June 2, 2020
This week we discuss the uprisings across the nation, including here in the Capital District. The system feels so fragile right now, and we marvel at the ordinary citizens demanding justice as well as the violent backlash from militarized police. We also discuss our pouty baby boy Trump lashing out at Twitter, and how social media platforms are simply ill-equipped to deal with misinformation and toxic content from users. Our wildflower reports some promising development in Taiwan on a potential vaccine against Covid 19.
T-shirt to balaclava: https://youtu.be/W7LjcFS3WX8?t=58
Justice for Edson Thevenin! Fundraiser link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/22jghg84
Taiwan scientists find antibody that fights coronavirus: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3941083
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April 29, 2020
The gang discusses Trump’s literally toxic home remedy suggestions for COVID, debt and the reality of 10’s of millions of people suddenly unable to pay the bills, and the political and economic outlook for workers in the US post the Sanders presidential campaigns. For our wildflower this week, it seems like a de-facto and increasingly explicit and unapologetic rent strike is on! And enjoy the first part of Chapter 13 of The Conquest of Bread!
April 21, 2020
This week we’re joined by Yasha Levine, author of Surveillance Valley and the investigative series Immigrants as a Weapon. We discuss how government and corporate development of digital technologies work to further American empire, how middle-class notions of privacy and our myopic focus on surveillance stunt other projects and political imaginations, and the history of Soviet Jews and their utility to the American neoliberal project. We close with a discussion of the importance of the USPS and Chapter 12 of The Conquest of Bread, Objections.
Subscribe to Yasha’s Substack: https://yasha.substack.com
Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet: https://surveillancevalley.com
Public outcry over threats to the USPS: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lamvo/save-us-postal-service-coronavirus-twitter
April 6, 2020
Coronavirus reveals the inability of global capitalist systems to prioritize human dignity and well being, even for a short time. While this pandemic is warping horseshoe politics into an indistinguishable shape, the DNC establishment has chosen to nominate a dementia-ridden racist rapist in order to stop a nice Jewish man from doing anything to help the poor and working classes. Liz Warren once again betrays her supposed principles, praising Biden’s “leadership” and “decency.” Even our most progressive leaders are failing to call for radical resistance and a general strike - do better! Emily joins us to describe Regeneron’s efforts to provide New York State with some much needed COVID19 testing kits, and for our wildflower, we bring good news from Wuhan, China, where the crisis is finally abating and life is beginning to return to normal.
After the ep, Britney brings us more Kropotkin this week with Chapter 10: Agreeable Work, from The Conquest of Bread.
Liz Warren sucks up to Biden: (https://www.siriusxm.com/clips/clip/0599fdfc-88f5-6fdc-bb03-580b27af0c14/fafe6b82-23c9-48b8-a59d-d2b2714cd35a)
Jimmy Dore spitting fire on the failures of progressive leadership: (https://twitter.com/Tav_assoli/status/1245496901354639360?s=20)
Wuhan reopens after two-month Lockdown: (https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1888260/wuhan-reopens-after-two-month-lockdown)
March 31, 2020
This week we are #blessed to talk with presidential candidate and current front-runner in the race for the Libertarian Party Primary Vermin Supreme! We discuss his history of satirical runs for the president, his pivot to a more serious run for the LP nomination, and how his beliefs as a left-leaning anarchist jive with the Libertarian Party. Vermin makes the case for anarchy as a practice that we engage in every day and tells us about his experiences with temporary autonomous collective efforts, and how wearing a boot on his head has allowed him to disrupt the political duopoly in creative ways. He also describes alternatives to a state-run healthcare system and other state-based interventions.
Learn more about Vermin’s campaign at (https://verminsupreme2020.com)
Follow him on Twitter at @VerminSupreme