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
Graeber's Pirate Enlightment -- Cory Doctorow
Although we lost David Graeber several years ago, we are still getting the bittersweet joy of reading new books by him. This week, Cory Doctorow joins me to discuss Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia, a short book in which Graeber convincingly melds the oral histories he learned while doing doctoral research in Madagascar with 17th century European tales of a pirate kingdom on Madagascar into a swashbuckling tale of an anarchist pirate confederation.
For more on pirates, check out my episode with Gabriel Kuhn on the anarchic nature of the golden age of piracy: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/cea23b51-6d3b-4f42-bf42-2f07fca51868
Our Suicidal Food System -- Mark Bittman and Ricardo Salvador
On this episode, Mark Bittman and Ricard Salvador discuss our broken food system and what we can do about it. Jumping off from Mark's fantastic book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk, we discuss the exploitative nature of the food system, why it's poisoning people and the planet, and how the corporate-captured USDA and FDA can't do anything about it.
What comes next? We're not exactly sure - but it's going to have to be a better way of nourishing people if we want to survive.
Stanley Cavell and Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Lawrence Rhu
Lawrence Rhu, my undergraduate mentor and friend of more than two decades, joins me today to discuss Stanley Cavell, one of his mentors and one of American philosophy's most idiosyncratic and humanist thinkers. Spurred by the publication of the recent posthumous publication of Cavell's Here and There: Sites of Philosophy, Larry and I talk about the affinities between Cavell, Emerson, and everyday anarchism.
Practical Anarchism -- Scott Branson
Today I'm joined by the author Scott Branson to discuss their book Practical Anarchism. Scott and I discuss the similarities between our approaches, as well as some key differences related to terminology. For more from Scott, you can check out The Final Straw Radio, a podcast and radio show that they co-host.
Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism
Also known as Fully Automated Luxury Queer Space Anarchism
This week, 3 of my former students - Joy Frost, Mark Muchane, and Rook Schrader - join me to discuss Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism. These three students and I made a class about the concept - a class that was banned by our school! Lucky for you, the students made it happen anyway, and share what they learned in this episode.
Here are some of the things we talked about in the episode:
Four Futures by Peter Frase
The Neutral Zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation) - Wikipedia
Electric Production and Direction William Karp
Charlie Chaplin - Factory Scene - Modern Times (1936)
The making of Amazon Prime
Anarchist Constitutions -- Ruth Kinna
Ruth Kinna joins me to discuss Anarchic Agreements: A Field Guide to Collective Organizing, from PM Press. In this very short book, Ruth and her collaborators (Alex Prichard, Thomas Swann, and Seeds for Change) lay out a series of questions and possibilities which face any attempt at anarchist organizing, dealing directly with the seeming contradiction of anarchist constitutionalizing. The book also includes anarchist statements of principles from more than a century ago to the present day
In this conversation, Ruth and I discuss the meaning of the Occupy movement, the complicated relationship between anarchist and democratic forms of organization, and how to fight for real change.
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!