What happens to human motivations, values and desires in capitalist societies? What attitudes and beliefs arise that help to perpetuate commodity-dominated systems? Both Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud were interested in the unconscious; can any of the latter’s insights be integrated into Marxist theory? Social theorist Richard Lichtman has devoted years of research to such … Continued
Against the Grain
12:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays to Wednesdays
In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.
University of Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry and Human Rights Watch staffer Joanne Mariner, both FindLaw columnists, discuss recent attacks on civil liberties and privacy rights in the US.
More voices from last month’s Marxism and the World Stage conference: James Crotty predicts the demise of neoliberalism.
Station manager Gus Newport discusses the current state of KPFA.
A conversation about the structural forces behind the worldwide AIDS pandemic with the authors of the book Global AIDS: Myths and Facts.
A talk on power and powerlessness given by sociologist and author Saskia Sassen at the recent "Marxism and the World Stage" conference.
A discussion about Export Credit Agencies, little-known entities that exceed the International Monetary Fund in their impact on developing countries.
A discussion about the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement.
A conversation about the ’90s boom, labor, globalization, and trade with Doug Henwood, editor of the Left Business Observer and author most recently of After The New Economy.
In current Western thought, the concept (and rhetoric) of freedom reigns supreme. What consequences does this have for the pursuit of equality and social justice? Henry Rosemont, Jr. dissects claims to individual liberty, and suggests an unusual source for an alternative way of thinking and acting: the tenets of classical Confucianism.