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Socialism in the Time of Corona

Sanjiv Gupta

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Socialism in the Time of Corona

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Sanjiv Gupta

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What should we do during the pandemic as socialists? This podcast is based on the premise that our organizing work will be most effective when coupled with an understanding of the pandemic itself as a distinct political and economic force, something that can qualitatively change how we live and work. I’m talking with people with deep experience in socialist and progressive politics, especially in the U.S. Our overarching question is: during this pandemic, how might we not only defend whatever gains we’ve made to this point, but actually advance them?

Latest Episodes

E8.2: The third war of Independence, pt 2: with Robert Cuffy

Robert Cuffy is: member of the Organizing Committee of the New York City Afrosocialist Caucus of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a member of the Org Committee of the NYC Labor Branch of the DSA, co-founder, Socialist Workers’ Alliance Guyana, and organizer with the People’s Strike Network, the NYC org of the Fight for our Lives Coalition.In part 2 we talk about the nitty gritty of the Defund demand in the specific context of the NYPD, and the importance of political debate and education in the middle of it all.

42 MIN6 d ago
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E8.2: The third war of Independence, pt 2: with Robert Cuffy

E8.1: The third war of Independence, pt 1: with Robert Cuffy

Robert Cuffy is an organizer with the People’s Strike Network, the New York City organization of the Fight for our Lives Coalition, confronting one of the most powerful police departments in the U.S. Cuffy is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the New York City Afrosocialist Caucus of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and a co-founder of the Socialist Workers’ Alliance in Guyana.I’ve divided our conversation into two pieces that are more or less self contained, though best absorbed together.First we discuss the current protests in their broader historical context, including the question of why now?

34 MIN1 w ago
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E8.1: The third war of Independence, pt 1: with Robert Cuffy

E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammond

Clare Hammonds of the UMass-Amherst Labor Center discusses the results of recent surveys of essential workers in MA.The surveys reveal important differences amongthese workers' experiences, along the dimensions of occupation, income and other factors. Hammonds is also co-editor ofLabor in the Time of Trump (2020).

47 MIN2 w ago
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E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammond

E6.3: “The world we deserve” with Rose Bookbinder

The last of three political biographies this week with Rose Bookbinder of the Pioneer Valley Workers' Center: food insecurity during the pandemic among the essential workers, the difference between workers’ centers and unions, and some reasons for hope over the next few years. Please donate to their pandemic support fund for undocumented workers in the area.

42 MIN3 w ago
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E6.3: “The world we deserve” with Rose Bookbinder

E6.2: “Happiness, prosperity and equality” with Rafi Ash

The second of three political-biographical episodes this week with Rafi Ash, who at the age of 16 may be the youngest member of our local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, DSA. Rafi is organizing a chapter of the DSA at his high school.https://y.dsausa.org/

25 MINJUN 14
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E6.2: “Happiness, prosperity and equality” with Rafi Ash

E6.1: “The knee on our necks” with AJ

The first of three political-biographical interviews this week with AJ, who has been a member of the Democratic Socialists of America since the 1980s. We discussed the political potential of the ongoing protests against police brutality in the U.S., the potential for democratic socialism generally, and the significance of the upcoming presidential election. We also talked about the challenges for people of color in political organizations. www.dsausa.org

29 MINJUN 14
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E6.1: “The knee on our necks” with AJ

E5: Unions, income inequality, police brutality. With Jake Rosenfeld

We discuss the question of police unions in the broader context of the diverging fortunes of public and private sector unions in the U.S., the wave of labor organizing among essential workers during the last few weeks, and whether unionization is reducing the risk to these workers, especially minority ones. Jake Rosenfeld is Professor of Sociology at Washington University-St Louis. His new bookYou’re Paid What You’re WorthAnd Other Myths of the Modern Economy will arrive early 2021. He is also the author of What Unions No Longer Do (2014).

43 MINJUN 7
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E5: Unions, income inequality, police brutality. With Jake Rosenfeld

E4: Millenials and migrants: A new hope for the left & labor? With Ruth Milkman

If you were born in the early 1980s through the mid 1990s, you came of age during Obama, the financial crisis of 2008, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, DACA, and the political upheavals of Trump and Sanders. What might those experiences imply for the labor movement in the U.S.? Ruth Milkman's new book isImmigrant Labor and the New Precariat,discussed as part of a CUNY panel 'Rethinking immigration' (May 1, 2020; Milkman starts around 25:00). Earlier work includesOn Gender, Labor, and Inequalityand studies of Millennial activists summarized here(both 2016).

40 MINMAY 30
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E4: Millenials and migrants: A new hope for the left & labor? With Ruth Milkman

E3: How might Corona transform labor organizing? with Eric Blanc

To date there have been more than 200 documented strikes, walkouts and other types of labor protest in the U.S. by essential workers in warehouses, meat processing plants, hospitals and grocery stores. What might this wave of activity mean for the labor movement after the pandemic? Guest: Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso: 2019), and organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America's Emergency Worker Organizing Committee (EWOC)

33 MINMAY 24
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E3: How might Corona transform labor organizing? with Eric Blanc

E2: Do unions still make us strong? with Frances Boyes

What are unions in the U.S. doing in response to the pandemic, and is it enough? What is the right balance for the left between being "deferential" and "hypercritical" towards unions? Frances Boyes is former union representative with Unite Here and board member of Mass-Care, as well as member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Background: Culinary Union vs Bernie Sanders,American Prospect; Medicare vs COBRA, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

36 MINMAY 17
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E2: Do unions still make us strong? with Frances Boyes
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Latest Episodes

E8.2: The third war of Independence, pt 2: with Robert Cuffy

Robert Cuffy is: member of the Organizing Committee of the New York City Afrosocialist Caucus of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a member of the Org Committee of the NYC Labor Branch of the DSA, co-founder, Socialist Workers’ Alliance Guyana, and organizer with the People’s Strike Network, the NYC org of the Fight for our Lives Coalition.In part 2 we talk about the nitty gritty of the Defund demand in the specific context of the NYPD, and the importance of political debate and education in the middle of it all.

42 MIN6 d ago
Comments
E8.2: The third war of Independence, pt 2: with Robert Cuffy

E8.1: The third war of Independence, pt 1: with Robert Cuffy

Robert Cuffy is an organizer with the People’s Strike Network, the New York City organization of the Fight for our Lives Coalition, confronting one of the most powerful police departments in the U.S. Cuffy is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the New York City Afrosocialist Caucus of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and a co-founder of the Socialist Workers’ Alliance in Guyana.I’ve divided our conversation into two pieces that are more or less self contained, though best absorbed together.First we discuss the current protests in their broader historical context, including the question of why now?

34 MIN1 w ago
Comments
E8.1: The third war of Independence, pt 1: with Robert Cuffy

E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammond

Clare Hammonds of the UMass-Amherst Labor Center discusses the results of recent surveys of essential workers in MA.The surveys reveal important differences amongthese workers' experiences, along the dimensions of occupation, income and other factors. Hammonds is also co-editor ofLabor in the Time of Trump (2020).

47 MIN2 w ago
Comments
E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammond

E6.3: “The world we deserve” with Rose Bookbinder

The last of three political biographies this week with Rose Bookbinder of the Pioneer Valley Workers' Center: food insecurity during the pandemic among the essential workers, the difference between workers’ centers and unions, and some reasons for hope over the next few years. Please donate to their pandemic support fund for undocumented workers in the area.

42 MIN3 w ago
Comments
E6.3: “The world we deserve” with Rose Bookbinder

E6.2: “Happiness, prosperity and equality” with Rafi Ash

The second of three political-biographical episodes this week with Rafi Ash, who at the age of 16 may be the youngest member of our local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, DSA. Rafi is organizing a chapter of the DSA at his high school.https://y.dsausa.org/

25 MINJUN 14
Comments
E6.2: “Happiness, prosperity and equality” with Rafi Ash

E6.1: “The knee on our necks” with AJ

The first of three political-biographical interviews this week with AJ, who has been a member of the Democratic Socialists of America since the 1980s. We discussed the political potential of the ongoing protests against police brutality in the U.S., the potential for democratic socialism generally, and the significance of the upcoming presidential election. We also talked about the challenges for people of color in political organizations. www.dsausa.org

29 MINJUN 14
Comments
E6.1: “The knee on our necks” with AJ

E5: Unions, income inequality, police brutality. With Jake Rosenfeld

We discuss the question of police unions in the broader context of the diverging fortunes of public and private sector unions in the U.S., the wave of labor organizing among essential workers during the last few weeks, and whether unionization is reducing the risk to these workers, especially minority ones. Jake Rosenfeld is Professor of Sociology at Washington University-St Louis. His new bookYou’re Paid What You’re WorthAnd Other Myths of the Modern Economy will arrive early 2021. He is also the author of What Unions No Longer Do (2014).

43 MINJUN 7
Comments
E5: Unions, income inequality, police brutality. With Jake Rosenfeld

E4: Millenials and migrants: A new hope for the left & labor? With Ruth Milkman

If you were born in the early 1980s through the mid 1990s, you came of age during Obama, the financial crisis of 2008, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, DACA, and the political upheavals of Trump and Sanders. What might those experiences imply for the labor movement in the U.S.? Ruth Milkman's new book isImmigrant Labor and the New Precariat,discussed as part of a CUNY panel 'Rethinking immigration' (May 1, 2020; Milkman starts around 25:00). Earlier work includesOn Gender, Labor, and Inequalityand studies of Millennial activists summarized here(both 2016).

40 MINMAY 30
Comments
E4: Millenials and migrants: A new hope for the left & labor? With Ruth Milkman

E3: How might Corona transform labor organizing? with Eric Blanc

To date there have been more than 200 documented strikes, walkouts and other types of labor protest in the U.S. by essential workers in warehouses, meat processing plants, hospitals and grocery stores. What might this wave of activity mean for the labor movement after the pandemic? Guest: Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso: 2019), and organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America's Emergency Worker Organizing Committee (EWOC)

33 MINMAY 24
Comments
E3: How might Corona transform labor organizing? with Eric Blanc

E2: Do unions still make us strong? with Frances Boyes

What are unions in the U.S. doing in response to the pandemic, and is it enough? What is the right balance for the left between being "deferential" and "hypercritical" towards unions? Frances Boyes is former union representative with Unite Here and board member of Mass-Care, as well as member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Background: Culinary Union vs Bernie Sanders,American Prospect; Medicare vs COBRA, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

36 MINMAY 17
Comments
E2: Do unions still make us strong? with Frances Boyes
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