Ironweeds

42 - Balkanized Babushkas ft. Yasha Levine

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