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(2016/04/01) The battle to reorganize the economy (Sharing Economy vs. Coops)

April 1, 201672 min
Edition #1003
Today we take a look at the raging battle for the soul of the new economy. The age of working at the factory for decades before retiring with a pension and gold watch is well behind us but what’s coming next? A world where everyone is completely on their own, scraping together work one gig at a time? Or an economy of worker-owners who are compensated fully for their labor and have a voice in the direction of their companies?
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Show Notes
Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill
Ch. 2: Act 1: How Good is the Sharing Economy at Sharing? - KQED News - Air Date: 2-4-16
Ch. 3: Song 1: The Sharing Song - Jack Johnson

Ch. 4: Act 2: Chris Mackin: Creating Economic Democracy - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 7-22-14
Ch. 5: Song 2: RazorWire-Remastered - Chris Priest

Ch. 6: Act 3: Uber isn't nearly as new of an idea as you think - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15
Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole

Ch. 8: Act 4: Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, too Can Play at that Game - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-17-15
Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Poor - Horse Feathers

Ch. 10: Act 5: David J. Thompson on the superiority of cooperatives - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 8-1-15
Ch. 11: Song 5: Cooperation - Jim Valley

Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Next System Teach-Ins via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism
Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard

Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Mason - Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 3-3-16

Ch. 21: Understanding our political system - Kim from Pennsylvania
Ch. 22: The importance of progressive unity in the election - Ben from New Jersey
Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 23: Final comments on Democracy Spring and the cabbie who suggested todays episode
Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism Resources: 
Find a Next System Teach-In near you or register to host one where you live at 
Learn more about the The Next System Project and sign their statement.
Follow The Next System Project on Twitter @TheNextSystem for the latest updates and use '#NextSystem' to join the conversation.
Further Reading:
Not Cool Uber (via Dave Craige on
Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing - The Dark Reality Behind This Major Workplace Shift (via Alternet) 
Uber on the Road to Nowhere - Uber Drivers are getting creative in their fight for basic workplace rights (via American Prospect)  
Latest News/Actions: 
Seattle Passes Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize (via Reuters) 
Fed up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50 - With their Own Mobile App (via Mother Jones)
Jakarta Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber and Grab  (via BBC)
Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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