Episode 41: What Next for the Australian Left? With Antony Loewenstein and Scott Ludlam

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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In this episode, which marks two years of our podcast, we bring you some of the event What Next for the Australian Left? featuring Antony Loewenstein and Scott Ludlam. @antloewenstein is a Sydney-based independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian, photographer and blogger. @SenatorLudlam is a Greens Senator in Western Australia (for now at least – you can find out the latest on the WA Senate recount here). At this event, Loewenstein discussed issues like insiders and outsiders in the media, the privatisation of refugee detention centres, activism against privatisation, changing the language in the media and academics. Ludlam discussed capitalism as cancer, the media’s role in Abbott’s victory and the importance of activism beyond parliament. You can watch this whole event on Youtube here.

Beyond this event we also talk about some of our finds from the street, including a lamp and Katie living the dream and getting an iMac without giving any money to Apple! For those looking for free stuff in Melbourne, check out Give Away Free Stuff in Melbourne. We discuss Russell Brand’s viral interview, feminist critiquesBrand checks himself and voting. For those wanting to look further into the issue of privilege, check out The Angry Hippie’s podcast. We promote a video on the #tunnelpicket campaign and read out an update on this campaign from Melbourne Street Medic Collective. Also covered is our vegan outreach at the National Day of Climate Action and the progress on the Coalition repealing the carbon tax. To find out about the environmental impact of animal products check out shrinkthatfootprint.com and our 11th episode. For more on the carbon tax, including critiques from Friends of the Earth, listen to our 5th episode. We promote the 104th episode of Team Earthling, which has a great talk from Naty on building bridges between different progressive social movements. We encourage people to share Nick’s meme ‘Budgie smugglers are a bigger threat than people smugglers’. The episode finishes with a discussion on Israel, including Katie’s experiences of being at the UN for Israel’s Universal Periodic Review, Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and racism in Israel. For more on Israel/Palestine, check out Loewenstein on Left and Correct podcast (14/12/2012 episode), Queer Punx podcast and our 16th episode.

This episode is brought to you by Ben “not a corporate shill” Spink. Thanks a lot to Spink for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Movie Recommendation:

The Hunger Games – Catching Fire.

Book Recommendations:

Loewenstein: 1984, The Shock Doctrine, Heroes.

Ludlam: Rich People Things, Secret Country, The Art of War, Neuromancer, Now We Are Six.

Clips:

Promoe ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, The IT Crowd (series 4, episode 4), What Next for the Australian Left?, Austin Powers, The Adventures of Lano and Woodley (series 1, episode 1), Peep Show (Series 4, episode 5), Lagwagon from the album ‘Live in a Dive’, What Next for the Australian Left?, Lowkey ‘Soundtrack to the Struggle’, What Next for the Australian Left?, Lowkey ‘Alphabet Assassin’, Lowkey ‘Long Live Palestine’, Lowkey ‘Terrorist?’, The Chaser’s War on Everything (Series 2, Episode 14), SoleI Think I’m Noam Chomsky’.

Comments
  1. […] Episode 41: What Next for the Australian Left? With Antony Loewenstein and Scott Ludlam […]

  2. […] We’re joined by awesome independent journalist Antony Loewenstein (@antloewenstein). He discusses Australian troops set to enter Iraq and Syria, his article ‘Of course Australia is going back to Iraq: That’s how a US client is expected to behave’, hysteria about terrorism in Australia and the poor state of (most of) the Australian media. You can hear more from Antony Loewenstein on our 41st episode. […]

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