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When you look at the Maroon communities - of often former slaves who had escaped and founded their own communities in the mountains or swamps - you don't find them generally engaging in the same kind of highly regimented, proto-industrial capitalist plantation agriculture that you find the Europeans engaging in. Whether or not they would have returned to something they knew before - they certainly did not mean to propagate the sugar industry. There's an indication there that capitalism is not inevitable, it's not a natural human system, it's historical - and it has always been contested, even by people who are subject to it in the harshest way.

Historian Vincent Brown explores the legacies of slavery, empire and West African slave uprisings at the bloody dawn of global capitalism in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, and explains how that history (and its erasure) change how we see (and don't) this world of war, coercion and division in the twenty-first century.

Vincent is author of Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War from Harvard University Press.

 


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9:15 - Writer George Monbiot explores the possible new worlds to emerge from the wreckage of this one.

George is author of Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis from Verso.

 

10:00 - Kali Akuno and Ajamu Nangwaya discuss building alternative economic and social models at Cooperation Jackson.

Kali and Ajamu are edited and contributed to to the new collection Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi from Daraja Press.

 

11:05 - Sociologist Alex Vitale looks to the end of policing, and the start of democratic solutions to social problems.

Alex is author of The End of Policing from Verso.

 

12:00 - Journalist Martha Pskowski reports on bureaucratic disasters before and after Mexico City's earthquake.

Martha wrote the Guardian article 6,000 complaints ... then the quake: the scandal behind Mexico City's 225 dead.

 

12:35 - The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal documents the struggle for land and livelihood in occupied Palestine.

The Oakland Institute released a series of nine reports on everyday life for Palestinians, titled Palestine: For Land and Life.

 

1:05 - Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen checks in from tomorrow's dystopia, today - post-Irma Puerto Rico.

Dave is in town to work on Theatre Oobleck's Apocalypse Cabaret: A Benefit for Puerto Rican Artists in November.

 

1:25 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen's appearance discrimination gets ugly.

Not a good look for Jeffy.

Oct 23 2017
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9:10 - Historian Bradley Simpson examines US complicity in the murder of 500,000 Indonesian leftists.

Bradley wrote the brief U.S. Embassy Tracked Indonesia Mass Murder 1965 for the National Security Archive.

 

9:45 - Writer Max Haiven finds financialization at the heart of capitalism's authoritarian logic.

Max wrote the article Financialization, precarity and reactionary authoritarianism for ROAR Magazine.

Episode 974

Nigh Tide

Oct 15 2017
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9:15 - Author Ashley Dawson explores the future of cities, and the life in them, as climate change comes home.

Ashley is author of Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change from Verso.

 

10:00 - Seoul correspondent Marc Flury takes minutes at the DPRK's Central Committee plenary meeting.

You might remember Marc from dropping the hottest video game of 2016, the rhythm violence nightmare THUMPER.

 

10:35 - Charlie Hebdo's Jacob Hamburger reports back on the strange, foreign world of the American Left.

Jacob conducted the interviews for Charlie Hebdo's 4-part, English language series Feeling the Burn: The Left Under Trump.

 

11:05 - Game developer Zoe Quinn explains how to fight online harassement, from Gamer Gate and beyond.

Zoe is author of Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate from PublicAffairs. Zoe is on a book tour right now, she'll be at Chicago Ideas Week next Friday.

 

12:00 - Journalist Julianne Tveten tours the company towns of Silicon Valley's vampire over/land-lords.

Julianne wrote the recent articles Zucktown, USA for The Baffler and How the "Fake News" Scare is Marginalizing the Left for In These Times.

 

12:35 - Writer Becquer Seguin examines the present state, and future stakes of Catalan independence.

Becquer wrote the articles Have Spain and Catalonia Reached a Point of No Return? and The Spanish Government Just Energized Catalonia’s Independence Movement for The Nation.

 

1:05 - Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen (phones willing) checks in from sunny, apocalyptic Puerto Rico.

Dave reported back two weeks ago that he was fine, and screwed.

 

1:25 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen beats his money into ploughshares.

 

Episode 973

Reaction Times

Oct 7 2017
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9:15 - Writer Corey Robin explores the inconsistency and fear at the heart of the conservative mind.

Corey is author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservative from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump for Oxford University Press.

Episode 972

Collapsism

Oct 1 2017
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9:10 - Cultural critic Henry Giroux examines the rise of American authoritarianism, before and after Trump.

Henry is the author of the new book The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism from Routledge.

Episode 971

City/State

Sep 23 2017