A podcast about how today’s Empire works and who is resisting.
Scramble for Africa 9e: South Africa pt5 – The Boer War 1899-1902
2:01:34Our fifth and concluding episode on the Scramble in South Africa is on the (Second) Boer War from 1899-1902. We talk about how it started and why, the military details, the concentration camps, the struggle to keep it a “White Man’s War” for fear of a Lincoln showing up, and the implications (it’s clear who … Continue reading "Scramble for Africa 9e: South Africa pt5 – The Boer War 1899-1902"
AER 101: China and Imperialist Media Strategies with Vijay Prashad
57:39Sooner or later every anti-imperialist is smeared as a “tankie” and this week was Vijay’s turn. First his views were falsified, then he used the word “modernization” in a tweet! So, in this interview, we take a deep dive into debates about “modernization”. Repudiating liberal and colonizer’s attacks on Indigenous societies (which they falsely claim … Continue reading "AER 101: China and Imperialist Media Strategies with Vijay Prashad"
Scramble for Africa 9d: South Africa pt4 – The Hubris of Cecil Rhodes
1:59:35The Scramble for Africa cannot be encapsulated in the career of any single imperialist, but if it could, that imperialist would be Cecil Rhodes. From the Rhodes Scholarship to the falling statues, Rhodes’s impact is still ubiquitous today. We look at the words and deeds of the exemplar of the Scramble, from his beginnings to … Continue reading "Scramble for Africa 9d: South Africa pt4 – The Hubris of Cecil Rhodes"
Scramble for Africa 9c: South Africa pt3 – The Boers before the War
1:48:27Continuing the history of the Scramble for South Africa, we talk about the Boers, the Dutch settlers and their attacks on the Africans and then on the British conflicts with them, up to the discovery of diamonds at Kimberley that might just be the event that set off the entire scramble. South Africa’s unbelievable mineral … Continue reading "Scramble for Africa 9c: South Africa pt3 – The Boers before the War"
Scramble for Africa 9b: South Africa pt2 – The Zulus from Shaka to Cetshwayo
1:27:08Part 2 of our series on the Scramble in South Africa takes us back to the Zulu modernizer, Shaka, in the early 19th century, all the way to the end of the Anglo-Zulu War between the British imperialists and the Zulus ruled by Cetshwayo. The land theft and swindling you’ve come to expect from the … Continue reading "Scramble for Africa 9b: South Africa pt2 – The Zulus from Shaka to Cetshwayo"
AEP 100: Debriefing the Indian Farmers’ Victory with Navyug Gill
43:14I’m joined by Navyug Gill from William Paterson University to talk about the historic victory of the Indian Farmers who, after demonstrating for a whole year at the cost of 750 lives, succeeded in forcing the repeal of three laws that would have immiserated agriculture in India, done away with the government procurement system, and … Continue reading "AEP 100: Debriefing the Indian Farmers’ Victory with Navyug Gill"
Scramble for Africa 9a: South Africa pt1 – Frontier Wars and Settler-Colonialism
1:35:18The wealthiest and most powerful state in Africa is South Africa, and its fate has been pivotal to the whole continent. This was no less true during the Scramble for Africa, which is why this series will have multiple episodes on South Africa. In this one, the so called “frontier wars” between the Europeans and … Continue reading "Scramble for Africa 9a: South Africa pt1 – Frontier Wars and Settler-Colonialism"
Lin3r Notes 1: On the racist who wrote “Lest We Forget”
53:42Episode 1 of Dan Freeman Maloy’s series Lin3r Notes. Frequent guest and collaborator Dan Freeman-Maloy (@lin3rnotes on twitter) has a new substack, “Check the Liner Notes” (https://freemanmaloy.substack.com/), and will be podcasting on related topics here on AEP. This episode is about the Canadian / British imperial WWI commemoration, Remembrance Day, and some of the literary … Continue reading "Lin3r Notes 1: On the racist who wrote “Lest We Forget”"
Scramble for Africa 8: Belgium Steals Congo
1:20:48This one is about the precolonial African powers in the Congo – Zanzibar’s representative Tippu Tip, Msiri of Katanga, and a few others (but mainly these two). We talk about their rise in the context of growing European power, and their eventual fall to Belgium – although as you’ll see it wasn’t exactly Belgium, but … Continue reading "Scramble for Africa 8: Belgium Steals Congo"
Scramble for Africa 7: The Continent Carved Up at the Berlin Conference 1884
1:38:50After six episodes of preparation we are ready to talk about the famous Berlin Conference of 1884 where Africa was actually carved up. Along the way you meet some of the most legendary villains – Stanley and Leopold (though you still haven’t met Rhodes), also Livingstone and Brazza. We end in Berlin itself and at … Continue reading "Scramble for Africa 7: The Continent Carved Up at the Berlin Conference 1884"