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A podcast from so-called Canada talking socialism from below

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A podcast from so-called Canada talking socialism from below

    Episode 17: Anti-racism and Socialism

    Episode 17: Anti-racism and Socialism

    Anti-racism and Socialism

    The problems with liberal responses to racism are no reason to dismiss or downplay the importance of anti-racist struggle as some on the left do. A discussion with Sharmeen Khan and Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot on the politics of representation, multiculturalism, allyship and other aspects of anti-racist politics from socialist perspectives.

    Some writings referred to in this episode:

    Emma Dabiri, What White People Can Do Next

    Himani Bannerji, The Dark Side of the Nation

    Vanessa Wills, "Marxism and White Privilege" (paywall)

    Nick Mitchell, "The View from Nowhere" (paywall)

    Annie Olaloku-Teriba, "Afro-Pessimism and the (Un)Logic of Anti Blackness"

    Azfar Shafi and Ilyas Nagdee, "Recovering Antiracism: Reflections on Collectivity and Solidarity in Antiracist Organizing"

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Episode 16: The Anti-Girlboss Socialist Club

    Episode 16: The Anti-Girlboss Socialist Club

    The Anti-Girlboss Socialist Club

    This episode is an interview with Paniz and Tamsyn, the hosts of the socialist-feminist podcast The Anti-Girlboss Socialist Club (https://harbingermedianetwork.com/show/the-anti-girlboss-socialist-club/). They discuss topics covered in two episodes of AGSC: the “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Industry” and sexual violence programs at universities.

    Sources mentioned by Paniz and Tamsyn or suggested for people who want to learn more:

    Jack Fiorito, "Human Resource Management Practices and Worker Desires for Union Representation" (2001) Journal of Labour Research 22:2.

    Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran, Rachel Rebouché, and Hila Shamir, Governance Feminism: An Introduction (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

    Sara Ahmed, Complaint (Duke Press, 2021), What's the Use (Duke Press, 2019), On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (Duke Press, 2021).

    Robin D. G. Kelley, "What is Racial Capitalism and Why Does It Matter?"

    John Kilcoyne, "The Politics of Policies: Responding to Sexual Harassment on Campus" (1994-1995) 3 Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal 33.

    Sara Ahmed, "Against Students"

    Breakdown of reported sexual assault cases at U of T:

    Sara Ahmed, "Uses of Use: Diversity, Utility and the University"

    Sarah Jaffe, Work Won't Love You Back (Hurst Publishers, 2021).

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 15: Understanding Russia Today

    Episode 15: Understanding Russia Today

    Understanding Russia Today, w/ Simon Pirani

    Anyone trying to understand Russia in the context of the war unleashed by Putin and co. on Ukraine will find little of use in the mainstream media, and a lot of left media isn't much better. This episode presents an interview with Simon Pirani about capitalism and politics in Russia today. Simon has written extensively on contemporary Russia as well as on the Russian Revolution, and discussed Stalinism on ep. 3 of Victor's Children.

    Simon's website;

    Simon recommends Ilya Matveev's recent article "Between Political and Economic Imperialism: Russia's Shifting Global Strategy"

    For discussion of what stance socialists in so-called Canada should take to Russia's war on Ukraine, check this out:
    Episode 14: Russia Out of Ukraine, and No to NATO Too! by Solidarity Winnipeg

    • 52 min
    Episode 14: The Far Right Mobilizes & Workplace Organizing at Canada Post

    Episode 14: The Far Right Mobilizes & Workplace Organizing at Canada Post

    The Far Right Mobilizes & Workplace Organizing at Canada Post

    The far right-led action in Ottawa against pandemic public health measures was the largest mobilization by the far right in so-called Canada since the 1930s, so this episode opens with analysis from Todd Gordon.

    Next is an interview with Edmonton CUPW organizer Roland Schmidt about building workplace power among postal workers in that city and some of its broader lessons.

    Judy Rebick and Corvin Russell's article, which appeared after the episode of Victor's Children on the politics of the pandemic, helps explain the situation the far right has taken advantage of: The Left is nowhere on COVID. And that’s a big problem.

    David's 2018 article on fighting the right is dated in some respects but still relevant:
    The far right, the hard right, and our fight against them

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 13: The Politics Of The Pandemic

    Episode 13: The Politics Of The Pandemic

    The Politics of the Pandemic

    A discussion with Nora Loreto, Daniel Sarah Karasik and Corvin Russell about the politics of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Canadian state, how the NDP and the radical left have responded, and the politics we need going forward.

    Nora Loreto (@nolore)'s new book Spin Doctors: How Media and
    Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Daniel Sarah Karasik (@JoyAndDefiance)'s new article "Against Pandemic Realism"

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 12: Transgender Liberation, Transgender Marxism

    Episode 12: Transgender Liberation, Transgender Marxism

    Transgender Liberation, Transgender Marxism

    An interview with Jules Joanne Gleason, co-editor of Transgender Marxism, about gender, the politics of trans liberation and their universal implications, and transgender marxism.

    If you're unfamiliar with the subject of this episode, this is worth reading:

    Notes on women, men, trans and intersex: "the gender binary does not fit the facts"

    To learn more:
    Transgender Marxism

    Shanice McBean, "'I Was Born a Baby, Not a Boy:' Sex, Gender and Trans Liberation"

    Three essays mentioned by Jules in the episode:

    Gayle Rubin, "The Traffic in Women: Notes on the 'Political Economy' of Sex"

    Nat Raha, "The Limits of Trans Liberalism"

    Jules Joanne Gleason and Nathaniel Dickson, "The Future of Trans Politics"

    • 1 hr 7 min

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