Posts Tagged ‘neoliberalism’

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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.

empty-homes

Image from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria.

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This episode features an interview with Spike and Kelly from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria and the radio show Roominations on 3CR, 885AM in Melbourne. They discuss: increasing homelessness in Melbourne, government moves to criminalise homelessness in Melbourne and their action against it, the best thing to do when passing homeless people asking for money, and looking back on the Bendigo Street Occupation.

We also bring you some of the event ‘Ending Homelessness in Western Australia: Scenarios and Seeds of the Future’ – you can watch a video of the whole event here. We play sections on brainstorming solutions to overcome homelessness and imagining a future without homelessness. This recording is thanks to Karun Cowper from Perth Indymedia.

We covered similar issues in terms of charity and/or social change on episodes 142 and 143.

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Clips:

Bill Hicks – from the album ‘Dangerous’, Area 7Walk Away’, Interview with Spike and Kelly from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria and the radio show Roominations – part 1, ‘Ending Homelessness in Western Australia: Scenarios and Seeds of the Future’, Area 7Walk Away’, Interview with Spike and Kelly from the Homeless Persons Union Victoria and the radio show Roominations – part 2, ‘Ending Homelessness in Western Australia: Scenarios and Seeds of the Future’, AJJ ‘Zombie By the Cranberries By Andrew Jackson Jihad’, Bill Hicks – from the album ‘Dangerous’.

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were-all-fucked

Image from @ozcjr on Twitter.

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Sick of hearing about President Trump? Us too…so here is some more Trump coverage! We discuss the election result and the importance of the Left moving beyond ‘progressivism of the rich’.

To analyse the election and the fall-out, we draw on Naomi Klein, Thomas Frank, Bernie Sanders and Russell Brand.

There’s a discussion of left-wing critiques of identity politics and an anarchist defence of identity politics – thanks to Rebecca from Anarchist Affinity. For more on identity politics, check out our 117th episode.

There’s also a breakdown of who voted for which party based on race, income etc.

For more of our coverage of the election, check out our recent posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Clips:

Morrissey ‘America is not the World’, LazertitsBoss Bitch’, South ParkKumbaya My Lord’, Russell Brand The TrewsTrump. Right. Okay, the world’s gone nuts (E372)’, B. DolanWhich Side Are You On?’ – for more versions of this classic song, check out Which Side podcast.

You can listen to a short (11 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on Trump and class, here: Who Are These People Who Voted for Trump?. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Nick is back with one final episode on the US election, featuring some listener feedback on our last two episodes (#146 and #147) on this topic. Jeremy Mendelson @CriticalTransit makes the case for why he is not voting for Clinton and the importance of voting for third parties like the Greens.

There is also some discussion on Trump, class and the urban/rural divide in the US. For more on this, check out Cracked podcast, Jimmy Dore and Chomsky on the impact of NAFTA (Trump opposes this free trade agreement).

*Despite the title of the above video (and the photoshopped hat!), Moore is NOT voting for Trump!

The episode also features a new segment ‘Angela Davis ALWAYS Makes Sense’.

There has also been yet another horrible new policy by the Australian government towards asylum seekers. For more on this, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ProgPodcast – Katie has been posting a lot about this on there.

Clips:

Billy Talent ‘Voices of Violence’, LOWKEY ft LUPE FIASCO, M1 (DEAD PREZ) & BLACK THE RIPPER – ‘OBAMA NATION PART 2’, Angela Davis – interview 1972 – talking about revolution, Jimmy DoreA Hillary Presidency Sustains The Neoliberal Nightmare – Or Does It?’, Michael Moore Explains Trump’s Appeal Like Only He Can, War on WomenRoe vs World’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features Nick’s discussion on Trump and class, here: Small Elements of Legitimacy Amongst a lot of Illegitimacy in Trump’s Campaign. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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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.

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Image from framasphere.org

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This episode features Nick’s talk ‘Veganarchism’, which explores some links between veganism and anarchism. You can view the PowerPoint for this talk here and it is also embedded below. You can also listen to the full talk and the Q and A after it here. This talk was recorded at the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – you can hear other talks from this conference here. For more on veganarchism, see (for example) the pamphlet ‘Veganarchism’, the books Making a Killing and Anarchism and Animal Liberation, and Anthony Nocella’s work.

We also discuss Katie’s articles on the baby boomers and Game of Thrones (follow our blog at progressivepostings.wordpress.com to get email updates on the articles we post there), and Nick being an anarchist “since before pre-K”.

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Clips:

PlasmoEpisode 10: Balance in the Universe’, Colour Me WednesdayCarefree’, Open SlatherMonopoly Sketch’, Nick’s talk ‘Veganarchism’, AJJ ‘Temple Grandin’, American Steel ‘Sons of Avarice’, PlasmoEpisode 10: Balance in the Universe’.

You can listen to a short (5 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s talk, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*The title of this episode was inspired by the Against Me! song ‘Baby, I’m an Anarchist!’.

This image was chosen to put into context claims about Australian public transport being overcrowded (a point made during the episode) rather than to feed into the racist narrative that predominantly blames poorer countries for environmental problems. Image from http://www.shareyouressays.com

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On this one we take on the controversial issue of population, with the help of town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen. We discuss population on both a global and national scale, in light of Australia’s population recently reaching 24 million people. This includes addressing some feedback we got (see the comments on this post) on episodes 115 and 116, which focused on progressive parenting. The episode is a continuation from our discussion with Mark from our previous episode, #127, which focused on addressing urban sprawl.

Mark has written about these issues in his article ‘Why The Greens’ Plan For A Liveable Melbourne Will Not Save Melbourne’ and in the zine he has co-written ‘Why We Need to Talk about Population’ – available at New Internationalist bookshop in Melbourne. Mark has also set up the Facebook groups Population, Permaculture and Planning and Sustainable Cruelty-Free Communities.

If you’d like to hear other episodes where we have covered population, we spoke about the issue at the end of episodes 15 and 44. It would also be worth checking out episode 10, where we challenged the notion of “legitimate” refugees/migrants, which came up in this episode.

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Clips:

Morrissey ‘End of the Line’, Bad ReligionAgainst the Grain’, The Jam ‘Thick as Thieves’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion on population in Australia, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.