Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Capitalism and its Discontents

Check out this 5-part radio series on the current economic crisis, produced by the Pacifica radio network in the U.S. -- I've only listened to a bit, but what I've heard is good and it comes highly recommended. Three of the five parts are up, and the other two will be by the end of the week:

Capitalism and Its Discontents: Part 1 -- Doug Henwood talks about the US economic stimulus package. Ian Bone talks about how the crisis is affecting the UK, where wildcat strikes have erupted in recent weeks. And [York University] political economist David McNally talks about the roots of the slump.

Capitalism and Its Discontents: Part 2 -- A look at the state of welfare in the US in the midst of recession with Frances Fox Piven. Salvatore Engel-DiMauro speaks about the International Monetary Fund's massive bailout of the Hungarian economy. And Patrick Bond talks about how the economic crisis has affected South Africa and the Global South.

Capitalism and Its Discontents: Part 3 --A look at social ferment in France, in the wake of a general strike. Andrej Grubacic talks about the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil. And radical geographer Richard Walker speaks about getting a handle on finance capital in the midst of the crisis. With host Sasha Lilley.

Check those out, and listen to the whole series!

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