Fresh from the birthplace of the CCF! Commentary and analysis on local and provincial politics from a left perspective.
Stampede: Misogyny, White Supremacy, and Settler Colonialism
For ten days every summer, Calgary's corporate office workers dress up like cowboys and enjoy a western-themed festival of settler colonialism. What work is the Stampede doing when it draws on the myth of the frontier— especially today, when it is largely funded by fossil fuel companies? Kimberley Williams, author of Stampede: Misogyny, White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism, joins Team Advantage to discuss the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Nora Loreto: Take Back the Fight
Did you know that the Canadian state once funded the National Action Committee on the Status of Women Canada, funding shelters, drop-in centres, bookstores, and crisis lines? Writer and activist Nora Loreto joins Team Advantage to discuss her book, Take Back the Fight: Organizing Feminism for the Digital Age. What happened to the feminist movement over the course of the neoliberal turn, and what opportunities and pitfalls does the modern digital landscape offer feminist and social-movement struggles?
Jokes?! Sean Devlin and Airports, Animals
Guest host and seasoned newsletter-writer Clinton Hallahan sits down with writer, director, filmmaker, prankster, organizer and comedian Sean Devlin. Sean Devlin is a seasoned stand-up comic, and his debut comedy album, Airports, Animals, is out July 9, 2021. Check out this interview to explore the burning question on everyone's mind: who is Sean Devlin's favourite racist?
Check out Airports, Animals at arts-crafts.ca. Sean's work is also available through seandevlin.website and seandevlin.bandcamp.com.
Blairmore, Alberta: Canada's First Communist Town Council
The coal-mining town of Blairmore, Alberta elected a slate of Mine Workers' Union nominees to town council in 1933— resulting in Canada's first communist town council. With Mayor Bill Knight at the council's helm, they would proceed to implement a range of substantive measures. They gathered fame for abolishing Remembrance Day and replacing it with October Revolution Day, naming the park after Karl Marx, and renaming main street "Tim Buck Boulevard" (after the Communist Party's leader).
The Fire and the Ashes with Andrew Jackson
What can be gleaned from a lifetime on the Canadian left? Economist, policy advisor an author Andrew Jackson joins guest-host Aaron Giovannone to discuss Andrew's new book, The Fire and the Ashes: Rekindling Democratic Socialism. What fires might be taken from the altars of the past? How has the NDP changed since the 1960s? What was it like to face the neoliberal turn in British Columbia? What role did policy research historically play within the NDP? What should the role of the labour movement be today?
Industrial Policy for the People
The COVID-19 pandemic has resurfaced a long-forgotten feature of economic planning: industrial policy. What should our economy look like? What infrastructures should we build? What technologies should we develop? And who should benefit from it all? Journalist and author Leigh Phillips joins Team Advantage to discuss why industrial policy is the sexiest topic on the left today, examining important aspects of technological advancement, Canadian regionalism and economic development.
Required Listening For Alberta Leftists
Alberta Advantage’s analysis and strength in telling the history of our province from a left perspective make it must hear stuff for anyone in Alberta who’s looking for something different.
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