Posts Tagged ‘Noam Chomsky’

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This episode features politics professor Jason Brownlee on current US meddling in Venezuela and whether or not direct military intervention by the US is likely, in the context of US foreign policy historically.

Jason also briefly touches on the US media coverage of the white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchurch, which we covered last episode #222.

For more on the history of US foreign policy, check out Jason’s book Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance and Noam Chomsky’s Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance.

If you’d like to hear first-hand accounts of what is going on in Venezuela, check out Mike Prysner, Max Blumenthal and if you’re in Melbourne you may be interested in going along to the upcoming event Eyewitness Report back from Venezuela.

Other sources we and/or Jason recommend on Venezuela are: Intercepted, Secular Talk and Democracy Now!. You can see our tweets about Venezuela for more sources.

Clips:

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran; The Beach Boys ‘Barbara Ann’; Rolling Stones ‘My Sweet Neocon’, David Bowie ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’, PropagandhiA People’s History of the World’.

If you enjoy the music we play on our show, check out our Spotify playlist ‘Progressive Podcast Australia Music and Comedy’!

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*This title is in reaction to the horrible bumper sticker from the Young Liberals pictured above. The picture is from Aussies Against the Abbott Government.

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‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week’ is the cuts to Centrelink from the conservative Abbott government currently in power in Australia. We talk about our own experiences with Centrelink, the Liberal party getting policy advice on welfare from super-rich mining magnate Gina Rinehart, Tony Abbott wanting to ban the dole for people under 30 and we defend welfare against criticisms from some anarchists, drawing on anarchist Noam Chomsky. We also discuss some important critiques of the One Billion Rising movement, the global feminist movement that we covered on episodes 46 and 47.

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Clips:

Dead PrezHell Yeah (Pimp the System)’, Family GuyAustin PowersPeep Show ‘Series 2, Episode 4’, The UnseenSocial Security’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on cuts to welfare from the Abbott government, here: Proudly Against The Liberal Party, Because People Need Welfare. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

america-syria-memeThe image above is from Mehedi. 

This episode has been released in two parts. You can listen to both parts of the episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here. You can also listen to both parts on Cyber Ears here or download part 1 on MediaFire here (18MB) and part 2 on Archive.org here (20MB). 

This episode is all about Syria – in part one we give you the latest updates as well as a broader historical perspective/background. Katie has been at the United Nations Human Rights Council, listening in on debates about Syria and other issues, so she gives her accounts of this and we play a few speeches made at the UN. We also discuss Barack Obama’s first and second speech on Syria, as well as critiques of these speeches from Chris Hedges, Rania Masri and Noam Chomsky. We talk about whether the Syrian government was responsible for chemical attacks, drawing on the BBC and Human Rights Watch. US hypocrisy is also covered – we mention the US using and supporting the use of chemical weapons many times, Israel’s possession and use of chemical weapons, Obama being praised for seeking congressional approval before invading even though he is required to under the constitution, John Kerry accidentally pursuing a diplomatic solution, and the role of alternative media in generating opposition to a US invasion. We also cover the inspiring Battle for Burswood, the AFL grand final and arming foetuses – or harming penises? (which was close to being the title of this episode!).

In part two we discuss alternative ways to deal with human rights abuses beyond bombing civilians. Drawing on Noam Chomsky’s For Reasons of State, we also talk about the importance of activism and social movements in opposing wars, and we specifically mention the movement in Syria that is rejecting the Assad regime and also US military intervention. We have a return of the segment ‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week’ – this time it’s homophobic Google. Other stuff covered in part two is: Rap News 20 taken down due to copyright, Liam Kenny defends The Chaser’s false depiction of his dad having sex with a dog, and Occupy Wall Street’s two year anniversary. We discuss the article ‘Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible’ and also refer back to our 13th episode, which was all about the Occupy movement. We encourage people to support B’s Run for Refugees, Myq Kaplan’s comedy and In the Sprawl podcast and we also encourage people to watch a video of activism by Stop the Arms Fair! – we interviewed Kirsten Bayes from Stop the Arms Fair! on episode 35 – BEFORE this organisation was interviewed by many very mainstream sources!

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Book Recommendation (part two):

Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.

Spoken Word CD Recommendation (part two):

War and Civil Disobedience by Howard Zinn.

Clips (part one):

City of Victoria Park ‘Battle for Burswood’, Pete Seeger ‘We Shall Overcome’, Barack Obama addresses the nation on Syria, Team America: World Police, Scrubs (Season 6, episode 7), UN speeches by Syria, Russia, USA, Cuba and Venezuela, Jamaica Plain ‘I Won’t Run’Rap News#6: Wikileaks – the Truth is Out There’, Bill Hicks ‘The War’, ABC News ‘Syria Chemical Attack…’, Jamie Kilsteinon the Conan Obrien Show’, Jamaica Plain ‘Wish I Knew’, CNNNN ‘Season 2, Episode 9’, Lowkey ‘Obama Nation’.

Clips (part two):

System of a Down ‘Boom!’, Myq Kaplan ‘Book People’, Lowkey ‘Terrorist’, Hugo Chavez promoting Hegemony or Survival at the UN, Barack Obama addresses the nation on Syria, Howard Zinn ‘Military Intervention’ – from the spoken word CD Monkey Wrenching the New World Order, Noam Chomsky ‘Power and Terror’, Team Earthling ‘Episode 96’, Family Guy, Lagwagon from the album ‘Live in a Dive’, Ibrahim Qashoush ‘Syrian Revolutionary Dabke’, Omar Offendum#Syria’.

Don't_Just_Vote,_Get_Active!

The image above is from Crimethinc.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can download part 1 of this episode on Media Fire here (49MB). You can listen to part 2 and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here and you can also listen to part 2 on Cyber Ears here and Archive.org here (61MB).

In part one of this episode, we discuss the Australian federal election. We start off by discussing a letter Nick received from the Liberal Party and their “direct action green army“, their solar panel to solve all environmental problems and how they always explain their policies “so clearly” (when they’re not being racist and sexist). We also discuss Luc “getting involved” in the I’m Voting Liberal Campaign. We highlight the similarities between Labor and Liberal – the two major parties in Australia – on issues such as digital rights and asylum seekers. See our 5th episode for an in-depth discussion on the similarities between these two parties.

The role of the minor parties is also covered. Family First have criticised The Sex Party – which makes us like The Sex Party a lot! We also argue that The Greens are not going anywhere any time soon, although Wikileaks preferences have not helped their cause in the Western Australian senate. Our friend Nathan may have worked out the reason behind these preferences – it involves football! Due to crappy preferences from many parties, we encourage people to work out your own how to vote card – see here for three sites where you can do this. We discuss all of the parties in our electorate and have created a Progressive Podcast “how to vote” for people to consider – you can view this here and please contact us before the election if you have any suggested changes. We encourage people to put progressive minor parties first, due to preferential voting in Australia, to oppose the “two-party system” which the mainstream media creates in Australia. Also mentioned were refugee advocate Julian Burnside’s recommendations for voting in this election, posters for the upcoming German election that we’ve seen around Berlin and Vego Foodworld vegan restaurant in Berlin.

We start off part two of the episode with the segment ‘What you HAVE learnt from Adbusters this week’, discussing the article ‘Barack Obama: The Hamlet President‘, from issue 108. Nick brags that he was right about Obama from the start (and you morons were all wrong :p) and John Pilger labels Obama ‘the Hopey Changey of western violence’. We discuss Obama’s broken promises (here’s more if you need them!), his policy on drones, the US political system and voting. We have the (long awaited?) return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’, this time on voting. We discuss the similarities of Pilkington’s points with smarter people like Noam Chomsky (from the books Chomsky on Anarchism and Hegemony or Survival) and David Graeber (from Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology). We talk about “informal voting” in Australia and former Opposition Leader Mark Latham (in)famously encouraging people to vote with a blank ballot and a big rise in the number people voting “informally” in that election.

We finish the episode by arguing that voting can have some positive effect but we need to do more and there are plenty of other ways we can make change outside of the voting booth. We also argue that ideally we’d have direct democracy not parliamentary rule – check out our 29th episode (part 2) for more on anti-capitalism and anarchism. Also covered on part two is “dirty fucking usual Jon’s” rant about the Miley Cyrus “incident”, the anti-Russian queerphobia rally and Vegan Festival that we went to in Berlin (which featured hip hop artist Albino and the collective-run vegan store Roots of Compassion – see photos from the event here), and finally we talk about Indigenous people being attacked with a bomb in Australia, which the mainstream media mostly ignored – please share this story on Facebook and Twitter so it gets the attention it deserves!

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Clips (part 1):

Rap News ‘Australian Election: A Game of Polls’, Election 2013 – Day One, The Drugs ‘I Was a Teenage Voter’.

Clips (part 2):

Bill Hicks ‘Politics in America‘, Dead Prez (featuring Estelle) ‘Let the People be Heard’, MorrisseyIrish Blood, English Heart (live)‘, Lowkey ‘My Soul’, Lowkey ‘Obama Nation’, Lowkey ‘Skit 2’ – speech by Tariq Ali, Obama on the Daily Show, The Young Turks on ObamaLowkey ‘Obama Nation (part 2)’, Bill Maher owned by Glenn Greenwald, John LajoieMiley, You’re A Good Girl‘, Ricky Gervais podcast with Karl Pilkington (series 2, part 1), George Carlin on voting, Family GuyEstablishment‘, Peep ShowChumbawamba ‘Mr Heseltine Meets His Public’, Dead Prez on voting – from Democracy Now, Dead PrezPolitrikks‘.

Image from Melbourne Street Medic Collective.

You can listen to or download part 1 of this episode on Archive.org here (38MB) and part 2 on Archive.org here (33MB) or Media Fire here (33MB).

This episode has been released in two parts. Part 1 of this episode has a discussion with Coggo, CJ Wallace and Jazz from the almighty Melbourne Street Medic Collective. We cover the history of the collective, what they’re doing now, experiences with Occupy and police repression, creating alternative institutions to the state, working with other street medics to make their work relevant for activists and activist burnout. Other issues covered on the episode include: travelling, the gift economy, computer use, viewing protest marches as just one of many possible tactics, graffiti for refugees and we encourage people to support Bradley Manning.

Part 2 of the episode has the second part of our interview with Melbourne Street Collective. In this part of the interview, the issues covered include: Occupy Sandy, Occupy and democracy, creating coalitions with different groups around Australia and beyond, and small-scale affinity groups reporting to larger spokescouncils, as a way to ensure greater democracy and put anarchism into practice. In part 2 of this episode, we also encourage people to organise a flash mob in their city, with the help of Reproductive Choice Australia, and we discuss some feedback and additional stories on our 28th episode ‘Beyond Same-Sex Marriage’, including: the word “queer”, hippies, the same-sex marriage campaign attempting to “normalise” queer relationships, “couples privilege” and the French government pledges tougher penalties for homophobia.

Book Recommendation (from part 2):

Chomsky on Anarchism by Noam Chomsky.

Clips (part 1):

Frank Turner ‘The Road’, The Checkout ‘Foxtel’, Star Fucking HipstersDumpster to the Grave’ and ‘Death or Fight’, The Checkout ‘Access vs Ownership’, 5E CommunityI’m Your Medic’, Part 1 of interview with Melbourne Street Medic Collective, Promoe ‘These Walls Don’t Lie’, Coggo’s speech at the #FreeBrad Rally in Melbourne, The Desaparecidos ‘Anonymous’.

Clips (part 2):

Rap News#Occupy2012’, Foeknawledge ‘Knowledge is Key’, Peep Show (Series 1, episode 5), Good RiddanceDefusing the Popular Struggle’, Part 2 of our interview with Melbourne Street Medic Collective, Bob DylanMaggie’s Farm’, The SimpsonsSuper-liminal Recruiting’, Frenzal RhombI Went Out With a Hippy & Now I Love Everyone Except for Her’, Peep Show (Series 3, episode 2), The SoviettesMultiply and Divide’.