Savagely snappy discussions and sharp commentary about the latest in politics, current events, movies, tv shows, music, you name it. Hosted by Filipino American blogger Eliza Romero a.k.a. Aesthetic Distance. Each episode features a different guest. New episodes are released every week.
Episode 25: Antifa
Antifa, or antifascism, has been around since fascism began. What started as a movement of resistance to Mussolini’s rise to power in the 1920s, and Hitler’s in the 1930s, has become a global political ideology to fight against all kinds of oppression -- homophobia, patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism. Antifa grew out of the recognition of the failure of police, government institutions, and the criminal justice system. It is a form of global resistance to white supremacy and imperialism through community self-defense.
In this episode, Eliza and her friend Kuya Andre, a Filipino American political activist who has attended several anti-fascist actions, discuss how modern Antifa came to be in the US, the creeping rise of global fascism, why Antifa gets such a bad rap in the media, and why Andy Ngo's claims were inaccurate at best. Kuya Andre also shares his experience as a medic at the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally in 2017.
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Episode 24: Extinction Agenda -- Concentration Camps, ICE Raids and Stephen Miller
“If you think those running our concentration camps in America will stop with immigrants, you don't know how fascism works.”
My guest Jemarc Axinto and I are mad. We’re mad because of all the human rights violations happening at the border while everyone is turning their backs. We’re mad because of the ICE raids. We’re mad that people are more upset that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the term, “concentration camps” than they are about the actual presence of concentration camps. We’re mad because Fox News reporters are shrugging them off and saying, “these are not our kids.”
Why won’t Americans admit that the human detention camps are concentration camps? There is an ideological divide between people who believe in the narrative of American democratic nobility and virtue and people who don’t -- the ones who don’t aren’t interested in American exceptionalism.
Who are all the migrants, where are they coming from and why are they coming here?
And finally, there is no way to talk about the current immigration policies without talking about their architect, Stephen Miller. If Mitch McConnell is responsible for the trade war mess with China, then Stephen Miller is the responsible for the current extinction agenda going on right under our noses.
Episode 23 The Dick Measuring Contest in the South China Sea: Is War Inevitable?
The U.S. seems poised to enter war with China, and there’s a huge chance it will be fought in the Philippines. My three guests, Adrian Bonifacio, Jess Rhee, and Mont Jiang (Escape From Plan A Podcast) discuss what happens when a rising power, in this case China, and an established power, the U.S., collide. We explore how the most crucial theater of war is in the South China/West Philippine Sea, and take a look at the ways the Philippines is caught in the middle of two colonial aggressors.
The U.S. Military is Preparing for a New War
Malaya Movement Calls for a National Day of Action on July 22, 2019
Escape from Plan A
Episode 22: The US - China Trade War
In early 2018, President Trump said, "Trade wars are good and easy to win." He has since initiated three: a global tariff on steel, a tariff on European autos, and tariffs on Chinese imports, which are the three largest economies in the world. What is a trade war and how does it affect us? Guest Simran Singh discusses with Eliza.
Made in China 2025
THE IMPACT OF THE 2018 TRADE WAR ON U.S. PRICES AND WELFARE
Episode 21: Just Let Game of Thrones Be White
Eliza Romero and guest Oxford Kondo of The Escape From Plan A Podcast discuss what happens when the fight for greater representation in media goes wrong. Also discussed: Constance Wu’s tweet outburst and the backlash against her, the new Hiroshima movie based on Sadako Sasaki’s story, the latest Chadwick Boseman samurai movie, and why demanding inclusion in shows like Game of Thrones reveals a lack of critical thinking about race.
Just Let Game of Thrones Be White
Plan A Mag
Episode 20: An Interview with Neri Colmenares on Philippine Politics and the Midterm Elections
Host Eliza Romero interviews special guest, progressive candidate Neri Colmenares, on what a leftist like him can bring to the Philippine Senate.
The general midterm elections in the Philippines take place in a few days on May 13th. These elections are a crucial battleground because the Senate is one of the only political bodies that President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't have control over. And 12 of the 24 seats are going to be decided. So these elections have no effect on the national leadership but If the result he does get two-thirds vote in the Senate, he will be able to consolidate his power and gain complete control of the government.
Congressman Colmenares is a human rights lawyer and former member of the Philippine House of Representatives and one of the top candidates for a Senate seat in the upcoming midterm elections, which take place on Monday, May 13th in the Philippines. He's the former chair of Bayan Muna and the current chair of the National Union of People's Lawyers in the Philippines. He has been an activist since he was only 15 years old in the 1970s when Ferdinand Marcos took power. When he was 18, he became the Visayas chair of the Student Catholic Action and was later arrested after he was appointed to its national council. Later on in 1983, he became a youth organizer and was arrested by military agents and charged with rebellion. He was one of the youngest political prisoners at the time. So in total he's been jailed and tortured in captivity for 4 years. Decades later, as a legislator, he passed laws requiring reparations for human rights victims during martial law, the anti-torture law, and the involuntary disappearance act.
One of his goals is to educate young people in order to prevent another dictator coming into power, which is a real threat to Filipinos today.
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