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Radical anti-capitalist investigation, discussion and debate from Brisbane Australia.
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Radical anti-capitalist investigation, discussion and debate from Brisbane Australia.
http://thewordfromstrugglestreet.wordpress.com

    Living The Dream with Full Employment

    Living The Dream with Full Employment

    In this episode Jon (@JonPiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) have a chat with Anthony O’Donnell (@AnthonyODonne13), a Senior Lecturer from La Trobe and author of ‘Inventing Unemployment: Regulating Joblessness in Twentieth-Century Australia’. Anthony shows us how the category of Full Employment was invented and why, and undermines the claim that the low levels of post-War unemployment were due to the magic powers of a white paper written under the Chifley Government rather than say the general dynamics of the boom. At the time it was low levels of unemployment that presented an issue for capitalism and the groundwork of the punitive regime the poor are subjected to today was developed then. Great stuff.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Living The Dream with a Climate Emergency, COVID-19 and The Australian State

    Living The Dream with a Climate Emergency, COVID-19 and The Australian State

    In this episode of Living The Dream Dave (@withsobersenses) talks with Anna Sturman (@anna_sturman) author of ‘Climate Emergency’, COVID-19 and the Australian capitalist state . Anna draws on the work of Nicos Poulantzas to present an understanding of the state, a diagnosis of the contemporary conjuncture of Australian capitalism and suggest ways that we can struggle for dignity and lives worth living.  We talk through the possibilities of the present, the opportunities for creating and using power and cut the gordian knot of  the great debate of 2019 – Jobs Guarantee or Universal Basic Income.
     
    Music by Chumbawamba

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Living The Dream with a Workers’ Plan To Survive Covid-19 Crisis

    Living The Dream with a Workers’ Plan To Survive Covid-19 Crisis

    In this episode of Living The Dream Dave (@withsobersenses) chats with Godfrey Moase (@gemoase) a director of the United Workers Union.
     
    The UWU, a recent a fusion of the National Union of Workers and United Voice, has been receiving a lot of attention due to the industrial actions of its members, its claims to be revitalising internal democracy and its Workers’ Plan To Survive Covid-19 Crisis : a broad vision to address the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in a way that points beyond capitalism. This interview with Tim Kennedy the National Secretary of the UWU in Jacobin is very useful: “We Can Use This Crisis to Reconceptualize the Economy” .
     
    Here Godfrey explains the strategy and organisational direction of the UWU, gives a critique of the #changetherules defeat and presents what he thinks is a viable way forward to accumulate class power.
     
    Music by Meatraffle

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Living The Dream in the time of COVID-19

    Living The Dream in the time of COVID-19

    In this episode of Living The Dream Dave @withsobersenses talks about the questions that COVID-19 is forcing us to confront – and then goes on to do an analysis of a report from  Macquarie Wealth Management stating conventional capitalism is dying and finishes by looking at the latest developments in the provision of stimulus from the RBA and the Federal Government.
    After recording this episode I found out that the story about dolphins in Venice wasn’t true. Bum.
    Articles mentioned include:
    The Age of Mass Protests: Understanding an Escalating Global Trend
    Conventional capitalism is dying: Macquarie warns
    Music by Cable Ties
     
    Image: If the unemployed are dole bludgers, what the f**k are the idle rich? - Redback Graphix remixed by Wendy Murray

    • 53 min
    Living The Dream with COVID-19 and a Recession

    Living The Dream with COVID-19 and a Recession

    In this episode Dave @withsobersenses takes a moment to think about how and why COVID-19 is impacting the capitalist mode of production, what are the drivers of the looming recession and depression and why various Keynesian arguments get it wrong.
     
    You should read Social Contagion
     
    Music by Assück

    • 27 min
    Living The Dream against anti-Chinese Racism

    Living The Dream against anti-Chinese Racism

    In this episode, Jon (@JonPiccini) has a long delayed conversation with Shan Windscript (@ShanWindy), Phd student at University of Melbourne and organiser, who has played key roles in the fight for casual workers in the tertiary sector and the rights of international students. We talk about how the Coronavirus has served to weaponise long standing fears about China in Australia, how supporting movements for change in Hong Kong is not incompatible with working for political and economic rights on the mainland, and how Shan’s research on the inner lives of everyday activists in Maoist China undermines attempts to present the present CCP regime as omnipotent.
    Shan's writing includes
    Can Chinese Students Abroad Speak? Asserting Political Agency amid Australian Nationalist Anxiety
    How to Write a Diary in Mao’s New China: Guidebooks in the Crafting of Socialist Subjectivities
    Music by RE-Tros

    • 57 min

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