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Trademark Belfast

A Podcast from the anti-sectarian unit of the Irish Labour Movement based in Belfast focusing on political economy and economic democracy.

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A Podcast from the anti-sectarian unit of the Irish Labour Movement based in Belfast focusing on political economy and economic democracy.

The Year in Review - 2020

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Mel Corry talks to trade unionist Dooley Harte, Alliance for Choice and trade union activist Naomi Connor and Trademark and Belfast Cleaning Coop's Alice McLarnon about the year that was 2020.

Jan 10 2021

49mins

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CETA and the logic of capital accumulation

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Trademark talks to Dr Paul  O Connell (of SOAS & The Political Education Project @PoliticalEdPoj)  about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). 

Dec 19 2020

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David and Goliath - Community Resistance to Extractive Capitalism PART 2

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Part 2 of our chat to community activists Martin Treacy (Greencastle People's Office - The GPO) and Niall Bowen about their respective campaigns against oil exploration in the Lough Neagh Basin and Gold Mining in The Sperrin Mountain's.

Dec 11 2020

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David and Goliath - Community Resistance to Extractive Capitalism

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As part of our 'Just Transition' Programme with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (London) here Trademark's Mel Corry talks to community activists Martin Treacy (Greencastle People's Office - The GPO) and Niall Bowen about their respective campaigns against oil exploration in the Lough Neagh Basin and Gold Mining in The Sperrin Mountain's. 

Dec 04 2020

33mins

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PART 2 - Towards a Workers Education Movement

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More and better of what youse all heard last week you lucky lucky punters, Dr Steve Baker again attempts to wrest sense for the ramblings of a small trio of organic intellectuals.  

Nov 28 2020

46mins

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Towards a Workers Education Movement

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Dr Steve Baker of Ulster University and member of the UCU is a guest host where he interviews us! I know it's all workers education and stuff....

Nov 20 2020

36mins

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Why Greenwashing Won't Wash

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As part of our Rosa Luxemburg 'Just Transition' programme we present a panel discussion with Saoirse McHugh - environmental activist,  Natasha Josette - climate justice organiser, Prof John Barry - Queen's University Belfast, Joe Guinan, Democracy Collaborative and 60 odd participants asking questions!

Nov 13 2020

1hr 37mins

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A Just Transition, Economic Democracy and a Green New Deal

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As part of our 'Just Transition' Programme in partnership with The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation we talk to environmental activist Seán Fearon and about the Just Transition framework developed by the trade union movement to ensure that a green and sustainable economy is a democratic one. 

Nov 08 2020

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Green finance - socialising risk, privatising profit

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As part of our 'Just Transition' Programme in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation we chat with Seán Fearon, environmental activist and PhD candidate at Queen's University Belfast about the local renewables scandals of 'Cash for Ash' and how the transition to a post carbon economy will socialise the risk and privatise profits. 

Nov 01 2020

35mins

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The Magic Money Tree 2.0 - Because one podcast just isn't enough

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Part 2 of our delve into bits and pieces of Modern Monetary Theory. 

Oct 23 2020

38mins

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The Magic Money Tree

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A discussion with Stewart McGill (@UrbanKravMaga) and Professor John Barry in how to get your wee head around the challenges posed by Modern Monetary Theory. This podcast takes us through some of the basic concepts. Enjoy this journey through the most counter intuitive economic analysis around. 


Resources

This most excellent analysis by contributor Stewart McGill is your starting point! 

https://resistance666site.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/modern-monetary-theory-a-marxist-perspective/


https://tribunemag.co.uk/2019/06/for-mmt

http://www.billmitchell.org/

https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/08/12/mmt-a-uk-primer/

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/03/01/stephanie-kelton-explains-modern-monetary-theory.html

Stephanie Kelton (2020) The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and How to Build a Better Economy 

William Mitchell, L Randakk Wray & Martin Watts (2019) Macroeconomics

Oct 18 2020

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This is Left Bloc! - 'Education doesn't change the world, education changes people, people change the world!'

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Talking with Dave Gibney, Emma Clancy, Professor John Barry, Clare O'Connor about 'Left Bloc Ireland' an exciting new media & political education project in Ireland. 

Alongside the Trademark Belfast podcast you can listen to the Week at Work, Nuall na nÓg, Offshore and The ABC's of Green Politics

https://anchor.fm/the-week-at-work - Reviewing the weekly news in Ireland and beyond from a left perspective, breaking through the overton window of what is 'acceptable' and challenging the establishments control of  'common sense' 

https://anchor.fm/nuall-na-nog - Tabharfaidh an gang aghaidh ar mhórcheisteanna sóisialta agus polaitiúla a bhaineann go mór leis an aos óg in Éirinn agus ar fud fad na cruinne. Beidh spraoi againn fosta ag plé an tsó agus an anró, uilig faoi anáil na heite clé agus na Gaeilge.

Oct 10 2020

44mins

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Build the future now - Cooperatives as practical utopias

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An interview with Trademark Belfast conducted by Owen Connolly of Green Hope Politics about the potential, challenges and resistance to building a cooperative economy...
“[in a cooperative] the opposition between capital and labour is abolished… even if at first only in the form that the workers in association become their own capitalists” (Marx, 1894: 571-72).
"...the system of civilised co-operators is the system of socialism" (Lenin 1923)
"...cooperatives are a tool for class struggle” (Gramsci 1919)
"..better than working for some jumped up wee knob who can't wipe his own arse without an actual worker present" (Alice McLarnon 2020)

Oct 03 2020

27mins

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Fascism is Capitalism in Decay

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Talking with Duroyan Fertl, activist, writer, researcher, and former advisor to Sinn Féin and GUE/NGL about fascism and the small problem of the far right in the German military. 

https://braveneweurope.com/duroyan-fertl-kill-lists-and-commandos-germany-has-a-nazi-problem

Sep 25 2020

49mins

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Beyond capitalism - Embracing the future with Economic Democracy and Community Wealth

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Fifty friends of Trademark Belfast zúm in to listen and chat with Joe Guinan in Washington DC about Blade Runner, capitalism, economic democracy and the potential of Community Wealth Building as part of https://www.goodrelationsweek.com/ and our Rosa Luxemburg 'Just Transition'  Programme

Learn more at:

https://democracycollaborative.org/

https://cles.org.uk/

Sep 20 2020

1hr 19mins

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The Neo Liberal City: A Utopia of Exclusion - A Worker's Guide Part 4

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Talking with Agustine Martire, Lecturer in Architecture QUB and vice chair of 'Save the Cathedral Quarter Belfast' and Steve Baker Lecturer in Film and TV studies UU about the evolution of the neo-liberal city, gentrification, property speculation, working class displacement and the broken model of extractive capitalism that is so perfectly distilled into #tribecabelfast 

Follow @SaveCQBelfast

Tribeca the Castlebrooke promotional video narrated by local actor, Jamie Dornan (The Fall, Fifty Shades of Grey)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOZxJ6uD-_c

"ProTanto Quid Retribuamus”, SaveCQ: a protest poem by Conor Shields

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAPfGrHkCYM

The Daily Blend: Tribeca Belfast (Colin Geddis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=_hkeT9HqXE0&app=desktop

Sep 11 2020

48mins

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The Rise of the Machines - A Worker's Guide to Contemporary Capitalism - Part 3

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Talking with Brian Forbes and Mel Corry about the future of work, a contingent workforce, surveillance and automation. 

Sep 06 2020

50mins

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A Worker's Guide Part 2 - Economic & Social Impact of Covid

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Talking with comrades Kellie O'Dowd, trade union activist and feminist and Dave Gibney, trade unionist and co-host of 'The Week at Work Podcast' about the social and economic impact of the Covid crisis.

Aug 30 2020

1hr 1min

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A Worker's Guide to Contemporary Capitalism - Part 1

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A new series of podcasts looking at the multiple crises of capitalism and how we might move beyond an economic system that is killing the planet. Alongside the usual controlled ranting of the Trademark team we shall have some very special guests to help us along the way. If you have any ideas for themes feel free to contact us! #uptheworkers, paid and unpaid!

Aug 22 2020

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After Covid - Community Wealth Building and A Just Transition

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Speaking again with Joe Guinan of The Democracy Collaborative about the proven potential of Community Wealth Building in building a green, just and democratic economy.

Get hold of his book co-authored with Martin O Neil here: https://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509539024&subject_id=89

https://democracycollaborative.org/ A research and development lab for the democratic economy

https://cles.org.uk/ The national organisation for local economies - developing progressive economics for people, planet and place.

Aug 14 2020

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