News and analysis podcast from a Marxist perspective hosted by Alexander Mckay and Leila Mechoui
*Preview* - October AMA Part 2
2:20Here's a preview of part 2 of our AMA episode. In this one we go everywhere from how "cultural appropriation" is bull shit to the role of the petit bourgeoisie to our favourite tobacco. Enjoy!
Election Fever! German Edition
1:17:14Following the recent Federal elections in Germany Michael Burkhardt returned to Red Star Radio to discuss the results. We talk about the legacy of Merkel, the Greens, the fall of Die Linke, the German version of Tony Blair and the covid regime.
October AMA *Preview*
2:57This is a preview of Part 1 of our October AMA. For the full episode subscribe at our patreon page
Australia's Crazy COVID-19 Response w/ Nicolas Hausdorf
1:21:23Nicolas Hausdorf, writer and resident of Melbourne, joins us to give us the inside scoop on Australia's COVID-19 response. Are things as bad as they seem? Listen to find out. Mentioned in the show: Nicolas' review of Benjamin Bratton's book, Revenge of the Unreal
*Preview* "Postmodern" Nationalisms
8:37Full episode available to Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/postmodern-57364680 We use the sub-nationalisms of Quebec and Scotland to understand nationalism theory and nation-building in the postmodern era. We contend that nationalisms in our current postmodern period are predominantly led by the petite bourgeoisie, in contrast to the ones of the past led by the bourgeoisie. We ask: Can a nation-building projects led by the petite bourgeoisie be successful? What value do they have to an internationalist socialist project? Mentioned in the show: Imagined Communities, book by Benedict Anderson Show on Aufhebunga Bunga podcast on Scottish independence: https://aufhebungabunga.podbean.com/e/181-juche-in-north-britain-ft-cat-boyd-david-jamieson/
Party Conference Spectacular!
1:19:01We attempt to analyse the unholy circus that is the party conference season in Britain! We ask if Boris has run out of slogans? Has Keir Starmer run out of time? Does anyone in the cabint have a brain? What is the mythical beast known as the "Socialist Campaign Group"? And what do you call a reformist without reforms? All this and more! The article referenced regarding the governments NHS "reforms" can be found here
*Preview* The Slow Death of the American Labor Movement
5:40Full episode available for patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/slow-death-of-57099684 We investigate the reasons why the American labour movement is so disorganized, with a particular focus on the McCarthyist attacks on working class militants during the post-WWII period.
The Great Gramscian Moments of Brexit and COVID w/ George Hoare
1:17:43We sat down with George Hoare, co-host of the Aufhebunga bunga podcast, to look at Brexit and COVID-19 using Gramsci's concepts of historic bloc and hegemony as guides. Check out George's first book: An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy And his latest book: The End of the End of History: Politics in the Twenty-First Century Mentioned in the show: The Full Brexit Blog
The 2021 Canadian Federal Elections
1:11:03Leila and Alex review the 2021 re-election of a Canadian minority Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau and take a look at the broader political economy of Canada.
*Preview* The Great Miners' Strike of 1984/5 (Part 3)
5:04Access this episode and the previous two available to Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-miners-of-56438229 Part 1 Part 2 In this final instalment, we speak about the strike itself, the events that surrounded it and the final fall of the Great Strike in 1985.