Global power politics, for the people. Hosted by Van Jackson, Kate Kizer, and Hunter Marston.
China's Mass Uprisings, Anti-Semitism as Weapon, the Origins of Rivalry, Left v. Right Radicalism | Ep. 132
Van, Kate, and Hunter unpack the mass uprisings in China, situating them in the context of ongoing worker struggles. They probe weaponized anti-semitism. They discuss the origins of Sino-US rivalry and the analytical perils of American exceptionalism. And. bring forth tons of data showing the difference between left and right radicalism.
Unipolarity's Nostalgia Trap: Interview w/ David Parsons | Ep. 131
In this episode, Van chats with David Parsons, host of The Nostalgia Trap. They talk about his upbringing in Ventura, California during the 1990s, why he's obsessed with '90s pop culture and film, the nightmarish state of being a perpetual precarious academic historian, and what got him into the podcast game. They also discuss his fascinating book, Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era.
A Global Economy for the Ruling Class? Interview w/ Adam Dean and Tim Barker | Ep. 130
What is neoliberalism and why did developing democracies embrace labor repression? Why is military Keynesianism both dangerous and unsustainable? What are the causes of inflation right now, and how does monetary policy undermine the Biden presidency? And what happened to the "East Asian model" of economic development? In this political economy episode, Van Jackson sits down with Adam Dean and Tim Barker to talk about all that and more.
Best of: Peace Intellectuals, Unf**king Rivalries, Russian Kleptocracy, the Trouble with Sanctions | Ep. 129
Where have all the peace intellectuals gone? How do you make enemies into friends? What's it like to be mixed-race in national security? Should we do away with economic sanctions entirely? Is it easier to shape the world than to shape China? Are there any real debates in North Korean studies? What's Russia's freaking problem?
Whataboutism and the China Debate: A Panel at Australian National University | Ep. 128
In this special one-off episode of the pod, Van Jackson joins a panel hosted at Australian National University's Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, alongside Greg Raymond, Ian Hall, and Yun Jiang. The topic: "Whataboutism" and the China debate.
From Imperial Agent to Anti-War Advocate: Interview w/ Lyle Jeremy Rubin | Ep. 127
Lyle Jeremy Rubin joins the podcast to talk about his new memoir "Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine's Unbecoming." Lyle and Van discuss the way that hypocrisy radicalizes people, the trouble with imperialism, the psychosexual insecurities mixed into military life, how personal violence affects foreign policy, the Karate Kid, the paradoxically traumatizing lack of combat on the front lines of war, and much more.