Posts Tagged ‘capitalism’

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Nick is joined by Mark Allen to discuss the Grenfell Tower fire. We discuss the benefits of “red tape” and the dangers of poor quality high-rise buildings, including in Australia. Mark also covered this issue of poor quality high-rise on our show back on episode 127.

There is also a return of the segment ‘Angela Davis ALWAYS Makes Sense’, this time on capitalism, activism and creating new arenas of struggle.

We discuss the fire as a powerful example of the devastating impact of economic inequality, drawing on the following academic articles: ‘World-Economic Trends in the Distribution of Income, 1965-1992’; ‘Inequality: Causes and consequences’; and ‘Income Inequality and Social Dysfunction’.

We also cover the success of Jeremy Corbyn’s grassroots campaign, despite very negative mainstream media coverage.

We finish the episode by covering the Finsbury Park terrorist attack and using social media to challenge the selective labelling of terrorism. For more on the selective labelling of terrorism, check out Nick’s article ‘Malcolm Turnbull Benches Team Australia, But Will The Narrative On Terrorism Change?’ and our 112th episode.

A reminder to come along to the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference in Melbourne from the 14th-16th July! Registration is now open.

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Clips:

Musician Akala: People died in London fire ‘because they were poor’, ChumbawambaUgh! Your Ugly Houses!’, Jonathan PiePapering over Poverty’, Angela Davis – interview 1972 – talking about revolution, Lowkey – ‘This is Criminal’, The JamThe planner’s dream went wrong’.

*The episode title is from the Jonathan Pie video ‘Papering over Poverty’, which is featured on the episode.

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On this episode we have some back-up from scholarly sources, as well as from Adam Cardilini, who is a scientist, animal advocate and co-host of Vegansci podcast. He discusses some listener feedback on episode 156, covering topics such as new animal-free alternatives, capitalism, effective animal activism, the methodology of the former vegetarian and vegan study by Faunalytics, veganism and B12, using a Fox News level of objectivity and finding the magical vegan dumpling.

We also have a brief discussion about the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne. You can listen to our audio recordings of all of the talks from that event here.

In the second half of the episode we ask Adam some further questions about his talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’, which we played on episode 156. These questions are on issues such as lab-grown meat, GMOs, technology and the vegan movement. You can listen to the Q and A after Adam’s talk here.

Katie and Nick finish up the episode with a discussion on mental health medication, animal testing and veganism. For more on this topic, check out Katie’s ICAS talk (which we played on episode 131) and for more on mental health medication generally, listen in to our 92nd episode.

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Clips:

Adam Ruins Everything ‘Adam Ruins Forensic Science’ – short version, full version, Rise AgainstThe First Drop’, Camp CopeStove Lighter’.

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We are again joined by politics professor Jason Brownlee. This is a continuation of our discussion with Jason from last episode (#142), where he introduced Peter Singer’s work on effective altruism and discussed some of the positive aspects. On this episode Jason discusses some critiques of Singer’s effective altruism, focusing mainly on a failure to address the structural causes of poverty, such as capitalism and neoliberal institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

Chumbawamba

*Image from Chumbawamba’s album ‘First 2’ – see ‘Clips’ below for a link to buy this album.

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Clips:

That Mitchell and Webb Sound, Series 1 ‘Just 3 Pounds a Month’, Chumbawamba ‘Invasion’, ‘How to get your Band on Television’ and ‘More Whitewashing’ – all from the album First 2, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott ‘When I Get Back to Blighty’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Jason on critiques of effective altruism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

Howard Zinn

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On this episode, we weigh up the pros and cons of voting, from an anarchist perspective. For our previous episode on this topic, check out episode 36 (part two).

Also covered throughout the episode is: why we’re anarchists, how anarchist ideas have widespread traction in society, elections as theatre, Aotearoa Anarchist Review on the Greens, the state and violence, and Sammy J’s Playground Politics.

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Clips:

The ChaserThey’re All Fucked’, NewstopiaEpisode 1’, Aamer RahmanWhy I’m Not Voting’, The Chaser’s Election DeskEpisode 2’, Chumbawamba ‘Mr Heseltine Meets His Public’, Scott LudlamThanks to You, the Opposition’, Morrissey ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion on anarchy and voting, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Politicians discussing climate change. Sculpture by Issac Cordal.

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Nick is joined by town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen. We discuss two forms of climate change denial – both denying climate change is happening and/or is caused by human activity but also denying the action and changes that are required to seriously address the climate emergency. To discuss this, we draw on the article ‘Climate Change: Almost Half Of Australia Is Still Ignorant Or Confused, New Poll Reveals’ by Thom Mitchell and the documentary This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.

We discuss government “action” on the Great Barrier Reef, the problems with “green” capitalism, statistics on the impact of the carbon tax (we also covered the carbon tax on episodes 5 and 63), climate activism and hopepreferential voting in Australia and voting for the environment in the upcoming election.

Plugs for Mark: City Limits on 3CR, Population, Planning and Permaculture Facebook group and Mark’s article on the Brexit.

If you are interested in hearing more on the issues discussed on this episode, check out our recording of the Left Q/A – Election 2016 event, featuring speakers from Save the Planet, the Socialist Alliance and the Greens – part 1, part 2. We also discuss this event and play some highlights from it on episode 138.

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Clips:

Men With Day JobsDenial Tango’, The Feed SBSGood Grief, the Bloody Reef!’, PJ HarveyLet England shake’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Mark’s discussion on voting for the environment in the upcoming election, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

flood

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This episode features an interview with Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective on the recent #FloodTheSystem direct action for climate justice. This was an Australian-wide action and Coggo focuses on the Melbourne action, where activists shut down the entrances to Westpac, BHPBilliton and part of the CBD. You can see videos of the action on the No Frontiers Facebook page and Counteract have done a write-up on the event. In the interview with Coggo, he also discusses critiques of climate marches, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he will only tolerate “passive” protests, the importance of direct action and the need for social movements to always encourage people to do more.

stolen land

Pic from @InsurrectNews on Twitter.

Also covered on the episode some analysis of the Paris Climate Agreement, thanks to Alex Whisson and Caroline Smith from RTR92.1FM Indymedia. You can listen to episodes of this show here and you can listen to individual interviews through perthindymedia.net and Soundcloud. You can also read the full Paris Climate Agreement here. There is also some discussion on Malcolm Turnbull’s (in)action on climate change.

We finish the episode with some points on the science show Cosmos and anti-capitalism.

system change

Pic from @InsurrectNews on Twitter.

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Clips:

The LurkersWhose Got a Padlock and Chain?’ – see a video of #FloodTheSystem activists singing this during the action, Indymedia – 14/12/15 episode – with Alex Whisson and Caroline Smith, Interview with Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective, Logic ft Muslimah ‘This is our World’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the interview with Coggo on #FloodTheSystem, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*Quote from the Logic song ‘This is our World’, which we finish the episode with.

on bullshit jobs

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Nick is joined by sustainable transport advocate Jeremy Mendelson from Critical Transit and Transit Matters podcasts for the entire episode. We discuss: national politics, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy’s experience with 9-5 work, trying to escape the 9-5, anthropologist David Graeber on bullshit jobs, The Happy Movie, living vegan on a low income, the new four (vegan) food groups and basic income.

You can hear Nick on Critical Transit podcast discussing sustainable transport and how it relates to issues such as class, justice and animals. You can also hear Nick and Katie on episodes 7 and 8 of Jeremy’s other podcast, Politicized.

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Clips:

Derrick Jensen ‘Selling Fingers’ from the CD – The Other Side of DarknessIntro5pect ‘No More Time’, Rise Against ‘401 Kill’, The Smith Street BandPostcodes (for People who will not Arrest me)’, Jeffery Lewis and Helen SchreinerDo They Owe Us a Living?’, Colour Me Wednesday and PerkieDon’t Waste Your Breath’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Jeremy’s discussion on bullshit jobs, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.