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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 159: Deconstructing the Myth of Manifest Destiny: The Residential Schools w/ Dr. John Gram
01:20:34
There is a notion that poisons the minds of many Americans. The myth of Manifest Destiny. The narrative that the vast empty western lands of what we now call the United States was an untamed wild unknown filled with savages that could only be settled by a truly civilized people. In recent weeks, there has been breaking news from Canada that unmarked mass graves have been found near what were knows as “residential schools”. These “schools” were boarding facilities with a long-standing partnership between religious institutions and national governments. Their goal was to isolate Indigenous youth from their families erase their customs and language and assimilate them to the dominant culture.   In the United States, Col. Richard Henry Pratt was maybe the most impactful figure of the off-reservation schools. His goal was that of complete assimilation. His motto that became that of the system, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”. In this episode of THIS IS REVOLUTION, we’ll take a deep dive into the insidious nature of the residential schools in the US as well as Canada with historian John Gram.   About John Gram (From his website https://johnrgram.blogspot.com/): Dr. Gram’s research and teaching interests focus on the political, social, and cultural consequences of US expansion during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research agenda examines the process of indigenous identity formation under the pressures of settler colonialism, as well as the processes by which the United States incorporated frontier and borderland regions. He is the author of Education At the Edge of Empire: Negotiating Pueblo Identity in New Mexico’s Indian Boarding Schools (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015). He also has a blog, “Telegrams”   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!)   THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 23, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 158: The UK Post Brexit: In The Ashes of Empire w/ Priya Gopal and the Saturday Crüe
03:35:21
The past decade has been one of turmoil and tumult for the United Kingdom. From economic austerity to Brexit, the country has limped and lurched from crisis to crisis. The outcome has been growing division evidenced by the rise of Scottish nationalism and increased polarization between left and right. One important aspect of this trend towards national disintegration has been the increasingly ill-tempered cultural war, stoked by the right-wing press and Conservative government. As in the United States, part of this battle is being waged over history, with the Tory establishment and their allies at the Daily Mail and Telegraph whipping up hysteria about attacks on British heritage in response to critical academic studies on the country’s imperial past. How does history feed into British national identity?   How is the empire remembered? And what does the increasingly contentious nature of the public discussion pertaining to British history tell us about the state of British politics?   About Priyamvada: My primary interests are in colonial and postcolonial studies. I have related interests in the novel, South Asian literature, decolonization, critical race studies and the politics and cultures of empire and globalization. Published work includes Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence (Routledge, 2005), After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies (Special issue of New Formations co-edited with Neil Lazarus), The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration (Oxford University Press, 2009) and, most recently, Insurgent Empire: Anti Colonial Resistance and British Dissent (Verso, 2020). My work has also appeared in The Hindu, Outlook India, India Today, The Independent, The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Nation (USA). I've contributed occasionally to the BBC's Start the Week and Newsnight as well as programmed on NDTV-India, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisisrevolutionpodcast Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 21, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 157: An Examination of Sex Work From the Left w/ Esperanza Fonseca
01:19:51

Sex work remains a controversial topic both on the left and in broader mainstream circles. In recent years, many on the left, particularly in feminist circles, have organized and campaigned for the legalization of sex work, under the slogan "sex work is work". While not suggesting that such work is empowering or positive, the movement has worked to decriminalize and destigmatize it. However, others have criticized this approach arguing that sex work is uniquely exploitative and inherently violent. What defines sex work? Is it inherently exploitative? And if so, what is the political posture the left should take towards those engaged in this form of labour?

About Esperanza Fonseca:

Esperanza Fonseca is a survivor of the commercial sex trade and a member of the anti-imperialist feminist organization AF3IRM. She is currently based in Oakland, CA, and has a seven-year background in organizing workers and tenants for economic justice. She got her start in organizing as a Fellow with the Ziegler Young Religious Leaders Organizing Fellowship, where she organized faith leaders to advance economic justice initiatives in the City of Los Angeles, resulting in strong contracts and improved working conditions for food-service, hotel, and grocery workers. Fonseca graduated from Whittier College with a degree in the Whittier Scholars Program: Feminist Studies and Liberation Theology. She maintains a blog and writes on ending gendered violence and sexual exploitation.

 

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Jul 19, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 156: Who Are the Professional Managerial Class w/ Ben Burgis, C. Derick Varn, and Foreign Policy Crüe
01:01:27
  Perhaps no term has caught the imagination of political circles on both the right and the left as the term “Professional Managerial Class” (PMC). The term was first coined by John and Barbara Ehrenreich to describe a caste of middle-class professional elites who increasingly controlled production through their specialist training and educational credentials. While the work of the Ehrenreich's was certainly significant, their hypothesis was not an entirely new one. In the 1940s, the Trotskyist-turn-conservative James Burnham penned the “Managerial Revolution” which hypothesized that society was increasingly falling under the domination of a managerial elite with specialist knowledge.   In recent times, especially in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis and the 2020 COVID pandemic, such analysis and criticism has gain popularity on both the right and left. However, how useful is the term PMC? Are the PMC a coherent social class? And in what ways does the convergence of discourse between both right and left on the “PMC thesis” obfuscate more than it elucidates?   About Ben Burgis: Ben Burgis is a philosophy professor and the author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left. He is host of the podcast Give Them An Argument.   Listen to Ben's show, Give Them An Argument: https://www.youtube.com/user/benburgis1   Read Ben's Work in Jacobin here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/author/ben-burgis   Watch Derick's Varn Vlog here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMuZYE1Q9yNpzn4dzsPtmcQ   Watch Derick on Zero Book's Pop the Left here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nFVU7JbT-g&list=PLFad02vA5AOH8vV8rUp6mwkACCa77u2UM     Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisisrevolutionpodcast Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 16, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 155: What is the Revolutionary Capacity of Black America in the Post COVID era w/ Dhoruba Bin Wahad
02:20:56
Former Member of the 1960s Black Panther Party, as well as a member of the Black Liberation Army, Dhoruba Bin Wahad has dedicated his life to Black Revolutionary Struggle in the United States and Globally. Today we will ask Dhoruba: “What is the Revolutionary Capacity of Black America in 2021?   About Dhoruba (https://www.dhorubabinwahad.com/): Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a leader member of the new York Black Panther Party, a Field Secretary of the BPP responsible for organizing chapters throughout the East Coast, and a member of the Panther 21. Arrested June 1971, he was framed as part of the illegal FBI Counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) and subjected to unfair treatment and torture during his nineteen years in prison. During Dhoruba’s incarceration, litigation on his behalf produced over three hundred thousand pages of COINTELPRO documentation, and upon release in 1990 he was able to bring a successful lawsuit against the New York Department of Corrections for all their wrongdoings and criminal activities.   Living in both Ghana and the U.S. Dhoruba, an uncompromising critic of imperialism and capitalism, continues to write and work promoting freedom for all political prisoners and revolutionary Pan-Africanism.   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!)   THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisisrevolutionpodcast Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 14, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 154: Special Haiti Episode w/ Dr. Paul Mocombe and Pascal Robert
01:21:15

With the recent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, Haiti is currently at a tipping point. On this episode we will look at the "Who, What, Where, and Why," to inquire as to what forces could have possibly been behind the assassination of Haiti's president, Jovenel Moise.

 

About Dr. Mocombe:

Paul C. Mocombe is a Haitian philosopher and sociologist. He currently works as a professor of philosophy and sociology at West Virginia State University. Paul does research in Sociological Theory, Social Theory, Haitian studies, and Social and Political Philosophy. His current projects are his theory of phenomenology and 'Haitian Epistemology:Haitian/vilokan idealism'.

 

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Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisisrevolutionpodcast Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 11, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 153: The Left Response to Critical Race Theory w/ Dr. Paul Mocombe
01:23:44
Many liberals and progressives have been circling the wagons defending Critical Race Theory as a part of the new “Culture War.” The desire to defend these ideas stems from the reactionary right wing using Critical Race Theory as the new boogie man that is harming the narrative of American Exceptionalism conservatives so desperately cling to. In this episode we will discuss the assertions of Critical Race Theory and inquire: Do these theories challenge capitalism and wealth hierarchies? Or is this simply a plea for more liberal anti racism that seeks to diversify the ruling class as the overall pie shrinks for the rest of the nation?   About Dr. Mocombe: Paul C. Mocombe is a Haitian philosopher and sociologist. He currently works as a professor of philosophy and sociology at West Virginia State University. Paul does research in Sociological Theory, Social Theory, Haitian studies, and Social and Political Philosophy. His current projects are his theory of phenomenology and 'Haitian Epistemology:Haitian/vilokan idealism'.   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisisrevolutionpodcast Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 09, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 152: The Aftermath of the Iranian Revolution w/Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi and the Saturday Crüe
02:40:59
In 1979, the Iranian Revolution upended the political order of the Middle East, sweeping from power the country’s pro-American monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The forces that coalesced to ouster the Shah from power were broad, including not only religious conservatives, but liberal, socialists, communists, and national minorities. However, it was the country’s religious establishment, under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, that were ultimately able to take power and establish an “Islamic Republic”.   This week on This Is Revolution we take a deep divide into the Iranian Revolution and its aftermath. What were its origins? Which political forces contested for power during the revolution and how has that contest played out in the post-revolutionary era? And in what ways has Iran's continuous relationship with the United States affected political developments over the last four decades.   About Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi: Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Political Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2016-2019), where he also obtained his doctorate (2010-2014). Eskandar has published widely on modern Iranian and Shi'i Islamic political thought and is a series editor of Radical Histories of the Middle East (Oneworld). His monograph Revolution and its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 07, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 151: Peru's Continued Struggle for Democracy w/ Camilo Gomez
01:25:16
“The hacienda is run like a baronial fief. The laws of the state are not applied in the latifundium without the tacit or formal consent of the large landowners. The authority of political or administrative officials is in fact subject to the authority of the landowner in his domain. The latter considers his latifundium to be outside the jurisdiction of the state and he disregards completely the civil rights of the people who live within his property. He collects excise taxes, grants monopolies, and imposes sanctions restricting the liberty of the laborers and their families.” -Jose Carlos Mariategui   Peru’s long struggle for democracy continues with their current presidential election. A nation that has overcome a series of corrupt leaders, military coups and deadly Civil War within the last 30 years, will the election of Pedro Castillo, a former elementary school teacher and socialist, over the daughter of former Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori can be Peru’s moment to break free of their western economic shackles?   Will the far-right Keiko Fujimori be able to overturn the election using the Trump playbook citing baseless claims of electoral fraud? With military support, will Fujimori be able to call for something that is all too common in Peru, a military coup.   About Camilo Gòmez: Camilo is a podcaster and freelance journalist in Peru. You can find much of his written work here: https://camilomgn.wordpress.com/   You can find Camilo’s podcast here: https://anchor.fm/historypolitics   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 04, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 150: Sports, Race and Class w/ Adolph Reed, Jr.
01:31:43
Like all forms of entertainment in the United States, sports has a particular way in which racial identity is showcased often to maintain the hierarchies that plague American society. In this episode we will examine racism in sports and ask, "Does the utility of race in American sports serve the needs of the ruling class?"   About Adolph Reed, Jr. Adolph Leonard Reed Jr. is an American professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in studies of issues of racism and U.S. politics. He has taught at Yale, Northwestern, and the New School for Social Research and he has written on racial and economic inequality   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jul 02, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 149: Examining the Torture Machine w/ Flint Taylor and the Saturday Crüe
03:37:27
“We come to you and ask you to enforce the law because if it is not enforced here, when will it be enforced? Are police officers going to be allowed to shoot from 90 to 100 bullets into an apartment of citizens of this country, whether they be black or white, poor, rich, Panthers or not Panthers, to use the color our laws to do that, to tear the place asunder, to beat people, to shoot them, to maim them for life, to kill them? Are they going to be able to? That is the question that you have to ask yourselves. These defendants, as police officers, are they going to be allowed to violate those rights in the face of the law, in the face of our Constitution, in the face of the Bill of Rights? I say you won’t let them, and you will come back with a just and fair verdict which history will be proud of. That is what we ask and that is what the evidence demands.”   That very prescient quote from Flint Taylor was said in 1977 during the trial of the cops that murdered Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Sadly, not much has changed in the demands of the people to the people charged with protecting and serving the public. Much emphasis has been made in recent history on the unjustified homicide of Black citizens by police malfeasance. Another major source of police abuse has been the use of torture by police to elicit confessions and general cooperation by citizens. In this episode we will talk to former Black Panther Fred Hampton's Lawyer, Flint Taylor about his 50-year battle against police abuse and torture and inquire if police reform is truly possible.   About Flint Taylor: G. FLINT TAYLOR, a graduate of Brown University and Northwestern Law School, is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, an office which has been dedicated to litigating civil rights, police violence, government misconduct, and death penalty cases for 45 years. Among the landmark cases that Mr. Taylor has litigated are the Fred Hampton Black Panther case; the Greensboro, North Carolina case against the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis; the Ford Heights Four case in which four innocent men received a record $36 million settlement for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment; and a series of cases arising from a pattern and practice of police torture and cover-up by former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, former State’s Attorney Richard Devine, and numerous other police and government officials, five of which have been settled against the City of Chicago and Cook County for a total of approximately $26 million. He obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a seven year old boy who was falsely accused by the Chicago Police of the murder of 11 year old Ryan Harris and has represented, and continues to represent, numerous other wrongfully convicted persons who have spent decades in prison and on death row, including Burge torture victims Michael Tillman, Darrell Cannon, Ronald Kitchen, Alonzo Smith, Anthony Holmes, Victor Safforld, Shawn Whirl, and Jackie Wilson, exonerees Randy Steidl, Paul Terry, Ronald Jones, Jerry Miller, Oscar Walden, Lewis Gardner, Paul Phillips, Terrill Swift, and Jonathan Barr, and the first woman jailhouse lawyer in Illinois, Maxine Smith.   Get Flint's Book, "The Torture Machine" from Haymarket Books here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1642-the-torture-machine     Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION merch HERE: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jun 30, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 148: Colombia's Battle for Economic Humanity w/ Ajamu Baraka and Charo Mina Rojas
01:22:11
Currently in Colombia protesters are facing brutal reprisals by the U.S. backed regime. Like in many countries in the global south the austerity imposed state policies to protect the ravages of capitalism post 2008 crash are causing citizens from broad sectors of society to form coalitions to challenge government agendas to bleed the poor even further to cover for the abuses of capital that have brought forth the push towards austerity. On this episode, we will investigate Colombia's battle for economic humanity.   About Ajamu Baraka: Ajamu Baraka is a geopolitical analyst, organizer, writer, and human rights defender with over 48 years of movement work in the U.S. and internationally. Baraka is the national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) and was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Party ticket. Baraka serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Peace Council and leadership body of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) and the steering committee of the Black is Back Coalition and an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report. Baraka was awarded the US Peace Memorial 2019 Peace Prize and the Serena Shirm award for uncompromised integrity in journalism.   About Charo Mina-Rojas: Charo Mina-Rojas is a Colombian human rights defender with nearly 30 years of activism with the Black Communities Process –PCN. Mina-Rojas has served as National Coordinator of Advocacy and Outreach in the U.S, for PCN. She was part of the Ethnic Commission that worked to ensure the inclusion of the Ethnic Chapter in the Final Peace Agreement, which contains specific provisions to ensure the protection and advancement of Afro-descendant collective rights. Currently, she coordinates the "Afro-Colombian Initiative for Gender and Peace Justice, 2021". Mina-Rojas has authored several articles on the plight of Afro-Colombia women and women in Latin America, and has provided expert testimony on human rights before the committees of the United States Congress, Inter American Commission for Human Rights, and various organs of the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council where she became the first Afro-descendant woman to testify as such before the United Nations Security Council on racial and gender violence against black/afro descendant women in Colombia and Latin America.   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   For THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Merch: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com
Jun 27, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 147: The Selective Memory of Empire: The Forgotten History of Central America w/ Aviva Chomsky
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In Aviva Chomsky’s latest book, “Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence and the Roots of Migration” she speaks of collective memory by saying: “All memory is, in a sense, constructed. As individuals or as members of groups, we privilege some memories over others, and we create coherent and meaningful stories and understandings of our past and present out of fragments of memory. Forgetting is an inevitable part of memory. By highlighting-remembering certain details, events, or interpretations, we erase or forget others. We forget because our individual and collective histories overflow with detail that would form a chaotic blur if we did not form them into coherent narratives. But when we rely on one narrative, we may be suppressing others. “   Racist rhetoric regarding immigrants as well as draconian policy on immigration didn’t start with Donald Trump, and it doesn’t seem to be ending under the current Biden administration either. The United States intervention in Central American politics has been a long-standing affair with disastrous results for the people of the region. Weather it’s the CIA backed coups in the name of U.S private industry, Drug War Policy, or suppressing Leftist uprisings, or assassinating democratically elected leaders, the United States has been a central part of the current wave of “migrant caravans”.   About Aviva Chomsky: Much of my scholarly work can be traced back to the year I spent working for the United Farm Workers union back in 1976-77. I credit that experience with sparking my interest in the Spanish language, in migrant workers and immigration, in labor history, in social movements and labor organizing, in multinationals and their workers, in how global economic forces affect individuals, and how people collectively organize for social change.   My recent work has been in three main areas: the Cuban revolution, northern Colombia's coal industry, and immigration and undocumentedness in the United States. Thematically, I incorporate the issues of colonialism, economic development, migration, race, labor, environment, and global inequality. My book Linked Labor Histories looks at globalization as a long historical process with labor history at its center. It examines how employers have used regional inequalities to gain access to cheaper workers through immigration, plant relocation, and by using the threat of these two tactics to discipline their workers. I focus on several interrelated case studies in New England and Colombia, including the textile industry, the banana industry, and the coal industry, to argue that local labor histories are best understood in a global context. I recently published a brief, analytical college-level text on the Cuban Revolution, two books on immigration: They Take Our Jobs! And Twenty Other Myths about Immigration, and Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, and a book on Central America's Forgotten History. My current research weaves together labor and environmental histories, focusing on a region of Colombia where Indigenous and Afro-descended peoples have long evaded state control. Today they face an onslaught of extractivist projects and changing legal and social meanings of race and ethnicity in the context of continent-wide movements for plurinationalism and alternative visions of economic development.   Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!)   THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 25, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 146: The Rise of Automation and the Future of Work w/ Aaron Benanav, Dr. Asatar Bair and the Saturday Crüe
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“For many ages to come the old Adam will be so strong in us that everybody will need to do some work if he is to be contented. We shall do more things for ourselves than is usual with the rich today, only too glad to have small duties and tasks and routines. But beyond this, we shall endeavour to spread the bread thin on the butter-to make what work there is still to be done to be as widely shared as possible. Three-hour shifts or a fifteen-hour week may put off the problem for a great while. For three hours a day is quite enough to satisfy the old Adam in most of us! “   That quote from John Maynard Keynes for a shortened work week and more time for leisure is not just a vision for an aristocratic elite, but what Keynes thought would be a reality for all. It was Keynes utopian vision of what we could achieve under capitalism. Keyes couldn’t have predicted the rise of neoliberal economics in the 70’s and the presidency of Reagan in the U.S. and Thatcher in the UK that went to war on labor rights. The gig economy and “hustle culture” promote longer work hours. The tech world is filled with stories of people feeling forced to put in over 50-60 hours per week.   But, with the rise automation and technology are we truly on the precipice of robots taking our jobs?   Is capitalism automating us out of work? Or is automation the pathway to a communist utopia?   About Aaron Benanav: Aaron Benanav is an economic historian and social theorist. Currently, he holds a postdoctoral researcher position at Humboldt University of Berlin and is the academic coordinator for the research unit “Re-Allocation” in the Cluster of Excellence “SCRIPTS: Contestations of the Liberal Script,” a seven-year project funded by the German Research Foundation. Benanav also serves as an editorial board member for the journal International Labor and Working Class History. Find out more and get Aaron's book at his website here: https://www.aaronbenanav.com/   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 23, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 145: Who Will Protect Us From the Guardians w/ Director Billie Mintz
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As the Boomer Generation hits retirement age, we're looking at a 68 trillion dollar transfer of wealth to the younger generation. THE GUARDIANS is a revealing investigative documentary set in Las Vegas, Nevada that exposes allegations of corruption within the Nevada Guardianship and Family Court systems involving the legal kidnapping of elderly people. The film shines a light on a lucrative business that drains seniors’ life-savings and robs them of their freedoms.   Victims and their families are caught in a scheme that has allowed corrupt court-appointed guardians to take total control over their healthcare and financial decisions. Armed with court-orders obtained under dubious circumstances, guardians are able to forcibly remove elderly wards from their homes, isolate them from their families and systematically empty their bank accounts.   In an unfolding saga that reaches to the top level of government, a growing number of Las Vegas victims come together to seek justice, restitution and freedom. Through their fight, the film exposes the scope of the systemic abuse of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.   As our aging population is about to record the largest transfer of wealth in history, we must protect them and their families from those that have been using a broken system to take advantage. For 40 years nothing and no one has stood in their way. Until now.   About Filmmaker Billie Mintz: BILLIE MINTZ is an award winning filmmaker who has produced and directed feature length documentaries and narrative short films. He is currently a correspondent on the recently rebooted National Geographic show “Explorer”. Billie has dedicated his career to social justice, raising public consciousness, and advocating for those who have no voice. His belief in the power of story to inspire policy change is a driving force in his life as a filmmaker. His first feature, Surviving The Treatment (60 min, 2008) has been a successful tool in helping young cancer survivors, and their families, return to the life after the treatment. His second documentary, The Ponzi Scheme (70 min, 2010) is an investigation into victims of personal financial fraud. His latest feature documentary, Jesus Town USA (80min, 2014,) executive produced by SKY ATLANTIC, had its world premiere at AMDOCS (The American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs) and international premiere at Hot Docs. It aired on Showtime, CBC, and Netflix.   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/7SZSs-PpSKE   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 20, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep.144: Janani Ramachandran a Progressive Running For State Assembly
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Special Election Stream w/ Janani Ramachandran There is a special election for California State Assembly District 18 because the person that held that seat, Rob Bonta, became the State's Attorney General. We'll be speaking with one of the candidates running in the primary election that going down June 29th, progressive Democrat Janani Ramachandran.   About Janani: Janani is an East Bay native. She is the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from a small South Indian village who worked tirelessly every day to give her the opportunity to pursue her dreams. Janani’s passion for justice was evident at an early age. At 16, while relocating to India for a few years, she founded a nonprofit that built libraries in under-resourced schools in her local community. After graduating from Stanford University, Janani worked as a home-visiting case manager at a community health clinic, serving immigrant mothers experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.   Witnessing the horrors her clients faced at the hands of our inequitable legal system, she was driven to make a difference as a lawyer and attended Berkeley Law. There, Janani represented tenants facing eviction from some of Oakland’s most notoriously corrupt landlords. This inspired her to want to affect change at a higher level. She has previously served on the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and currently serves on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. She recently worked as an attorney at Family Violence Appellate Project, pursuing legal appeals and advocacy efforts to improve access to justice for all survivors of abuse.   Janani is running for State Assembly because the time for timid ideas is over. We need bold solutions and leaders with the courage to fight for them.   With your help, we can put the people first in Sacramento and have California’s first South Asian Assemblywoman – by electing Janani Ramachandran, who is fearless in the fight for justice. You can support Janani here: https://jananiforca.com/   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 18, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 143: Stefan and the Rojava Revolution w/ The Saturday Crüe
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The Syrian civil war has been one of the bloodiest civil wars of the decade leaving hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. The conflict, which originated in a rebellion against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, has since spiraled into a seemingly endless cycle of violence, drawing in a number of international players in - from Turkey, Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to Russia, Great Britain, and the United States. The war is often portrayed as being between a ruthless secular dictatorship and an opposition that has, over the years, come to be dominated by the most brutal and hardline Islamist groups, most notably ISIS. However, in Syria’s predominantly Kurdish inhabited North East, known locally as “Rojava”, a different political force emerged, the YPG, a libertarian socialist militia that came to prominence in the context of the fight against ISIS. Although heavily criticized by elements of the western left for its military alliance with the United States, the organization also attracted support from many anarchists and socialists who went to fight alongside the Kurds. This week on this is Revolution, we speak to one such individual Stefan Bertram-Lee about what inspired him to join the Kurds and what he found when he arrived in “Rojava”.   About Stefan from Jacobin: https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/the-online-left-goes-to-war   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/7SZSs-PpSKE   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 16, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 142: How Municipal Politics Help Shield Law Enforcement From Accountability w/ Max Felker-Kantor
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The fight against police violence has become a central part of the political discourse in contemporary America post George Floyd. The slogan, "Defund the Police," came about in the wake of that George Floyd Moment. Remedies from police cameras, challenging police unions, and tampering down the use of the police officers Bill of Rights have been suggested to cut down on the numbers of police killings of unarmed civilians. But there are institutional mechanisms that entrench police representation in the upper echelons of municipal governments that also have a strong role in providing cover for police when they abuse their power and cause harm to civilians. In this episode we will ask: "How does Municipal Politics help shield police from accountability?"   About Max Felker-Kantor (https://www.maxfelkerkantor.com/): Dr. Max Felker-Kantor is the author of Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). He is an American historian who specializes in twentieth century American and African American history with a focus on race, policing, and social movements. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Truthout, History News Network, and Knock L.A. His articles and book chapters have been published in the Journal of Urban History, Journal of Civil and Human Rights, Boom California, Black and Brown Los Angeles: A Contemporary Reader, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Casden Annual Review.   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/7SZSs-PpSKE   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 13, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 141: The Neoliberalization of Affordable Housing w/ Tracy J. Rosenthal and the Saturday Crüe
02:03:22
Before Nomadland, won for best film there was a sweep of a homeless encampment near the theater. The film details the journeys of a woman who becomes housing insecure due to not just the closing of a factory, but the entire town that houses the workers as well. A despondent irony that the presence of actual homeless people would ruin the glamorous red-carpet catwalk that the film industry’s elite grace on Awards night.   We often hear the term “Affordable Housing” as part of the solution for the unhoused problem. But as our guest Tracy J. Rosenthal explains, the public private partnership is a relationship that doesn’t equal very good results for those truly in need of affordable shelter.   From her piece in The New Republic: “The Affordable Housing paradigm is not a benign compromise between public and private interests; it is the institutionalization of racism and the red scare, a system bent into shape by the power of real estate not designed to serve tenants’ human needs.” We’ll discuss the myths of “Affordable Housing” with the founder of the L.A Tenants Union Tracy J. Rosenthal.   From Tracy's Website (tjr.xxx) I've written about Los Angeles, art, and housing justice for publications including The New Republic, The LA Times, The Nation, Jewish Currents, Art in America, and FENCE. For three years, I was the editor of The Art Los Angeles Reader, a biannual newsprint about the words in its title.   My first book, Abolish Rent, written with Leonardo Vilchis, is forthcoming from Verso in 2022, and I'm working on a novella about a mall you can live in, in Glendale, California.   I helped found the L.A. Tenants Union, a dues-funded, autonomous union now with over 2,000 members. I’m a current a network fellow of UCLA’s Institute on Inequality and Democracy. I author the widely-shared Two-Evils Voter Guides, for local and national elections. I have a 1989 Volvo with 2Evils plates. Support the LA Tenants Union: https://latenantsunion.org/en/product/join/     Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/black-godfather...   The Dispatch (Our Video Essay Series for Zero Books)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gOIug6oM-I&t=10s
Jun 11, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 140: Drug War for Empire w/ C. Derick Varn
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With Trump out of office, talk of the Border Wall Construction has stopped for the time being. But does that mean that the United States stance on its Drug Policy and has Mexico changed? How has the war on Leftist movements in Latin America created some of the most violent paramilitary drug cartels in recent history? Has the never-ending ‘War on Drugs’, and NAFTA helped fuel an influx of refugees from the cartel atrocities and industry destroying trade agreements?   Can the Austerity administration and “Hugs not Bullets” strategy of Mexico’s current president Manuel Lopez Obrador be the answer to a country awash in corruption and violence?   We’ll ask these questions and more with Host of Zero Books “Pop the Left” and “Varn Vlog”, C. Derrick Varn. This is Revolution.   Pop the Left of Zero Books: https://youtu.be/NjH4yubnVHc   Varn Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Y50LqZov4   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/7SZSs-PpSKE   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 09, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 139: Race, Infrastructure, and Capitalism w/ Josiah Rector and Keith Pluymers
01:19:16
From the Flint water crisis to Newark, Jersey water privatization schemes, capitalism is fostering multiple environmental, economic, and health crises affecting the working class and poor around their drinking water. Are these realities rooted in a problem of "systemic racism," or are these factors further examples of how capitalism is cannibalizing the poor and working class while larger segments of Black America are part of that class? We will discuss race, capitalism and infrastructure in this episode.   About Professor Rector: Josiah Rector is an urban historian specializing in 20th century U.S. urban environmental history, the history of the environmental justice movement, and the history of capitalism. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Wayne State University, and his dissertation received the Urban History Association’s Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation in Urban History, 2016. He was subsequently a visiting professor of U.S. and Environmental History at Northland College in 2017-2019. His current book project, Toxic Debt: Race, Capitalism, and the Struggle for Environmental Justice in Detroit (forthcoming from University of North Carolina Press, series in Justice, Power, and Politics), is a history of environmental inequality and environmental activism in Detroit from the late 19th century to the present. He has published articles in The Journal of American History and Modern American History, and he is currently planning a second book on the political ecology of urban environmental disasters in the United States since World War II. He also has extensive experience in public history. He coordinated public history internships through the Next Gen Humanities Ph.D. Program at Wayne State University in 2017-2018, and he co-organized the Michigan Humanities Council’s Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water Program for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in 2018-2019.   About Keith Pluymers: After doing my BA at the University of Delaware, I completed my PhD at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2015. I then was the Howard and Susanne Jessen Postdoctoral Instructor in the Humanities at Caltech. Since 2018, I have been an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Illinois State University. My research focuses on the environmental history of early modern Europe and the Atlantic World. I have taught classes on early modern Europe, historical methods, global environmental history, the histories of conservation and sustainability, rivers and history, and doing history in the Anthropocene.   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   Get THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Merch here:  https://www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert   The Dispatch on Zero Books: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SZSs-PpSKE&t=48s
Jun 06, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 138: Changing Attitudes Towards Palestine: Activism and the Narrative Shift w/ Joseph Farag
01:22:55
The recent flare up in violence in Israel and the occupied territories has one again thrust the Palestinian question into the forefront of the global news cycle. Until recently spokespersons for the Israeli government as well as their supporters in the West have successfully sought to frame the conflict as a struggle against Palestinian terrorism. However, with this latest round of fighting that narrative seems to be breaking down. Even within mainstream American media, long since a bastion of pro-Israeli sentiment, voices critical of Israeli treatment of the Palestinians are increasingly being heard. Indeed, the terminology used by pro-Palestinian activists for decades -including terms such as settler colonialism and apartheid - are now gaining popular currency. What accounts for this shift? How far is it a product of decades of political activism? And what does this mean for the future of relations between Israel and the West?   About Professor Farag: Joseph R. Farag is Assistant Professor of Arab Studies at the University of Minnesota. He holds a PhD from Queen Mary University of London where he served as Lecturer in Middle Eastern Literary Studies. Farag was a research fellow for Forum Transregionale Studien, affiliated with Freie Universität Berlin. His most recent publication, ‘Unacknowledged Pioneer: Gender, Nation, and Class in the Short Stories of Samīrah ʿAzzām’, appeared in Journal of Arabic Literature (Brill, 2014).   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/7SZSs-PpSKE Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert
Jun 02, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 137: Canceling Comedians w/ Ben Burgis
01:23:20

"Cancel Culture," and the culture wars in general, are obstructing the ability to produce a political project that addresses the material needs of poor and working class Americans in the current age of constricting capitalism. Professor Ben Burgis in his new book, "Cancelling Comedians While the World Burns," attempts to chart a way out of this morass by offering a critique of the contemporary left that illustrates the internal obstacles that make expanding its political reach difficult.

On this episode of This is Revolution we will ask Ben Burgis, "Can the left save itself from itself?"

 

You can watch Ben Burgis on his YouTube Program Give Them An Argument here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIbZPBVuGow&t=2310s

Get Ben's Books, at Red Emma's here:  https://redemmas.org/authors/27335-ben-burgis

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May 30, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 136: Facing Off Against Capital's Goliath w/ Kshama Sawant
01:09:26
Why is one of the most powerful companies in the world spending millions on a Seattle City Councilperson?   How does a Socialist fight capital and institute redistributive tax measures and fight for the unhoused? Is a people powered movement truly enough to stop the business elite that are fighting an extremely expensive fight to take Kshama Sawant down?   Today we get to rap with one of the more militant figures in politics today, Kshama Sawant.   This is Revolution. Kshama Sawant Seattle City Council: http://www.seattle.gov/council/sawant/   Support Councilwoman Sawant Against the Recall Campaign: https://www.kshamasolidarity.org/donate     Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d
May 26, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 135: The Turkish Question w/ Cihan Tugal
01:16:41
For the last two decades, Turkey has been ruled by the Justice and Development Party (better known by its Turkish acronym AKP), a political party with its origins in the country’s Islamist movement. The rise of the AKP was a profound shock for the secular nationalist elite that had dominated Turkish political life since the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in the early 1920s. Initially, the AKP - under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan - postured as a liberalizing force in Turkish politics, promising greater political freedom, an end to military tutelage, a resolution to the Kurdish question, and an improvement of relations with neighboring countries. However, over the last decade the AKP and Erdogan have become increasingly authoritarian and repressive internally and aggressive abroad.   What explains this transformation?   What does it mean for the future of Turkey? And what does it mean for the broader Middle East and Balkans?     About Professor Tugal: Cihan Tuğal studies three interlocking dynamics: 1) capitalism’s generation and destruction of communities, livelihoods, and places; 2) the implosion of representative democracy; 3) the crisis of liberal ethics. His ongoing research focuses on populism, the radical right, and neoliberalism in the United States and the Middle East. He has also initiated a team project to study the ecological crisis of capitalism, with special emphasis on the role of labor and community struggles in developing sustainable energy. Tuğal’s most recent book, Caring for the Poor (2017, Routledge), examines the emergence, globalization, and decline of liberal ethics by focusing on charity, philanthropy, and welfare. The book builds on a Maussian analysis of the gift, as well as Polanyian, Marxian, Bourdieusian, and Foucaultian theorizations of charity. Tuğal has published offshoots of his larger project on welfare ethics in the American Journal of Sociology, Qualitative Sociology, and Rethinking Marxism. His ongoing work explores ethical, religious, and spiritual alternatives to the rationalization and individualization of care and wellbeing.   Three articles on the global uprisings of 2009-2013 provide a snapshot of Tuğal’s work on capitalism and politics (see below: “Elusive Revolt”, "Decline of the Monopoly of Legitimate Violence," and “Resistance Everywhere”). Marketization, uneven growth, increasing ineffectiveness of American hegemony, and decimation of middle classes have undermined the (liberal-conservative) mainstream and incited revolt. As Tuğal’s collaborative work with De Leon and Desai emphasizes, political creativity (or lack thereof) thoroughly shapes what kind of a route societies take in response to such turbulence. For now, the American far right has scored (important but) restricted victories as a result of this global chaos (see below: "The Counter-Revolution’s Long March"). His earlier books unpacked similar processes in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia (Passive Revolution, Stanford University Press; and The Fall of the Turkish Model, Verso). He has also written extensively in Turkish.   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d  
May 23, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 134: McCarthyism and the Civil Rights Movement w/ Paul Heideman
01:18:26
The traditional narrative of the Civil Rights Movement centered on Martin Luther King and the N.A.A.C.P is often repeated to highlight liberal reform to the Jim Crow racial order that gripped America at that time. However, few Americans are aware of how much radical Black labor activists challenging the domination of capitalism were integral demanding solutions rooted in political economy as a means to address the conditions of Blacks in the United States. In this episode we will discuss how the McCarthy Era anti-communist fervor blunted the efforts of Black radicals to achieve solutions rooted in the economic reality of Black life.   Read the works of Paul Heideman in Jacobin: https://www.jacobinmag.com/author/paul-heideman Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!)   THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg T witch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/black-godfather...
May 19, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 133: Palestine Fights to Exist w/ Nora Barrows Friedman
01:18:04
Many of us have seen the devastating footage of thousands of far-right flag waving Zionist Israelis cheering the burning of a large cypress tree outside of historic Al Aqsa Mosque in Palestine. They were celebrating "Jerusalem Day" the day in 1967 where Israel took control of the city.   Another shocking scene making its way around the internet is that of a Palestinian woman begging an Israeli settler to not steal her house! A claim that sounds absurd to the average American, but a precarious reality known all too well to the disenfranchised Palestinian people.   Will Joe Biden ditch his career long pro-Israeli stance and actually enact economic sanctions on Israel?   What would a two-state solution look like for the Palestinian people? And is that even an option?   Why has settler violence against the Palestinian people increased of late and what can be done to address it?   We'll ask these questions and more with our guest, associate editor and co-host at the Electronic Intifada, Nora Barrows-Friedman. Hear Nora on Electronic Intifada: https://electronicintifada.net/   Check out Nora on The Brief Podcast: http://thebriefpodcast.com/   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!)   THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland   Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/black-godfather...
May 16, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 132: The Scramble for Africa w/ Milton Allimadi
01:10:48
Throughout the Obama Administration America's military footprint on the African continent expanded greatly through the development of Africom. China has been developing infrastructure on the African continent since the 90s. Now the Russians are showing a presence in Sudan, and even Turkey is playing a role in Somalia.   Are we witnessing a 21st Century Scramble for Africa?   Will Africa be the next flashpoint for military conflict for competing global Empires?   We will ask this question and many more of our guest Milton Allmadi   Milton Allimadi publishes www.blackstarnews.com and is an Adjunct Professor of African History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Allimadi has been a guest commentator on African news on VOA, BBC, Al Jazeera, and WABC TV. He’s the author of the upcoming book “Manufacturing Hate—How Africa Was Demonized in Western Media” due to be published in June, 2021.   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/black-godfather...
May 12, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 131: Live Music in the COVID Era w/ Conan Neutron, Rick Valentin, Pascual Romero
01:44:00

Music for me like many others can feel like the last vestige of freedom in a world of work, work, consume. The advances in home recording, simple online distribution have made creating and releasing music extremely accessible.

But, with the ubiquitous nature of music, 10.000’s of albums at one’s fingertips with the aid of a smartphone and a streaming app, what value does music have for the masses that consume it?

Before the pandemic music venues were shuttering at a rapid rate. This has been exacerbated by the pandemic. With a convoluted rescue plan to attempt to not only save independent music venues, but attempt to save the jobs of the millions now out of work, coupled with the fact that these same venues are fighting to stay alive against venture capital that was made even stronger due to the original CARES act, what will happen to live music in the COVID age and beyond?

We’ll ask these questions and more!

 

Listen To Conan Neutron On Protonic Reversal:

https://www.protonicreversal.com/

 

Listen to Pascual Romero on Squaring the Strange Podcast:

https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com/

 

Check the NFT's from Rick Valentin's Thoughts Detecting Machines:

https://tedium.us/

 

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May 09, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 130: Art as a Weapon w/ Dwayne Mr. Fish Booth and the Saturday Crüe
02:27:08
Can art still be used as a weapon against neoliberalism and capitalism? Or has the commodification of subversive art neutered it's dangerous ideas/themes?   About Mr. Fish: Dwayne Booth (a.k.a. Mr. Fish) is a cartoonist and freelance writer whose work can most regularly be seen on ScheerPost.com.   He has been a cartoonist and freelance writer for 20 years, publishing under both his own name and the pen name of Mr. Fish with many of the nation’s most reputable and prestigious magazines, journals, and newspapers. In addition to Harper’s Magazine and Truthdig.com, his work has appeared in: the Los Angeles Times the Village Voice Vanity Fair Mother Jones Magazine The Advocate Z Magazine The Utne Reader Slate.com MSNBC.com   He was an animated character designer for Bento Box Entertainment and is the subject of a 2017 award-winning documentary by Pablo Bryant called Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End. His most recent books are Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People (Akashic Books 2011), WARNING! Graphic Content (Annenberg Press 2014), And Then the World Blew Up (Fantagraphics Books 2017), Long Story Short: Turning Famous Books into Cartoons (Akashic Books 2020), and Nobody Left (Fantagraphics Books 2020).   Get "Nobody Left" Here: https://bookshop.org/books/nobody-left/9781683962939   Mr. Fish Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mrfish     Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland   Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/black-godfather...
May 05, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast 129: Organizing a Left in the Age of COVID and Automation w/Jamie Peck and Dr. Asatar Bair
01:15:26
Tonight's guest Jamie Peck has been a voice in left media for several years. We will ask her about the pitfalls of organizing a true left politics when so much of the left is online, especially in the wake of Covid 19 and the rise automation and the threat of labor displacement.   We'll also be joined by our favorite Marxist economist Dr. Asatar Bair!   About Jamie: Jamie Elizabeth Peck is a writer, podcaster, and model who previously produced and contributed to The Majority Report with Sam Seder and currently co-hosts the Antifada podcast. Dr. Asatar Bair a professor of economics and teacher of meditation. Subscribe to his patreon where he will take you on a journey of discovery toward understanding capitalism, socialism, communism, and the inner journey that makes whatever outer struggle we engage in more effective   Subscribe To Dr. Bair's Patreon Here: https://www.patreon.com/m/5946446/posts   Subscribe to the Antifada Here: https://www.patreon.com/theantifada   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook:

 

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May 02, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 128: America's Most Cancelled w/ Norman Finkelstein
03:43:24
Political scientist Norman Finkelstein has been an active critique of how the Holocaust is used to protect the abuses of the state of Israel. His work and advocacy have made him perhaps one of the most cancelled intellectuals in recent American history. Finklestein in fact is currently writing a book on the cancel culture phenomenon.   We will ask Finkelstein about how criticism of Israel gets one cancelled in America and how the nature of ruling class discourse helps facilitate that     About Mr. Finkelstein (from http://normanfinkelstein.com/) Norman G Finkelstein received his PhD from the Princeton University Politics Department in 1988. He is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions, including THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering and, most recently, GAZA: An inquest into its martyrdom.​ GAZA: An inquest into its martyrdom (University of California: 2018)​;     Method and Madness: the hidden story of Israel’s assaults on Gaza (OR Books: 2014);   Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land (OR Books: 2014);   Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish romance with Israel is coming to an end (OR Books: 2012);   What Gandhi Says, About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage (OR BOOKS: 2012);   “This Time We Went Too Far”: Truth and consequences of the Gaza invasion(OR Books, 2010; expanded paperback version, 2011);   Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history (University of California Press, 2005; expanded paperback edition, 2008);   The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering (Verso, 2000; expanded paperback edition, 2003);   Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Verso, 1995; expanded paperback edition, 2003);   A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen thesis and historical truth (with Ruth Bettina Birn) (Henry Holt, 1998);   The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A personal account of the intifada years (University of Minnesota, 1996).   Finkelstein has also published several pamphlets, most recently, Goldstone Recants: Richard Goldstone renews Israel’s license to kill (OR Books, 2011).   Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and everyone of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH! Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents?   Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!) THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets​   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/   Twitter: @TIRShowOakland   Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/black-godfather...
Apr 28, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 127: The Obama Mythology w/ Daniel Bessner
01:19:20

Daniel Bessner did many a favor by reading the recent Obama biography so we wouldn't have too. He published a review of the article in Jacobin Magazine entitled: The Barack Obama Memoir: Don't Trust this process. Today we will discuss with Bessner the particular utility of Obama to the ruling class and why the Obama project is so important to protect for the liberal power elite in America.

About Daniel Bessner: Daniel Bessner currently holds the Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization at the University of Washington. He is a member of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and was previously the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Associate Professor in American Foreign Policy. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and a Contributing Editor at Jacobin.

Daniel is an intellectual historian of U.S. foreign relations.

He is the author of Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual You can order Daniel's Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Exil...

 

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Pascal and Jason on Ben Burgis' GIVE THEM AN ARGUMENT:

https://youtu.be/5Ob2AaeQxZQ

Apr 25, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 126: The Myth of the Humane Canada w/
01:24:11
Ever since Michael Moore painted Canada as violent crime free, healthcare having utopia. It's almost as if we look to our neighbors to the north as having an ideal society.   Many Americans often clamor whenever political administrations they find distasteful come to power that they''ll, "just move to Canada." For many reasons, Canada has been perceived as a tranquil nation lacking the social dysfunction and international bloodlust ascribed to the United States. Today we will actually look at aspects of Canadian politics and society that complicate these simplistic narratives of "Canadian Civility."   We'll ask, "Does Canada's humane image match its political record?   We'll be joined by Canadian activist Jafrikayiti.   Jafrikayiti, also known as Jean St. Vil, is a graduate of Waterloo University (Hon. B.Sc., Biology). He is an author, radio show host, public speaker, activist, artist and Canadian Civil Servant. He is the co-founder of two self-help organizations, AKASAN (Ayisyen ki ap soutni Ayisyen nètalkole) and Jaku Konbit, which follow the principles popularized by Marcus Garvey. He has been a thorn in the side of the Canadian government for many years, never giving up on the idea that Canada and the rest of the Core Group of influential foreign powers in Haiti could and should stop interfering in the governance of Haiti, so that Haitian people can build their own country on their own terms. You can find out more about him and his work at jafrikayiti.com.  

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Pascal Robert in Black Agenda Report:

https://www.blackagendareport.com/black-godfather-clarence-avant-and-ruling-class-use-black-pop-culture

Apr 21, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 125: Can Black Capitalism Lead to Black Liberation w/Jared Ball
01:15:13

With large investments (Goldman Sachs One MIllion Black Women) in programs designed to create lessen the often talked about racial wealth gap can an emphasis on connecting Black entrepreneurs to large amounts of capital close that gap? Or will it simply enrich a burgeoning bourgeoisie class ?

We discuss this and more with Professor and host of the iMixWhatiLike podcast Jared Ball.

About Professor Ball:

Jared A. Ball is a father and husband. After that, he is a Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. and is founder/curator of imixwhatilike.org, a multimedia hub of emancipatory journalism and revolutionary beat reporting. Ball is also author of The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power (Palgrave, 2020)

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Apr 18, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 124: Why Don't Black Politics Work for Black People w/ Adolph Reed, Jr.
01:18:09

Political Scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. has been writing about Black politics and Black political thought for over four decades. Having been an activist in the 60s as well as a long time labor organizer, his scholarship has persistently challenged orthodox thinking regarding Black political activity. Some of his classic works such as "Class Notes: Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene," and "Stirrings in the Jug: Black Politics in the Post Segregation Era," have set the standard for discussing the contemporary realities of Black political life.

Today we will inquire of Adolph Reed, Jr., "Does Black Politics Work for Black People, and if not why?"

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Apr 14, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 123: Black Girl Magic for Empire w/ Angela Walker and the Saturday Crüe
03:10:16
Is the liberal establishment cynically using Black women's empowerment as a way to support American Empire?   Is woke capitalism in the wake of the George Floyd protests the neutralizing force to a real uprising?   From Hood Communist writer Onyesonwu Chatoyer:   "The hot new trend in the US empire is pushing African women to the front in order to make us the faces of the same old capitalist-imperialist violence. We are positioned as woke ladies with agency— kicking ass and taking names, bringing big auntie energy and those good good outfits to the day to day work of managing a genocidal settler-colonial empire. We don’t have to look any further than the examples of current US Ambassador to the UN and former high-ranking State Department official in Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, or current Domestic Policy Czar and co-architect of the invasion and devastation of Libya, Susan Rice. There’s also Stacey Abrams, Condaleeza Rice, and dozens of others who’ve made muling a trend. All too often these days we are witnessing petit-bourgeois African women willingly taking positions of leadership, power, and influence within the political and military infrastructure of the United States. Positions that require, as part of their job descriptions, acts of extreme ongoing violence against the world’s most oppressed populations, including their own people. " We'll be discussing this and more with the Saturday Crüe and Green Party VP candidate, Angela Walker.     SHOW LESS   Follow Angela on Twitter: @AngelaNWalker   Watch Paul Prescod on Jacobin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuQWBcszKvk    

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Apr 07, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep.122: The Rise and Fall of Bolsonaro w/ Brian Meir of Brasil Wire
01:13:42

With Lula freed and cleared of all charges against him, does this mark the end of Bolsonaro's reign in Brazil? We discuss this and more with Brasil Wire's Brian Meir.

 

About Brian:

Brian Mier is a native Chicagoan who has lived in Brazil for 25 years. He is co-editor of Brasil Wire and Brazil correspondent for TeleSur English’s TV news program, From the South.

 

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Apr 04, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast 121: The Struggle for Black Educational Autonomy w/ Professor Marlin Barber
01:13:02

About Professor Barber: A Sr. Instructor at Missouri State University. Dr. Barber has been teaching here since 2012. His specialties are early U.S. history, Black American history (emphasis on enslavement), and Missouri history.

Professor Barber has written on Black American education post-Reconstruction and Alcohol and culture in Missouri. He's currently working on a project that looks at Black Educational institutions and community from the period of enslavement through turn of the 20th century. I'm interested in social and cultural history and the development of Black communities. 

 

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Mar 31, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 120: Talking Black Politics w/ Ben Dixon and the Saturday Crüe
02:25:11

Pascal always asks the question if black politics are the politics of containment. Is the Democratic party trying to create the next Barack Obama?

They tried with Buttigieg, they're still trying with Kamala Harris and this candidates have been milquetoast at best.

Can a true left movement happen within the Democratic Party?

We ask these questions and few more.

 

 

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Mar 28, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 119: Can Asian American Politics Earn a Place in Black Freedom Struggle w/Dr. Sora Han
01:33:39

As we've seen everything from the random punching of a 75 year old Asian woman in the face in San Francisco, to the murder of 8 (6 Asian women)in Atlanta. How do we on the left view what is a just outcome for these perpetrators of violence?

In the aftermath of the George Floyd protests of the summer do we actually need more law enforcement to help stop these horrible acts from occurring?

Will the backlash we see after this incident in Atlanta be similar to what we saw in Los Angeles in the Karen Toshima murder in 1988? Is there an element of foundation types and lawyers that use situations like this, to brand a #hashtag​ and advance a career?

We'll be asking these questions and more with usual Saturday Crüe of Jason, Pascal, Marcus and Paul. Coming to chat with us will be Dr. Sora Han. Dr. Han is the Associate Professor, Criminology, Law & Society School of Social Ecology.

 

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Mar 24, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 118: From 1619 to 1776 Reckoning With the Culture War w/ Professor John Gram
01:30:59

Is the 1619 Project, centring the birth of the United States around Slavery ahistorical? Was the 1776 project not just a response to the 1619 project but more backlash from the "Great Awokening"?

An excerpt from John Gram's essay on these projects:

In the last few years, the project has certainly sparked its fair share of controversy, especially because of efforts to implement it in K-12 classrooms. One manifestation of the opposition to the claims and methods of The 1619 Project is the first (and only) report of the now defunct 1776 Commission authorized by former president Donald Trump. The 1776 Commission's Report directly targets not only the claims 1619 Project, but also a broad range of perceived social ills that the report's authors believe are threatening the health of the nation. In doings, it challenges The 1619 Project's claims about the origins of the United States. The Commission explains its purpose thus: "The Commission's first responsibility is to produce a report summarizing the principles of the American founding and how those principles have shaped our country. That can only be done by truthfully recounting the aspirations and actions of the men and women who sought to build America as a shining "city on a hill" -- an exemplary nation, one that protects the safety and promotes the happiness of its peoples, as an example to be admired and emulated by nations of the world that wish to steer their government towards greater liberty and justice."

You can read the entire entry and more here: https://johnrgram.blogspot.com/2021/0...

About Professor Gram: Dr. Gram’s research and teaching interests focus on the political, social, and cultural consequences of US expansion during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research agenda examines the process of indigenous identity formation under the pressures of settler colonialism, as well as the processes by which the United States incorporated frontier and borderland regions.

 

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Mar 21, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 117: The Capitalist Realism of White Fragility w/Charles and Seth
01:06:43

In this episode we take a deep into Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility" and implicit bias training.  Who does it work for? Is it simply a way for not threaten workplace power structures by reinforcing white identity? I discuss it with two young writers. 

From the essay:

Since the death of George Floyd in May of this year, a new wave of anti-racist consciousness has entered into the national conversation again. To feed this new wave, anti-racist reading lists have popped up and new books have been published to meet the demand. One such book that tops many of these lists is Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility. Written in 2018 and now back on the New York Times Bestseller List, White Fragility has become the unofficial guidebook for white liberals to come to terms with their “fragile” and “privileged selves”. Robin DiAngelo’s work is race essentialism masked as milquetoast, self-help, anti-racism that, instead of solving systemic inequality, inverts anti-racist action onto the individual. In doing so, DiAngelo’s work reaffirms the concepts of White Fragility she is supposedly fighting against. Her work is circular in nature, designed to monetize on the anti-racist moment and to expand its marketplace. The double bind her ideas place on the subject of her work (who may be well meaning participants) gaslights them and puts them in the Vampire Castle designed for those who worship at the altar of DiAngelo’s anti-racism, where the only book you will be reading is White Fragility. 

In 2013, Mark Fisher wrote a now infamous essay for the website The North Star entitled “Exiting The Vampire Castle”, which was a critique of identity politics and the lack of universality in the current left. In the essay, FIsher describes the Vampire Castle:

“The Vampires’ Castle specialises in propagating guilt. It is driven by a priest’s desire to excommunicate and condemn, an academic-pedant’s desire to be the first to be seen to spot a mistake, and a hipster’s desire to be one of the in-crowd. The danger in attacking the Vampires’ Castle is that it can look as if – and it will do everything it can to reinforce this thought – that one is also attacking the struggles against racism, sexism, heterosexism. But, far from being the only legitimate expression of such struggles, the Vampires’ Castle is best understood as a bourgeois-liberal perversion and appropriation of the energy of these movements. The Vampires’ Castle was born the moment when the struggle not to be defined by identitarian categories became the quest to have ‘identities’ recognised by a bourgeois big Other.

 

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Mar 17, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 116: Black Class Conflict and Jim Crow Housing w/ Preston Smith II
01:35:14
How class division amongst Black America facilitated housing descrimination. We will be joined by professor Preston Smith, II About Dr. Smith: Postwar black politics with an emphasis on housing and class. Inner-city neighborhood revitalization including economic development, affordable housing, quality public education, and equal and adequate delivery of municipal services Preston Smith's research interests in urban studies and postwar black politics are reflected in his many publications and presentations. He has been published in such journals as the Journal of Urban History and edited volumes such as Without Justice For All. He has made presentations at Social Science History Association meeting, Center for the Study of Race, Inequality and Politics, Institute for Social Policy Studies, at Yale University, and The Centennial of W.E.B. DuBois’s Souls of Black Folks symposium at Williams College. His most recent book, Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago (Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2012) examines housing debates in Chicago that go beyond black and white politics, showing how class and factional conflicts among African Americans actually helped to reproduce stunning segregation along economic lines. Smith's commitment to urban studies led to his becoming Director of the Community-Based Learning (CBL) program at the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts. Smith's Involvement with CBL began with his development of an advanced seminar that utilized CBL pedagogy. In this class students interact with local communities through community-based research and service, allowing them to enhance their understanding of public concerns while fostering leadership and advocacy skills. Smith is part of group who developed a faculty seminar that examines Puerto Rican history and culture in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and on the island. The unique feature of this seminar is that it combines area college faculty and community leaders from Holyoke. It is targeted to faculty and community-based organizations that collaborate on community-university partnerships. Since many of the families living in Holyoke are Puerto Rican, the seminar focuses on educating CBL students on Puerto Rican history and culture. Smith believes that one of the ways to best teach politics is to be politically engaged. He is a member of the Interim National Council of the Labor Party, an independent political party that comes out of the labor movement. The Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute, which is the educational and cultural arm of the Labor Party, sponsors the Free Public Higher Education campaign. Smith is currently the co-chair of the Institute's national campaign, which asserts that higher education is a necessity in today’s economy and society and, therefore, should be paid for by the federal government. Modeled after the GI Bill®, the campaign would cost $34 billion if everyone currently enrolled at a public institution were to have free tuition and fees. Recuperating the tax cuts that have not benefited working families in this country could pay for this amount.     You can read some of Professor Smith's recent work here: https://catalyst-journal.com/author/preston-h-smith-ii   You Can Buy the Book Here: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Preston-H-Smith-II/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3APreston+H.+Smith+II  

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Mar 14, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 115: What Happened to Sam Cooke w/ Journalist Albert Lanier
01:46:53

If you have listened to this show for a while you know I'm a fan of true crime.  Like..A BIG FAN. So when journalist Albert Lanier hit me up and asked if I wanted to talk about the mysteries surrounding untimely demise of soul singing great Sam Cooke I was game.  While Cooke's death wasn't ruled a homicide, the facts around only lead to one conclusion.  Was it murder? Was he set up by the mob? The record label? Who wanted Sam Cooke dead?

 

He was the sultry soulful voice of a generation.  He actually owned his masters in an era where the majority didn't.  Sam Cooke's death still remains a mystery.  I speak with independent journalist Albert Lanier to try to unlock the mystery surrounding the death of the "King of Soul" Sam Cooke.

 

About Albert Lanier:

Albert Lanier has been a journalist and writer for more than 21 years. Lanier holds a BA from the University of Hawaii-West Oahu and has been a contributing writer for Pacific Business News and Honolulu Weekly. He has also freelanced for a variety of publications including Hawaii Magazine, Asian Week and Edible Hawaiian Islands. His recent work has been featured on the news site Civil Beat as well as the business magazine Accelerate and the night life publication Metro HNL. Lanier previously served as a staff writer for The Molokai Dispatch in 2008.

 

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https://www.officialsamcooke.com/

 

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Mar 10, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast 114: Eco Leninism w/ Andres Malm
01:03:49

If you've listened to this show for a while you've heard me reference his book, "Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism for the 21st Century".  So I FINALLY got to speak with the author and academic Andres Malm.  

From the Lund University:

Why did our economy become so dependent on fossil fuels? What roles have they played in the historical development of capitalism? What are the forces perpetuating this dangerous thing we refer to as business-as-usual – and how can they be defeated? These are, broadly, the issues I try to approach in my research. More specifically, I am looking at the rise of coal as a source of mechanical energy in industrial production and transportation in nineteenth-century Britain and its Empire. My PhD thesis, Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam-Power in the British Cotton Industry, c. 1825-1848, and the Roots of Global Warming, defended in 2014, examines the transition from water-wheels to steam-engines in the cotton-mills of northern England and Scotland and draws some lessons for today: to make a very long story very short, capital required a source of energy amenable to concentration in space and acceleration in time. It still seems to do so. In 2016, Verso published my book Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, based on the thesis. It received the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize for that year.   I am working on a sequel, provisionally entitled Fossil Empire, on how Britain deployed steamboats, railroads and their shared foundations – mines and depots of coal – to subjugate and integrate the peripheries of the nineteenth-century world-economy. I focus on Egypt/the Levant, India, China and West Africa. As it happens, these regions hold some of the people most vulnerable to the impacts of global warming – particularly sea level rise – now and in the near future. I have recently made forays into environmental philosophy; in 2017, Verso will publish my The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World, a theoretical essay on how to understand nature and society and their intertwinement in the light of climate change, criticising currents such as constructionism, hybridism, new materialism and post-humanism and advocating a more activist, dialectical alternative anchored in historical materialism. I have also worked a bit on ecocriticism; a recent paper in Forum for Modern Language Studies, which won the annual essay prize of that journal, proposes a new way of reading fossil fuel fiction. I have conducted research on the political ecology of vulnerability and adaption to sea level rise in the Nile Delta, as well as on solar-power in Morocco. I am working on a book about the politics of wilderness in a changing climate and involved in a collective project on geoengineering. I am, in short, interested in a wide range of aspects of the power relations of a rapidly warming world in urgent need of cooling down.

I am a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism. I manage the masters' programme in human ecology at Lund University, known as Culture, Power and Sustainability.

 

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Mar 07, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 113: Nomadland is Capitalist Propaganda Wrapped in American Exceptionalism w/ Lisha Brooks
01:33:54
This is going to be the first of hopefully many more movie reviews with Lisha.  We had a lengthy conversation a week ago about doing something together, and using pop culture to tell a more broad story is kinda my thing.     Nomadland is the award winning 2020 film based on the non-fiction book of the same name by writer Jessica Bruder.  Her book, a more telling and honest story of a new class of itinerant worker, the elderly.  People displaced the financial tragedy of 2008 with no savings and many underwater on their homes living in RV's and vans making up America's workforce.   While the book is a very honest portrayal and some great investigative journalism, the movie is almost Amazon propaganda.  Not really showing the exploitation, but rather giving us a tale of the untamed West, an almost manifest destiny of the new millenium.   Chris Hedges Interview w/ Jessica Bruder: https://youtu.be/wJrGhfaiz9I   Opening interview clip can be heard in its entirety here: https://youtu.be/0kf0LKPaKYA  

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Mar 03, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 112: Our Discussion w/ The Last Dope Intellectual Dr. Charisse Burden Stelly
01:12:20

IT'S FINALLY HERE! Our discussion with Dr. Charisse Burden Stelly.  A little about Dr. Burden Stelly from here bio:

Charisse Burden-Stelly is an Assistant Professor and Mellon Faculty Fellow of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College. She is a scholar of radical Black critical and political theory, political economy, and intellectual history. She is currently working on two book projects. The first, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History co-authored with Gerald Horne, revises and updates Dr. Horne’s biography of Du Bois with a new chapter on his continuing significance; sidebars that offer connections to larger social, political, and intellectual phenomena; and an appendix that analyzes key primary documents from Du Bois’s archives. Her single-authored manuscript, Epistemologies of Blackness, explores the conjuncture of epistemology, institutionalization, anti-Marxism, and class politics in Black Studies at the dawn of the neoliberal turn. In 2017, Dr. Burden-Stelly received the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ Alex Willingham Best Political Theory Paper Award. She has several book chapters and articles forthcoming, and her published work appears in journals including Souls: A Critical Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society and The CLR James Journal.

 

You can hear Dr. Burden Stelly's podcast, "The Last Dope Intellectual":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6IrFmbylu4

 

Read Dr. Burden Stelly's takedown of the book "Caste":

http://bostonreview.net/race/charisse-burden-stelly-caste-does-not-explain-race

 

Dr. Burden Stelly's Book about DuBois with Gerald Horne:

https://products.abc-clio.com/abc-cliocorporate/product.aspx?pc=A5807C

 

Some info on Claudia Jones:

https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/claudia-jones-notting-hill-carnival

 

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Feb 28, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 111: Is Judas and the Black Messiah a Counter Revolutionary Film
01:21:53

My co-host and I examine the new movie based on the life of FBI informant William O'Neal, "Judas and the Black Messiah".  The film is being marketed as the story of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton told through the lens of the man who was responsible not just for spying on the man and the organization, but for his assassination.

 

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Feb 24, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast ep. 110: Confessions of a Drug Counselor
01:10:03

If you've listened to the show for a while you know that I REALLY enjoy having people on that I've met online (or in real life) that I find interesting.  Our guest is, who doesn't want to be named for fear that it might hurt her career in the field is someone I've had quite a bit of correspondence with online for a while.  I finally convinced her to do this episode I knew it was going to be a good one.   We take a deep dive into the world of drug counselling for the unhoused, and just services overall for the unhoused population. 

 

We also interrogate the #DefundThePolice push we've seen gain steam in aftermath of the George Floyd protests.  We understand that there are situations that armed law enforcement shouldn't be responding too, but what should service actually look like?  What are the pitfalls?

 

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Feb 21, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 109: Rattling the Bars w/Former Black Panther Eddie Conway
01:33:56

Today we speak with former head of the Black Panther Party's Baltimore chapter Eddie Conway. Conway was wrongfully convicted and served 43 years in prison. While in prison Brother Conway started a labor union and several programs such as literacy and political awareness for the incarcerated men inside. Since his release Eddie is the author of The Greatest Threat, The Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO (iAMWE 2009) and co-author of Marshall Law, The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther (AK Press, 2011) and is an executive producer for The Real News Network. We're going to talk the state of black politics, BLM gets nominated for a Nobel? And more! Thank you for checking the show out.

You can watch Eddie Conway on the Real News here:

https://therealnews.com/rattling-the-bars

 

 

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Feb 17, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 108: The Challenges for Unhoused Youth in the COVID era w/ Dr. Robin Petering
01:14:40

A subject that doesn't get much coverage in the era of bipartisan mainstream media is the plight of unhoused youth (or the unhoused for that matter.) I got a chance to speak with Dr. Robin Petering recently about the issue of vaccination rates for unhoused youth, and the unhoused in general.  

Dr. Petering is the founder of LENSCO LA an organization that does outreach work with unhoused youth in Los Angeles.  

https://www.lensco.la/about

 

Dr. Petering also hosts the Hello Dogtown podcast that highlights unhoused youth in So. Cal.

https://www.lensco.la/hellodogtown

 

Dr. Petering also works with another great organization that's doing some amazing with with unhoused communities in L.A. KTown4All

https://ktownforall.org/

 

 

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Feb 14, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 107: State and Revolution w/ Jeff Haas and Flint Taylor Lawyers for Slain Black Panther Fred Hampton
01:29:28

He was the young charismatic leader of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party who was gunned down by the Chicago Police Department at the behest of the F.B.I's COINTELLPRO program. Designed to neutralize the Black Panther Party and all other leftist movements that ran counter to the status quo of U.S. Imperialism and White Supremacy. Hampton a bold leader and organizer was reaching across racial boundaries to form what he would call a "Rainbow Coalition". Unfortunately he wouldn't live to see it come to fruition.

On this episode we'll be speaking with the lawyers that litigated his case for DECADES Flint Taylor and Jeff Haas.

G. Flint Taylor is a founding member of the People’s Law Office in Chicago. He was, together with Jeff Haas, a lead lawyer in the landmark Fred Hampton and Mark Clark civil rights case. He has represented numerous police torture survivors during the past 33 years. He was one of the lawyers involved in the struggle for reparations and has chronicled the decades-long fight against Chicago police violence and torture in his book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, which was released March 2019 by Haymarket Books. Jeff Haas is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office (PLO) in Chicago. He was, together with Flint Taylor, a lead lawyer in the landmark Fred Hampton and Mark Clark civil rights case, and was one of the main lawyers for the 17 Pontiac Brothers, wrongfully charged but acquitted in the capital murder trial for the Pontiac Prison Rebellion in 1978.

 

Jeff also worked with other PLO lawyers representing the victims of Chicago Police Department torturer Jon Burge. Most recently, Jeff provided legal support and represented Water Protectors at Standing Rock. He is a board member of the Water Protector Legal Collective as well as of the Adalah Justice Project. Jeff is the author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther.

 

You can find G. Flint Taylor's Book here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/author...

 

You can find Jeff Haas' Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Assassination-...

 

Read the Truthout Op-Ed Here: https://truthout.org/articles/new-doc...

 

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Feb 10, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 106: The Whistleblower as Profit Jeff Canady and Eugenics
01:34:10

Eugenics is described as is a social and political philosophy. It tries to influence the way people choose to mate and raise children, with the aim of improving the human species. Can we manipulate genes to create a better person? Are certain races predisposed to certain behaviors? Is this science inherently racist? Does eugenics justify forced sterilizations? We'll answer those questions and MORE w/ Jeff Canady.  

 

Washington Post Article about Jeff Canady and the Washington DC School System:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/ive-been-a-hostage-for-nine-years-fired-teachers-wins-battle-with-dc-schools/2018/07/22/ac352722-8c27-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

 

Mark Naison Jeff Canady Piece:

http://withabrooklynaccent.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-whistleblower-as-prophet-how-jeff.html

 

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Feb 07, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 105: Post WWI Kurdish History w/ Dr. Djene Bajalan
01:06:20

You may see him as the game master on Zero Books Zeroquest RPGshow (that I'm on as Lieutenant Paxon Dickson!).  He's also a professor of Middle Eastern History at Missouri State.  We've talked about for a little bit, and I was able to get Djene on the show to do a quick history on the struggles of the Kurdish people. The 4th largest ethnic group in the Middle East without at nation state.  

 

In the early 20th Century, many Kurds began to consider the creation of a homeland - generally referred to as "Kurdistan". After World War One and the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the victorious Western allies made provision for a Kurdish state in the 1920 Treaty of Sevres.

Such hopes were dashed three years later, however, when the Treaty of Lausanne, which set the boundaries of modern Turkey, made no provision for a Kurdish state and left Kurds with minority status in their respective countries. Over the next 80 years, any move by Kurds to set up an independent state was brutally quashed.

-From the BBC

 

About Dr. Djene Bajalan(from the Missouri State website):

Dr. Djene Rhys Bajalan is a historian of the Middle East specializing the rise of nationalism and the evolution of the Kurdish question. He completed his undergraduate degree in history and politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, holds an MSc in Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics, an MA in History from Istanbul Bilgi University and a DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.

He is the author of "Jön Kürtler: Birinci Dünya Savasi’ndan Önce Kürt Hareketi 1898-1914" (The Young Kurds: The Kurdish movement before the First World War)(Avesta, 2010) and co-editor of "Studies in Kurdish History: Empire, Ethnic and Islam" (Routledge, 2015).

In addition to extensive research experience in both the British and Ottoman archives, Dr. Bajalan has taught both Middle Eastern and World history in a variety of different institutions, including at the University of Oxford, Istanbul Bilgi University, and the American University of Iraq - Sulaimani. Dr. Bajalan also serves on the editorial board of the journal Kurdish Studies and publications, such as Turkeyscope, Jacobin, OpenDemocracy and Jadaliyya have featured his commentary on present-day Middle Eastern affairs.

 

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Feb 03, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 104: Stay Alive Surviving Capitalisms Hunger Games w/ Dr. Michael Harris
01:22:28

The Hunger Games isn’t just the brutally honest name of the annual fight-to-the-death competition organized by the Capitol, the city that dominates Panem. It’s the way that its elite controls the districts. Starvation, scarcity and minimal rewards doled out to subservient districts; the Capitol uses hunger as a weapon against the masses. It’s also a powerful metaphor for the economic system we live under today, so much so that “the Hunger Games” has now become shorthand for any especially brutally competitive environment or economy.

-"Stay Alive: Surviving Capitalism's Coming Hunger Games" by Dr. Michael Harris

 

In this episode we speak with one of my favorite guests and writers, Dr. Michael Harris about his new book, the riot at the capitol, the end of Trump and a return to some good ol fashioned Democratic Party neoliberalism we've come to know and love.  Dr. Harris also takes a deep dive into capitalism and neoliberalisms failures during the pandemic and the fact that our leaders, as he puts it, "...just don't care about people.."

 

Pre-Order Stay Alive Here:

https://www.drmichaeljharrisbooks.com/stayalive

 

Buy "Welcome to the Rebellion: A New Hope in Radical Politics" Here:

https://www.drmichaeljharrisbooks.com/welcometotherebellion

 

 

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Jan 31, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast: Ep 103: Big Tech Monopoly and Social Media Censorship w/Conan Neutron
02:32:54

I have once again been deleted by the almighty social media platform Facebook. Again, I have no idea why.  This will be the second time in less than 10 days.  There's seems to have been a purging of left wing pages and people.  This is from the World Wide Socialist Website:

 

On Friday, Facebook carried out a purge of left-wing, antiwar and progressive pages and accounts, including leading members of the Socialist Equality Party. Facebook gave no explanation why the accounts were disabled or even a public acknowledgement that the deletions had occurred

 

At least a half dozen leading members of the Socialist Equality Party had their Facebook accounts permanently disabled. This included the public account of Genevieve Leigh, the national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, and the personal account of Niles Niemuth, the US managing editor of the World Socialist Web Site. In 2016, Niemuth was the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US Vice President.

Facebook also disabled the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Committee Facebook page, which was set up with the support of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) to organize opposition among bus drivers. This follows a widely discussed call for a walkout by bus drivers to demand elementary protections against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Read the entire article here:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/23/pers-j23.html

 

This particular episode was recorded after my 1st deletion from Facebook, and before my livestream co-host Pascal Robert was subsequently deleted by Facebook as well.  

 

You can hear Conan's podcast Protonic Reversal here:

https://www.protonicreversal.com/

 

You can hear Conan's critically acclaimed band, Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends Here:

https://neutronfriends.bandcamp.com/

(He's got some limited edition vinyl people!)

 

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Jan 27, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 102: Allstar Session w/ Dan Larson , C. Derrick Varn, Djene Bashlan
02:34:12

Well it’s been not a full week since the events of great storming of the Capital by a mix of QAnon conspires, MAGA heads, Proud Boys, and well, just a bunch of people that have bought into the current administration’s false claims about the election being stolen. Would these claims have had the same merit, the same effect on masses of people had not the Russiagate narrative be shoved down the throat of the American people ad nauseam by mainstream media? Twitter and Facebook, after the events of Monday and a GOP mutiny of the Trump wing of the GOP have banned permanently the 45th president. Is it too little too late? Is it the all-controlling hand of “Big Brother” silencing decent? I mean wasn’t this part of Kamala Harris’ presidential platform? Remember on the debate stage Harris calling for the muting of Trump’s Twitter account?

 

A race reductionist argument is also fanning the flames as well. Mainstream media to YouTube pundits persist with the claim that only because the participants of the short siege of the Capitol building were white they weren’t harmed, or treated as heavy handed as BLM. 5 people died, one being an officer. Another woman was trampled to death, of course many people saw one woman shot in the neck trying to break into the sealed doors of Congress. Are we building back better? Is the current administration, which has already shown us that they are NOT going to be fundamentally different than the previous neoliberal ones we’ve seen previously lead us to “restore the soul of America?” Is neoliberalism and the warmongering neoconservatives at the core of the rot of the country? I have some homies here to help us answer these questions.

 

You can Watch Dan Larson on Toy Galaxy Here:

youtube.com/toygalaxytv

 

You watch C. Derrick Varn on Pop the Left, Theorizing with a Hammer, as well as THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast on Zero Books YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyoQK-mZXr2ws4C0nXGCH1w

 

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Jan 24, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 101: A Socialist Working Class Model for Empowerment w/ Kali Akuno from Cooperation Jackson
02:09:11
Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.   Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network, the Executive Director of the Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.   Get Kali's Book here: https://jacksonrising.pressbooks.com/   Support Cooperation Jackson Here: https://cooperationjackson.org/   Support Black Socialists in America Here: https://blacksocialists.us/   Read the essay that got Jason's Facebook profile DELETED: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d    

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Jan 20, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep.100: NEVER GIVE UP THE STREET w/ Mike Davis
01:26:04

I can't lie, I discovered the work of Mike Davis late.  I had heard the name before, but didn't really know his work.  After hearing him on a podcast earlier in the year I got decided to buy his book "City of Quartz" and reading it, I was blown away by it's prescience.  If you don't know Mike Davis, he's a social commentator, urban theorist, historian, and political activist. He is best known for his investigations of power and social class in his native Southern California. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award.

 

Again, thank you Mike for taking the time to talk to all of us, we appreciate your work and all that you continue to do.  

 

From the book "City of Quartz":

 

"Like the Tramp scares of the 19th century or the Red Scare in the 20th, the contemporary gang scare has become an imaginary class relationship, a terrain of pseudo-knowledge and fantasy projection. But as long as the actual violence was more or less confined to the ghetto, the gang wars were also a voyeuristic titillation to white suburbanites devouring lurid imagery in their newspapers or on the television.  Then in December 1987 frisson became fear as Southside gang hitmen mistakenly gunned down a young woman outside a theater in teh posh Westwood Village entertainment district near UCLA.  Westwood's influential merchants, who had recently induced the LAPD to enforce curfew ordinances to repel non-white youthfrom the Village, clamored for extra police protection, while local Council Member Zev Yaroslavsky, then essaying a Koch-like challenge to Mayor Bradley, posted a huge reward for apprehension of the 'urban terrorists'. 

You can read Mike's latest piece in New Left Review here:

https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/riot-on-the-hill?fbclid=IwAR2DwoZPFJOVm2ceim2NHUQHI6kJna7A3dJTRfun07O2FdJfrM4-udUdl_Y

You can watch Mike earlier in the year on Democracy Now! here:

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/5/22/mike_davis_as_workers_face_dangerous

 

You Can Buy Mike's latest book, "Set the Night on Fire" here:

https://www.versobooks.com/books/3164-set-the-night-on-fire

 

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Jan 17, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 99: White Reconstruction w/ Professor Dylan Rodríquez
01:08:42

In this episode we speak with professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside, Dylan Rodríquez.  I came across professor Rodríquez's work through a mutual friend and really appreciated a lot of what professor Dylan has to say to about state of things in this country.  The role of empire and capitalism, and of course we discussed his current book "White Reconstruction: Domestic WArfare and the Logics of Genocide" and his previous work, "Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide and the Filipino Condition".  

 

About 'White Reconstruction':

 

We are in the fray of another signature moment in the long history of the United States as a project of anti Black and racial–colonial violence. Long before November 2016, white nationalism, white terrorism, and white fascist statecraft proliferated. Thinking across a variety of archival, testimonial, visual, and activist texts—from Freedmen’s Bureau documents and the “Join LAPD” hiring campaign to Barry Goldwater’s hidden tattoo and the Pelican Bay prison strike—Dylan Rodríguez counter-narrates the long “post–civil rights” half-century as a period of White Reconstruction, in which the struggle to reassemble the ascendancy of White Being permeates the political and institutional logics of diversity, inclusion, formal equality, and “multiculturalist white supremacy.” Throughout White Reconstruction, Rodríguez considers how the creative, imaginative, speculative collective labor of abolitionist praxis can displace and potentially destroy the ascendancy of White Being and Civilization in order to create possibilities for insurgent thriving.

 

You can find Professor Rodríquez's, 'White Reconstruction' here:

http://www.fordhampress.com/9780823289387/white-reconstruction/

 

Professor Rodríquez's previous work, 'Suspended Apocalypse' here:

https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/suspended-apocalypse

 

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Jan 13, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 98: Can't Pay, Won't Pay The Power of Debtors Unions w/Hannah Appel of the Debt Collective
01:48:45
"Between 1980 and 2007, household debt doubled as a percentage of GDP, with most of the growth in residential mortgages, although auto, credit card, student loan, medical and criminal legal debt also grew precipitously. In the first months of 2020, as the pandemic took hold, household debt rose to $14.3 trillion, $1.6 trillion higher than the record set in the middle of the financial crisis. Today, more than 40 %of indebted households use credit cards to cover basic living costs, including rent, food, and utilities. Some 62% of personal bankruptcies in the US are linked to illness and health care costs." -Taken from the book, "Can't Pay Won't Pay"   In this episode, taken from our Tuesday livestream (1/5/21) we'll be speaking with Hannah Appel professor of economic anthropology at UCLA and part of the Debt Collective, and one of the co-authors of "Can't Pay Won't Pay". From here bio: "How can we expand the field of economic possibility in an interconnected, power-laden world? I am also fundamentally committed to ethnographic research as a vibrant method for asking new questions and formulating new answers about the world in which we live. "   You can get the book, "Can't Pay, Won't Pay" Here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1520-can-t-pay-won-t-pay  

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Jan 10, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 97: The Power of Real Grass Roots Movements w/ Kelvin Martinez
01:00:32

"As of January 2019, California had an estimated 151,278 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that Total, 7,044 were family households, 10,980 were Veterans, 11,993 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 41,557 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2017-2018 school year shows that an estimated 263,058 public school students experienced homelessness over the course of the year. Of that total, 10,407 students were unsheltered, 17,299 were in shelters, 13,713 were in hotels/motels, and 221,639 were doubled up"

 

-Taken from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

 

These pre pandemic numbers should serve to be a staggering reminder that even before the Earth stood still with the pandemic, the real economy was in shambles.  All over the San Francisco Bay Area homeless encampments are popping up in areas that it would've been unheard of to see them.  The reality becomes all too real as we step closer to the end of the rent moratorium (some cities have already started evicting people)and more people will be forced out to the streets.  

 

There is no real federal plan to help people that have lost jobs and healthcare due to COVID-19.  A CARES Act that has bailed out the 1% to the tune of BILLIONS made during the pandemic, while the most vulnerable of us are left to fend for ourselves.  While congress and the senate fight over giving or not giving Americans $2,000, real people have been on the ground doing incredible work to help this vulnerable population.  

 

Kelvin Martinez works with the unhoused population in Southern California and is a mental health worker.  A therapist by trade, he has been out in the streets doing what he can to not only bring attention to the plight of the unhoused, but also to help people.  In this episode we talk about the real efforts on the ground to make a difference.  

 

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@AlmostKelvin

 

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Jan 06, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 96: End of the Year Show w/ Touré Reed, Cedric Johnson, and Pascal Robert
02:47:49
Well, 2020 is almost over, and I feel comfortable saying that all of us, except for about 600+ billionaires can't wait to bring in the new year. 2020 will be forever known as the year of tragedy. COVID-19 ripping through the world killing over a million world wide, and over 330,000 in this country alone. Infecting 1 in 1,000 Americans t could there be hope on the horizon with breakthroughs in vaccines? While we were locked down to attempt tot flatten the curve of the pandemic we saw the country stand up to what many feel is the scourge of state violence at the hands of law enforcement. With these urban uprisings a new conversation of defunding police arose. Were these protests and uprisings the birth of a real movement to change the way we look at policing or has it been co-opted by a class of foundation careerists?   The Trump era for many is over with the election of Joe Biden, but will the architect of the 1994 Crime Bill be the answer to state sanctioned police violence with his (and his party's) austerity record? We'll intorgate these questions AND SO MUCH MORE.   Cedric Johnson Clip: https://youtu.be/Sg7mSGJVM-g   Touré Reed Clip: https://youtu.be/LGj4PgDCIQ4   Pascal Robert Clip: https://youtu.be/fjbz7htz6Dw    

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Jan 03, 2021
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep.95: Does Marxism Have Value for Black People w/ Dr. Asatar Bair
01:54:40

In the midst of a deadly pandemic that to date has infected a total of 17,314,834[1] people and taken the lives of 311,150 U.S. citizens, we have a governing body that is too busy protecting the interests of capital and not that of its people. Of the 311,000+ dead, Black, Hispanic and Native populations are not just dying at a higher rate, but they are dying YOUNGER[2].

 

With the contagious virus ripping through cities at an unparalleled rate, a shut down of the economy was in order to try to stop the intense spread and flatten the curve. Without a strong moratorium on rent and mortgages coupled with a one-time payment of $1,200, evictions have already started in many U.S cities. A study from the Aspen Institute this August said we’re looking at possibly 30-40 MILLION people evicted from their homes increasing an ever-growing homeless problem in the richest nation in the world.

 

With a possibility of another round of one-time payments from the government and no universal healthcare on the horizon, the controlling duopoly is failing the majority of poor and working class Americans. The incoming Biden administration ran on “restoring the soul of America”. With a cabinet filled with firsts (first Native Woman, first openly Gay Man, etc.) trotting out people of various ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations means little when the politics of these incumbents is in line with protecting the empire and capital much like their predecessors.

 

 

After watching president elect Joe Biden scream at a panel of leading Civil Rights leaders about the merits of his administration and his record, a record that has done everything from ramp up incarceration in poor and Black and Brown communities, to preventing cash strapped citizens from adding student loan debt in their bankruptcies, Biden might be the most racially tone def president in modern history. He equated racial justice to “mixed race couples in commercials”. Is now the time that we as black people look towards a different economic system? Fred Hampton often spoke to the fact that you can’t fight the scourge of capitalism with “black capitalism”, yet many voices in the Black community are constantly trying to close a racial wealth gap by using the rhetoric of entrepreneurship and bootstrapping uplift. I feel that now is a good a time as any to ask the question, “Does Marxism have any value for Black People?”

 

[1] These figures are from the WHO as of 12/20/2020

[2] These data support the conclusion that US populations of color die of COVID-19 at younger ages as well as at higher rates than the non-Hispanic White population. Study done by Mary T. Bassett, Jarvis T. Chen, Nancy Krieger

 

In this episode we're going to ask the question about the usefulness of Marxism for Black people. With the two party system failing we're going to take a deep dive into this question with Professor Asatar Bair. Here's a clip of Dr. Bair on the show:   https://youtu.be/RDeJuEaEwHA     Documentaries/Clips with Black Marxists: Thomas Sankara, "Land of Upright Men" https://youtu.be/G7Vlt41HPUE   Kwame Touré, Angela Davis, Fanny Lou Hammer on Black Journal w/ Tony Brown: https://youtu.be/MojDoeloUTc   Here's a show from my hood, the SF Bay Area "People are Talking" from 1988. Huey Newton/ Ishmael Reed/ Jawanza Kunjufu: https://youtu.be/4IGCyN7esO4   Lorraine Hansberry Documentary: https://youtu.be/1iTJ09klm2w  

 

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Dec 30, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 94: Jim Crow Joe Biden Screams on the Civil Rights Establishment
02:04:13

Audio AND VIDEO leaked of Joe Biden talking to various Civil Rights leaders in a meeting is making many of us look at the man that has vowed to "Restore the Soul of a Nation" with a serious side eye. I will be speaking with good friend and journalist Pascal Robert about this,  and much more.

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Dec 27, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 93: Accidental Leftist Utopia of Chico Bon Bon w/Bob Boyle
01:03:36

My 2 year old son is a HUGE fan of a show we found on Netflix on a while ago called, "Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Toolbelt".  I usually try to push him to consume 80's animation, you know, so I can relive my childhood through the eyes of a toddler.  It doesn't always work with this kid, so I just watch what he wants to see 9 times outta 10 (He LOVES the Mandalorian).  Chico Bon Bon has become a show I'm enjoying as well, and in watching this show that teaches preschoolers about engineering concepts I noticed something.  Does Chico live in a Socialist paradise? He fixes all these engineering problems and NEVER ASKS FOR MONEY.  When there is a heatwave, the mayor makes sure everyone has a popsicle.  And my favorite, when automation is introduced no one loses a job or even wages, it's actually billed as a creation that will create more time for leisure.  After I saw all that, I had all the evidence I needed and hit up the show creator Bob Boyle.  Bob has ONE HELLUVA RESUME!

 

From his website:

Howdy! My name is Bob. That's a pretty darn exciting name isn't it?

I'm probably best known as the Emmy award-winning creator of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, an animated preschool series on Nick Jr., but I also created an animated show for Disney called Yin Yang Yo and am a frequent contributor to Sesame Street. Before all that, I was a Producer on the Fairly OddParents at Nickelodeon. And before that, I was just a skinny little kid who wanted to play football for a living.

In addition to animation and dreaming about being a football player, I also write and illustrate children's books. My first book, Hugo And The Really, Really, Really Long String, was published by Random House and my second book, Rosie & Rex, will be published by HarperCollins in early 2014.

As much as I would have loved to be a football player, I'm very happy sitting behind a desk creating silly stories that make people smile.

 

Mr. Boyle was a pleasant as his bio would lead you to believe and helpful as well.  So glad I had the opportunity to speak with Bob, and I hope the other parents and teachers that teach preschoolers that listen to the show enjoy this one.

 

Check out Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Toolbelt here:

https://youtu.be/WNs7jT-GIiM

 

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Dec 23, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 92: Boyz N Tha Hood and the 1994 Crime Bill w/ Touré Reed and Pascal Robert
02:06:35

After my discussion a few weeks ago with professor and author Touré Reed, I found myself watching the movie Boyz N Tha Hood.  In our discussion, we started to critique the politics of many Black leaders of the 90's that were proponents of the 1994 Crime Bill.  Not even 5 minutes into the film, the viewer gets hit with the Black on Black crime troupe.  The SAME THING I find myself fighting when we hear  voices on the right defend state violence, is part of the messaging of this iconic film.  A film that I would set off the "Hood Movie" genre of the 90's.  I mean by the time you get to movies like "Menace II Society" it's just a more dramatically over the top version of Boyz.  

 

I will say again that there was a crazy thing with my computer at the end, where I lost my connection to the WiFi, thus stopping the stream.  We did pick up for another hour or so, for part 2 that is available for patrons.  

 

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Dec 20, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 91: A History of Indigenous Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism w/ Dr. Giovanni Batz
01:19:12
I saw Dr. B'atz on Democracy Now! a few weeks ago, and I KNEW I had to get this guy on the show.  On this podcast you'll hear us listen to a clip of him on the show and you'll see why.  He's doing some great work and exposing what's happening with Indigenous communities in Central America, with a focus on Guatemala.  A little about Giovanni:   Dr. Batz is a social anthropologist whose research interests include: extractivist industries and megaprojects in Latin America; Central American and Maya migration, displacement and diaspora; Guatemalan history; indigenous social movements; and human rights. Batz was a 2018-2019 Anne Ray Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he began working on his book project entitled “The Fourth Invasion: Decolonial Histories, Megaprojects and Ixil Resistance in Guatemala”. The book is based on research conducted in Cotzal, Guatemala since 2011, where the arrival of megaprojects is referred to as a “new” invasion. Batz has also worked with Guatemalan-Maya youth in Los Angeles, as well as serving as a Research Assistant for a National Science Foundation funded project that analyzes the migration and deportation of K’iche’-Maya from Almolonga, Quetzaltenango   If you can help out the people of Guatemala every dollar goes A LONG WAY. You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/maya-communities-need-help-hurricane-eta  

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Dec 16, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 90: Who Speaks for Black People w/ Pascal Robert
59:58

I met Pascal Robert through professor and author, Tourè Reed.  Tourè warned me he's got some great takes on a lot of the things we like to discuss, like the Black misleadership class, and (as Pascal calls them) "Negroliberals", a pundit class of black neoliberals who are hoisted into the position of "The voice of the Black community" by the ruling class.  If you didn't catch Pascal and Toure on the weekly Tuesday Night Livestream, you can peep that here:

https://youtu.be/hSUfBIW0fak

 

So after that show, we of course stayed in contact and Pascal sent over this real interesting piece on the radio show shock jock turned alleged keeper of the Black vote, Charlamagne tha God. Here's a clip of Rachelle Hampton's piece:

Charlamagne is not the first radio personality that the Democratic political establishment has viewed as its main conduit to Black voters. Many politicians including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama visited the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. (“To some, you’re considered the voice of Black America,” one newspaper reporter said to Joyner in a 1999 interview.) Then came Tavis Smiley, who started out as a guest on Joyner’s show, before hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR and Public Radio International. (He also had a PBS talk show until he was dismissed for alleged sexual misconduct.) Smiley interviewed political figures including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Obama, but his relationship to the Democratic establishment cooled after the president declined to appear at an event Smiley was hosting and Smiley became a vocal public critic of the administration.

You can read the entire piece here: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/11/charlamagne-tha-god-white-political-establishment-breakfast-club.html

 

Pascal Robert is a lawyer by trade that has written for Huffington Post, and he now writes for Black Agenda Report.  You can read his work here:

https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal%20Robert

 

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Dec 13, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 89: What's Next for the Left w/ Gloria La Riva and Dr. Asatar Bair
02:48:14

This is from a livestream we did recently with Gloria La Riva and Dr. Asatar Bair.  

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Dec 09, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 88: Bound to the Fire w/Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz
01:12:38

Once again, I get to call on one of my old classmates to come on the show.  This time around we talk with professor and author Kelley Fanto Deetz.  Kelley was an advisor on a great film (that didn't get the respect it deserved) "Birth of a Nation".  Of course not the D.W. Griffith one from the turn of the century, but the amazing reimagining from 2016.  Here's a bit about Kelley:

 

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz is a Research Associate at the James River Institute for Archaeology and Visiting Assistant Professor at Randolph College. She holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, and a M.A. and Ph.D.  from U.C. Berkeley. She specializes in early African Diaspora cultural history, archaeology, slavery, visual and material culture, and public history. She has worked as a historical consultant for television, museums, and for the film The Birth of a Nation. Deetz partnered with National Geographic to produce the documentary film Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner (National Geographic Channel), and authored the cover story for the National Geographic History Magazine entitled Nat Turner’s Bones: Reclaiming an American Rebel. Her new book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine was named one of the top ten books on food of 2017 by the Smithsonian Magazine. 

 

You can get Kelley's book here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WP8885V/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0?author-follow=B07BFNKRWL&

 

Kelley on the front page of the Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/headstones-black-cemetery-potomac-river/2020/10/25/3586f0d4-0d7a-11eb-8074-0e943a91bf08_story.html

 

Birth of a Nation Trailer:

https://youtu.be/ezWiUTXB11A

 

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Dec 06, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 87: A Brief History of Neoliberalism w/ C. Derick Varn
02:33:17

I came across C. Derick Varn sometime ago on a Zero Books show "Pop the Left".  An intellectual dynamo, but also a person that truly understands his working class roots.  Take a listen to our conversation, and Varn's deep dive into David Harvey's book, "A Brief History of Neoliberalism".

 

From C. Derick Varn Bio:

C. Derick has written political and philosophical work for the (Dis)Loyal Opposition to Modernity and The North Star as well as various lost ‘zines in the 1990s and early 2000s, although he feels distant from this prior work on left-renewal, and while still in a some kind of a Marxist framework, he is very skeptical of what most people call “the left.”  His other philosophical interests are virtue ethics, the philosophy of religion and secularity, and aesthetics.  He was written for Unlikely Stories 2.0, and blogged irregularly for The Partially Examined Life blog.   He co-hosted the Pop the Left podcast.  with Douglas Lain from late 2012 to 2014 and has recently reappeared on supplements on both Diet Soap and Zero Squared. He also co-produces and co-hosts two other podcasts, Symptomatic Redness (on political economy, philosophy, and history), and Former People Speak (on culture and the arts). His poetry has appeared at Unlikely Stories 2.0, Full of Crows, Writing Disorder,  Deuce CoupeRusty TruckThe Cartier Street Review,  JMWW,  Clutching at StrawsUnion Station MagazineAnn Arbor Review,  Yes, PoetryXenithPiriene’s Fountain, and elsewhere. C. Derick Varn has served as managing editor for the now defunct Milkwood Review, art editor for Unlikely Stories 2.o, managing editor for the The North Star, and was  an editorial staffer for Arts and Letters: A Journal for Contemporary Culture in 2005-2006 and the Flannery O’Connor Review in 2005.  He won the Frankeye Davis Mayes/Academy of American Poets Prize in 2003. He is the co-founder and currently the Poetry Editor and co-managing editor at Former People.

 

"I’ve always treated neoliberalism as a political project carried out by the corporate capitalist class as they felt intensely threatened both politically and economically towards the end of the 1960s into the 1970s. They desperately wanted to launch a political project that would curb the power of labor.

In many respects the project was a counterrevolutionary project. It would nip in the bud what, at that time, were revolutionary movements in much of the developing world — Mozambique, Angola, China etc. — but also a rising tide of communist influences in countries like Italy and France and, to a lesser degree, the threat of a revival of that in Spain.

Even in the United States, trade unions had produced a Democratic Congress that was quite radical in its intent. In the early 1970s they, along with other social movements, forced a slew of reforms and reformist initiatives which were anti-corporate: the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, consumer protections, and a whole set of things around empowering labor even more than it had been empowered before.

So in that situation there was, in effect, a global threat to the power of the corporate capitalist class and therefore the question was, “What to do?”. The ruling class wasn’t omniscient but they recognized that there were a number of fronts on which they had to struggle: the ideological front, the political front, and above all they had to struggle to curb the power of labor by whatever means possible. Out of this there emerged a political project which I would call neoliberalism."

-David Harvey from a 2016 Jacobin Interview

 

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Dec 02, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 86: The Revolution and Reagan; Grenada '83 w/ Milton J. Coy
01:23:06

It seems like a forgotten chapter in our history.  The 1983 invasion of Grenada.  It didn't last long and the casualties on the American side were small. 19 troops.  But many more Grenadians perished, many due to an "accidental bombing" of a mental hospital.  Reagan feared that Grenada was becoming another Cuba.  The Marxist leader of Grenada was viewed as a threat to President Reagan.  Maurice Bishop sought socio economic development, stressed education, and of course the liberation of his people from under the foot of Western Colonialism.  

 

So it was AMAZING to have Milton J. Coy, journalist, activist, human rights advocate, and a man that was THERE! He was part of the Revolution, educating his people, and he was also there for the deadly, baseless invasion of 1983.

 

"There are those ... who believe that you cannot have a democracy unless there is a situation where every five years ... people are allowed to put an "X" next to some candidate's name, and ... they return to being non-people without the right to say anything to their government, without any right to be involved in running their country. ...Elections could be important, but for us the question is one of timing. ...We would much rather see elections come when the economy is more stable, when the Revolution is more consolidated. When more people have in fact had benefits brought to them. When more people are literate ...The right of freedom of expression can really only be relevant if people are not too hungry, or too tired to be able to express themselves. It can only be relevant if appropriate grassroots mechanisms rooted in the people exist, through which the people can effectively participate. ...We talk about the human rights that the majority has never been able to enjoy, ... a job, to decent housing, to a good meal. ...These human rights have been the human rights for a small minority over the years in the Caribbean and the time has come for the majority of the people to begin to receive those human rights for the first time."

-Maurice Bishop

 

Bishop raised the literacy rate, introduced free healthcare, and housing.  

 

You can read more from Milton J. Coy here:

https://conceptionnewsnetwork.com/

 

A great documentary on Grenada:

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Nov 29, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast: Ep. 85: Toys, Cartoons, and Capitalism w/Toy Galaxy's Dan Larson
01:16:04

It's a very serious time in this country, and I spend MOST OF MY TIME, reading, studying, or discussing it.  Every so often I do get to indulge in non political media, and that's where I came across Toy Galaxy.  Dan Larson, the show's host is the perfect combination of information, personality and levity.  I reached out to Dan a while back, and he was kind enough to respond and agree to be a part of the show.  Take a listen to this one, we DEFINITELY nerd out a bit.  That being said, Dan's deep dives into the why certain toy lines "failed" is more an editorial on capitalism than it is just another homage to the 80's.  

 

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Nov 25, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 84: Fighting for a Just Society w/ Raha Jorjani
01:04:02

"Illegality is the flip of inequality.  It serves to preserve the privileged spaces for those deemed citizens and justify their privilege by creating a legal apparatus to sustain it. Heightened panic about illegality coincides with growing global inequality and the dependence of the privileged on the labor of the excluded."

-Aviva Chomsky, UNDOCUMENTED: How Immigration Became Illegal

 

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute,” (Psalm 82:3). “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow's cause,” (Isaiah 1:17)

 

In this episode we speak with Public Defense Attorney and friend, Raha Jorjani.  Raha reached out to me because she's dealing with a troubling case and she's looking to amplify the voice of her client.  Walter Cruz Zavala.  Walter came to this country from El Salvador when he was 14 fleeing the horrible conditions of his homeland.  Sexual abuse, gang violence, El Salvador was no longer a safe haven for Walter.  From the Alameda County Public Defender's Office:

 

"He came to the U.S. on his own and joined his father, who was already here. His mother, father, sister, and brother are all U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. He has not returned to El Salvador. Cruz-Zavala was recruited into MS 13 as a teenager in the United States. A U.S. government informant convinced him to get two gang-related tattoos; prosecutors then used the tattoos as evidence against him in a federal criminal case. Cruz-Zavala was acquitted of all charges by a federal jury but the tattoos continue to endanger his life. “An individual acting on the government’s behalf gave 18-year-old Walter the very tattoo that makes it likely he’ll be tortured in El Salvador, and now that same government will stop at nothing to deport him there,” Jorjani said. Immigration authorities detained Cruz-Zavala in July 2017 and tried to deport him back to El Salvador after he was convicted of five DUIs and one charge of carrying a concealed firearm. However, in May 2018, an immigration judge decided the government could not send CruzZavala back to El Salvador because he likely would be tortured and/or killed."

 

In this episode we talk about Walter's case, and the many more like Walter that sit in immigration prisons called "civil custody" for undefined amounts of time.  

 

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Hedges v. Obama Case:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedges_v._Obama

 

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Nov 22, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 83: Racism and Heavy Music w/ Joshua Kahn Russell, Pascual Romero, Paul Kott, & Jonathan Brown
02:42:58

For those of you that have been listening to this show from early on, you know that it was once called "Bitter Lake Presents: Soundwaves". Bitter Lake, being the band that I front and write music for.  All the music you hear on this show is Bitter Lake music.  I LOVE HEAVY CHAOTIC MUSIC.  Before the pandemic, I traveled all over yelling, screaming, diving, throwing instruments on a quest to liberate your mind and your body from the evils of capitalism and neoliberal malaise.  Heavy music is my sanctuary.  But the music that I feel called to play, and the scene it exists in hasn't always been a welcoming world for me.  

 

I am unapologetically black in a genre where I am A VERY SMALL MINORITY. When the "you're cool for a black guy" comments come in, I don't let those roll off the shoulders like some sort complement that I should take pride in.  When those statements are thrown my way, I try to explain it's problematic nature and remind those hurling the complementary slur that we are all a part of this heavy music family...right? Metal and Punk music connected to me in a way many other genres didn't as a young person.  The abrasive vocals, ferocious riffing through a distorted guitar mirrored my frustrations at a society that was crumbling around me growing up in violent crack era Richmond, California.  Double bass kicks, and rapid fire gunshots from drive bys.  This is my music too.  I'm going to amplify my voice, my message through the guttural howl of hardcore, punky,  metal. 

 

Alright, I don't want to go on too long, but the bottom line is, heavy music, which I thought was the soundtrack for the outcasts, might have some "implicit bias" issues.  Some of us from the scene discussed it.  Take a listen and PLEASE chime in on social media if you have an opinion or an experience.

 

To hear Paul Kott in High Tone Son of a Bitch:

https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-desert-rock-act-high-tone-son-bitchs-triumphant-new-song

 

To Hear Pascual Romero in Devil's Throne:

https://youtu.be/znDIlHvsPXw

 

Jonathan Brown is the Touring Drummer of Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends:

https://neutronfriends.bandcamp.com/

 

And of course Joshua Kahn Russell is the Executive Director of the Wildfire Project:

http://wildfireproject.org/who-we-are/

 

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Nov 18, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 82: The Case Against Race Reductionism w/ Toure Reed
02:27:16

"Many contemporary activists, broadly defined, are quick to dismiss as racist defection any attempts to view racial disparities through the lens of class inequality, but in the 1930s and 1940s mainstream African-American civil rights leaders — among them Lester Granger of the National Urban League, Walter White of the NAACP, John P. Davis of the National Negro Congress, and of course A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) — frequently argued that precisely because most blacks were working class, racial equality could only be achieved through a combination of anti-discrimination policies and social democratic economic policies. But by the 1950s, the anticommunism of the Cold War had a chilling effect on class-oriented civil rights politics, setting the stage for analyses of racism that divorced prejudice from economic exploitation — the fundamental reason for slavery and Jim Crow. Indeed, this was the era in which racism was recast as a psychological affliction rather than a product of political economy."

-Toure Reed, "Why Liberals Separate Race From Class" 

 

Captions like these are why I love to talking to people like Toure and Cedric Johnson.  Too often they get billed as "class reductionist", which to me is not only an insult to their work, but to their character as well.  

 

Toure and I had a great discussion on the claims of him being "class reductionist" we also talked his book that I have recommended "Toward Freedom: the Case Against Race Reductionism"

 

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Nov 15, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 81: Marxist Theory and Prison Slave Labor
01:20:36

In this episode we talk with Dr. Asatar Bair.  I get hip to Dr. Bair from show economist Arash Kolahi. For the newly radicalized, Dr. Bair and I have a discussion on the importance of learning theory.  We also talk about his book on the slave nature of prison labor as well.

 

Dr. Asatar Bair is an activist, professor, teacher, and author of “Prison Labor in the US: An Economic Analysis” (Routledge, 2008). He teaches economic theory at Riverside City College in southern CA. He has written over 200 articles for the Boursen-Kourier, Austria’s oldest weekly financial newspaper. He has a Youtube channel with his lectures on economic theory: www.youtube.com/asatarbair. In addition to economics, Dr. Bair also teaches meditation and served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Meditation.

 

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Nov 11, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 80: Capitalism vs. Freedom w/ Professor Rob Larson
01:01:34

 

I'm still sad his book got stolen from me.  "Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom" is the perfect response for your libertarian friends or your anarcho capitalist homies that believe that the problem in the system is NOT THE SYSTEM ITSELF, but the government. Freer markets and less federal oversight will bring forth more innovation, and more freedom.  I like, professor Larson find that to be maddeningly farcical. 

 

We recorded this episode before the Nov. 3rd election, and we discuss Prop. 22.  A bill created and paid for by for by rideshare companies Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Instacart, and Postmates.  The bill is a response to California Assembly Bill 5 that says that gig workers for these companies are not "contractors" but actually should be viewed as employees who deserve worker protections.  Tech giants Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Instacart, and Postmates are claiming that if they have to a minimum wage, paid sick leave, and workers compensation, all benefits awarded to workers in the state, then they will be forced into bankruptcy.  It says a lot about a company and the system in which we live where when you are faced with the fact that you have to make some BARE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS to your employees, the people that are the driving force behind your business, you threaten to leave.  

 

Never underestimate the exploitative nature of capitalism.  Not "crony capitalism", but CAPITALISM.

 

Read about Prop 22 and AB 5 here:

https://www.epi.org/publication/how-californias-ab5-protects-workers-from-misclassification/

 

Follow Professor Larson on Twitter:

@IronicProfessor

 

Read Professor Larson in Current Affairs:

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/09/the-tuttle-twins-and-the-case-of-the-really-bad-libertarian-propaganda

 

Read Rob Larson in Jacobin:

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/04/bill-gates-foundation-philanthropy-microsoft

 

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https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/capitalism-freedom

 

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https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1381-bit-tyrants

 

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Nov 08, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 79: Bringing That Fire w/ Napoleon Da Legend
01:36:06

I discovered this man's music on The Michael Brooks Show.  That Black prophetic fire that I enjoy listening too, but I also think is missing in much of the mainstream rap music.  An independent artist who's amassed a nice following without the help of a major label or being part of the minstrel show that many race to be a part of to gain some sort of success in the industry.  

 

We talked all things hip hop and all things revolutionary.  It was a good conversation that I hope lead to EVEN MORE.  

 

Listen to Napoleon Da Legend Here:

www.smarturl.it/stm3

https://soundcloud.com/napoleondalegend

 

See Napoleon Da Legend on TMBS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omf27q1UWUo

 

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Nov 04, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 78: Restructuring the Educational System w/ Tegan Bothun
01:32:58

I found this intriguing young woman via professor Harvey J. Kaye.  He posted one of her blogs titled "12 Indictments of the U.S. Education System".  A 12 part series detailing serious issues on the way we approach education in America. From the piece:

"Education is the backbone of our society and our country. Our children are our future, and we have done them a disservice. Not only are we depriving our children of the education they deserve, but we were deprived of the education we deserved, and more people need to be talking about this.

There are countless things that I know my school district did right, but there’s so much our schools have working against them. As a country and as a people, we have failed our school system, and here is the first of twelve reasons why."

 

We go through all 12 issues and discuss. 

 

Read Tegan's Articles here:

https://medium.com/@teagan.bothun97

 

Also there is some new music on the show done by sometime Bitter Lake band member and all the time homie Tai Hake.  

 

You can hear Tai's music here:

https://aetherghul.bandcamp.com/

 

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Oct 28, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 77: Football, Honky Tonk Music and Marx w/ David Griscom
49:50

I saw a tweet today that spoke to the sometimes contradictory tone that knowledgeable leftists can have towards the newly radicalized.  Like, some of us didn't spend our lives reading Marx, Chomsky, studying philosophy and thinking about radical change.  Some of didn't go university, and have only a U.S. propaganda influenced take on any alternative ways of approaching governing systems. 

 

For many, regardless of age, the Bernie Sanders campaign was a radicalizing moment.  The thought that things like healthcare is a human right and not the privilege of the select few that have a job that offers employer paid healthcare.  Education shouldn't be a financial burden that is a must if you want to not just succeed in society, but exist in it.  So we should be ecstatic that new people are coming to the fold, not chastising them because they may not fit your stereotype of what you qualify as a proper "lefty".  

 

In steps David Griscom from the The Michael Brooks Show and Jacobin.  His "Griscom's Economic Minute" segment on TMBS was where I first started to hear him speak.  He has a great way of explaining very important issues that affect the working class in a way that doesn't condescend his audience succinctly.  I also found out he's a big football fan.  I spoke with David a few days after the first presidential debate.  We spoke a bit on the debate, his love for Longhorn football, country music, and Marx. 

 

Watch David Griscom on The Michael Brooks Show:

https://youtu.be/3IphhJMr3Ns

 

Watch David Griscom on Jacobin: 

https://youtu.be/WNXWJ0z-A1g

 

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Oct 28, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 76: Predicting the Coming Crisis w/ Professor Jack Rasmus
01:06:09

I was recently sent a message by show economist Arash Kolahi about a blog I should read.  It was Dr. Jack Rasmus' blog where he lays out what could happen if the current Trump administration tries to circumvent democracy and have a coup to take power into not just one more term, but many more!  I asked Arash, if he could hook up Dr. Rasmus to come on the show.  Dr. Rasmus obliged, and I'm glad we could have him on.  

A little about Dr. Rasmus:

Dr. Jack Rasmus, Ph.D Political Economy, teaches economics at St. Mary’s College in California. He is the author and producer of the various nonfiction and fictional workers, including the books The Scourge of Neoliberalism: US Economic Policy From Reagan to Bush, Clarity Press, October 2019; Alexander Hamilton & The Origins of the Fed, Lexington books, March 2019; Central Bankers at the End of Their Ropes: Monetary Policy and the Coming Depression, Clarity Press, August 2018; Looting Greece: A New Financial Imperialism Emerges, Clarity Press, Sept. 2016; Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy, Clarity Press, January 2016;  ‘Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the Few‘, Pluto Press, 2012, ‘Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression‘, Pluto Press, 2010, and ‘The War at Home: The Corporate Offensive from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush‘, Kyklosproductions, 2006. He has written and produced several stage plays, including ‘Fire on Pier 32‘ and ‘1934‘. Jack is the host of the weekly radio show, Alternative Visions, on the Progressive Radio Network, and a journalist writing on economic, political and labor issues for various magazines, including  European Financial Review, World Financial Review, World Review of Political Economy, ‘Z‘ magazine, and others. Before his current roles as author, journalist and radio host, Jack was an economist and market analyst for several global companies for 18 years and, for more than a decade, a local union president, vice-president, contract negotiator, and organizer for several labor unions, including the UAW, CWA, SEIU, and HERE.  

 

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https://jackrasmus.com/

 

Listen to Dr. Rasmus on Progressive Radio Network Here:

https://prn.fm/category/archives/alternative-visions/#axzz26ySyu8Fl

 

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http://kyklosproductions.com/#scourge

 

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Oct 25, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 75: Talking the 2008 Financial Crisis w/ Producer of The Con Eric Vaughan
47:42

If you haven't already, you should subscribe to the YouTube channel.  We're starting to do a weekly livestream and last week was JAM PACKED! So JAM PACKED that we have 2 episodes from it.  We were lucky enough to speak with producer of a 5 part docuseries covering the 2008 financial crisis called the "The Con".  Episode one is up right now, so PLEASE check it, also follow these guys on YouTube as they have some REAL dope discussions with people like Thomas Frank and MORE.  

 

Oh, since the trailer I showed in the livestream didn't come through on the audio, there is a musical break about 24 minutes in for like 2 minutes.  

 

Watch episode 1 of "The Con" here:

https://www.thecon.tv/

 

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOlQQKIzTHX2OL22BVyQP7Q

 

I mentioned the book Homewreckers a few times in this episode.  Check this clip of the author of that book Aaron Glantz on Democracy Now!:

https://youtu.be/OckBIl9N3TQ

 

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Oct 21, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 74: Debunking MSM Narratives on Venezuela w/ Gregory Wilpert
01:03:49

For newly radicalized people that start to proclaim themselves Socialists/Communists/Marxist, the one thing that mainstream media indoctrinated family and friends throw at you is "VENEZUELA!" Right? "Oh you're a socialist huh? I guess you want the United States to become Venezuela?" Most don't understand the Bolivarian project, and the obstacles that Chavez faced until his death, and the issues that still plague the country. 

I was able to get a hold of an expert on the subject, Dr. Gregory Wilpert, author of the book "Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chavez Government".

Dr. Wilpert has extensive experience in research and writing as a journalist and in the social sciences, as well as in progressive activism in the U.S. in the areas of global justice, economic policy, US Society, Latin America, labor, and environmental issues.

 

You can find his book here:

https://www.versobooks.com/books/117-changing-venezuela-by-taking-power

 

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Oct 18, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Bonus Episode: CHUDTOBER w/ Artists Rob Israel
02:32:32

 

 

He's my friend and political, pop culture artist Rob Israel.  He definitely DOES NOT like libertarian/right wing grifters.  Also, not a fan of Joe Rogan.  Everyday this month Rob is drawing a caricature of some of these "chuds".  Politicians, internet pundits, journalists, no one is safe from Rob's rath.  We discuss...

 

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@robisraelart

 

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https://www.patreon.com/ysgoat/posts

 

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https://www.teepublic.com/user/robisrael

https://society6.com/robisrael

https://www.etsy.com/market/rob_israel

 

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Oct 14, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 73: Livestream Chat w/ Professor Harvey J. Kaye
02:12:32

We were lucky enough to have Harvey J. Kaye on the livestream.  He took several questions and we talked about everything from his love and ownership interest in the Green Bay Packers (lol)and why Donald Trump MUST be voted out of office.  It was not just informative, but it was damn good time.  

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https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/take-hold-of-our-history

 

“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated” ― Thomas Paine, The Crisis

 

 

Oct 14, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 72: How We Overcome the Crippling Burden of Debt w/ Debt Collective
59:46

We all have fell victim to it.  We've had the phone calls from bill collectors, some of us may have even had wage garnishments due to our debts.  It always feels like you against a powerful machine that uses your hardship, or class as money machine.  

 

I came across the Debt Collective and really believed in what they're doing.  They're forming debtors unions to take the power away from these financial institutions and back into the hands of the people. From an article written by co-founder of Debt Collective Hannah Appel:

"Through the threat of collective nonpayment, debtors’ unions can leverage today’s mass indebtedness. And because so much of our lives have been financialized, this potential power goes far beyond an opportunity to reduce individual indebtedness. Debtors’ unions could demand mortgage write-downs, an end to racist lending practices, a cap on ballooning adjustable interest rates, student debt discharge, truly free public education, single-payer healthcare, or an end to money bail and extractive criminal justice fees. This is the provocation around which we organize at the Debt Collective."

 

I spoke with Hannah Appel, co-founder of Debt Collective about the different ways these institutions cripple us with debt and what we can do to collectively fight back and WIN!

 

Hannah Appel's piece in Dissent Magazine:

https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/there-is-power-in-a-debtors-union

 

Splinter Magazine Piece about Tim Geitner and Payday Loans:

https://splinternews.com/tim-geithner-is-living-his-best-post-obama-life-by-runn-1827285288

 

Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition:

https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1520-can-t-pay-won-t-pay

 

Debt Collective:

https://debtcollective.org/ 

 

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Oct 11, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 71: The Non-Profit Industrial Complex w/Kristy Lovich
01:45:39

I discovered Kristy Lovich on Twitter calling out the non-profit world and the local politicians in here native Los Angeles.  We talk about working with the unhoused, the paternalistic approach to treating unhoused people, and the law enforcements over involvement with the mentally ill.  

 

Some organizations that can use your support:

Ground Game LA https://www.groundgamela.org/   Ktown4All https://ktownforall.org/   Streetwatch LA https://streetwatchla.com/   Services Not Sweeps https://servicesnotsweeps.com/   Meztli Projects https://www.meztliprojects.org/   Echo Park Rise Up https://www.instagram.com/echoparkriseup/?hl=en   Mountain House: A collective that practices radical stewardship of land, relationships, and culture (on-going tent fund/unsetttling the commons) https://www.mountainhouse.family/   The Revolution Will Not Be Funded https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-revolution-will-not-be-funded   Unhousing the Poor: Interlocking Regimes of Racialized Policing Ananya Roy, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy Terra Graziani, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Los Angeles  Pamela Stephens, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy  Link to PDF: https://challengeinequality.luskin.ucla.edu/2020/08/25/unhousing-the-poor/ The paper, prepared for The Square One Project’s Roundtable on Justice Policy, is part of the Institute’s ongoing research on racial banishment, the expulsion of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities from our cities through criminalization, policing, and forced removal. With a focus on Los Angeles, the paper examines three regimes of racialized policing: the criminalization of the unhoused, nuisance abatement lawsuits (specifically the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program, or CNAP), and the forfeiture of public housing. Since this is a paper written for a project concerned with the “social contract,” it concludes with a framework of rights, including “right to remain.” But as this national moment of reckoning in the United States has made vividly clear, such a right cannot be established without dismantling the role of racialized policing in maintaining propertied order. By bringing to light the many forms of spatial illegalization that are constitutive of racial banishment, the research presented in the paper makes a contribution to the ongoing work of housing justice.    Thank you guys again for taking the time to check this out.  Please support independent media and become a patron.  You'll get bonus content from a lot of the shows. We're currently creating patron only content and you'll get MERCH!    Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/BitterLakePresents   Follow, like, subscribe, and PLEASE share on these platforms:   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG9WtLyoP9QU8sxuIfxk3eg   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TIRShowOakland   Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisrevolutionoakland/   Medium: https://medium.com/@jasonmyles/vengeance-has-no-foresight-837212d85a97  
Oct 07, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 70: Igniting the Rebellion Against Empire w/ Chris Smalls
01:02:30

He took on the richest man in the world in a fight for a just work environment.  In the middle of a pandemic that spreading like wildfire.  He was working in the epicenter of it.  The conditions for their labor were, in a word, deadly.  He tried to alert management about the dangers, and his voice for the most part went unheard, for they like most of us, are the casualties of capital.  Collateral damage in a quest monopoly control and untold riches. 

The man I speak of is Chris Smalls.  The behemoth he faced off against was Jeff Bezos and Amazon.  Here's a excerpt from the Guardian article that shows what happens you challenge capital power:

Chris Smalls, who had worked for Amazon for five years, was fired shortly after he helped organize a work stoppage at the company’s warehouse on Staten Island, New York, in protest over a lack of protective gear and hazard pay for employees. Amazon claims it fired Smalls for “violating social distancing guidelines and putting the safety of others at risk”.

Amazon’s general counsel, David Zapolsky, in notes from a meeting of top executives obtained by Vice, wrote: “He’s not smart, or articulate, and to the extent the press wants to focus on us versus him, we will be in a much stronger PR position than simply explaining for the umpteenth time how we’re trying to protect workers.”

“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.” ― Vladimir Lenin

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/02/amazon-chris-smalls-smart-articulate-leaked-memo

 

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Oct 04, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 69: How the Elites Manufacture Consent w/ Ramon Raies
01:19:09

One thing about this show is, I'm always looking for people to talk too.  Many of the guests on here, I'm a fan of their work, and some, I stumble across via the net.  And some, like this show's guest, I came across through social media.  Ramon is a college student studying abroad in Buenos Aires, and he's the politics editor of Creative Loafing Charlotte. 

 

We had went back and forth for a while until we FINALLY were able to schedule some time to talk.  This is kid a very sharp.  I had to keep reminding myself he's only 19! He did turn the conversation on me a bit, and I wasn't 100% ready for the pivot a little over half way through, but this was a good time, good talk, the kids are gonna be alright.

 

Journalisms Gate Keeps By Tim Schwab:

https://www.cjr.org/criticism/gates-foundation-journalism-funding.php

 

Creative Loafing Charlotte

https://clclt.com/

 

Danny Haiphong on China in Black Agenda Report:

https://www.blackagendareport.com/my-trip-china-exposed-shameful-lies-peddled-american-empire

 

Danny Haiphong on Uyghurs in China:

https://thegrayzone.com/2020/01/22/busting-pro-war-propaganda-what-china-is-really-like/

 

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Sep 30, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 68: Jason and the Left Flank Vets
03:16:13

This is from our first livestream together. We discuss everything from the election, police violence, to travesty of forced hysterectomies.   Love these guys and everything they stand for.  I tried as best I could, to edit out the all the technical difficulties we were having.  We're going to be weekly livestreams, and if you miss them you'll be able to see them via YouTube.  

 

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https://youtu.be/xno29snxev8

 

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Sep 27, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 67: Welcome to the Rebellion w/Dr. Michael Harris & Economist Arash Kolahi
01:36:16
We are hosting a livestream Question and Answer session with author of the book "Welcome to the Rebellion: A New Hope in Radical Politics" with author Dr. Michael Harris.   “Star Wars doesn’t just depict a dystopian future but focuses on fighting it. It says that another galaxy is possible.”   “We face a planet-destroying empire – ideologically-driven, deceptive and dangerous. Our most likely path is toward the dark side: violent, exploitative, racist and authoritarian. Unless we change course, unless we rebel against the system that’s leading us there.”   -Michael Harris from the book, "Welcome to the Rebellion: A New Hope in Radical Politics" Listen to Dr. Harris on the THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2fPiAlT0zpofskDd5yZ2QJ?si=gPIok2pvTCWt9AoYWV-ggQ   Watch the broadcast here: https://youtu.be/kW7eY1I8FNY   Buy the book here: https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/welcome-to-rebellion   Thank you so much for taking the time to check this out.  As you can see, we're constantly adding more programing, including quite a bit of video, patron only programing.  If you'd like to support shows like this then become a patron.  You'll get patron only programing, extra content from the shows, merch, AND MORE!   Become a Patron https://www.patreon.com/BitterLakePresents   Please like, subscribe, follow, and share us on the following platforms!   Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast   Twitter https://twitter.com/TIRShowOakland   Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thisisrevolutionoakland/   Medium https://medium.com/@jasonmyles/they-dont-really-care-about-us-e2f1703ca39e
Sep 23, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep: 66: How Government Segregated America w/ Richard Rothstein
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This is one I've been excited about for A WHILE! I think I booked Richard Rothstein about 3 months out.  I read the book "The Color of Law" about 3 years ago and I LOVE IT! A great story of how the U.S. Government enacted racist policies that helped to widen a racial wealth gap that has has yet to be remedied.

 

“Today’s residential segregation in the North, South, Midwest, and West is not the unintended consequence of individual choices and of otherwise well-meaning law or regulation but of unhidden public policy that explicitly segregated every metropolitan area in the United States.” ― Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

 

Read Richard Rothstein's New York Times Piece Here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/opinion/sunday/blm-residential-segregation.html

 

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https://www.epi.org/publication/the-color-of-law-a-forgotten-history-of-how-our-government-segregated-america/

 

Richard Rothstein and Te Nehisi Coates on YouTube:

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Sep 20, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 65: Sacrificing Our Own for the Gilded Few f/Author Randy Shaw
59:16

 

 

In the middle of an economically devastating pandemic, we're looking at Depression Era unemployment.  Those jobless numbers are also the driving factor that we are facing the possibility of 30,000,000 Americans on the street.  With no federal oversight, this could be disastrous for the United States. I got to speak with attorney, author, and homeless advocate, Randy Shaw. He spoke with me recently to discuss some of his recent articles about housing in this country.  Randy Shaw is the Director of San Francisco's Tenderloin Housing Clinic and the Editor-in-Chief of the online daily newspaper "Beyond Chron." He is the author of three books, "Beyond the Fields", "The Activist's Handbook", and "Reclaiming America", and his latest book "Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America".  

 

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Sep 16, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 64: Snowpiercing the Economy w/ Economist Arash Kolahi
01:05:54

 

 

He's the show economist and he's here to tell us what's going with the REAL economy.

 

From Arash:

"Trying to prevent an economic recession/depression from the top-down is like trying to push string: The more you push, the more slack develops – but nothing moves along. Corporations will keep hoarding their capital & won’t hire employees or invest in the REAL economy.

Corporations won’t spend one additional penny on hiring workers or additional capacity unless that penny returns more pennies. And that doesn’t happen unless consumers have money to spend on the goods & services they need.

Top-down bailouts, like what we’ve seen over the past few months, never work. Never have & never will. They only function to further redistribute more wealth to the already wealthy, which is exactly what we’ve seen over the past few months.

As the financial markets, large corporations & the 1% receive trillions in handouts, the REAL economy - the economy that affects you & I - is headed for a train wreck."

 

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Sep 13, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 63: The Emperor of the Lumpenproletariat w/ Professor Clyde W. Barrow
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Hillary Clinton called them "deplorables".  Now, president Donald Trump calls them his minions.  The Proud Boys, the Buggalou Movement, you name it.  Marx had a different name for them, he referred to them as the lumpenproletariat.  A class of people defined by Marx as:

 

"slum workers or the mob, this term identifies the class of outcast, degenerated and submerged elements that make up a section of the population of industrial centers. It includes beggars, prostitutes, gangsters, racketeers, swindlers, petty criminals, tramps, chronic unemployed or unemployables, persons who have been cast out by industry, and all sorts of declassed, degraded or degenerated elements. In times of prolonged crisis (depression), innumerable young people also, who cannot find an opportunity to enter into the social organism as producers, are pushed into this limbo of the outcast. Here demagogues and fascists of various stripes find some area of the mass base in time of struggle and social breakdown, when the ranks of the Lumpenproletariat are enormously swelled by ruined and declassed elements from all layers of a society in decay."

-Marxist.org

 

In his latest essay, professor Clyde W. Barrow compares Trump to Louis Bonaparte III who Marx and Engels wrote about in their 18th Brumaire.  Bonaparte was, much like Trump an authoritarian populist who rose to power on the backs of a class of people who he himself identified with.  The "deplorables" have their hero in Trump.  He's rude, vulgar, unforgiving, politically incorrect, and unapologetic about it all.  He is a "poor man's ideal of a rich man." The cartoonish villain that people root for. 

 

From Professor Barrow's Essay:

 

Bonaparte had initially won an election with support from the finance aristocracy and the votes of the rural and urban petit bourgeoisie, who were swayed by his promise to reduce their taxes and his pledge to make France great again. However, Bonaparte’s coup d’état ultimately relied on the mass support and violence of the lumpenproletariat. Marx and Engels did not consider the lumpenproletariat capable of independent political action, because of its dependent position at the margins of capitalism. Thus, when the lumpenproletariat does become politically active, it is often because it has been organized into in the political arena by other classes, although the lumpenproletariat is usually brought into the class struggle by the ruling class as a counterweight to the proletariat’s superior numbers. The ruling class will most often enlist the lumpenproletariat as “bribed tools of reactionary intrigue” by enrolling them in counterrevolutionary militias and special police forces directed against the working class. A uniform, a steady salary, medical care, a pension, and a gun are an appealing “bribe” to someone whose “conditions of life” offer no prospects for the future.

 

Buy the Professor Barrow's Book Here:

https://www.press.umich.edu/11595909/dangerous_class

 

Read Professor Barrow's Essay Here:

https://socialistproject.ca/2020/08/donald-trump-a-new-emperor-of-the-lumpenproletariat/

 

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Sep 09, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 62: Awakening the Force w/ Author Michael Harris
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How often do you buy something online, and then you get hit with suggestions of other things you should purchase.  Most of us ignore this bid to separate us from our hard earned cash, but I was hit with a suggestion that piqued my interest.  It was a book called "Welcome to the Rebellion: A New Hope in Radical Politics".  A book about Star Wars, revolution, Marx, hope...WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?

 

I read the book in about 3 days. Imagine my excitement when the author, Michael Harris agreed to be on the show? 

 

“The rebellion is all around us, and it is spreading. It is a struggle for freedom and democracy, and for peace and justice. In the face of multiplying crises, it is a rebellion that can no longer wait, and which will force us to take sides.”

“Star Wars doesn’t just depict a dystopian future but focuses on fighting it. It says that another galaxy is possible.”

“Empires have been defeated before, and they always fall eventually. We can choose to remain subjects of an empire in crisis and collapse, or to live and act as citizens of a new republic, one we create through our actions big and small, starting here and now.” ― Michael Harris, Welcome to the Rebellion: A New Hope in Radical Politics

Michael Harris is an independent writer and researcher who has worked in numerous sectors including education, technology, innovation, government, public services and urban planning. Most recently he has focused on planning for future trends, such as climate change, population growth, economic and technological disruption, and the collapse in trust in political institutions. Michael's first book, on planning for today's biggest social challenges, was published by Routledge in May 2019. His second book, about political hope in the twenty-first century, will be published by Zero Books in June 2020. He is currently working on his third book, about survival in turbulent times.

 

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Sep 06, 2020
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 61: The Politics of Hip Hop, Race and Class w/The Company Man Justin Hunte
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I first came across Justin Hunte on Facebook a few years back.  A video popped up in my feed titled "Black Rappers are Going Extinct".  I watched it, and it was a very smart, well produced, well thought out story of race, class, and access with Net Neutrality being a key concern.  After that I feel down the TCM rabbit hole and consumed as many videos as I could.  I love this man's style.  If Davy D is the godfather of Hip Hop journalism, then Justin Hunte is the future.  We had a 2 hour discussion on air and another hour or so off.  He's great insight and I love his perspective on the culture, genre.

 

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Sep 01, 2020