- Dec 4, 202000:0009:50
Aaron sticks around with Jamie and Sean to discuss the political implications of his work on automation and the future of work. If UBI and Keynesian stimulus is insufficient, what sort of movements and measures might be adequate to the present moment?
Outro: Rolling Stones - Luxury
You can get Aaron's excellent book at, where else, verso: https://www.versobooks.com/books/3717-automation-and-the-future-of-work
- Dec 2, 202000:00:0001:00:29
Sean and Jamie speak with Aaron Benanav (@abenanav), currently a researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin, about his new book, "Automation and the Future of Work." While automation theorists predict that we are headed for a smooth transition to fully automated luxury communism (or is it partially automated poverty capitalism?) with a little help from our friend Andrew Yang, Benanav says not so fast. To provide an alternate explanation for the dropping demand for labor, he takes us through the book's key arguments, savors some Keynesian tears, pokes holes in the idea of a UBI, and sets us up nicely for part 2 (out Friday!) where we talk about how to get from our current hellworld to a society built around human needs.
Outro music: Limp Bizkit - I'm Broke
- Nov 27, 202000:0005:14
Our series about Latin America returns with an episode on Brazil with Amauri Gonzo of Brasil Wire, Ponte.org, and the Afita podcast. We cover a wide range of topics including riots against the murder of a black man last weekend on Black Consciousness Day, the regional elections, COVID vaccine drama, expectations of a Biden policy in Latin America, fires and military maneuvers in the Amazon, prospects for a post-Workers' Party Brazilian left, Gl*nn Gr**nwald, and Bolsonaro's anime avatar.
For the full episode an all bonus content, support the show at Patreon.com/TheAntifada
- Nov 25, 202000:00:0001:07:00
Andy and Sean are joined by Edwad @readcapital and Cordelia @cozyunoist, the confirmed superstars of #heinrichtwitter and co-hosts of the Reel Abstractions podcast to discuss Karl (Heinrich) Marx's 1865 address to the 1st International called 'Value, Price and Profit.'
As anti-Marxist communists steeped in Marxology, they help us confront this seemingly simple text for what it is - a fraction of Marx's total critique from a snapshot of time, and a Marx at his most Ricardian - which opens a conversation on: the difference between political economy and critical theory, the usefulness of Marx for communist theory, and the ambiguities that exist even in the mature theory we've inherited today.
This is a challenging episode (we stand in awe at the Reel Abstractions crew's grasp of the material) but well worth a listen.
song: Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last
- Nov 18, 202000:00:0001:24:57
Jamie and Sean vibe on a number of topics, not limited to but including: feeling depressed, #DefundNYPD canvassing, and the latest bad discourse around "connecting with the working class." What's going to happen to millennials' politics when some of them inherit property? And a preview of a critique of democratic socialism.
Donate to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund at https://atlsolidarity.org
Closing song: Nina Simone - Backlash Blues
- Nov 13, 202000:0008:10
The second half of our conversation with Eric-John Russel of Cured Quail about Society of the Spectacle. We define the spectacle, cover the abolition of time, do some close readings of some of the aphorisms, and talk about practical applications of the text
For the full episode and access to all our bonus content, including History is a Weapon, Vampire Castle, and Proletkult, support us on Patreon at Patreon.com/TheAntifada
- Nov 11, 202000:00:0001:29:24
Scholar and madman Eric-John Russel joins us to discuss his journal the Cured Quail, the political origins of the Situationist International, and Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle.
After that Sean and Andy discuss Trump's low-energy coup attempt, especially why so many anticipated it and why it doesn't seem to be working.
Get Cured Quail 1 and preorder Cured Quail 2 at https://curedquail.com/
Society of the Spectacle pdf: https://libcom.org/files/The%20Society%20of%20the%20Spectacle%20Annotated%20Edition.pdf
Eric-John Russel's forthcoming book on Debord and Hegel:
Recent SI reader from Pluto Press: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745338897/the-situationist-international/
Don Hammerquist's essay on right populism and international capital: https://threewayfight.blogspot.com/2018/10/new-stuff-from-old-guy-part-1.html
Matthew Lyons - Resisting Trump's Coup https://threewayfight.blogspot.com/2020/09/resisting-trumps-coup.html
Business leaders plan response if Trump disputes election results:
Refused - Rather be Dead
Stone Roses - Bye Bye Badman
- Nov 6, 202000:0006:31
In Part two of our discussion with the Angry Workers collective about their new book Class Power on Zero Hours, we talk about the new cycle of unrest spreading the world: riots against police brutality, racism, and renewed lockdowns in Europe. We close with a discussion of the tasks a workers' revolution will need to accomplish to succeed, and how we can get from here to there.
For the full episode support the show at Patreon.com/TheAntifada
Angry Workers' Insurrection and Production essay
- Nov 4, 202000:00:0001:06:22
We interview two authors of the new book "Class Power on Zero Hours" describing the Angry Workers' collective efforts of organizing, agitating, and working in the industrial fringes of west London.
“We are publishing this book at a time when many on the left are licking their wounds, despondent at their missed opportunity to implement a socialist program through the Labour Party," they write in the intro, calling instead for more focus on daily worker activity for autonomy, and theorizing how solidarity between essential workers can point the way to revolution.
Part two of the episode, released Friday on Patreon, will discuss that program as well as anti-lockdown riots and BLM.
Read the full introduction: https://classpower.net/intro/
Buy Class Power on Zero Hours from PM Press: https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1164
Angry Workers’ essay on insurrection:
Correspondence with Insurgent Notes: http://insurgentnotes.com/2020/09/introduction-to-discussion-of-class-power-on-zero-hours/
Closing song: Sleaford Mods - Jobseeker
- Oct 30, 202000:0002:57
Happy Mischief Night! Andy is joined by Jon the Lit Crit Guy to discuss Tim Burton's 1988 horror comedy BEETLEJUICE, well known for its titular imp and goth heroine, but far less for its themes of afterlife bureaucracy, rapacious capitalism, rural gentrification, and class conflict.
For the full episode and all other bonus material, support the show at https://www.patreon.com/theantifada
And to support Jon and his podcast, Horror Vanguard:
Read an accompanying essay about Beetlejuice, Rural Gentrification, and insurrection at: https://gittlitz.substack.com/