P-063 Connecting the DOTS: Deepening Our Thinking on Sovereignty

This episode recaps a week of Connecting the DOTS – our new UniverseCity blog that responds to Democracy Now. It features Percy Schmeiser’s “Principles of Food and Agriculture,” and a rebuttal to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel that quotes James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me. We suggest that, along with germs, natives hadn’t built up an immunity to religions without honor.

The next section, entitled “Shadow Wars and Guerilla Presidents,” looks at Arundhati Roy in India, the new President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and the printer bomb that warrants drone attacks and hunter-killer teams in Yemen. Spencer Ackerman’s Wired article on “The Shadow War in Yemen” is quoted. The concluding piece, called “What’s Your Breaking Point?” poses Ralph Nader’s question of what would cause Democrats to walk away from the party. His reference to a moral compass is explored in light of foreign policy, and we call for a resurgence of the nonbinding referendum.

Poems:

  • “Soul Food” – #2 of the Tao te Ching by Ursula K. Le Guin from The Way and the Power of the Way
  • “By Contrast” – #2 of the Tao te Ching by Tereza Coraggio
  • “II,16″ by Ranier Maria Rilke from The Book of Hours translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

Songs:

  • “Isolate” by Moby from the Wait for Me CD
  • “Mothers of the Disappeared” by U2 from Joshua Tree
  • “Instant Karma” by U2 from Amnesty International’s tribute album of the same name

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