The core idea of this podcast comes from David Graeber, who wrote that our everyday life is mostly run on anarchism, and at the same time people believe that anarchism doesn’t work. One of these is wrong.
I hope to illuminate how our communities already depend on Mutual Aid, in big and small ways. I'll do that by excavating the historical events and cultural trends you already know about, but have never thought about in terms of anarchism.
Find me at https://www.everydayanarchism.com
Anarchist Archaeologists on The Dawn of Everything
Welcome back to my continuing coverage of the Graeber and Wengrow book https://bookshop.org/a/82618/9780374157357 (The Dawn of Everything). This week, I'm joined by four members of the Black Trowel Collective, a network of anarchist archeologists: James Birmingham, https://lewisborck.wordpress.com/ (Lewis Borck), https://sydney.academia.edu/JamesFlexner (James Flexner), and https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/aris-politopoulos (Aris Politopoulos). This is part one of our roundtable discussion, covering first impressions of the book and its place in recent work on archaeology.
To support underrepresented archaeologists financially, check out Black Trowel's revolutionary grant program: https://blacktrowelcollective.wordpress.com/ (Black Trowel Microgrants).
And for more from Aris Politopoulos, check out our https://www.everydayanarchism.com/episode-35/ (episode on videogames).
The High Sierra with Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson joins me to discuss his new book, https://bookshop.org/a/82618/9780316593014 (The High Sierra: A Love Story). Stan and I discuss literary form, the need for Keynesianism in a crisis, utopian camping, his solution to leftist infighting, and how humanity can survive our current climate nightmare. You might also like Stan's most recent novel, a future history of how a worldwide crisis response to the climate emergency would work: https://bookshop.org/a/82618/9780316300148 (The Ministry for the Future).
Kropotkin's Theory of Revolution with Iain McKay
Iain McKay joins me to discuss the new edition of Kropotkin's https://bookshop.org/books/words-of-a-rebel/9781629638775 (Words of a Rebel )from https://pmpress.org/ (PM Press). In this book, Kropotkin's very first, he lays out the need for a revolution and how to prepare for that revolution. It's strikingly relevant, beautifully written, and packed with all sorts of context from Iain. I highly recommend the book!
Mohandas Gandhi - "Passive Resistance" from Hind Swaraj
In this episode of https://www.everydayanarchism.com/anarchism-101/ (Anarchism 101: An Anarchist Syllabus), Abby Russ and I read Gandhi's "https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/40461/pg40461-images.html#CHAPTER_XVII (Passive Resistance)" from his anarchist manifesto, Hind Swaraj.
This project is year-long; on the first of each month of 2022, I'll be posting my reading of an important anarchist text. Later that month, I'll post an episode in which I discuss each text and its author with a scholar of anarchism. Look forward to my discussion of this text with KP Shankaran on June 29
Fight Like Hell with Kim Kelly
Labor journalist Kim Kelly joins me to discuss her new book, https://bookshop.org/a/82618/9781982171056 (Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor). We talk unions, what they did historically, what they're doing right now, and most of all how they can make an impossible future possible.
The heart of modern capitalism is the exploitation of workers. But according to all of the great theorists of capitalism, capitalism will actually prevent the exploitation of labor. So maybe all those thinkers are just wrong. But maybe what we call "capitalism" is just an updated form of feudal serfdom in which CEOs and middle managers have replaced monarchs and aristocrats. But if we are living not in capitalism but what David Graeber called "managerial feudalism," just what would capitalism look like? I do my best to answer that question.
Uplifting and Thought Provoking Show
This podcast somehow manages to make me feel that living a life in accordance with my values is possible. And this is a gift. The show exhibits the cultural tension between ‘anarchism’ and ‘the anarchist.' The move to and tug of identity. I do not know if this is deliberate part of the show but it comes up with many of the guests on the podcast. The idea of anarchy (as explained on the show) is often loaded with connotations of “out of control violence.” I appreciate all the efforts to rework the public opinion of anarchy. There are times when Graham will refer to his guests as anarchists without their permission and before the guests have conceded to identifying themselves this way. I think that is a questionable maneuver. I do not think it is a persuasive one. I wonder what you will think of it. Is it helpful? I really enjoy this podcast! I look forward to the next one each week.
Anarchism 101 features anarchists readings, think audible, followed up by interviews with academics and thinkers who help to shape those readings into something that actually sticks. It can be hard to read some of these older philosophers and organizers and comprehend it all. This podcast does that perfectly. Highly recommend!
10/10 would tell a friend
If you want to hear big picture ideas that deal with everyday life, give this podcast a listen! If you want a podcast with a host who will thoughtfully engage with your questions, this is it!