- May 20, 202000:00:0001:37:33
Returning guest Hether Fortune (@hetherrfortune) joins Jamie for a super chill music and culture episode to get your mind off the ongoing apocalypse. After the prerequisite quar talk, the gals discuss kittens, Gary Busey, Lena Dunham, and the odious offspring of everyone's favorite thin-skinned billionaire and his biomechanical child bride. Last but certainly not least, the gals discuss Fiona Apple's tour de force fifth studio album "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" and why Fiona's fearless truth-telling is a balm for our souls in these uncertain times.
Intro/interstitial: Fiona Apple - Shameika
Closing: Fiona Apple - Ladies
Check out Hether's various projects at https://linktr.ee/HetherFortune
- May 13, 202000:00:0001:58:02
Time for Ultra-Left-Post-Posadist-Nihilist-Anarcho-Communist-comedy and politics. Hosts Jamie Peck and AP Andy look at the future of work at a rare moment when almost nobody is working. Magally Miranda surveys domestic work in the gig economy. Annie McClanahan reflects on how the Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more aware of supply-chains and provision networks, not of their largeness but rather their intimacy, the human labor whereby goods move hand to hand to hand. (“Now,” says a friend, “I can’t stop thinking about all the hands that touched everything I buy.”) Aaron Benanav looks at the effects of automation. Will the rise of the robots free us? Will a guaranteed income allow us to work less and enjoy the fruits of leisure? Or will we be under-employed—pushed into doing tasks like dog-walking or assembling IKEA shelves—tasks that the rich used to do for themselves but can now hire others to do for a pittance?
Watch the entire talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0m0_CwVDzM
Part 1 of Aaron's article on Automation for New Left Review: https://newleftreview.org/issues/II119/articles/aaron-benanav-automation-and-the-future-of-work-1
Magally Miranda's domestic workers inquiry in Viewpoint:
Annie McClanahan talking about the Working Day at Red May 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW889a2ph6A
Red May is an annual monthlong series of discussions, lectures, book releases, and actions taking place across Seattle. Watch upcoming livestreams and donate to help them recoup some of their losses and keep organizing for next year at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC01CmowL5t_ku11gikGRZcg
Closing song: Kraftwerk - We are the Robots
- May 11, 202000:0013:14
Sean and Matt take a look around the American landscape - from the pandemic, to the economic collapse, to the failing political system - and discuss how the hell we got here and what the hell we might expect going forward.
Whether it's the coming climate disaster or the incipient crack-up of US power, one thing is for sure: there's no way out now but through it!
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- May 6, 202000:00:0001:31:17
Jamie and Sean speak with Asad Haider (@generalityiii), editor at Viewpoint Magazine and author of "Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump" about depoliticization, the left post-Bernie, and that eternal question, "what is to be done?" Contains spicy (read: nuanced and informed) takes on "mass politics" vs "subcultural politics," the necessity of abolishing markets, the party question, and our favorite thing besides communism, punk rock.
Jamie and Andy will be moderating a panel for Red May (virtual edition) entitled "Corona Virus and the Future of Work" w/ Aaron Benanav, Magally Miranda and Annie McClanahan on Thursday, May 7 at 9pm ET! Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0m0_CwVDzM
Outro music: The Ramones - "I'm Against It"
- Apr 29, 202000:00:0001:12:50
With China in the news lately, the Sean, Dick and Nate decided to dive deep into the history and political economy of East Asia with an eye towards how the fates of China and the United States became so intertwined:
Why did China decline as a historic world power? What role did imperialism play? Why was Japan's development different? How did the balance of class forces determine the unique road that China took to great power status? And why did Mao's Chinese Communist Party arise as it did when it did?
This first part of the series covers the history of China from the ancient period up to 1949 revolution. The next (to be released in several weeks) will examine the developmental regime up until the historic convergence of the Chinese and American economies in the 1990s. The concluding episode will situate the recent trade wars, the Belt and Road initiative, and the rise of China as a world capitalist power at the expense of American hegemony. Stay tuned!
Theme: Frank Crumit - Tale of the Ticker
Outro: Carsick Cars - Zhi Yuan De Ren
- Apr 24, 202000:0000:56
In this edition of Vampire Castle, Jamie and Leslie discuss the 1997-2003 TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Become a patron at patreon.com/theantifada to unlock this and all other premium content!
- Apr 22, 202000:0053:13
To celebrate the release this week of AP Andy's I WANT TO BELIEVE: J. Posadas, UFOs, and Apocalypse Communism, we've unlocked one of our favorite bonus episodes from 2018. Along with head propagandist of the Intergalactic Workers' League - Posadist, Comrade Communicator, we read one of Posadas's unpublished essays that Andy discovered in archives: "On the Function of the Joke in History."
Antifada fans can get a 20% discount on the book using code POSADAS20 from the Pluto Website.
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- Apr 17, 202000:0007:09
We subject our brains to more Sp!king as we read through some recent hits.
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- Apr 15, 202000:00:0001:27:41
Trashifada continues with a deep dive on the origin of the Koch-funded British anti-PC-hysteria-hysteria blog Sp!ked. We go through their origins in seventies Trotskyism to the bizarre posh ultraleftism in the eighties until they emerged as the magazine Living Marxism, famous for satirizing the nanny state and denying the genocide of Bosnian Muslims. From there they formed the Institute of Ideas, a collection of tiny front groups that have helped them along to mainstream media prominence. But to what ends? We offer a range of theories.
Listen this Friday for a Bonus Real Sp!ked hours to hear some hot takes on goths, Karen-bashing, and Jimmy Saville.
Jenny Turner's fantastic essay on Institute of Ideas: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v32/n13/jenny-turner/who-are-they
Account of RCP's political shift in the eighties: https://hatfulofhistory.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/the-revolutionary-communist-party-living-marxism-and-the-road-to-free-speech-absolutism/
Brendan on Dave Rubin calling himself a Marxist Libertarian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHUjZd63z9U
Songs: Whistling in the Dark and Come out Fighting by Easterhouse
- Apr 8, 202000:00:0001:10:49
It's a Trash-a-Fada crossover extravaganza! We had a delightful discussion with Alice, Riley and Milo of TrashFuture about labour organising at the end of the world, and then we venture back into the mind of Toby Young as he weighs the lives of the British public against a feather and decides if they live or die to appease the great and powerful Economy.
Listen to TF: https://trashfuturepodcast.podbean.com/
Follow TF: @trashfuturepod