Fresh from the birthplace of the CCF! Commentary and analysis on local and provincial politics from a left perspective.
Against Corporate Feminism: Less Lean In, More Lenin
We live in a sexist, patriarchal, and capitalist society— but is the solution to these problems simply to diversify the administration of sexist, patriarchal capitalism? Will more women in corporate leadership help abolish gendered oppression? Team Advantage convenes to discuss the growth of corporate feminism, explore its weaknesses, and consider how socialist feminism might present a more tenable solution. Visit albertaadvantagepod.com for suggested readings!
Alberta's War on Rats
The global rat population features a strange Alberta-shaped rat-free zone. What's behind Alberta's rat-free jurisdiction? What economic and political forces shaped this policy, and how does Alberta's rat-free status contribute to its self-image as uniquely different from other regions of Canada? What are the consequences of this kind of ecosystem management, and who stands to benefit from it?
Canada's National Energy Program, 1980-1985
As oil and gas producers practically beg, plead, and bribe the Canadian government into building and planning pipelines, Team Advantage asks: whatever happened to the National Energy Program? Yes, that NEP: conceived of by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, that endless source of western alienation, the biggest power grab in history— what was it really about? Journalist Taylor C. Noakes joins Team Advantage to discuss the genesis and legacy of the NEP. Follow Taylor @TaylorNoakes.
Universal Basic Income: Utopian, or Not Bold Enough?
Team Advantage convenes to discuss Universal Basic Income. Why is it, and why has it gained such popularity over the last few years? What's so appealing about the proposal, and how does this appeal relate to left-wing politics and strategy more generally? What might be the benefits and drawbacks of such a program? What kind of social and political forces would be needed to mobilize for a program of this kind?
BONUS: Victor's Children
Kate was recently on Victor's Children, a podcast hosted by David Camfield, to discuss class struggle in the past, present and future. Kate was joined on the panel by John Clarke, a writer and retired organizer for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).
Subscribe to Victor's Children here:
Workers Fighting and Winning in Post-Secondary Education
Can workers fight a university administration dead-set on busting the union? The Athabasca University Faculty Association did exactly that— and won. AUFA President Dave Powell and AUFA Chair of Membership Engagement Committee Rhiannon Rutherford join Team Advantage to explain how organizing and engaging union membership helped stave off an effort by university administration to cripple the union. Read more at http://aufa.ca/archive
Fantastic research and analysis
This excellent podcasts covers a lot more than just that place, and it does so wonderfully well. I love these folks.
Such an amazing podcast
This is hands down one of the best leftist podcasts out there. And I love that it has a local flavour. I’ve been involved with leftist politics for less than a decade, so I find that the panel always has so many useful insights. Kate Jacobson may easily be my favourite podcaster ever.
Haven’t had this much fun listening to the radio since antifa installed lord biden to his forever throne to dismantle capitalism on March 6, 2021.