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  • Ep 3.7 - The Paris Commune (pt. 3)
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    Jamie and Jorge conclude their mini-series on the Paris Commune, explaining why the Paris Commune mattered, how women were an integral part of it, and how the Commune got crushed by the French government. Tune in to our next episode for the reason we are making you learn this history: Chapter 3 of Lenin's "The State and Revolution."

    Stay tuned for our bonus episode on “House of Gucci”, which will be out for patrons later this week!

    The content of the episode draws from Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune by John Merriman and Socialist Women during the 1871 Paris Commune by Eugene Schulkind

    New Yorker review of the book (warning: cope and seethe): https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/22/fires-paris

    Produced and Edited by Paul (@aufhebenkultur)

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    Image: Young Communards in Prison by Gustave Courbet

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  • Cultural Marxism: Succession
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    In the inaugural episode of their pop culture series, Jamie and Jorge take a break from the history books to discuss the hit HBO show "Succession." Why do communists love a show about the haute bourgeoisie? The crew breaks down how this dark family drama reflects our late capitalist reality. (Contains spoilers up through season 3, episode 3.)

    Note: This series is going to be bonus content for patrons, so enjoy the free sample and sign up as a patron if you want the rest!

  • Ep 3.6 - The Paris Commune (pt. 2)
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    Jamie and Jorge continue their mini-series on the Paris Commune, recounting events up until the communards expelled the national government's army from the city. Tune in next week for the thrilling conclusion, and the week after next for the reason we are making you learn this history: Chapter 3 of Lenin's "The State and Revolution."

    For something completely different, stay tuned for our bonus episode on HBO's "Succession"!

    The content of the episode draws from Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune by John Merriman.

    New Yorker review of the book (warning: cope and seethe): https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/22/fires-paris

    Produced and Edited by Paul (@aufhebenkultur)

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    Image: Late 19th century illustration of women defending barricades in North Paris

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  • Ep 3.5 - The Paris Commune (pt.1)
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    Jamie and Jorge begin their mini-series on the Paris Commune. They start by recapping the events leading up to the Franco-Prussian War and explain what life was like during the Second French Empire. Tune in to to this mini-series to understand this history and why Lenin thought it was so important to address in Chapter Three of The State and Revolution.

    The content of the episode draws from Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune by John Merriman.

    New Yorker Review of the book: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/22/fires-paris

    Produced and Edited by Paul (@aufhebenkultur)

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    Image: The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning by Camille Pissarro

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  • Ep 3.4 - The State and Revolution, Chapter Two
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    Jamie and Jorge discuss the second chapter of Lenin's The State and Revolution titled "The Experience of 1848-51." How did Marx and Engels conceive of the State before the February Revolution of 1848? How does the bourgeois State operate? How did their conception of the State change over time? What is the Dictatorship of the Proletariat? Why must it both "wither away" and be used to defend socialist construction? Why is the mere acceptance of class struggle in society not enough, according to Lenin? The crew examines all of these questions and applies them to our contemporary situation.

    The State and Revolution, Chapter Two:

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/ch02.htm

    Produced and Edited by Paul (@aufhebenkultur)

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    NOTE: There is a bit of repetition near the beginning. This is due to the episode being recorded over separate sessions. The listener may notice an improvement in audio quality when Jorge speaks. We hope you appreciate this change.

  • Ep 3.3 - The French Revolution of 1848
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    Jamie and Jorge recap the events leading up to the French Revolution of 1848 that informed Marx's analysis in works like "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte" (1852). Lenin drew heavily from these works in Chapter Two of "The State and Revolution," which the crew will be delving into next week.

    Please welcome Paul Channelstrip as the show's producer!

    Note: Aaron sadly had to take an indefinite leave of absence from the show, but Jamie and Jorge are keeping it going with his blessing.

  • Ep 3.2 - The State & Revolution w/ Andray Domise
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  • Ep 3.1 - The State and Revolution, Chapter One
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    Jamie and Aaron begin their discussion of Vladimir Lenin’s 1917 book The State and Revolution with “Chapter I: Class Society and the State.” What is the Marxist conception of the state? How does the bourgeois state oppress the working class, and how can the proletariat seize power? And what does it mean for the state to “wither away”? After historical context and summarizing “Chapter I,” the crew interrogates Lenin’s ideas, how they have borne out over time, and apply them to the modern-day United States.

    The State and Revolution:

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

    Editing by Moses Archuleta

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  • Ep 2.2 - Critique Of The Gotha Program w/ Jasper Bernes
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    Jamie and Aaron are joined by teacher, writer, and researcher Jasper Bernes (@outsidadgitator) for further discussion of Marx's "Critique of the Gotha Program." What does Marx mean by "lower-stage communism" and how does it track with state socialism? The pitfalls of "equality." Troubleshooting labor vouchers. What kinds of domination pass the test of communism? And how does all this relate to Jasper's specialty, communization theory? (Don't worry, he'll be back for a full-on communization episode!)

    "Critique of the Gotha Program":

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/

    Jasper Bernes, "The Test of Communism":

    https://cominsitu.wordpress.com/2021/03/12/the-test-of-communism/

    Editing by Davey Mammal

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  • Ep 2.1 - Critique of The Gotha Program by Karl Marx
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    Jamie and Aaron go over Marx's 1875 essay "Critique of the Gotha Program," in which he gives some spicy takes on the platform proposed by the Social Democratic Workers' Party of Germany (SDAP) and the General German Workers' Association (ADAV) as they prepared to unite into one party at a conference held in the city of Gotha. In it, he warns against the reformism and revisionism injected by the ADAV's late leader Ferdinand LaSalle and clarifies what an uncompromising communist vision looks like. The crew summarizes Marx's critique before discussing its modern day relevance.

    "Critique of the Gotha Program":

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/

    Stay tuned for part 2 with guest Jasper Bernes!

    Editing by Davey Mammal

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