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Socialism in the Time of Corona

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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

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 MIN1 w ago
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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 MIN3 w ago
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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 MIN3 w ago
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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

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 MINJUL 5
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E8.1: The third war of Independence, pt 1: with Robert Cuffy

E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammonds

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 Professor of Practice at the UMass Amherst Labor Center, where she conducts applied research and the labor education program. Hammonds has worked with a wide variety of labor unions and worker organizations in the Pioneer Valley and around the state, with a particular focus on improving the conditions of low-wage workers. Hammonds is also the Labor Center’s Graduate Program Director, andco-editor ofLabor in the Time of Trump (2020).

47 MINJUN 28
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E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammonds

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 MINJUN 19
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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

Latest Episodes

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 MIN1 w ago
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 MIN3 w ago
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 MIN3 w ago
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

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 MINJUL 5
Comments
E8.1: The third war of Independence, pt 1: with Robert Cuffy

E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammonds

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 Professor of Practice at the UMass Amherst Labor Center, where she conducts applied research and the labor education program. Hammonds has worked with a wide variety of labor unions and worker organizations in the Pioneer Valley and around the state, with a particular focus on improving the conditions of low-wage workers. Hammonds is also the Labor Center’s Graduate Program Director, andco-editor ofLabor in the Time of Trump (2020).

47 MINJUN 28
Comments
E7: Those keeping us alive. With Clare Hammonds

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 MINJUN 19
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
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E5: Unions, income inequality, police brutality. With Jake Rosenfeld
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