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Our Socialist Book Club is a podcast where friends Martin and Lydia read leftist works, talk about their experiences in social work and librarianship, and learn cool new stuff together! Tweet at us @OSBookClub

Our Socialist Book Club Our Socialist Book Club

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    • 3.7, 3 Ratings

Our Socialist Book Club is a podcast where friends Martin and Lydia read leftist works, talk about their experiences in social work and librarianship, and learn cool new stuff together! Tweet at us @OSBookClub

    Episode 12: Support the Girls, directed by Andrew Bujalski

    Episode 12: Support the Girls, directed by Andrew Bujalski

    Support the Girls is a one-bad-day film following Lisa (Regina Hall), the manager of a sports breastaurant called Double Whammies. This movie explores the worker-manager-owner relationship, the intersections of race, class, and gender in the workplace, and the cathartic nature of friendship and solidarity.

    We are joined by our friend and honored guest, Christee, an artist and worker in the food service industry. Thanks to Christee for recommending this film and for bringing her insight and experience to this episode! She puts it best: "Waiting tables in the United States is a performance art."

    This episode was recorded May 2019.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 11: B******t Jobs

    Episode 11: B******t Jobs

    This week, we read B******t Jobs by David Graeber, a book that dissects the social, historical, and cultural theories implicit in our acceptance of the bullshitization of labor! Truly one of the most elegant and accessible approaches to this topic out there. Thanks to our honored guest and friend Larry for suggesting this one!

    Read it here on Anarchist Library: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/david-graeber-b******t-jobs

    Read his shorter article that preceded the book here:
    https://strikemag.org/b******t-jobs/

    We structured this episode roughly around the five types of b******t work defined by Graeber as:
    11:00 duct tapers
    12:25 flunkies
    15:50 goons
    23:45 box tickers
    58:50 taskmasters

    Other Topics:
    40:55 the cultural consensus around projects and policies benefiting the ruling class
    1:00:00 Universal Basic Income
    1:09:05 Moral envy and the systemic under-compensation of the caring professions
    1:13:00 Caring, coercion, and the status quo

    Other Works Mentioned:

    51:28 Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, and the rituals around data visualizations and 'predictive' data under capitalism. We reference the HBO documentary "The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtDaP18OGfw

    1:08:00 "baseball article" refers to this interview in Jacobin: https://jacobinmag.com/2019/03/minor-league-baseball-pay-labor

    1:20:00 Loic Wacquant's article, "Territorial Stigmatization in the Age of Advanced Marginality"
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0725513607082003

    1:21:15 Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States"
    https://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html

    1:22:40 "Freedom Is an Endless Meeting: Democracy in American Social Movements" by Francesca Polletta, who argues in favor of a practical and participatory democracy based in bottom-up decision making.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 10: "Modern Money and the Escape from Austerity" - Joe Guigan

    Episode 10: "Modern Money and the Escape from Austerity" - Joe Guigan

    This week's article is a quick overview of one of the economic theories laying the groundwork for leftist discourse on government spending! Read the article here: https://democracycollaborative.org/content/modern-money-and-escape-austerity

    We go over some basic concepts, talk through some leftist criticisms of the theory, make some questionable forays into furry discourse re: Jack London, and do some transparent wrangling with our own socialistic instincts.

    Other texts:

    - We owe so much to the Season of the Bitch podcast on this very topic! As often happens, we had a bunch of questions about practical approaches to [literally any topic, this time economic redistribution], and SOTB magically came out with a podcast that gave us the language we needed to move forward. Listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/seasonofthebitch/episode-69-modern-monetary-theory

    - "A Speech on Socialism at Andover" by Nathan J. Robinson:
    https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/02/a-speech-on-socialism-at-andover

    - Capitalism Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher
    http://www.zero-books.net/books/capitalist-realism

    "We can afford what we can do" is quoted in the article and refers to the book The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers by Ann Pettifor
    https://www.versobooks.com/books/2706-the-production-of-money

    • 59 min
    Episode 9: We Want Everything by Nanni Balestrini

    Episode 9: We Want Everything by Nanni Balestrini

    This week, we're reading We Want Everything by Nanni Balestrini! We discuss the novel's historical grounding in Italy's 1969 "Hot Autumn," track the main character's growth from alienated worker to organized revolutionary, and spend some time talking about Lydia's cat-shaped page stickies.

    Thanks to Hugh (our guest in Episode 7) for suggesting this one!

    Buy or preview the book here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2114-we-want-everything

    Other Texts Mentioned:
    "New Life" by Webcomicname:
    http://webcomicname.com/post/179690527329

    "Under Neoliberalism, You Can Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss" by Meagan Day:
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/01/under-neoliberalism-you-can-be-your-own-tyrannical-boss

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 8: Conricerca as Political Action

    Episode 8: Conricerca as Political Action

    This week, we read the chapter "Conricerca as political action" by Guido Borio, Francesca Pozzi, and Gigi Roggero, published in the volume Utopian Pedagogy : Radical Experiments against Neoliberal Globalization. We talk about co-research and collaborative knowledge production, and we touch on worker's inquiry as method!

    Day, Richard J. F., Greig De Peuter, and Mark Coté. 2007. Utopian Pedagogy : Radical Experiments against Neoliberal Globalization. Cultural Spaces. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2007

    • 34 min
    Episode 7: No Shortcuts by Jane McAlevey

    Episode 7: No Shortcuts by Jane McAlevey

    This week, special guest and dear friend HUGH joins us to share his experiences as a union organizer and to talk about Jane McAlevey's book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age! Many thanks to friend and organizer Melanie for suggesting this text.

    Other texts mentioned:

    The scandal involving Elon Musk, Grimes, and Azealia Banks - https://bit.ly/2BwUUHx

    Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul Alinsky - https://bit.ly/2QFJYL5

    The story of Elizabeth Holmes, technowizard darling turned fraud - https://nyti.ms/2MyAors

    We Want Everything by Nanni Balestrini - https://bit.ly/2D9RmvP

    • 1 hr 41 min

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