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By Ryan Cooper & Alexi the Greek

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 Dec 23, 2021

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Philosophy, politics, and the left.

Episode Date
Episode 243 EXCERPT: Stealing America Back from the Right with Jamelle Bouie
23:31
Aug 01, 2022
Episode 242 - Lessons from Legislating with Nikil Saval
01:00:58

Today we've got Pennsylvania state Senator Nikil Saval on to talk about the remarkable fact that he got a climate and affordable housing bill through a Republican-controlled legislature. What's up with that??

Other stuff mentioned in the episode: our previous episode with Nikil, his writing at n+1, and a run-down of Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano.

Jul 25, 2022
Episode 241 - The Ethics of Socialism with William Clare Roberts
01:09:13

Today we've got Professor Roberts, author of Marx's Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital, on to discuss his debate with Martin Hägglund regarding Hägglund's book This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom. We discuss the proper foundation of a socialist movement, the origins of capitalism, what American leftists should be doing in practice, and more.

Check out our previous episode on This Life here: Part I, Part II

Jul 16, 2022
Episode 240 PREVIEW - The January 6 Hearings
13:10

In this preview, we discuss why the left should be taking the threat of Trump and the January 6 hearings more seriously. Subscribe now to hear the whole thing!

Jul 06, 2022
Episode 239 - The State of American Socialism with David Duhalde
01:06:23

This time we've got David Duhalde, chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Fund and former DSA staffer, on to talk about his chapter in a new book Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections, which discusses the debate around DSA endorsing Biden and the problems the organization suffered during the 2020 campaign against Trump. We talk about the state of the socialist movement, why the left seems to have lost some of its broader cultural purchase, and what it should focus on going forward. Enjoy!

Jul 01, 2022
Episode 238 PREVIEW - American School Financing Is a Disaster
16:10

In this preview, Professor David I. Backer explains how school financing works in this country. Subscribe now to hear the full thing

Jun 23, 2022
Episode 59 RERUN - The Case for Student Debt Cancellation
55:54

In this episode from the archives, we've got economist Marshall Steinbaum on to discuss his research on why it's necessary to cancel student debt, how to end segregation in higher education, and why the theory of "human capital" is a bunch of nonsense. Enjoy! 

Jun 14, 2022
Episode 237 - The Politics of Time
01:01:29

Today we've got Professor Nomi Claire Lazar on to talk about her fascinating book Out of Joint: Power, Crisis, and the Rhetoric of Time. We discuss revolutionary leaders' habit of changing the calendar when they seize power (think Julius Caesar, the French Revolution, or the Bolshevik Revolution), what happens when someone locks themselves in a cave for weeks with no clocks, what time has to do with political legitimacy, and more. Enjoy!

Jun 07, 2022
Episode 236 PREVIEW - Towards a Better Identity Politics with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
16:01
May 31, 2022
Episode 235 - Speech in the Academy
01:14:29
  Today we've got Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth on to discuss their book It's not Free Speech: Race, Democracy, and the Future of Academic Freedom. We talk about the key distinctions between free speech and academic freedom, why any defense of free speech on the merits must be rooted in democratic values, and why racist (or similarly bigoted) views have no place in today's universities. Enjoy!   Also, check out Ryan's review of the book here.
May 23, 2022
Episode 234 - Shortages and Inflation with David Dayen
13:45
May 18, 2022
Episode 209 UNLOCKED - On Popularism, with Alex Pareene
01:00:14

In this episode from the archive, we've got Alex Pareene on to discuss the recent controversy and articles about political theoretician David Shor and his "popularist" dogma. Then we move on to talk about subscription media, and the promises and pitfalls thereof for the left. Enjoy!

Make sure to subscribe to Alex's newsletter. He's pretty much the best lefty writer in the business.

May 09, 2022
Episode 233 - The Politics and Culture of Video Games
01:19:13

Today we've got Trevor Strunk, host of the No Cartridge podcast, on to talk about his book Story Mode: Video Games and the Interplay Between Consoles and Culture. We discuss the political subtext of game genres, why Japanese games can be so different from American ones, how multiplayer games can build different kinds of community, and more. Enjoy!

May 02, 2022
Episode 232 UNLOCKED - The Amazon Union Struggle
01:05:07

We've got Labor Notes staff writer Luis Feliz Leon on to talk about his coverage of the Amazon Labor Union there and at The American Prospect. We discuss the union's wildly unorthodox tactics, what leadership really means in a left-wing context, and what their prospects are for the future. Enjoy!

Apr 27, 2022
Episode 232 PREVIEW - The Union Struggle at Amazon
18:48
Apr 23, 2022
Episode 231 - Minneapolis Justice Reform with Mary Moriarty
01:39:07

Mary Moriarty is running to be county attorney of Hennepin County, where she was formerly chief public defender. We talk about her history in the area, what's been going in Minneapolis since the George Floyd protests, the general state of criminal justice reform, and more. Enjoy!

Apr 16, 2022
Episode 230 PREVIEW - Jeff Bezos, Welfare Queen
10:25
Apr 11, 2022
Episode 229 - The Broken American Legal System, with Sparky Abraham
01:11:37

We've got attorney and podcaster Sparky Abraham on to talk about the latest Supreme Court news, why many liberals are foolish to prioritize court cases, and how utterly despotic courts can be at the local level -- it turns out in some county courts, fully half of cases are about small-dollar debt collection.

Things mentioned in the episode: our episode with Brian Fallon, the Debt Collective, and "Do Courts Matter" by Stephen Carter.

Apr 02, 2022
Episode 228 - The Hapless Merrick Garland, with Jeff Hauser
23:56
Mar 25, 2022
Episode 63 REVENGEANCE: Corey Robin on Clarence Thomas
01:11:42

Clarence Thomas is apparently in the hospital, so we thought we'd return to our old episode with political scientist Corey Robin. We first talked about how most workers experience a severe lack of freedom in the workplace, and then move on to discuss Clarence Thomas's history and peculiar brand of black nationalism. Check out Corey's book: The Enigma of Clarence Thomas.

Mar 24, 2022
Episode 227 - Lessons from Putin’s War on Ukraine, with John Ganz
09:27
Mar 17, 2022
Episode 226 - Giorgio Agamben’s Antivax Ravings
59:39

Today we pose the question: how the heck did famed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben turn into an anti-vaccine conspiracy nutcase? We've got Adam Kotsko, a leading Agamben scholar and translator of many of his works, on to discuss to what extent his goofball pandemic views emerge from his actual serious work. Enjoy!

Check out Adam's Slate article on the topic here, as well as his books Neoliberalism's Demons and Agamben's Philosophical Trajectory

Mar 05, 2022
Episode 225 EXCERPT: Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine, with David Klion
37:19

This is the first half of our episode with journalist David Klion on the background of the Ukraine crisis. Check out the full episode here!

Feb 24, 2022
Episode 224 PREVIEW - Normal World Much?? with Phil Christman
08:45

In this excerpt Phil talks about the weirdness of the norms of chivalry. Subscribe here to hear the whole thing

Also don't miss his book How to Be Normal.

Feb 23, 2022
Episode 223 - The Economy Is Wilding Out, with Rob Larson
01:10:24

Today we've got economics professor Rob Larson back on the pod (see his previous episode here) to talk about the bizarre state of the economy. The labor market is red hot, inflation is higher than in almost 40 years, and there are calls from the capitalist class to strangle the boom. We discuss whether Jerome Powell is going to pull a Paul Volcker on the labor market and what might be done to ease price pressure. Then we discuss Facebook's hilarious "metaverse" faceplant in the context of Rob's great recent book Bit Tyrants. Enjoy!

Feb 13, 2022
Episode 222 PREVIEW: How Are You Going to Pay for That, Part II
23:31
Feb 10, 2022
Episode 89 RERUN - Brian Fallon on Stomping out BigLaw Corruption
01:22:02

With the news of Justice Stephen Breyer retiring (and Ryan on vacation for the next week), we thought it would be a good opportunity to post this 2019 interview of Brian Fallon about his organization Demand Justice.

Fallon is a longtime Democratic Party operative who nevertheless has become a pretty heated critic of the liberal legal establishment and an ardent advocate of Supreme Court reform. The current troubles the Biden administration is having with the courts proves much of what he said to be sadly prescient, alas. 

Jan 30, 2022
Episode 221 - How Are You Going to Pay for That?
54:58

Ryan's book is finally out on January 25!! Called How Are You Going to Pay for That? Smart Answers to the Dumbest Question in Politics, it's a book about political economy, how to break free of the mental stranglehold of neoliberalism, and how to fix up this jalopy country. (And then we've got a special guest at the end as well.)

Ryan's doing a book launch event with David Dayen that you can check out here, and you can pre-order the book if you like here

Jan 23, 2022
Episode 220 PREVIEW - The Power of Propaganda with Hannah Arendt
25:42
Jan 15, 2022
Episode 219 - One Year After the Trump Putsch
01:15:30

Today we are taking a look back at the January 6 putsch -- the total failure to prosecute any of the top organizers, above all Trump, how that has emboldened them to further extremism, how a segment of the left is weirdly naive about all this, and more. God help us all.

Check out Osita Nwanevu's article here and Corey Robin's article here.

Jan 08, 2022
Episode 218 PREVIEW - Rest in Power bell hooks
14:43
Dec 31, 2021
Episode 170 UNLOCKED: America Is Pottersville
01:15:15

We're reposting our episode from last year discussing It's a Wonderful Life, one of our favorite films of all time, and one that has only grown in relevance compared to when we grew up watching it decades past. Enjoy, and we hope everyone has a nice holiday season!

Dec 23, 2021
Episode 217 PREVIEW - Fake Populism and the Right‘s New Hitler Apologia
04:46

In this preview, Harvey Kaye discusses Josh Hawley's bizarre new book. Subscribe now to listen to the whole thing!

Dec 19, 2021
Episode 216 PREVIEW - Omicron of Solace
09:23
Dec 10, 2021
Episode 215 - Carceral Con with Kay Whitlock and Nancy A. Heitzeg
01:03:32

Today we've got the authors of Carceral Con: The Deceptive Terrain of Criminal Justice Reform on to discuss their book. We discuss some of the downsides of how criminal justice reform has been portrayed in popular media, in particular the downsides of the austerian logic that doing so will save the government money. Enjoy!

Dec 05, 2021
Episode 214 PREVIEW - The Davos Climate Cuddle Puddle with Kate Aronoff
11:16
Nov 28, 2021
Episode 213 - Seeing Like an Activist with Erin Pineda
01:02:23

Today we've got Smith College Assistant Professor of Government Erin Pineda on to talk about her book Seeing Like An Activist: Civil Disobedience and the Civil Rights Movement. We discuss how her work relates to the famous James Scott book Seeing Like a State, how civil disobedience really worked during the civil rights movement, how the movement against police brutality today has been sidetracked by fussy liberals, and more. Enjoy! 

Nov 19, 2021
Episode 212 PREVIEW - The Grim Legacy of 2008 with David Sirota
08:15
Nov 13, 2021
Episode 211 PREVIEW - Democrats in Disarray with David Dayen
09:31
Nov 04, 2021
Episode 210 - The American Gulag, with Ashley Lucas
01:24:22

Today we have Ashley Lucas on to talk about her essay "The End of Rage" about a man named Russell "Maroon" Shoatz. He was a Black Panther and political radical in the 1970s who ended up in prison for killing a police officer, despite a lack of any direct evidence he was the culprit, and later served over 22 years in solitary confinement after attempting to escape. He is now old and has terminal cancer, and after recording the episode he was (remarkably enough, by American standards at least) released into hospice care.

Check out Maroon's book of essays here, and a piece on the horrid conditions in Riker's Island here.

Oct 28, 2021
Episode 209 PREVIEW - On Popularism with Alex Pareene
05:15
Oct 23, 2021
Episode 207 - Making Monsters with David Livingstone Smith
01:10:55

This time we've got philosopher David Livingstone Smith (last seen here on episode 165) to discuss his book Making Monsters: The Uncanny Power of Dehumanization. We talk about the sources of dehumanizing ideology, what purpose it can serve politically, why even Heinrich Himmler couldn't take witnessing a massacre of Jews during the Holocaust, and more. Enjoy!

Oct 14, 2021
Episode 206 PREVIEW - The Facebook Faceplant and the Sinema Syndrome
07:12
Oct 06, 2021
Episode 205 - The Fascism Question, Part II
42:16

After unlocking our episode about the January 6 putsch, Ryan is doing a quick follow-up on our episode with John Ganz from February. This time we're talking about Robert Paxton's book The Anatomy of Fascism in the context of Trump lawyer John Eastman's coup memo, and various aspects of current right-wing culture. Enjoy!

Also check out the Adolph Reed essay mentioned here.

Sep 30, 2021
Episode 172 UNLOCKED - The Trump Putsch
01:20:56

We're unfortunately delayed thanks to personal events so we're unlocking this one as a retrospective of our initial thoughts on the January 6 putsch. Tomorrow Ryan will have another episode on the fascism question, so stay tuned!

Sep 29, 2021
Episode 204 PREVIEW - America‘s 20-Year War Bender
04:26

In this excerpt we make the case against sanctioning Afghanistan. To hear the full episode subscribe here

Sep 18, 2021
Episode 203 - Socialism and Nature
01:06:45

Today we are talking with Alex from the Providence Leftist Radio Podcast (also see their Patreon here) about Chapter 5 in Nikolai Bukharin's book Historical Materialism, "The Equilibrium between Society and Nature," as well as Friedrich Engels' essay "On Authority." Enjoy!

Sep 12, 2021
Episode 202 EXCERPT - The Afghanistan Withdrawal with Lyta Gold
30:45

In this first half of this episode, we talk about the situation in Afghanistan with Lyta Gold, particularly the media freakout about America's imperial humiliation. To hear our following discussion of The Green Knight, subscribe here

Sep 04, 2021
Episode 201 PREVIEW - Caught in the Gears of Capitalism with Nate Holdren
06:29
Aug 28, 2021
Episode 200 - Beholding Humanity with Brad Evans
01:19:40

Today we've got Professor Brad Evans to talk about his recent book Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity. We discuss his arguments against privileging sacrifice, why liberalism is dead, and how to create something better. Enjoy!

Aug 21, 2021
Episode 199 PREVIEW - Climate Politics and Hungary Discourse
05:15

In this preview we discuss the ways that America really is better than Hungary, and the ways that it is an international embarrassment. Subscribe now to hear the whole thing!

Aug 13, 2021
Episode 198 - The Jersey Machine with Imani Oakley
50:09

Today we've got an interview with Imani Oakley, who is running to represent New Jersey's 10th District in Congress next year. We talk about what the district is like, why she got into politics, the political splits in the Black community, and more. Enjoy! 

Aug 07, 2021
Episode 197 PREVIEW - Climate Hell Is Here
14:00

In this excerpt, we discuss a (partial) list of one week's worth of climate disasters, and the recent Kim Stanley Robinson book The Ministry for the Future. Subscribe now to hear the full episode

Jul 31, 2021
Episode 194 UNLOCKED - Critical Race Theory, Real and Imagined
01:16:07

Ryan has been off on vacation for the past 2 weeks, so we are unlocking this one as a treat while we get the next one produced. This time we talk about both the fake smear campaign version of critical race theory as invented by professional conservative liars, and the actual body of thought. Enjoy!

Links to articles we mentioned: one by Sam Kriss, one by Damon Linker, and one by John Ganz.

Jul 26, 2021
Episode 196 - PREVIEW - The Coconut Revolution with Manu Saadia
06:14

Enjoy this PREVIEW of our latest bonus episode with Trekonomics author and friend of the podcast Manu Saadia

Manu joins us to discuss the greatest eco-socialist revolution you've never heard of: "The Coconut Revolution." 

Subscribe now to listen to the rest!

  

Jul 16, 2021
Episode 195 - Waiting on the Thunder with Matt Karp
01:20:42
Today we've got historian Matt Karp on to talk about his recent article in Harper's on the 1619 Project and right-wing attempts to suppress anti-racism in the classroom.   Items mentioned in the episode: John Ganz on the 1619 Project; Frederick Douglass on the 4th of July, America's composite nationality, and his eulogy for Lincoln, and John Mercer Langston on the world anti-slavery movement.   Also don't forget to pre-order Ryan's book!
Jul 09, 2021
Episode 194 PREVIEW - Critical Race Theory, Real and Imagined
03:53

In this preview we discuss the history of McCarthyism and why conservatives are trying to re-created with their fake version of CRT. Subscribe now to hear the rest!

Jul 03, 2021
Episode 187 UNLOCKED - Thomas Paine with Harvey Kaye
01:21:04

In this episode we talked to Professor Harvey Kaye to talk about his book Thomas Paine and the Promise of America. We discuss how Paine ended up in America, his role in the French Revolution, and how he is likely the author of the hottest and most powerful take in American history. Enjoy!

Jul 01, 2021
Episode 193 PREVIEW - Thomas Piketty and Theories of Justice
20:46
Jun 20, 2021
Episode 189 UNLOCKED - The Legacy of the New Deal, with Eric Rauchway
01:01:48

Today we've got historian Eric Rauchway on talk about his new book Why the New Deal Matters. We discuss how New Deal projects and programs shape our everyday life for good and ill to this day, how Eleanor Roosevelt was such a badass, why a Green New Deal is so relevant and necessary, the political value of activist government, and more. Enjoy!

Jun 11, 2021
Episode 192 PREVIEW - Disability History with Chelsea Chamberlain
14:51

Today we've got historian Chelsea Chamberlain on to talk about her recent paper "Challenging Custodialism," about the history of an institution for disabled folks called Elwyn (still in operation). The Nursing Clio article mentioned in the episode can be found here. Also reach out if you'd like to read a copy of the paper.

Subscribe now to hear the whole thing!

Jun 06, 2021
Episode 191 - Remaking the World with Astra Taylor
01:17:58

Today we've got Astra Taylor on to talk about her new essay collection, Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions. We talk about the student debt crisis, the politics of refugees, what she calls "fauxtomation," and more!

Links to things we discussed: the Debt Collective (which has so far erased some $2 billion in student debt!), Astra's short documentary You Are Not a Loan, and her previous film What Is Democracy? (which she discussed on a previous episode). 

May 29, 2021
Episode 190 PREVIEW - Glenn Greenwald's Right Turn
38:44

In this excerpt, we discuss the strange trajectory of The Intercept's co-founder. Subscribe now to listen to the rest of the episode

May 22, 2021
Episode 183 UNLOCKED - The Semiconductor Situation
48:09

We've got some requests to unlock this episode, so here you go! It's a briefer discussion just from Ryan on two articles about the history and current state of the American semiconductor industry, why understanding the details of the production process matter for socialists, and then some talk about the bad state of diplomatic relations between China and the US. Enjoy!

May 18, 2021
Episode 189 PREVIEW - The Legacy of the New Deal, with Eric Rauchway
02:58

Franklin D. Roosevelt: America's first social justice warrior?? Subscribe now to hear the full episode!

May 13, 2021
Episode 188 - Collective Dedication, with Pete Davis
01:05:42

Pete Davis comes on the show to talk about his book Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing. We talk about the value of committing to social institutions, Pink Floyd, whether tradition is really conservative, the devious politics of the self-help industry, and more. Enjoy!

May 07, 2021
Episode 187 PREVIEW - Thomas Paine with Harvey Kaye
04:35

How did an English corset-maker end up writing the most powerful take of all time? Subscribe now to find out!

May 01, 2021
Episode 186 - The Fight for Homeless Justice in Austin, with Chris Harris
01:00:37

Austin has seen a major campaign away from the criminalization of homelessness over the last two years. But that effort is running into a backlash, and there will be a city referendum on May 1st to determine if the reforms will be overturned. We've got organizer Chris Harris on to talk about the fight for homeless justice, how the reform efforts have played out, and the state of the referendum campaign.

The No on Prop B website can be found here. The story of Philly Mayor Jim Kenney's attempt to outlaw spitting is here

Apr 19, 2021
Episode 184 - Jersey Shore Marxism, with Gabriel Raeburn
56:09

Today we've got historian Gabe Raeburn to discuss his recent article The Rise and Fall of Marxist Perspectives: Eugene Genovese and the Fight for Hegemony in Radical American Historiography. This was an ambitious left-wing historical journal that aimed to unite various warring factions on the left and push Marx-inflected history, but collapsed after just two years thanks to Genovese's compulsive feuding and domineering personality. We talk Eric Foner, Gramsci, Christopher Lasch, the importance of personality in politics, and more. Enjoy!

Apr 02, 2021
Episode 182 - The Movements of 2020 with David Kaib
01:20:44

Friend of the pod David Kaib has been conducting multiple reading groups of the classic book Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed and How They Fail, by Francis Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, over the past year. The book has perhaps never been more relevant given the the historic protests over police brutality, the coronavirus pandemic, and economic inequality of late. We talk about what lessons might be drawn from the successes and failures of these protests, and how we should think about movement strategy going forward. Enjoy!

Mar 24, 2021
Episode 181 PREVIEW - The Year from Hell
04:51

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Mar 18, 2021
Episode 180 - The Felt Blanket of M4A, with Abdul El-Sayed and Micah Johnson
53:41

Today we've got Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and Dr. Micah Johnson on to talk about their new book Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide. We talk about what the pandemic revealed about the broken American health care system, and how universal Medicare could fix both the immediate problem and help us be more prepared for future heath disasters.

Abdul's newsletter The Incision can be found here.

Mar 09, 2021
Episode 179 PREVIEW - The Austerity Debate and Gramsci's War of Position
08:55
Mar 03, 2021
Episode 178 - Messing with Texas, featuring Kate Aronoff
53:53

Why did the Texas electricity system collapse during the recent cold snap? We've got Kate Aronoff, co-author of A Planet to Win and sole author of the forthcoming book Overheated, on to discuss what went wrong. It turns out that carbon power is screwing up human society in basically every imaginable way, who knew? Enjoy!

Feb 24, 2021
Episode 177 - The Fascism Question, with John Ganz
01:14:37

Today we've got writer John Ganz on to discuss what relationship fascism has to Trump and the U.S. far right, and the bizarre spectacle of people trying to work up a red-brown alliance. (This has not worked out well in the past!)

Check out John's Substack here.

Feb 13, 2021
Episode 176 UNLOCKED - The Revolution Will not Be Monetized, with Doug Henwood
54:55

Thanks to popular demand, we are unlocking this one. We've got Doug Henwood, author of the excellent book Wall Street, on to talk about GAMESTONK and what it all means. While it may be funny to see a couple hedge funds getting pantsed by Reddit, the fact is that financial speculation is no way to provide material security to the working class.

Feb 08, 2021
Episode 176 PREVIEW - Doug Henwood on GAMESTONK
13:13
Feb 05, 2021
Episode 175 - America's Tradition of Egalitarian Freedom, with Mike Konczal
01:04:29

We've got Mike on to discuss Freedom from the Market, a great book that examines how the "free" market has in fact been a source of tyranny and oppression throughout American history, and how Americans have mobilized in many since-forgotten ways to expand their freedom by protecting themselves from the market. Enjoy!

Jan 30, 2021
Episode 174 PREVIEW - The New Government
13:03
Jan 26, 2021
Episode 117 UNLOCKED - The Socialist Anti-Imperialism of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01:12:23

Today we are hoisting up an episode from the archives in celebration of MLK Day. We discuss King's advocacy of democratic socialism and his argument that civil rights were inadequate without an equal share of economic production. Then we turn to his foreign policy views, including his speech attacking the Vietnam War, and how his argument for a brotherhood of nations is more vital than ever in the age of climate change. 

The MLK Nation article "Let Justice Roll Down" can be found here.

Jan 18, 2021
Episode 173 - The Organizer Ben Fletcher, with Peter Cole
01:13:14

Today we're bringing back Peter Cole to talk about the second edition of his book Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly. Fletcher was one of the most impressive labor organizers of the early 20th century -- a guy who successfully organized the very diverse workforce of the Philadelphia docks into one of the keystone unions of the IWW. If you've heard of Fred Hampton, you should know about him. Enjoy!

Jan 14, 2021
Episode 172 PREVIEW: The Trump Putsch
13:58
Jan 10, 2021
Episode 171 - Socialist Freedom
33:06

Alexi is out, so Ryan briefly discusses how the coronavirus pandemic blows apart the conservative/libertarian conception of freedom, and illustrates the value of a socialist version of same. Hope you all had a good holiday, and enjoy!

Jan 05, 2021
Episode 170 PREVIEW - America Is Pottersville
14:50
Dec 25, 2020
Episode 168 UNLOCKED - The Worst Excerpts from the Obama Memoir
01:33:32

Thanks to popular demand, we are unlocking this one for everyone. We couldn't decide how we wanted to tackle such a gigantic book, so we decided we'd each pick out 10 quotes that drove us furthest up the wall, and talk about them. Enjoy!

Support the show here!

Dec 19, 2020
Episode 167 - The Work of Politics with Steven Klein
01:03:57

Today we are talking with Steven Klein, a professor of political theory at King's College London, about his book The Work of Politics. How does the welfare state interact with traditional conceptions of political activity and struggle? Klein has complex and interesting answers to this question. Enjoy!

Dec 06, 2020
Episode 166 PREVIEW - How Social Security Created the Senior Vote, with Jeff Spross
08:03
Dec 02, 2020
Episode 165 - Dehumanization with David Livingstone Smith
01:07:09

Today we've got philosopher David Livingstone Smith on to discuss his book On Inhumanity. We discuss how people can come to believe others are less than human, how that is related to various atrocities, whether the entire idea of "races" should be abolished, and more. Enjoy!

Nov 22, 2020
Episode 164 - The Post-Trump Future with Osita Nwanevu
01:01:16

What happens after Trump? We've got The New Republic's Osita Nwanevu on to discuss his recent article on why the left should take to the streets immediately, broader questions of political possibility, how American democracy might be defended, and more. Enjoy!

Nov 14, 2020
Episode 163 PREVIEW - Bye Bye to the LOSER Donald Trump
31:15
Nov 08, 2020
Episode 162 PREVIEW - Greenwald Drama and Election Stakes
14:07

Subscribe now to hear the whole thing! 

Nov 03, 2020
Episode 161 - The Fratelli Tutti Encyclical, with Matthew Sitman
01:00:06

Today we've got Matt Sitman, who is co-host of the excellent Know Your Enemy podcast, associate editor at Commonweal, and editorial board member of Dissent, on to discuss the quite remarkable papal encyclical from a few weeks ago. We talk the politics of Catholicism, how Pope Francis relates to his predecessors, how to live well in such a terrible age, and more. Enjoy!

Oct 26, 2020
Episode 160 PREVIEW - Life, Death, and Democratic Socialism, Part II
15:59

On this episode we discuss the LARB symposium on Martin Hägglund's book This Life. Subscribe now to hear the whole thing!

Oct 21, 2020
Episode 159 - Oil and the American Empire with Robert Vitalis
01:01:22

Today we've got Professor Robert Vitalis on to discuss his book Oilcraft, and how a mistaken understanding of how the oil supply works has bedeviled both imperialists and anti-imperialists. Enjoy!

PS: Alas, despite our best efforts we once again had a few audio glitches, thanks it seems this time to internet connection problems. Apologies!

Oct 12, 2020
Left Anchor 158 PREVIEW 2: The Trump-Biden Debate
08:47

In the second half of our latest bonus episode we discuss the presidential debate, the Amy Coney Barrett nomination, and judicial theories of originalism. Subscribe now to hear the whole thing!

Oct 07, 2020
Episode 158 PREVIEW 1: Trump's Got the Covid
14:12

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Oct 06, 2020
Episode 157 - Imperial Rollback with Daniel Bessner
46:56

Today we've got Daniel Bessner, University of Washington professor and recently inaugurated Foreign Exchanges columnist, on to discuss various foreign policy topics: the motivations and functioning of the American empire, how we should think about China regarding the Uyghur abuses and climate change, and how one might go about rolling back the imperial system. Enjoy!

Sep 29, 2020
Episode 156 PREVIEW - RIP RBG
21:21

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Sep 24, 2020
Episode 155 - Socialism vs. Antitrust with Marshall Steinbaum
01:17:49

Today we've got Marshall Steinbaum from the University of Utah to discuss whether socialism and antitrust (or antimonopoly) inherently trade off, or can complement each other. The Gabriel Winant review of Goliath we discuss can be found here. Enjoy!

PS: Unfortunately we had some more technical glitches during recording. Apologies, but everything should be reasonably comprehensible.

Sep 12, 2020
Episode 149 UNLOCKED - The Four Freedoms with Harvey J. Kaye
01:10:36

Today we've got Professor Harvey Kaye on to discuss his book The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. We discuss the radical content of this doctrine, how the Democratic Party has forgotten its own history, and how the "Greatest Generation" has been sanitized by morons like Tom Brokaw. Enjoy!

Sep 07, 2020
Episode 153 - Healing Politics with Abdul El-Sayed
01:06:26

Today we've got Dr. Abdul El-Sayed on to talk about his new book, Healing Politics. We discuss the coronavirus pandemic, health care reform, the experience growing up in an immigrant community, what he's learned from his faith, and more. Enjoy!

Aug 29, 2020