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A podcast from so-called Canada talking socialism from below

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A podcast from so-called Canada talking socialism from below

    Episode 38: The Palestine Solidarity Movement In Canada

    Episode 38: The Palestine Solidarity Movement In Canada

    The Palestine Solidarity Movement in Canada

    Busy organizers Chandni Desai and James Hutt pause to discuss where the movement is at in so-called Canada and ideas for strengthening it.

    Some readings and resources:

    On unions and Palestine solidarity:
    https://www.midnightsunmag.ca/moving-unions-to-fight-for-a-free-palestine/

    On Canadian arms exports to Israel:
    https://www.readthemaple.com/trudeau-government-authorized-28-million-of-new-military-exports-to-israel-since-october/

    BDS target list (official):
    https://bdsmovement.net/Act-Now-Against-These-Companies-Profiting-From-Genocide

    On scholasticide:
    https://theconversation.com/the-war-in-gaza-is-wiping-out-palestines-education-and-knowledge-systems-222055

    On pension fund investments:
    Canadian pension funds invested $1.6 billion in companies tied to Israeli apartheid ⋆ The Breach
    https://breachmedia.ca/canadian-pension-funds-invested-israeli-apartheid/

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 37: Jabra Nicola, Matzpen and a Socialist Perspective on Israel/Palestine, w/ Moshe Machover

    Episode 37: Jabra Nicola, Matzpen and a Socialist Perspective on Israel/Palestine, w/ Moshe Machover

    Jabra Nicola, Matzpen and a Socialist Perspective on Israel/Palestine, w/ Moshe Machover

    Jabra Nicola (1912-1974) was arguably the most far-sighted Palestinian marxist of the 20th century. He was an important influence on Matzpen, a socialist group of Jewish Israelis and Palestinians whose analysis of Zionist settler colonialism had an international impact much greater than the group's very small size. This episode is an interview with Moshe Machover, the only founding member of Matzpen still alive, about Nicola, the politics of Matzpen, and their relevance today.

    Resources:

    There is a lot of Matzpen material online at the multilingual website https://matzpen.org including articles by and about Jabra Nicola and articles by Moshe Machover. You can also find links there to a
    documentary film about Matzpen.

    Ran Greenstein, A Palestinian Revolutionary: Jabra Nicola and the Radical Left
    https://www.palestine-studies.org/en/node/78424

    Ben Reiff's article about Moshe Machover: The last first Israeli anti-Zionist
    https://www.972mag.com/moshe-machover-israeli-anti-zionist-matzpen/

    Adalah, an organization that fights for the rights of Palestinians in Israel (mentioned by Machover
    in the episode)
    https://www.adalah.org/en

    A recent article cowritten by David Camfield and Charlie Post (influenced by Nicola and Machover):
    https://www.tempestmag.org/2024/01/what-would-it-take-to-win-in-palestine/

    Illustration by @ lizar_tistry of ideas from episode 36 of Victor’s Children, “What Kind of Anti-Imperialism?” https://www.instagram.com/p/C1pTc0Qu2Cr/?igsh=MXBzOTF6bnk3anMw

    • 41 min
    Episode 36: What Kind Of Anti-Imperialism?

    Episode 36: What Kind Of Anti-Imperialism?

    What Kind of Anti-Imperialism?

    The support of the US and other Western states for the Israeli state's genocidal violence against Gaza is leading more people to learn about imperialism. There's more than one kind of anti imperialist politics, though. In this episode, Ramah Kudaimi and brian bean talk about anti-imperialism that's consistent, internationalist and looks to exploited and oppressed people globally to fight for liberation.

    For further reading:

    Barnaby Raine
    https://breachmedia.ca/is-the-enemy-of-my-enemy-my-friend/

    Rafael Bernabe
    https://newpol.org/the-left-and-ukraine-anti-imperialism-or-alter-imperialism/

    • 48 min
    Episode 35: Palestine 101: 75 Years of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Resistance

    Episode 35: Palestine 101: 75 Years of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Resistance

    Palestine 101: 75 years of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Resistance

    This episode is made up of presentations from a Nov. 12 online event organized by the Tempest Collective https://www.tempestmag.org, a revolutionary socialist project based in the US that now also accepts members from Canada.

    Speakers:

    Shireen Akram-Boshar, a contributor to Palestine: A Socialist Introduction
    Brian Bean, co-editor of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction
    https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1558-palestine-a-socialist-introduction
    Sherry Wolf, anti-Zionist Jewish socialist; former press officer for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

    • 50 min
    Episode 34: Germany 1923: A New Perspective on a Failed Revolution (& a Poem for Palestine)

    Episode 34: Germany 1923: A New Perspective on a Failed Revolution (& a Poem for Palestine)

    Germany 1923: A New Perspective on a Failed Revolution (& a Poem for Palestine)

    One hundred years ago, a socialist revolution came close to happening in Germany. This episode is an interview with Sean Larson, who has written an article that draws on original research to illuminate what happened and why:
    https://spectrejournal.com/germany-1923/

    For further reading:
    On the revolution of 1918:
    https://jacobin.com/2018/11/german-revolution-centennial-rosa-luxemburg-social-democrats

    On Germany 1918-1933:
    Germany’s Counterrevolution Paved the Way for the Rise of Nazism
    https://jacobin.com/2022/02/german-revolution-november-weimar-republic-luxemburg-nazis

    On an important German marxist: Ernst Meyer, Theorist of Revolutionary Realpolitik
    https://jacobin.com/2019/09/ernst-meyer-germany-weimar-republic-communism-realpolitik-rosa-luxemberg

    On the history of the global workers’ movement:
    https://salvage.zone/what-happened-to-the-workers-movement/

    ***Israel's war on Gaza is on our minds and I hope listeners are involved in Palestine solidarity activity wherever you are.***

    At this time, I recommend reading the classic document by Palestinian marxist Jabra Nicola: Theses on the revolution in the Arab East
    https://matzpen.org/english/1972-09-14/theses-on-the-revolution-in-the-arab-east-a-said-jabra-nicola/

    While obviously over-optimistic, and much has changed in the half-century since it was written, Nicola's analysis helps us understand the impasse into which the PLO led the Palestinian struggle, which allowed Hamas's rise to begin, and why ultimately, because of the specific character of Israeli settler-colonialism, the possibility of radical change within Israel depends on the struggles of the masses in the region, outside as well as inside its borders.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 33: Chinese Imperialism

    Episode 33: Chinese Imperialism

    Episode 33: Chinese Imperialism

    Episode 31 of this podcast looked at the imperialism of the US, which despite its relative decline is still the most powerful component of global capitalism. In this episode Kevin Lin and Ashley Smith look at the rise of China and US-China rivalry.

    Suggestions for Reading:

    Ashley Smith, "As US-China Tensions Mount, We Must Resist the Push Toward Interimperialist War"
    https://truthout.org/articles/as-us-china-tensions-mount-we-must-resist-the-push-toward-interimperialist-war/

    Todd Gordon and Jeff Webber, "Complex Stratification in the World System: Capitalist Totality and Geopolitical Fragmentation" in the academic journal, Science and Society(unfortunately paywalled but the file may be findable elsewhere online), isn't an easy read but suggests a better way of understanding imperialism today than the more influential frameworks. https://guilfordjournals.com/doi/10.1521/siso.2020.84.1.95

    Is BRICS+ an Anti-Colonial Formation Worth Cheering From the Left? Far From It.
    https://truthout.org/articles/is-brics-an-anti-colonial-formation-worth-cheering-from-the-left-far-from-it/

    Taiwan Shouldn't Be Used As A Geopolitical Pawn
    https://jacobin.com/2022/11/taiwan-geopolitical-pawn-china-us-international-relations-cold-war-history

    Lausan Collective
    https://lausancollective.com

    New Bloom Magazine -- Radical Perspectives On Taiwan And The Asia Pacific
    https://newbloommag.net

    • 1 hr 34 min

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