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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 207: Liberalism vs Socialism Mortal Enemies or Embittered Kin w/ Professor Matt McManus

Until recently, to most Americans, the spectrum of legitimate political discourse revolved around two ideological poles: liberalism and conservatism. Indeed, over the course of the fifty-year counterrevolution that began with the destruction of the radicalism of 68, liberal emerged as a slur on the political right. Even the Democratic Party - the institutional manifestation of the left flank of capital – seemed to shy away from the term ‘liberal’ as the notion that the United States was fundamentally a center right country came to be naturalized common sense amongst the beltway establishment. However, with the development of a vocal, albeit politically feeble, social democratic movement over the last five years, liberalism is facing challenges from the left. Indeed, today when someone utilizes the term “lib” in a derisive manner, it is very often from the perspective that liberalism represents a rightist ideology. At the same time, elements of the conservative movement - in particular those who advocate free market orthodoxy and bloviate endlessly about phantasmic threats to free speech - have sought to recast themselves as “classical liberals”. Yet, many Americans remain fundamentally ignorant of the complex historical relationship between liberalism and socialism. What is the relationship between these two ideological trends of the so-called left? How did these tendencies relate to one another historically? And are they mortal enemies or embittered kin?
 
About Matt McManus:
Matthew McManus is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tec de Monterrey, Mexico, where he teaches political science and theory. Before assuming this position McManus worked for the Committee for International Justice and Accountability. He completed his PhD in 2017.
 
You can find his book " What is Postmodern Conservatism" here:
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 206: Is America in Decline w/ American Prestige Podcast

With imperial misadventures overseas and political gridlock at home, the shine certainly seems to have come off the American experiment. While the reality of the United States was never really as rosy as the image projected, over the course of the last two decades, there is a growing sense that America is in decline. Is this perception accurate? If so, in what ways is America in decline? And what will it mean for the rest of the world?
 
American Prestige
"American Prestige" is a podcast about the United States and the friends it made along the way. It is hosted by Derek Davison, a foreign policy analyst, and Daniel Bessner, associate professor in international studies.
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 205: The Whole World is the Reichstag w/ Adolph Reed, Jr.

In an article published in August 2021, Professor Adolph Reed warned that: “It’s time to be blunt. The right-wing political alliance anchored by the Republican party and Trumpism coheres around a single concrete objective—taking absolute power in the U.S. as soon and as definitively as possible. And they’re more than ready, even seemingly want, to destroy the social fabric of the country to do so.” In the article, entitled “The Whole Country is the Reichstag”, Reed drew parallels between the constellation of political forces in present-day America and those that shaped the affairs of Germany in the early 1930s. Are such comparisons legitimate? If so, what are the political implications of such an interpretation of our present-day situation? And what are the chances that the left can halt this authoritarian slide?
 
Adolph Reed
Adolph Reed is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and a leading scholar on the politics of Black America.
 
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The Whole Country is the Reichstag

TIR PRESENTS Movie Night Extravaganza: Mickey and Nicky w/ Matthew Film Guy and Conan Neutron

 
Shot: A 1976 film about male friendship, masculinity, and the ways that we hurt and betray each other.
 
Chaser: Mikey and Nicky are low-level wiseguys on a frenzied road trip.
 
Conan Neutron and Majority Report film contributor Matthew “Film Guy” Weiss will join Forrest Miller to discuss Elaine May’s 1976 crime drama.
 
Elaine May wrote this film over the course of several years and production became intense and went far over-budget leading to her loss of final cut. Elaine May has said that the film is based on people she knew in Philadelphia and situations that actually occurred.
It’s a deeply nuanced and layered story of male friendship. Both hilarious and dark. It focuses on the ways that our pride and paranoia can often lead to self-destruction.
It’s also one of the first Gangster films that focuses on the lowest “class” of Wiseguys. The bottom of a large organized crime hierarchy. This class element becomes important to the story as both Mikey and Nicky are incredibly desperate, always broke, and have every incentive to turn on each other in this dark underground world of organized crime.
It is steeped in an endless cycle of paranoia.
 
Forrest will discuss with Conan and Matthew how much they believe this is the product of a Cold War Nixonian psyche permeating the whole country and what this says about American society.
 
Conan Neutron is the host of Protonic Reversal and the frontman for Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends: https://www.protonicreversal.com/
 
Matthew “Film Guy” Weiss is a frequent contributor to the Majority Report with Sam Seder, has a very popular Letterbox’d account (@LangdonBoom) and runs a film discussion group: https://www.commonpointqueens.org/.../cultural-arts-and.../
 
Forrest Miller is the host of Movie Night Extravaganza:
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 204: Ben Burgis on the Rightward Shift of Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was once the darling of the political left. After dalliances with Trotskyism at Oxford University, he emerged as a titan of left-wing journalism both in Great Britain and, later, in the United States. During the 1980s, he deployed his acerbic wit to critique the American empire to great effect. He also played the role of an iconoclast, writing exposés on public figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to Mother Theresa. However, in the final years of his life, his politics seem to have metamorphosed as he emerged as a supporter of the War on Terrorism and George W Bush’s imperial misadventure in Iraq. What shaped Christopher Hitchens’s political journey? How and why did he end up on the side of the neoconservative project? And how might we understand his legacy?
 
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Is Christopher Hitchens Still Worth Reading?
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 203: Labor Unrest w/ Shaun KB from the Antifada Podcast

The COVID crisis has turned many things in America upside down. One important shift has been the growing power of labor. After years of defeat and repression, market conditions have placed workers in the strongest position they have been in decades. This has been manifesting in rising wages, but also as a new wave of militancy. What does this wave of strike action mean for the future of the workers’ movement in the United States? Is it sustainable? And what does it mean for the left?
 
Sean KB
Sean KB is a union carpenter from New York City, co-host of the Antifada podcast, and a student of historical materialism and workers struggles around the globe.
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 202: Cyberpunk or Cyber Dystopia w/ R U Sirius and Doug Lain

Cyberpunk and Cyberdystopia w/ RU Siris and Doug Lain

There was once a time where information and communications technology were seen as having an emancipatory potential. To some in the 1980s and 1990s, we were on the verge of a techno-utopia. However, in recent years, this dream has turned to dust with the rise of big tech capitalism, algorithmic data collection, mass surveillance, and social media disinformation. What happen to the dream of a better tomorrow? Do we live in a cyber dystopia? And what are the prospects for emancipation from this freaky machine?

RU Sirius & Doug Lain

RU Sirius, futurist, cyberpunk, and former editor of Mondo 2000 joins with Douglas Lain, formerly associated with Zer0 Books, to talk about today's Cyber Dystopia and his upcoming book The Freaks in the Machine.

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Freaks in the Machine

https://www.mondo2000.com/2017/08/10/from-freaks-in-the-machine-mondo-2000-in-20th-century-tech-culture/

TIR Presents The Mau Mau Hour w/ Pascal Robert Ep. 4: Redemption

From early points of Black thought in the West there has been a persistent trend rooted in the need for racial vindication and the politics of redemption. These notions are rooted in the idea that Black people must vindicate themselves collectively as a race to their oppressors in order to be redeemed. These ideas can be seen even in the intellectual work of early Haitian founding fathers as well as Black thinkers from Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey. How sound has it been to assume the politics of redemption as a vehicle of Black liberation? Does such thinking do anything but replicate the power dynamics that allowed belief in racial inferiority? Is there any materialist value in such politics, or are they a burdensome relic of times gone past?

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Readings

The Politics of Redemption and Black Leadership Revisited

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-politics-of-redemptio_b_2937587

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep.201: The War for Red America w/ The Hoot And Holler Podcast

Donald Trump has been, at least temporarily, defeated. Yet, as the events of January 6th have demonstrated, his followers are far from being broken. Indeed, many still cling on to the belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by a cabal of Democratic operatives and their Republican collaborators. In response to their failures on a national level, Trump Republicans, including former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, are waging a war on those they deem to have sold out their leader. This has been manifested in a renewed effort at grassroots organizing across small town America. The frontlines of this conflict are electoral precinct officers, town councils, law-enforcement, and school boards. How is this conflict playing out in small town America? What are the political battle lines being drawn with Republican dominated regions? And what does this mean for the left?
 
Pat Squatch
is an artist and welder, mutual aid organizer and semi-professional political busy-body who has been living in the Ozarks since he was 11 years old. 
 
"Hoot 'n' Holler is a podcast about national and local politics, news, religion, and culture in the Ozarks region of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, sometimes Kansas, and never Illinois. Along with co hosts, Taylor Hern, Joshua Arnett, Harvey Day, the four leftist Ozarkers with various political and religious upbringings try to make sense of the world through the cultural and historical lens of their quixotic geographical region."
 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 200: Interrogating the Legacy of Frantz Fanon w/ Peter Hudis

Born in the French West Indies, Frantz Fanon is one of the most significant thinkers to emerge out of the anti-colonial struggles of the second half of the twentieth century. Trained as a psychiatrist, Fanon became known as an ardent critic of European colonialism and participated in the Algerian struggle for national liberation. However, his work also took a critical stance towards post-colonial elites and their stewardship of the newly independent nations of Asia and Africa. In this episode of This is Revolution, we discuss the meaning and legacy of Fanon’s works and ask what they might teach us today about the global political order.
 
Peter Hudis:
Peter Hudis is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Oakton Community College and author of Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Brill, 2012) and Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades (Pluto, 2015). He edited The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (Monthly Review Press, 2004) and The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso, 2013).
 
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