Topic: Post-capitalism

[ Episode #61 // Cure for Capitalism? ]

Can we link the decline in our democratic institutions to the nature of the workplaces that occupy so much of our time? Is there reason to believe that we can transition to an alternative economic system while our current economy crashes? Can we learn from the collapse of feudalism and the formation of capitalism to prepare for the next economic system?

In Extraenvironmentalist #61 we talk about historical economic transitions with professor, economist and author Rick Wolff and his recent book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism. Professor Wolff describes how our future economic system will likely build from alternative arrangements of workplaces through worker self-directed enterprises and cooperative businesses. We ask why changing the way our workplaces operate would change our economic system and how policy ideas from other countries could serve as a framework.

// Books

Rick Wolff // Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

// News and Other Items Discussed

Two sold bikes for every car sold in Europe
Japanese Banishment Rooms
Greece Considers Debtors Prisons for Poor Taxpayers

Firefly Skills Convergence 2013 - Asheville, NC - June 20th-23rd
Urban Permaculture Workshop with Toby Hemenway - Vancouver, BC - July 27th-28th

// Extended Clips (in order of appearance)

[Break] - 47m

Zizek - Don't Act, Think
Geoffrey Bloom - Why the Whole Banking System is a Scam
David Stockman on Crony Capitalism
Max Keiser: That's not capitalism, that's fraud
Bill Clinton on why we should help the world


A skit written and performed by Kevin in Los Angeles

// Music (in Order of Appearance)

Victor Déme - Djon Maya (Synapson Remix) via Et Musique Pour Tous
Thabo and The Real Deal - Revolution
Bob Marley - Waiting in Vain (Jim James Remix)via Earmilk
Phaleah - Here Comes the Sun feat. Soundmouse

// Production Credits

Our correspondent and editor Kevin via Sustainable Guidance Youtube Channel

This show was supported by donations from our generous listeners:

Kevin in Sweden
Nathan in Ontario
Sandra in New York
Michael in Ontario
Isaac in West Virginia
Dana in The Noosphere


[ Episode #52 // Market Monsters ]

The monstrosity of capitalism gains new strength as political leaders fight for a return to growth by dissecting society. Though many nations are rising up against the monetary elite, most North Americans are still zombified. Could some of our monster stories describe the feeling of living in a capitalist system? Will the failure of capitalism lead to a zombie apocalypse or a zombie uprising?

In Extraenvironmentalist #52 David McNally joins us for our 2012 Halloween Special to talk about his recent book, Monsters of the Market. David describes how Frankenstein's Monster, vampires and zombies might be metaphors for the monstrosity of the system that has become more apparent since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis started. Is capital itself a vampire? Then, KMO joins us to further detail the zombie narrative and to recommend some films for this Halloween season. Last of all, we make a big announcement.

You can find our previous interview with David McNally in XE #30 and KMO in XE #3.

Also, You can find David's recent article on the zombie apocalypse in Jacobin.

// Music (in order of appearance)

Michael Jackson - Thriller (DJ Ottobot Remix) via Soundcloud
Dead Man's Bones - My Body's a Zombie for You via Soundcloud
Kay Starr - Headless Horseman via Covering the Mouse
Kirby Krackle - Zombie Apocalypse via Youtube
Andrew Gold - Thank You For Being a Friend (Teenager Cover) via Soundcloud
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil (Allure Remix) via Earmilk

// Extended Clips (in order of appearance)

[Break] - 36m
Clips from Frankenstein (1931)
Cops petrol bombed as Greeks fume at new €10 bln cuts call
'Germany enforces same austerity that paved way to Third Reich'
EU Facing Complete Collapse
Taming the Vampire Squid