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Episode 922

Backs to the Future

Oct 15 2016

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Peter Frase

On climate change, automation, and the possibilities of life beyond capitalism.

Jacobin editor Peter Frase examines the future beyond climate change, capitalism and other disasters, and finds tomorrow's fights for survival, prosperity and stability rooted in the same conflict - historical class struggle for production and power.

Peter is author of the new book Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, part of the Jacobin series from Verso Books.

Interview Transcript via Antidote Zine



Laura Carlsen

It was the state: Ayotzinapa's crime scene spreads upward.

Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen reports on developments in the 2014 case of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College, including overwhelming evidence of government involvement in the crime and subsequent cover-up, and connections between the state, cartels, Drug War weapons and repression of the Mexican people.

Laura wrote the article Ayotzinapa’s Message to the World: Organize! for NACLA.



Gustavo Setrini

Paraguay's Student Spring challenges elite power beyond the university.

Political scientist Gustavo Setrini profiles Paraguay's Primavera Estudiantil (Student Spring) movement, and explains how the democratic reform agenda of university students and their allies reflects widespread disatisfaction with elite rule and corruption across the country, and presents an opening for a mass movement to challenge an increasingly authoritarian state.

Gustavo wrote Paraguay's Student Spring for NACLA.



Geo Maher

A government against itself: The state of radical democracy in Venezuela.

Political theorist George Ciccariello-Maher explores the political and economic history of the Venezuelan commune, from its pre-Chavez roots in a popular uprising against the neoliberal order, to the challenges of sustaining direct democracy and socialist principles in the face of vast demographic changes, oil market fluctuations and capitalist resistance.

George's new book Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela is part of the Jacobin series from Verso Books.



Jamie Kalven

The code of silence, narrative control and the Chicago Police Department.

Journalist Jamie Kalven examines the mechanisms of silence within the Chicago Police Department, and explains how an investigation into a drug protection racket within the CPD reveals massive flaws in the structures of law enforcement and the news media, as well as class relations across American society.

Jamie wrote the stunning, four-part series Code of Silence for The Intercept.