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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 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
    Living The Dream with a Green New Deal

    Living The Dream with a Green New Deal

    In this episode of Living The Dream Jon (@JonPiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) catch up with Tash Heenan (@tashellenheenan) and Jeremy Poxon (@JeremyPoxon) to discuss the Green New Deal. Jon, Tash and Jeremy are partisans of the Green New Deal, seeing it as a way of addressing immediate concerns and opening pathways to more radical transformations whilst Dave remains something of a half-reformed ultra-left curmudgeon who can do nothing more than yell ‘but the value-form’ at worried passer-bys.
    We chat about what a Green New Deal may or may not be, if it is an attempt to save or destroy capitalism, its relationship or not with creating communism, the hard limits the environmental crisis imposes, the disappearance of the commons as a concept, and a whole lot more.
    Writings we reference include:
    Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism
    We need a Blak New Deal to fight the climate crisis
    A Red Deal
    Three Ways a Green New Deal Can Promote Life Over Capital
    Responsible minerals sourcing for renewable energy
    Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
    Between the Devil and the Green New Deal

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Living the Dream with ScoMo

    Living the Dream with ScoMo

    Now that the hot-takes have gone cold and are stale as bricks @JonPiccini and @withsobersenses  take out their artisanal slow-cooker take on the recent Australian Federal election. Why did we get it so wrong? Why did #changetherules suck? What will a Morrison Coalition government look like and what does it mean for our strategy?
    CW: This show contains a discussion of misogyny and domestic violence.
    Stuff we mention includes:
    Elizabeth Humphrys – We Live in Anti-Political Times
    Amy Thomas - Federal election 2019: What the hell just happened? Five arguments
    Jeremy Poxon, Tash Heenan & Jon Piccini - Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism
    Music by Class War

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Living The Dream during #Ausvotes2019

    Living The Dream during #Ausvotes2019

    In this episode Jon (@JonPiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) try to work out if we have anything useful to say about an election that is all hype but actually a snoozefest. What does it tell us about the state of Australian society, what can anticapitalists draw from it? Are we about the #Changetherules or will Clive Palmer be leading us into a Kangaroo Reich? What happens the morning after?
    We also address some criticisms we have received and try to muddle through some blind-spots in our thinking.
    Stuff we mention includes:
    Whiteness and Class Struggle
    Anti-politics and how to watch election night
    Fully Automated Luxury Communism? | Ash Sarkar meets Franco 'Bifo' Berardi
    Whiteness Again
    Sojourner Truth Organisation: Understanding and Fighting White Supremacy
    Floodcast 10 Petition Me Daddy
    On Christchurch, lone wolves, and the threat of fascism

    • 1 hr 19 min

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