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Episode 1045

Force Quit

Mar 2 2019

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Brad Evans

Spectacles of violence, regimes of fear: On life in the 21st century atrocity exhibition.

Philosopher Brad Evans explores the dark spectacle of violence in the 21st century - as a atmospheric threat hanging over our personal lives in an insecure society, and a political tool to author new forms of control and coercion - and calls for a new concept of politics outside the everyday cycles of force and fear we find ourselves in.

Brad is author of the book Atrocity Exhibition: Life in the Age of Total Violence from Los Angeles Review of Books.



Kellie Carter Jackson

Forceful demands: Black abolitionists and the language of violence.

Historian Kellie Carter Jackson explores the use of violence by Black abolitionists in the antebellum US - as a strategy of survival and solidarity between Black people, a forceful language in contrast to the half-measures of non-violent White abolitionists, and a model for oppressed people to win freedom from a system that denies their basic humanity.

Kellie is author of the book Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence from University of Pennsylvana Press.



Leigh Phillips, Michal Rozworski

Lessons in socialist economic planning, from Walmart.

Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski explain why Walmart and other giant multinational corporations prove the feasibility of large-scale, centrally planned economies, and how the left could use the technology and infrastructure of capital to transform a global economy in service of equality and security for all people.

Michal and Leigh are authors of The People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism from Verso.

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Christina Ward

The brand that feeds: On corporate cuisine of the 20th century.

Historian Christina Ward examines how (and what) corporations taught Americans to eat in the 20th century - as science, capitalism and mass media converged around the home, businesses sold consumers a vision of health and success, all packaged and preserved for the benefit of brands, not the health of people.

Christina is author of the book American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Spam, Bananas, and Jell-O from Feral House.



Jeff Dorchen

A tale of two snitches.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen considers the case of Michael Coen, and the case of John Harris - two snitches in the news for (sort of maybe finally) doing the right thing after a long series of wrong things, in a country full of right people being ruined by a long series of wrong people winning the wrong way.

Read the transcript here