11 episodes

In this podcast, young organizers and activists of the Communist Party USA explore politics, social justice, and culture through the Marxist lens using scientific research, observation, and participation in working class movements.

Each week brings a race, gender, and class analysis that force a closer look at the dangers of capitalism and the immediate need for socialism. These organic, insightful and powerful conversations are held with comrades, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders.

The Specter Communist Party USA

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In this podcast, young organizers and activists of the Communist Party USA explore politics, social justice, and culture through the Marxist lens using scientific research, observation, and participation in working class movements.

Each week brings a race, gender, and class analysis that force a closer look at the dangers of capitalism and the immediate need for socialism. These organic, insightful and powerful conversations are held with comrades, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders.

    Baristas of the world unite!

    Baristas of the world unite!

    The Specter’s Dante sits down with Nicholas Danby, a member of the Communist Party and a local barista organizer in the SF bay area. Dante and Nick discuss organizing tactics of baristas throughout SF and the country and talk about different ways to organize labor through unions, worker cooperatives, and more. Nick also details the current struggles of coffee workers and challenges they face for living wages and fighting discrimination in the workplace.

    • 48 min
    From the Venceremos Brigade to Present-Day Cuba

    From the Venceremos Brigade to Present-Day Cuba

    The Specter's Dante sits down with Tony Ryan, a member of the Communist party and a founder of the National Network on Cuba. Tony has also created a Facebook page called The Turquino Project, which features progressive information on Cuba and its revolutionary process. Dante and Tony discuss the myths and truths about U.S. sanctions on Cuba and the Cuban Revolution, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Party of a New Type, 100 years later

    The Party of a New Type, 100 years later

    What does it mean to be a “Communist Party” in the 21st century? The Communist International (known as the Third International or Comintern) was founded in 1919, the same year that our party was founded! Lenin’s concept of the party of a new type written in 1905 was addressed to the specific situation in Russia but evolved as the Communist Parties applied its basic principles to very different conditions. What’s new in the CPUSA’s concept and what remains the same?

    • 33 min
    A Communist Analysis of the Climate Crisis and the Green New Deal

    A Communist Analysis of the Climate Crisis and the Green New Deal

    What is the Green New Deal? Why should we, as Communists, support it and push for an even more socialist orientation? Can Marxist-Leninists also be “eco-socialists”? Prepare for the September 20 Climate Strike by listening to this episode featuring Comrade Marc Brodine, author of Green Strategy: Path to Fundamental Transformation, available from International Publishers.

    • 41 min
    Labor Day, every day!

    Labor Day, every day!

    In celebration of Labor Day, Zach Carlson talks with Nicole, a young electrician and union organizer from Texas, about the nuts and bolts (and conduit and wiring) of trade unionism. How is her union getting young people involved and making apprenticeships more accessible? What does an organizer do, and what does an organizing drive look like? What rights do workers have in the workplace, and what does it take to protect them? What’s it like being a woman and an open Communist in the building trades?

    • 1 hr 41 min
    A Communist Analysis of the Bolivarian Revolution

    A Communist Analysis of the Bolivarian Revolution

    Is Venezuela socialist? The Bolivarian Revolution first declared by Hugo Chavez lifted millions from poverty, gave communities a voice in development, and made Venezuela a bastion of resistance to U.S. imperialism. However, it has had to contend with falling oil prices, economic sabotage, U.S. sanctions, and a right-wing opposition supported by the capitalist powers. Can the Bolivarian project survive without advancing down the socialist path? Alex Granados, a Venezuelan Communist, joins The Specter's Maicol David to talk about the struggle to shape Venezuela's future.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

Ipodgamer879 ,

Amazing!

As a member of the Party, I can say that this is a perfect way to reach out to get new members! #CPUSA100

Hella Elliott ,

Hella Enlightening

I love this as a first podcast ! It’s informative , it’s a great incite on who you are and why your making this podcast , and the fact that you’re Cleveland natives brings another perspective to a topic I rarely heard about in the city. Good job to you ladies !

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Very Informative

Loved the format. Very informative and interesting. Provides a young insider’s perspective into a very sensitive issue but a very important one at that. Misconception about communism must be corrected through constructive dialogue. Great job.

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