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Episode 930

Hardly Working

Dec 10 2016

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James Livingston

Fuck work: The case against full employment, and for guaranteed income.

Historian James Livingston examines the deep problem with employment in the 21st century - the broken relationship between work and income, and explains why we must look beyond capitalism's intellectual decrepitude, and to the rising rate of transfer payments, if we are to reclaim our labor, our happiness and our time from the demands of capitalism.

James is the author of the new book No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea from UNC Press and the Aeon essay Fuck Work.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Azzurra Crispino

Understanding the grim economics of incarcerated labor.

Prison labor activist Azzurra Crispino explains how a nation-wide prison work stoppage revealed mass incarceration's large-scale exploitation of incarcerated labor, and the brutal lengths the state will go to protect its interests - and calls for the public to embrace love in the face of fear, and humanizing prisoners as a starting point on the road to prison abolition.

Azzurra last spoke to This Is Hell! on day two of the nation-wide prison work stoppage.



Yves Smith

A report from the wrong side of the fake news scare.

Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith talks about ending up on a bizarre list of Russian propagandists posted by the anonymous website PropOrNot - a inept group being legitimized by the Washington Post - and explores the larger context of misinformation as a tool wielded by political interests and media organizations to their own ends.

Yves wrote the recent blog posts We're Under Attack and We Demand That The Washington Post Retract Its Propaganda Story Defaming Naked Capitalism and Other Sites and Issue an Apology.



Sarah Jaffe

People look at these options and shrug: Understanding the dead end election.

Journalist Sarah Jaffe examines the blindspots in the election that no one saw coming - from the clueless elite national media, to the supremely confident Clinton campaign - and explains why the widespread anti-Trump protests following the election give her hope for a renewed engagement with politics, even if it begins with resisting the politics of President Trump.

Sarah wrote the articles The Democrats' Deadly Error for the New York Times and Why Anti-Trump Protests Matter for Rolling Stone.



Manuel Carrasco Molina

Fighting coal's power from Germany's ancient Hambach Forest.

Live from Germany, Manuel Carrasco Molina explains how anti-coal protest actions in the ancient Hambach Forest are challenging the political power of the extractive energy industry, and calls for investments to drastically accelerate renewable energy across Germany, and beyond the false choice of nuclear vs coal.

Manuel is a Green Party politician in Kerpen, Germany.



Ashley Dawson

A better world to win: Notes on the fight against fossil capitalism.

Author Ashley Dawson places Donald Trump's energy policies and appointments in the larger context of a global right wing resurgence fueled by fossil capitalism's last gasp, and calls for widespread resistance on the local and international level against carbon, against capitalism, and the forces the profit from both.

Ashley is author of Extinction: A Radical History, he recently wrote Trump Eats the Planet for the Verso blog.



Jeff Dorchen

My flag is the hammock: The idler's guide to indirect nonaction.

Jeff Dorchen makes the case for nondirect inaction against the coming horrors of the Trump administration, and the continuing horrors of our political and economic systems - you can march, you can protest, you can make art, but he'll be quietly making a powerful statement against the demands of productivity. Shhh don't wake him.

Read the transcript here