Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cheap Junk & the Deindustrialization of America (R)

New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 33 -- August 13, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #180, August 16, 2011

Cheap Junk & the
Deindustrialization of America

Annie Leonard (from NWN #48, "The Story of STUFF")

In brief
We explore the connections among ubiquitous cheap junk merchandise, domestic unemployment and poverty, starvation wages abroad, pollution everywhere, the destruction of the environment, the deindustrialization and Third-World-ization of America, and the ever-increasing wealth of the already-rich. Was there a vote on all this that somehow I missed?

Includes unflattering words on G.E. by labor leader Marie Lausch & a passage on IKEA from Ellen Ruppel Shell's book, Cheap.
Above: Marie Lausch at UCONN, November 14, 2009.
Below: Ellen Ruppel Shell
Notes, credits, & links

Music added: Anne Feeney, "Brave New Christmas"

Connecticut United Electrical Workers Union president Marie Lausch recorded by me at a symposium on converting Connecticut to a peacetime economy held at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, November 14, 2009. Shell passage as reprited by the Toronto Globe & Mail, July 19, 2009, condensed for radio by me.

This is a replay of NWN #98 (January 2010).

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