News and analysis podcast from a Marxist perspective hosted by Alexander Mckay and Leila Mechoui
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.
*Unlocked* The Real Face of the FDA
1:17:11We are unlocking this episode recently released to patrons as it contains a lot of useful information on the role regulatory bodies actually play under state monopoly capitalism. What role does a regulator like the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) actually play? In this episode we examine the FDA, it's capture and control by the pharmaceutical industry and how this fits into US state-monopoly capitalism. Be sure to read the full article we are discussing Episode image is taken from the Lindsay Anderson film "Britannia Hospital" (1982)
Abortion, Ethics and Class Politics
3:58This is a preview of our latest patreon episode where we discuss the ethics around the latest Texas anti-abortion bill.
From War Propaganda to Corona Realism w/ Max Blumenthal
1:40:44Max Blumenthal, journalist and founder of The Grayzone, joins us to discuss war propaganda as used in Afghanistan, Syria, and beyond. The discussion is also includes analysis of the current wave of propaganda promoting the COVID-19 health protocols. Be sure to check out Max Blumenthals Rokfin channel https://rokfin.com/MaxBlumenthal Also check out Max's latest book, The Management of Savagery.