Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis + Despair in Detroit (Nader; Paul)

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Democracy Now!
May 15, 2009

Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis on “The Worker Control Solution from Buenos Aires to Chicago”

Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein and Al Jazeera host Avi Lewis discuss the workers who are taking over their factories and plants rather than lose their jobs, some to owners who owe money to bailed-out banks. They also address the latest news in the nation’s global economic collapse amidst the White House and Democratic-led Congress’s rejection of single-payer healthcare. [includes rush transcript]

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Fault Lines: Despair in Detroit (Ralph Nader and Ron Paul)

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May 14, 2009

This week Fault Lines travels to look at the collapsing auto industry in Detroit and explores the effect on this once thriving American city.

We find out how deals struck in Washington to try and rescue the industry are are affecting the people who live with the consequences.

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Chicago Window Factory Reopens with Occupying Workers Back on the Job

Workers at Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors factory occupied their plant in December after the plant’s owners gave workers just three days’ notice of the plant’s closure. They won a settlement, and now the factory has remained open under new management. We speak to Armando Robles, a maintenance worker at the factory and local union president. [includes rush transcript]

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Argentine Journalist Sergio Ciancaglini on “Sin Patron: Stories from Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories”

Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein documented the struggles of Argentine workers occupying their factories in the 2004 film The Take. We play an excerpt of the film and speak to Argentine journalist Sergio Ciancaglini, co-author of Sin Patrón: Stories from Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories. [includes rush transcript]

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stimulator: Spring of Rage + The Take (2004) (Naomi Klein)

Argentina’s Economic Collapse (full video)

The Corporation (must-see video)

2 thoughts on “Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis + Despair in Detroit (Nader; Paul)

  1. I loved The Take!

    This is a great episode of DN, Naomi and Avi are amazing minds, they deserve each other!

    I am conflicted about this disease of industrial kapitalism, this myth of ‘jobs’ and very gratified when workers take over.

    It is distressing the bankster control and finance capital in government, how it impacts real workers, who are working really hard, for whole lives, under tough parameters, with no guarantees at all (and as we see, no bailouts– should we not have put that bankster bailout to a national referendum?? Paulson will go down in history as the very slimiest bankster of all, the heist of the millennium).

    The automotive industry is part of the problem, hydrocarbon vehicles and their ghastly speed- carbon freakishness are themselves a part of the americon invented world-destroying disease, but workers are devoting their lifetime to production. This is not a commodity nor billable hours. Workers should have an equal stake.

    I am sad that unions have to organize, as an unnatural army to confront the unnatural problem of industrial corporatist abuse. In the end this entire arrangement abused the earth and the world. The system stinks.

    But fascinating that worker-run factories are actually more profitable!

    This corporate system of ‘workers’ corrupts both workers as well as management/executives/stockholders. It pits everyone in an adversarial, selfish class war, when it should be a family. Workers and management in this structure both become corrupt gangsters.

    If we were to organize production as a collective, of equal pay for equal stake, people each and all have a role in the outcome, it would discourage the monstrosity of multinational corporations, and reorganize the work-place and production into the model of the small village, something we are well evolved to work within.

    “Americans should own the banks”
    Word. You can’t entrust private enterprise with finance. You can’t trust a culture based in the idea of screwing everyone and everything else for personal and corporate profit!

    But nothing seems to be changing about that any time soon.

    Thanks for the inspiring post.

    (and I didn’t even get to Ralph yet!)

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