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Socialism in the Time of Corona

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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

E14: Empire, Socialism and November. With Leo Panitch

We discuss two issues which Panitch has studied and written about for decades. First, whether the pandemic has fundamentally altered the geopolitical balance between the U.S. and other great powers, specifically China. And second, how socialists in the U.S. should approach the November elections. For Panitch, the two issues are intimately connected. Leo Panitch is Professor Emeritus of Politics at York University in Toronto. He is co-editor of the Socialist Register and author of several books, most recently Searching for Socialism: The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn, co-authored with Colin Leys and published by Verso. Bernie Sanders' speech at DNC 2020 Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, "Trumping the Empire," Socialist Register 2019. Leo Panitch, "Class theory for our time," Catalyst 2020.

65 min2 w ago
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E14: Empire, Socialism and November. With Leo Panitch

E13: When breathing became political (Season 2 opener)

This podcast began during the summer with the premise that the mass death, disease and economic misery caused by the pandemic are themselves political forces. Now, as summer dissolves into fall, these forces are converging with the most consequential struggle for state power in recent U.S. history. My starting point for this second season of the podcast is that we, as socialists in the U.S., have to grasp both the promise and peril of this convergence. To the themes of the first season—labor, unions, protest, socialist education—the fall edition adds electoral strategy, a closer look into the connections between race and class in the U.S., and the pandemic’s impact in other countries.

4 min2 w ago
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E13: When breathing became political (Season 2 opener)

"What is democratic socialism?" (E9 bonus)

In this short talk, I provide one account of what socialists mean by the term “democratic socialism.” I presented this talk at a regional political education training event in June conducted by DSA’s National Political Education Committee. The talk is best used in conjunction with the specific readings we used, linked below. 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights, from the Bernie Sanders platform;What is Democratic Socialism?, Neal Meyer, Jacobin, July 2018;Building Socialism from Below: Popular Power and the State, Ben Tarnoff, Socialist Forum, 2018

9 min3 w ago
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"What is democratic socialism?" (E9 bonus)

E12: The long road. With Rachel Himes

Rachel Himes is an organizer with NYC-DSA who coordinated the chapter's Bernie campaign, worked on its recent, successful campaigns for state senate and assembly, and is active in the chapter's Defund NYPD campaign. Himes is beginning a PhD program in Columbia's Department of Art History and Archeology. Himes assesses the state of the movement in the city, differences between this summer’s protests against the police and earlier ones, and the role socialists should play in this struggle. https://defundnypd.com/

40 minAUG 31
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E12: The long road. With Rachel Himes

E11: Protest without precedent. With Doug McAdam

Doug McAdam is emeritus professor of Sociology at Stanford University and author or co-author of 18 books and articles on race in the U.S., American politics, and the study of social movements. These include the 2014 book Deeply Divided: Social Movements and Racial Politics in Post-War America, co-authored with Karina Kloos. McAdam places this summer’s protests in the context of the regional shifts since the 1950s within and between the Democratic and Republican parties. Race is the fault line of these movements. The Cold War also makes an appearance, as it did in the earlier conversations with Cedric Johnson. We talk also about the possible role of political polarization in the U.S. in the country’s growing income inequality.

47 minAUG 31
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E11: Protest without precedent. With Doug McAdam

E10.2: Policing the surplus population, pt 2: with Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

Cedric Johnson contests virtually every aspect of our current left-socialist consensus on policing in the U.S.: its origins in slavery and Jim Crow, the problem of police unions, even the possibility of a police-free society. We recorded this conversation a few weeks ago at the height of the protests, and now that those have cooled a bit, Johnson’s arguments may receive a fairer hearing.Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His most recent books include the 2011 edited volume The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans(University of Minnesota Press, 2011),and Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics(University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Our conversation is based on Johnson’s chapter “Trumpism, policing and the problem of surplus population”, in the new book Labor in the time of Trump. We’re joined by o...

33 minAUG 10
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E10.2: Policing the surplus population, pt 2: with Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

E10.1: Policing the Surplus Population, pt 1. With Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

Cedric Johnson contests virtually every aspect of our current left-socialist consensus on policing in the U.S.: its origins in slavery and Jim Crow, the problem of police unions, even the possibility of a police-free society. We recorded this conversation a few weeks ago at the height of the protests, and now that those have cooled a bit, Johnson’s arguments may receive a fairer hearing.Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His most recent books include the 2011 edited volume The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans(University of Minnesota Press, 2011),and Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics(University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Our conversation is based on Johnson’s chapter “Trumpism, policing and the problem of surplus population”, in the new book Labor in the time of Trump. We’re joined by o...

42 minJUL 27
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E10.1: Policing the Surplus Population, pt 1. With Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

E9: Worker-intellectuals of the DSA, unite! With Daphna Thier and Austin Hayes

Daphna Thier of DSA's National Political Education Committee, and Austin Hayes from Olympia DSA, discuss the how and why of political education in the context of DSA's 2019 resolution to "build and implement a socialist education program." Several chapters of DSA already have robust political education programs of their own, for example Olympia DSA Night School.

42 minJUL 18
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E9: Worker-intellectuals of the DSA, unite! With Daphna Thier and Austin Hayes

"Why the working class?" by Robbie Nelson, NYC DSA (E9 bonus)

Robbie Nelson is a member of New York City DSA and a rank-and-file public school teacher. He has been organizing in the Democratic Socialists of America for more than 3 years and in the broader movement for almost a decade, largely focused on labor and political education. He is also a member of the Bread and Roses caucus within DSA.

18 minJUL 18
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"Why the working class?" by Robbie Nelson, NYC DSA (E9 bonus)

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 minJUL 5
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E8.2: The third war of Independence, pt 2: with Robert Cuffy

Latest Episodes

E14: Empire, Socialism and November. With Leo Panitch

We discuss two issues which Panitch has studied and written about for decades. First, whether the pandemic has fundamentally altered the geopolitical balance between the U.S. and other great powers, specifically China. And second, how socialists in the U.S. should approach the November elections. For Panitch, the two issues are intimately connected. Leo Panitch is Professor Emeritus of Politics at York University in Toronto. He is co-editor of the Socialist Register and author of several books, most recently Searching for Socialism: The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn, co-authored with Colin Leys and published by Verso. Bernie Sanders' speech at DNC 2020 Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, "Trumping the Empire," Socialist Register 2019. Leo Panitch, "Class theory for our time," Catalyst 2020.

65 min2 w ago
Comments
E14: Empire, Socialism and November. With Leo Panitch

E13: When breathing became political (Season 2 opener)

This podcast began during the summer with the premise that the mass death, disease and economic misery caused by the pandemic are themselves political forces. Now, as summer dissolves into fall, these forces are converging with the most consequential struggle for state power in recent U.S. history. My starting point for this second season of the podcast is that we, as socialists in the U.S., have to grasp both the promise and peril of this convergence. To the themes of the first season—labor, unions, protest, socialist education—the fall edition adds electoral strategy, a closer look into the connections between race and class in the U.S., and the pandemic’s impact in other countries.

4 min2 w ago
Comments
E13: When breathing became political (Season 2 opener)

"What is democratic socialism?" (E9 bonus)

In this short talk, I provide one account of what socialists mean by the term “democratic socialism.” I presented this talk at a regional political education training event in June conducted by DSA’s National Political Education Committee. The talk is best used in conjunction with the specific readings we used, linked below. 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights, from the Bernie Sanders platform;What is Democratic Socialism?, Neal Meyer, Jacobin, July 2018;Building Socialism from Below: Popular Power and the State, Ben Tarnoff, Socialist Forum, 2018

9 min3 w ago
Comments
"What is democratic socialism?" (E9 bonus)

E12: The long road. With Rachel Himes

Rachel Himes is an organizer with NYC-DSA who coordinated the chapter's Bernie campaign, worked on its recent, successful campaigns for state senate and assembly, and is active in the chapter's Defund NYPD campaign. Himes is beginning a PhD program in Columbia's Department of Art History and Archeology. Himes assesses the state of the movement in the city, differences between this summer’s protests against the police and earlier ones, and the role socialists should play in this struggle. https://defundnypd.com/

40 minAUG 31
Comments
E12: The long road. With Rachel Himes

E11: Protest without precedent. With Doug McAdam

Doug McAdam is emeritus professor of Sociology at Stanford University and author or co-author of 18 books and articles on race in the U.S., American politics, and the study of social movements. These include the 2014 book Deeply Divided: Social Movements and Racial Politics in Post-War America, co-authored with Karina Kloos. McAdam places this summer’s protests in the context of the regional shifts since the 1950s within and between the Democratic and Republican parties. Race is the fault line of these movements. The Cold War also makes an appearance, as it did in the earlier conversations with Cedric Johnson. We talk also about the possible role of political polarization in the U.S. in the country’s growing income inequality.

47 minAUG 31
Comments
E11: Protest without precedent. With Doug McAdam

E10.2: Policing the surplus population, pt 2: with Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

Cedric Johnson contests virtually every aspect of our current left-socialist consensus on policing in the U.S.: its origins in slavery and Jim Crow, the problem of police unions, even the possibility of a police-free society. We recorded this conversation a few weeks ago at the height of the protests, and now that those have cooled a bit, Johnson’s arguments may receive a fairer hearing.Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His most recent books include the 2011 edited volume The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans(University of Minnesota Press, 2011),and Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics(University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Our conversation is based on Johnson’s chapter “Trumpism, policing and the problem of surplus population”, in the new book Labor in the time of Trump. We’re joined by o...

33 minAUG 10
Comments
E10.2: Policing the surplus population, pt 2: with Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

E10.1: Policing the Surplus Population, pt 1. With Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

Cedric Johnson contests virtually every aspect of our current left-socialist consensus on policing in the U.S.: its origins in slavery and Jim Crow, the problem of police unions, even the possibility of a police-free society. We recorded this conversation a few weeks ago at the height of the protests, and now that those have cooled a bit, Johnson’s arguments may receive a fairer hearing.Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His most recent books include the 2011 edited volume The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans(University of Minnesota Press, 2011),and Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics(University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Our conversation is based on Johnson’s chapter “Trumpism, policing and the problem of surplus population”, in the new book Labor in the time of Trump. We’re joined by o...

42 minJUL 27
Comments
E10.1: Policing the Surplus Population, pt 1. With Cedric Johnson and Clare Hammonds

E9: Worker-intellectuals of the DSA, unite! With Daphna Thier and Austin Hayes

Daphna Thier of DSA's National Political Education Committee, and Austin Hayes from Olympia DSA, discuss the how and why of political education in the context of DSA's 2019 resolution to "build and implement a socialist education program." Several chapters of DSA already have robust political education programs of their own, for example Olympia DSA Night School.

42 minJUL 18
Comments
E9: Worker-intellectuals of the DSA, unite! With Daphna Thier and Austin Hayes

"Why the working class?" by Robbie Nelson, NYC DSA (E9 bonus)

Robbie Nelson is a member of New York City DSA and a rank-and-file public school teacher. He has been organizing in the Democratic Socialists of America for more than 3 years and in the broader movement for almost a decade, largely focused on labor and political education. He is also a member of the Bread and Roses caucus within DSA.

18 minJUL 18
Comments
"Why the working class?" by Robbie Nelson, NYC DSA (E9 bonus)

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 minJUL 5
Comments
E8.2: The third war of Independence, pt 2: with Robert Cuffy
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