Belabored Podcast #182: (Slowly) Seizing the Means of Production

Belabored Podcast #182: (Slowly) Seizing the Means of Production

How would the workplace be different if the workers owned it?

Politicians like Bernie Sanders have moved the question of worker ownership to the center of political discussions (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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How would the workplace be different if the workers owned it? This question has been asked many times in many different ways over the centuries of capitalism, but it has once again moved to the center of political discussions with the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the United States. Today we’re talking with one of the thinkers behind new policies designed to change the way businesses are owned and run, giving workers a say in the profits they create and the processes they work under. Mathew Lawrence is the director of Commonwealth, a new think tank, and he joins us to talk about why ownership models matter in this moment of crisis.

We also hear updates from the Harland and Wolff occupation and ICE’s crackdown on workers who raise complaints in the workplace, and we look at Bernie Sanders’s sweeping labor law reform proposals and Trump’s crackdown on lower-income migrants. For Argh we consider why migrants pack our meat in the first place (spoiler alert: corporations like it that way) and consider the “birth strike.”

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News:

Michelle: Fearing Trump’s New Crackdown, Immigrants Are Already Forgoing Food Stamps (In These Times)

Harland and Wolff Shipyard Should be Re-Nationalized, say Unions (Irish Examiner)

Gerry Carroll

Undocumented Restaurant Worker Is Arrested by ICE During Deposition Against His Employer (WNYC)

Bernie Sanders Unveils Sweeping Labor Plan (Bloomberg)

The Workplace Democracy Plan (Bernie Sanders)

Kate Andrias: A Seat at the Table: Sectoral Bargaining for the Common Good (Dissent)

Conversation:

Mathew Lawrence, Commonwealth

Owning the Future: Toward the Democratic Economy (Commonwealth)

A Cross-Atlantic Plan to Break Capital’s Control (Jacobin)

Argh: 

Michelle: Jenny Brown, Abortion is Our Right to Strike (Jacobin)

Sarah: Eric Schlosser, Why it’s Immigrants who Pack Your Meat (Atlantic)


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