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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 160: Labor After Lockdown w/ Maria Repnikova and the Foreign Policy Crüe

The pandemic has transformed the way we think about work and labor globally. In the US, many employees are unwilling to return to service jobs that underpay and provide limited benefits. In China, there is a recent phenomenon called “Lying flat” whereby young people refuse to partake in “productive forces” of the party, and instead choose to settle for non-careerist but more relaxed lifestyles. At the same time, the pandemic has accelerated remote work that for many employees has also meant longer hours.
 
In this episode we engage with the politics of labor and what pandemic means to us as workers, consumers and citizens.
 
About our guest Maria Repnikova ( https://www.mariarepnikova.com/)
Dr. Repnikova is an Assistant Professor in Global Communication at Georgia State University. This year she is a Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholar. In the past, Maria was a postdoctoral fellow at the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate (DPhil) in Politics at the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 159: Deconstructing the Myth of Manifest Destiny: The Residential Schools w/ Dr. John Gram

There is a notion that poisons the minds of many Americans. The myth of Manifest Destiny. The narrative that the vast empty western lands of what we now call the United States was an untamed wild unknown filled with savages that could only be settled by a truly civilized people.
In recent weeks, there has been breaking news from Canada that unmarked mass graves have been found near what were knows as “residential schools”. These “schools” were boarding facilities with a long-standing partnership between religious institutions and national governments. Their goal was to isolate Indigenous youth from their families erase their customs and language and assimilate them to the dominant culture.
 
In the United States, Col. Richard Henry Pratt was maybe the most impactful figure of the off-reservation schools. His goal was that of complete assimilation. His motto that became that of the system, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”.
In this episode of THIS IS REVOLUTION, we’ll take a deep dive into the insidious nature of the residential schools in the US as well as Canada with historian John Gram.
 
About John Gram (From his website https://johnrgram.blogspot.com/):
Dr. Gram’s research and teaching interests focus on the political, social, and cultural consequences of US expansion during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research agenda examines the process of indigenous identity formation under the pressures of settler colonialism, as well as the processes by which the United States incorporated frontier and borderland regions. He is the author of Education At the Edge of Empire: Negotiating Pueblo Identity in New Mexico’s Indian Boarding Schools (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015). He also has a blog, “Telegrams”
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 158: The UK Post Brexit: In The Ashes of Empire w/ Priya Gopal and the Saturday Crüe

The past decade has been one of turmoil and tumult for the United Kingdom. From economic austerity to Brexit, the country has limped and lurched from crisis to crisis. The outcome has been growing division evidenced by the rise of Scottish nationalism and increased polarization between left and right. One important aspect of this trend towards national disintegration has been the increasingly ill-tempered cultural war, stoked by the right-wing press and Conservative government. As in the United States, part of this battle is being waged over history, with the Tory establishment and their allies at the Daily Mail and Telegraph whipping up hysteria about attacks on British heritage in response to critical academic studies on the country’s imperial past. How does history feed into British national identity?
 
How is the empire remembered? And what does the increasingly contentious nature of the public discussion pertaining to British history tell us about the state of British politics?
 
About Priyamvada:
My primary interests are in colonial and postcolonial studies. I have related interests in the novel, South Asian literature, decolonization, critical race studies and the politics and cultures of empire and globalization. Published work includes Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence (Routledge, 2005), After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies (Special issue of New Formations co-edited with Neil Lazarus), The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration (Oxford University Press, 2009) and, most recently, Insurgent Empire: Anti Colonial Resistance and British Dissent (Verso, 2020). My work has also appeared in The Hindu, Outlook India, India Today, The Independent, The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Nation (USA). I've contributed occasionally to the BBC's Start the Week and Newsnight as well as programmed on NDTV-India, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 157: An Examination of Sex Work From the Left w/ Esperanza Fonseca

Sex work remains a controversial topic both on the left and in broader mainstream circles. In recent years, many on the left, particularly in feminist circles, have organized and campaigned for the legalization of sex work, under the slogan "sex work is work". While not suggesting that such work is empowering or positive, the movement has worked to decriminalize and destigmatize it. However, others have criticized this approach arguing that sex work is uniquely exploitative and inherently violent. What defines sex work? Is it inherently exploitative? And if so, what is the political posture the left should take towards those engaged in this form of labour?

About Esperanza Fonseca:

Esperanza Fonseca is a survivor of the commercial sex trade and a member of the anti-imperialist feminist organization AF3IRM. She is currently based in Oakland, CA, and has a seven-year background in organizing workers and tenants for economic justice. She got her start in organizing as a Fellow with the Ziegler Young Religious Leaders Organizing Fellowship, where she organized faith leaders to advance economic justice initiatives in the City of Los Angeles, resulting in strong contracts and improved working conditions for food-service, hotel, and grocery workers. Fonseca graduated from Whittier College with a degree in the Whittier Scholars Program: Feminist Studies and Liberation Theology. She maintains a blog and writes on ending gendered violence and sexual exploitation.

 

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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 156: Who Are the Professional Managerial Class w/ Ben Burgis, C. Derick Varn, and Foreign Policy Crüe

 
Perhaps no term has caught the imagination of political circles on both the right and the left as the term “Professional Managerial Class” (PMC). The term was first coined by John and Barbara Ehrenreich to describe a caste of middle-class professional elites who increasingly controlled production through their specialist training and educational credentials. While the work of the Ehrenreich's was certainly significant, their hypothesis was not an entirely new one. In the 1940s, the Trotskyist-turn-conservative James Burnham penned the “Managerial Revolution” which hypothesized that society was increasingly falling under the domination of a managerial elite with specialist knowledge.
 
In recent times, especially in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis and the 2020 COVID pandemic, such analysis and criticism has gain popularity on both the right and left. However, how useful is the term PMC? Are the PMC a coherent social class? And in what ways does the convergence of discourse between both right and left on the “PMC thesis” obfuscate more than it elucidates?
 
About Ben Burgis:
Ben Burgis is a philosophy professor and the author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left. He is host of the podcast Give Them An Argument.
 
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Read Ben's Work in Jacobin here:
 
Watch Derick's Varn Vlog here:
 
Watch Derick on Zero Book's Pop the Left here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nFVU7JbT-g&list=PLFad02vA5AOH8vV8rUp6mwkACCa77u2UM
 
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 155: What is the Revolutionary Capacity of Black America in the Post COVID era w/ Dhoruba Bin Wahad

Former Member of the 1960s Black Panther Party, as well as a member of the Black Liberation Army, Dhoruba Bin Wahad has dedicated his life to Black Revolutionary Struggle in the United States and Globally. Today we will ask Dhoruba: “What is the Revolutionary Capacity of Black America in 2021?
 
Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a leader member of the new York Black Panther Party, a Field Secretary of the BPP responsible for organizing chapters throughout the East Coast, and a member of the Panther 21. Arrested June 1971, he was framed as part of the illegal FBI Counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) and subjected to unfair treatment and torture during his nineteen years in prison.
During Dhoruba’s incarceration, litigation on his behalf produced over three hundred thousand pages of COINTELPRO documentation, and upon release in 1990 he was able to bring a successful lawsuit against the New York Department of Corrections for all their wrongdoings and criminal activities.
 
Living in both Ghana and the U.S. Dhoruba, an uncompromising critic of imperialism and capitalism, continues to write and work promoting freedom for all political prisoners and revolutionary Pan-Africanism.
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 154: Special Haiti Episode w/ Dr. Paul Mocombe and Pascal Robert

With the recent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, Haiti is currently at a tipping point. On this episode we will look at the "Who, What, Where, and Why," to inquire as to what forces could have possibly been behind the assassination of Haiti's president, Jovenel Moise.

 

About Dr. Mocombe:

Paul C. Mocombe is a Haitian philosopher and sociologist. He currently works as a professor of philosophy and sociology at West Virginia State University. Paul does research in Sociological Theory, Social Theory, Haitian studies, and Social and Political Philosophy. His current projects are his theory of phenomenology and 'Haitian Epistemology:Haitian/vilokan idealism'.

 

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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 153: The Left Response to Critical Race Theory w/ Dr. Paul Mocombe

Many liberals and progressives have been circling the wagons defending Critical Race Theory as a part of the new “Culture War.” The desire to defend these ideas stems from the reactionary right wing using Critical Race Theory as the new boogie man that is harming the narrative of American Exceptionalism conservatives so desperately cling to. In this episode we will discuss the assertions of Critical Race Theory and inquire: Do these theories challenge capitalism and wealth hierarchies? Or is this simply a plea for more liberal anti racism that seeks to diversify the ruling class as the overall pie shrinks for the rest of the nation?
 
About Dr. Mocombe:
Paul C. Mocombe is a Haitian philosopher and sociologist. He currently works as a professor of philosophy and sociology at West Virginia State University. Paul does research in Sociological Theory, Social Theory, Haitian studies, and Social and Political Philosophy. His current projects are his theory of phenomenology and 'Haitian Epistemology:Haitian/vilokan idealism'.
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 152: The Aftermath of the Iranian Revolution w/Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi and the Saturday Crüe

In 1979, the Iranian Revolution upended the political order of the Middle East, sweeping from power the country’s pro-American monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The forces that coalesced to ouster the Shah from power were broad, including not only religious conservatives, but liberal, socialists, communists, and national minorities. However, it was the country’s religious establishment, under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, that were ultimately able to take power and establish an “Islamic Republic”.
 
This week on This Is Revolution we take a deep divide into the Iranian Revolution and its aftermath. What were its origins? Which political forces contested for power during the revolution and how has that contest played out in the post-revolutionary era? And in what ways has Iran's continuous relationship with the United States affected political developments over the last four decades.
 
About Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi:
Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Political Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2016-2019), where he also obtained his doctorate (2010-2014). Eskandar has published widely on modern Iranian and Shi'i Islamic political thought and is a series editor of Radical Histories of the Middle East (Oneworld). His monograph Revolution and its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 151: Peru’s Continued Struggle for Democracy w/ Camilo Gomez

The hacienda is run like a baronial fief. The laws of the state are not applied in the latifundium without the tacit or formal consent of the large landowners. The authority of political or administrative officials is in fact subject to the authority of the landowner in his domain. The latter considers his latifundium to be outside the jurisdiction of the state and he disregards completely the civil rights of the people who live within his property. He collects excise taxes, grants monopolies, and imposes sanctions restricting the liberty of the laborers and their families.”
-Jose Carlos Mariategui
 
Peru’s long struggle for democracy continues with their current presidential election. A nation that has overcome a series of corrupt leaders, military coups and deadly Civil War within the last 30 years, will the election of Pedro Castillo, a former elementary school teacher and socialist, over the daughter of former Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori can be Peru’s moment to break free of their western economic shackles?
 
Will the far-right Keiko Fujimori be able to overturn the election using the Trump playbook citing baseless claims of electoral fraud?
With military support, will Fujimori be able to call for something that is all too common in Peru, a military coup.
 
About Camilo Gòmez:
Camilo is a podcaster and freelance journalist in Peru. You can find much of his written work here:
 
You can find Camilo’s podcast here:
 
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