We visit Argentina, where the extremely online anarcho-capitalist Bolsonarista and MAGA Chud Javier Milei has just been elected their new president. Will it be a return to the Anti-communist dictatorship of the 70s and 80s, the neoliberal dollarization era of the 90s, or will it turn Argentina into one big AnarchApulco?
To find out, Andy interviews members of ananarchist-communist collective based in the Biblioteca y Archivo Alberto Ghiraldo from Rosario, Argentina. Recently they put out a new text on the Milei phenomenon called Contra el liberalismo y sus falsos criticos, or Against Liberalism and its False Critics.
Other texts mentioned:
Lead and smoke. The business of Capital: https://lazoediciones.blogspot.com/2022/12/la-oveja-negra-plomo-y-humo-el-negocio.html
Interview extracts from Bloombeg and Daily Caller
Shadowy Antifa spokesperson and podcaster Jamie Peck returns to tell us about the Block Cop City action this week in Atlanta, and what comes next for the movement against Cop Cities in Atlanta and everywhere.
Support the show by becoming a patron at http://patreon.com/theantifada
Coverage on Block Cop City: Natasha Lennard: https://theintercept.com/2023/11/15/cop-city-protest-police-atlanta-tear-gas/?
NDN Collective: https://twitter.com/ndncollective
Join a weelaunee defense society: https://www.stopcopcitysolidarity.org/wds
Support Stop Cop City political prisoners: https://www.stopcopcitysolidarity.org/free-the-weelaunee-political-prisoners
Write Victor Puertas: https://itsgoingdown.org/a-note-from-victor-on-indigenous-peoples-day/
Biden's call on Cop City with Andrew Dickens: https://twitter.com/hannahcrileyy/status/1709363361618514368
Jamie's review of George Floyd Uprising book: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/thinking-was-for-later-movement-was-for-now-on-the-vortex-groups-george-floyd-uprising/
Everybody Loves Communism: https://www.patreon.com/everybodylovescommunism
Woke Mob: https://www.youtube.com/@TheWokeMob
Song: Bloc Party - Helicopter
This is audio of CRUSH reading series no.37, Benefit for Palestine featuring Kamelya Youssef, Jenna Hamed, Tenaya Nasser, Tilghman Goldsborough, and Aristilde Kirby, with musical accompaniment by Paco Cathcart.
Recorded at Woodbine Nov 3, 2023.
The reading was a benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). Donate here- https://secure.everyaction.com/3aJf-w9toEewrIbfQf-XtA2
See a short clip of the performance here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CzUJSiOuNtd/
CRUSH reading series is curated by Suzanne Goldenberg
A zine accompanying the performance: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z2Qk716YmqbEMiamBDRKhhKJ6tR2MK9z/view
The arcane numbering system is gone, but Sean and Varn have (surprise!) a new miniseries. Inspired by current events - such as the Russo-Ukrainian War, Israel's ongoing atrocities in Gaza, and the turn towards post-neoliberal economic nationalism - we're going to explore all manner of Marxist and non-Marxist theories on the nation state to help get our heads around the current mess the world is in and hopefully chart a pathway out.
How did the nation-state rise in the early modern world? what role has nationalism played in capitalist development? What are the historical legacies of Lenin and Stalin's nationalities policies? Rhetoric aside, what is the relationship (if any) between national liberation movements and the communist project?
This is an extended preview. For access to the entire episode, become a patron today at www.patreon.com/theantifada. To see the video recording of this episode and get all of C. Derick Varn's amazing content, subscribe at www.patreon.com/varnvlog
For this first episode we mention various theorists - Harun Yilnaz, Ze'ev Sternhell, Benedict Anderson, Benjamin Studebaker, Eric Hobsbawm - and also look at this essay: https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/atc/3587.html
For the full episode support us on patreon at http://patreon.com/theantifadaJ. Sakai's Settlers Chapter 9 - Neocolonial Pacification in the US discusses how the Settler Nation integrated Native American and Black leaders into its ranks. Topics include: Native American self-governance, the rise of Marcus Garvey's UNIA, international solidarity with Ethiopia after Italy's 1935 invasion, the STFU (Southern Tenant Farmers Union), A. Phillip Randolph, the March on Washington, Black Power, and Settlers-pilled Scorsese. For the full episode support us on patreon at http://patreon.com/theantifadaSettlers Ch. 9: https://readsettlers.org/ch9.htmlPaul Prescod on A. Phillip Randolph: https://jacobin.com/2020/05/a-philip-randolph-socialist-civil-rights-march-bscpMarcus Garvey and Ethiopia: https://republic.com.ng/august-september-2023/marcus-garvey-ethiopia-and-the-oau/Song: Hepcat - Marcus Garvey
Andy and Sean discuss the invasion in Gaza, Israel's move towards ethnic cleansing, the history of proletarian resistance in Palestine, and theorize class conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian national projects and its working classes. We also talk about what all this means for those communists in the US removed from the conflict. Some of our reading for the episode:https://decompositions.noblogs.org/files/2023/10/Explosion- Point.pdf https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2023/10/18/israel-the-shattering-of-a-dream/https://brooklynrail.org/2015/03/field-notes/negation-of-the-diasporahttps://libcom.org/article/worldwide-intifada-1https://parallaxviews.podbean.com/e/tamara/Shir Hever’s Political Economy of Israel’s OccupationAzzam Tamimi's Hamas: A History from Within Song: Hawkwind - Who's Gonna Win the War?
Is there truth to the argument, developed in the 1920s, that Engels was responsible for a serious distortion of Marx's theory? What do we make of his 'double life' as both a carousing bourgeois and a disciplined revolutionary? How did the political views of Marx and Engels change over he course of the 19th century? What was The Dialectics of Nature and how has so-called 'dialectical materialism' helped to dogmatize scientific socialism? And what remains of Engels' thought and practice today?
Join us for a fun and informative episode on one of the revolutionary greats. For the full discussion, and tons more bonus content, become a patron at patreon.com/theantifada
Song: Dispatch - The General
Recording of a discussion last Saturday with Michael Hardt at Woodbine for a discussion of his new book The Subversive Seventies and our contemporary autonomist experiments in Queens, Atlanta, and elsewhere.
Michael Hardt is a philosopher and political theorist whose work focuses on autonomist social movements since the 1960s. In his books co-authored with Antonio Negri - Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth - Hardt theorized the changes in capitalism and struggle taking place at the turn of the 21st century. The frameworks Hardt and Negri developed together were among the most popular and influential political theories influencing the activism of the last 25 years, helping define the movement contexts that birthed spaces like Woodbine.
In his new book, The Subversive Seventies, Hardt focuses on dozens of movement predecessors, including Black autoworkers and militants in the US, intersectional radical feminists, gay liberation revolutionaries, the Italian autonomists, and antinuclear activists. While the radicalism of the 70s is often understood as responding to the defeat of the spirit of '68, Hardt argues that these movements, by pursuing their own agendas without claiming supremacy over other struggles, developed a model of contemporary intersectionality that solidified as an antithetical pole to neoliberal globalization.
For the rest of our series about the revolutionary cultures of the 60s and 70s check out our Armed Love collection page: https://www.patreon.com/collection/87680
Song: Alfredo Bandelli - Mort Allende
We continue reading J. Sakai's Settlers - The Myth of the White Proletariat, chapters 7 and 8. We begin the episode with a discussion of the war in Israel and Palestine with Sakai's national-liberation framework in mind.For the full episode support the show at patreon.com/theantifadaLeftcom statements mentioned: https://en.internationalism.org/content/17406/neither-israel-nor-palestine-workers-have-no-fatherland http://www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2023-10-11/the-latest-butchery-in-the-middle-east-is-part-of-the-march-to-generalised-warRead along: https://readsettlers.org/ch7.html https://readsettlers.org/ch8.htmlTampa Red - New Deal Blues
With neo-Keynesian hacks like Will Stancil crowing about the alleged successes of Bidenomics, it seemed fitting to bring on Jamie Merchant, author of many incisive articles in Paul Mattick's Field Notes section of the Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere to discuss capital, finance and permanent crisis. Topics include the enduring legacy of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall, the limits of 'financialization' discourse, the politics of crisis theory, the limits of industrial policy, the Brenner-Riley debate, anti-anti-globalization, so-called Political Capitalism and more.
In the bonus section we discuss the outlines of what a determinate negation of globalization might look like and how to turn global production into international proletarian power. Lastly, Sean, Andy and Jamie take a first pass at an internationalist perspective on fast-moving events in Palestine and what the outcome of resistance might be for the people of Gaza, the West Bank and the broader Middle East.
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Articles by Jamie Merchant:
Riley and Brenner’s 7 Theses on American Politics and further debate:
Taylor Swift - End Game
Sean and Andy talk about their moves/life showers, and the next chapter of our lives. We go on to discuss the influx of asylum seekers to NYC, the crisis of the WTO and rules-based international order, and right-wing opposition to a Chinese EV battery plant in Michigan and a munitions plant in East Germany. In the bonus we talk about Trudeau's "Bonzo goes to Bitzburg" moment and if this is historical revisionism or something else
Woodbine Reservoir journal release party: https://www.thetranspecos.com/cal/2023/10/4/woodbine-presents-the-reservoir-communion-issue-no-2-release-party
show notes:https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/03/world/europe/germany-defense-ukraine-war-weapons.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare east germans don’t want arms productionsmyth of the clean SS https://www.politico.eu/article/fight-against-ussr-nazi-waffen-ss-trooper-yaroslav-hunka-world-war-ii-soviet-union-germany/
song: Moldy Peaches - NYC's Like a Graveyard
Sean and Varn continue the second part of their miniseries on left strategies and orientations. Central to the discussion is the definition and role of what is called 'Rank and File' organizing, something that means many things to many people, but whose bases are often conflated in literature and debate, for example in the DSA. This episode tackles, in turn, the tendencies associated with Joe Burns, Jane MacAlevey, Kim Moody, Marxist-Leninists and syndicalists.
Taking a cue from current events, the conversation revolves around the ongoing United Autoworkers strike in the Midwest: what it might mean for the industry, how a victory might galvanize the broader working class, and how a defeat might play out.
UAW Strike updates! We hear Sean's analysis of the struggles of US autoworkers since 2018, various strategies the government has used to intervene, evaluated the takes of Brandon and Drumpf, ponder a Titoist Obama, and discuss the revolutionary position.
In the fun half we summarize the positions of the Trotsyist SEP and WSWS, a critique from the Bolshevik Tendency, and argue why abolishing the value form would be a more popular demand than electing a socialist politician or taxing the rich. Some of the stuff we read for the episoe:
Alex press on democracy now: https://www.democracynow.org/2023/9/15/uaw_strike_big_three_automakers
Ex wildcat-leader Jim Cramer maulding: https://twitter.com/MorePerfectUS/status/1702318383642112082
Hate listen fodder from NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/12/podcasts/the-daily/ford-general-motors-strike.html
Contradictions at the heart of Bidenomics: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/15/us/politics/biden-uaw-strike.html
Hamilton Nolan: https://www.hamiltonnolan.com/p/whose-fault-is-it
Adam Green and Ben Kweller - Kokomo
Audio from our live gig last week in Brooklyn! Find out if this the end of podcasting as we know it.Then we hang with Minion Death Cult a week later to sift through the wreckage of the Well There's Your Problem show in Philly, out trip to Citi Field to woo Mrs. Met, nasty notes to UPS drivers, NY in the post-Bloomberg era, and boys being cats.For full episode support the show at http://patreon.com/theantifadaSongs:Woodie Guthrie - Jarama Big Soda - Swearin'
Have you ever asked yourself what weird 1980s Hollywood live-action/cartoon crossover films have to say about the infamous General Motors Streetcar Scandal of the mid-20th century? Well do we have a film for you!Sean sits down with fellow socialist railfan Justin Roczniak, AKA donoteat1, to get at the real and sordid history behind Robert Zemekis' 1988 blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabbit? How the hell was this crazy film made? What does it tell us about the history of public transit in Los Angeles and elsewhere? Why is Elon Musk full of shit? How would rail fit into the Green New Deal and socialism broadly? Most importantly, how did our fans get us to watch hentai?
In Chapters 5 and 6 of Settlers Sakai talks about the history of populist anti-imperialism, the emergence of the white proletariat (we do exist!), and explains how the IWW was a vehicle of white supremacy.
Song: Pete Seeger - Casey Jones
Oh, and DONT FORGET TO SEE US THIS TUESDAY in Philly! Sept 12 w/WTYP at FRANKLIN BALLROOM https://www.bowerypresents.com/shows/detail/496996-well-theres-your-problem
Brand new Diving into the Wreckage mini-series scrapping at the wreckage that is the US Left, tracing the trajectory of socialist politics since the 1970s, and looking for ways out of the mess we're in.
Within, Varn presents on the recent history of the Democratic Socialists of America, their precipitous rise and slow decline in membership since 2020. How does this bode for the future of the millennial left? As it turns out, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic!
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Global Uprisings documentarian and TheRealNews contributor Brandon Jourdan chats about his recent experiences in the pension strikes in France, comparisons to the June Uprising following the murder of Nahel, Belgian Balkanization, the anarchist origins of Twitter, and if the End Notes Decades is ending, or just getting started baby!>>>for the full episode subscribe at patreon.com/theantifada<<<-Anarcho origins of twitter: https://dl.acm.org/doi/fullHtml/10.1145/3485447.3512282 -The “End Notes” Decade: https://thedigradio.com/podcast/conjuncture-w-akbar-winant-riofrancos/Crimethinc essay on 2023 French uprisings: https://crimethinc.com/2023/08/09/learning-from-the-flames-reflections-on-the-june-2023-revolt-in-francefor reference, an average French view on labor and race: https://libcom.org/article/classsegmentationracialization-notes-theorie-communistein response to French Indigenous Party: https://indigenes-republique.fr/why-do-we-need-an-indigenous-party-in-france/TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW FOR 9/10 in NYC and 9/12 in PHILLY shows WITH MINION DEATH CULT, POD DAMN AMERICA, and WELL THERE'S YOUR PROBLEM (philly only)!!!!BROOKLYN! Sept 10 at LITTLEFIELD: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minion-death-cult-live-tickets-691958234707Philly! Sept 12 w/WTYP at FRANKLIN BALLROOM https://www.bowerypresents.com/shows/detail/496996-well-theres-your-problemsong: Stromae - Batard
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW FOR 9/10 in NYC and 9/12 in PHILLY shows WITH MINION DEATH CULT, POD DAMN AMERICA, and WELL THERE'S YOUR PROBLEM (philly only)!!!!
BROOKLYN! Sept 10 at LITTLEFIELD: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minion-death-cult-live-tickets-691958234707
Philly! Sept 12 w/WTYP at FRANKLIN BALLROOM https://www.bowerypresents.com/shows/detail/496996-well-theres-your-problem
song: Lupe Fiasco - El Mural, Jr.
Welcome to the seventh episode of Armed Loved, the Antifada sideproject about the revolutionary countercultures of the 60s and.. Let’s just say early 70s to make it easier on me. Today we’re talking about the subject of the new book from PM Press: The Mohawk Warrior Society: A Handbook on Sovereignty and SurvivalPromo film Spaces of Exception: https://www.e-flux.com/film/421474/spaces-of-exception/Mohawk Mothers vs. McGill and MKULTRA: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mohawk-mothers-mcgill-reach-deal-to-search-for-graves-at-site-of-former-hospital-1.6365698Songs:Water Song by the Akwesasne Women Singers Robbie Robertson - Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood