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803: Sick Day – Best Of Spring 2014 Shows
- Ole Bjerg considers the philosophical nature of post-credit capitalism.
- Trade expert Anuradha Mittal reveals the World Bank’s newest cash crop – dirt poor farmers.
- Law scholar Michael J. Glennon reveals the second government behind American surveillance.
- Investigative journalist Julia Angwin fights to be alone in front of her computer.
- Professor Henry Giroux just destroys America’s neoliberal economy. Rhetorically, but it’s a start!
- Jeff Dorchen wonders why basketball teams even need owners – or what value owners add to anything at all.
Ole Bjerg: “If you start looking at the relationship between debtors and creditors, then you have a whole new political view where it’s not one half against the other. It’s the 99% against a small fraction.”
What is money? Like actually is money? Yes, obviously it’s complicated. That such a simple question is so hard to answer reveals not only the complicated status of money in the 21st century, but also that most of what we’ve been taught about wealth, credit and debt is totally wrong. In this wide-ranging, philosophical interview, Ole Bjerg, author of Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism, explores how money enters the modern world, why emerging alternative currencies like Bitcoin are inevitable reactions against modern banking, and whether the debtor’s chains can unite the 99%. This is the kind of interview you will hear on NPR’s Marketplace after the revolution.
Anuradha Mittal: “When suddenly farmers are told what to grow and the prices are dictated by the guy who is going to buy the crops… They all put them in some kind of servitude and take away what was honorable about agriculture”
The World Bank is like a bank, for the world. That must have sounded so much more optimistic in 1944, but 70 years of post-colonial high financing has done uncountable damage to the developing world. Well, probably not uncountable since they are bankers.
The Oakland Institute has been keeping track of the damage in their new report Willful Blindness: How the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Rankings’ Impoverish Smallholder Farmers. Oakland Institute’s Anuradha Mittal calls in to explain how global finance groups like the World Bank, USAID and Gates Foundation leverage poverty and instability to usurp tradition and sustainability.
Anuradha Mittal is founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, and serves on the board and advisory committees of several nonprofit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) and the International Forum on Globalization.
Michael J. Glennon: “We have developed a set of public institutions, but they’re largely for show and they have been increasingly so since the Truman administration.”
Fwd this interview to Thomas Pynchon. The reason government security policies never change is because the actual government that makes those policies never changes. In his Harvard National Security Journal article National Security and Double Government, Michael J. Glennon explains how a small network of senior officials dictate national security policies, and it turns out you can get a lot done when you don’t have to worry about reelection or the constitution. Michael talks with Chuck about how this secret-in-plain-sight system works, who it works for and who can’t do anything about it by voting.
Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Julia Angwin: “Look, information is power. So a place like the NSA that has massive amounts of information about us has a lot of power. Whether we have the right checks and balances to restrain that power is really the question that we have to ask – of all government.”
Think about everything you looked at or wrote on the internet before you knew it was likely all being recorded by the government. If doing that makes you slightly nervous, Julia Angwin knows the feeling. In her new book Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance, Julia tries to find her way around the massive Hoovering (both meanings intended) over all your online activity. She calls in to talk about the burden surveillance places on the watched, why confidentiality is important in a free society, and the glee of using a search engine that remembers nothing about you.
Julia Angwin is a senior reporter at ProPublica, and author of the new book Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010.
Henry Giroux: “Public schools are under assault in ways we have never seen in this country. And it’s not because they’re failing – it’s because they’re public.”
This was supposed to be an interview about how neoliberalism poisons higher education, but it turned into an interview about how neoliberalism poisons everything – our thoughts, our values, our democratic system. Henry Giroux just lays waste to the privatization of the public good, explains why an education is more than just a line on a resume, brings up C. Wright Mills and Hannah Arendt, tears down the toxic version of freedom pushed on us by the ruling class.
Jeff Dorchen: “After all these centuries of the best, brightest, most inventive, most resourceful, looking out for number one, rising to the top, captaining our industries – after all this, our economy should resemble a fine, thoroughbred racehorse. Instead it looks like an overweight sow dragging its million buttocks through the mud.”
The fact that he calls them the California Clippers either reveals an under-the-table viral marketing scheme he’s worked out with the Humboldt Park bar, or explains how much Jeff Dorchen actually knows about basketball. Everyone knows that the Los Angeles Clippers have an owner, and that owner is racist. No one has taken issue with that first fact, so Jeff checks himself into the game. I accidentally hang up on him at the end of this clip. I’ll own that mistake, at least.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.