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The Vietnam War

11/5/2018
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Historian David Parsons joins Breht to talk about the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh, American Imperial War Crimes, Historical Memory, and much more! David Parsons is an author, historian, and leftist podcast host of The Nostalgia Trap. Find The Nostalgia Trap here: https://nostalgiatrap.libsyn.com Support The Nostalgia Trap here: https://www.patreon.com/nostalgiatrap Find his book, Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era here:...

Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, & Existentialism (w/ Existential Comics)

10/26/2018
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Existential Comics (aka Corey Mohler) joins Brett to discuss the philosophy, politics, and historical context of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Together they investigate the contradictions between Marxism and Existentialism and discuss the public dispute that ended Camus and Sartre's friendship. Find and Support Existential Comics here: https://www.patreon.com/ExistentialComics Follow Existential Comics on Twitter @ExistentialComs here:...

Duration:01:21:38

Stalin: A Marxist-Leninist Perspective

10/18/2018
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Justin and Jeremy from Proles of the Round Table join Breht to elucidate the Marxist-Leninist perspective on Joseph Stalin. Listen to Proles of the Round Table here: http://prolespod.libsyn.com/ Support Proles of the Round Table here: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Sources for this episode include, but are not limited to, the following: "Another View of Stalin" by Ludo Martins "Fraud, Famine and Fascism" by Douglas Tottle "Khrushchev Lied" by Grover Furr "Class Struggles in...

State and Revolution: Marx, Lenin, & the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

10/11/2018
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Alyson Escalante joins Breht to discuss Lenin's major work of political theory, State and Revolution. Here is a previous show we here at Rev Left did specifically on the Paris Commune entitled "The Paris Commune: A Brief Blossoming of Proletarian Power", for anyone interested in taking a deeper dive: https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/the-paris-commune-a-brief-blossoming-of-proletarian-power Find, Follow, and Support Alyson here: Articles:...

Duration:01:42:02

The Film Vanguard: Easy Rider (1969)

10/7/2018
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The Film Vanguard comes together once again to discuss the 1969 film directed by Dennis Hopper "Easy Rider". Topics include: differing definitions of freedom, hippies, communes, reactionary violence, Boomers, why a death wish is required to ride motorcycles, and more. Get in on the ground floor of our brand new Film Vanguard spin off show, Hammer and Camera at patreon.com/hammercamera Follow Hammer and Camera on twitter @hammercamera Intro music by Captain Planet. You can find and...

Duration:01:20:43

Socialist Rifle Association: Firearms Education, Mutual Aid, & Disaster Relief

9/30/2018
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Breht O'Shea and Dr. Bones (Breht's co-host on The Guillotine) interview Faye and Alex from the Socialist Rifle Association (SRA). Learn more about, support, *and JOIN*, the Socialist Rifle Association here: https://www.socialistra.org/ Learn about and support Mutual Aid Disaster Relief here: https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/ Intro Music by Captain Planet. Listen to, and support, his music here: https://djcaptainplanet.bandcamp.com/ Outro Music by Ramshackle Glory, find and support...

Duration:00:46:28

Big Announcement! - Plus: A Response to Joe Rogan Regarding Socialism

9/26/2018
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Support the show (at whatever tier you prefer) at: Patreon.com/RevLeftRadio Make a one time donation to our PayPal at: PayPal.me/RevLeft -------- Follow and Support Black Banner Magic here: https://www.patreon.com/blackbannermagic Contact Black Banner Magic at: BlackBannerMagic@riseup.net Follow them on Twitter @BlackBannerPod -------- Follow and Support Hammer and Camera here: https://www.patreon.com/hammercamera/creators Email them at:...

Duration:00:46:16

The Marxist Center: Base-Building Toward Dual Power

9/25/2018
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Sophia Burns (from God’s and Radicals and Seattle Communists) and Tim Horras (from Philly Socialists) join Breht to discuss The Marxist Center Network, Base-Building, strategic unity over ideological unity, Party Building, the four tendencies on the left, and much more! Check out Philly Socialists here: https://www.phillysocialists.org Check out Sophia’s writings here: https://godsandradicals.org/author/marxismlesbianism/ Outro Music: Prey'er (featuring Killer Mike) by Bambu, you can...

Duration:01:18:02

Polynesian Politics: Māori Indigenous History & Marxist Prison Abolition

9/8/2018
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Emmy Rakete, a Māori communist and organizer from New Zealand, joins Breht to discuss Māori indigenous history in Polynesia, Marxism-Leninism, Prison Abolition, Colonialism, Climate Change, culture, and much more! Learn about and support her prison abolitionist organization PAPA here: https://papa.org.nz/publications/ Read the free PDF version of the book "Abolitionist Demands" that she contributed to and recommended in the interview here:...

Duration:00:54:53

The History of Fascism (feat. Yale Historian Dr. John Merriman)

9/2/2018
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In this episode, esteemed Yale historian and scholar of European history, Dr. John Merriman, joins Brett to discuss the history of Fascism in the 20th century, and its insurgent RE-rise in the US and Europe today. If you want to hear Dr. Merriman's full history lecture on Fascism, you can find that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRSrSml1Hvw You can find out more about John, including all of his books, here: https://history.yale.edu/people/john-merriman Intro music by...

Duration:00:55:26

Demand Utopia & PopMob: Art, Imagination, & Coalition Building on the Left Coast

8/31/2018
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In part one, Breht sits down with two organizers from Demand Utopia to talk about social ecology, imagination and creativity in organizing, the importance of Art, Rojava, Green Anarchism, and more. In part two, Effie from Popular Mobilization joins Breht to discuss Coalition Building, effective organizing, and the importance of mass movements and popular fronts. Find and Support Demand Utopia (@DemandUtopia) here: https://demandutopia.net Find and Support Popular Mobilization...

Duration:01:16:37

Marxist Film Analysis: RoboCop (1987)

8/20/2018
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The Film Vanguard adds new member Abby to the squad and reunites to analyze the 1987 Sci-Fi film, RoboCop Please Rate and Review our show on iTunes or whatever podcast app you use. This dramatically helps increase our reach. Support the Show and get access to bonus content on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio Follow us on Twitter @RevLeftRadio This podcast is officially affiliated with The Nebraska Left Coalition, the Nebraska IWW, the Omaha GDC, and the Marxist...

Duration:01:32:37

Disability Justice and Liberation w/ Lateef McLeod

8/11/2018
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Lateef McLeod is building his career as a scholar and an author. He has earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He is now a student in the Anthropology and Social Change Doctoral program at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. He published his first poetry book entitled A Declaration Of A Body Of Love in 2010 chronicling his life as a black man with a disability and tackling various topics on family, dating, religion,...

Duration:00:21:19

The Spanish Civil War

7/28/2018
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John from Working Class History joins Brett to discuss the Spanish Civil War! This is a long-anticipated episode on a deeply important and relevant historical event. We spent a LOT of time editing and producing this episode, so we hope you find it informative as well as genuinely moving. Follow Working Class History on all the major social media sites! Here is the reading guide from WCH on the Spanish Civil War: https://libcom.org/library/spanish-civil-war-1936-39-reading-guide Their...

Duration:01:56:26

Comedy in a Police State: ICE, SESTA-FOSTA, Stand-Up, & U.S. Culture

7/15/2018
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Jake Flores is a stand-up comedian and the host of Pod Damn America. Jake joins Brett to talk about his house visit from Department of Homeland Security agents because of a joke about ICE that he posted on twitter the day before. They also talk about comedy as a vehicle for radical politics, how SESTA-FOSTA hurts sex workers, Millennial culture, why reactionaries suck at comedy, and much more! Visit Jake Flores’ Website here: http://www.feraljokes.com Follow him on Twitter...

Duration:01:14:36

Gender Abolition, Michel Foucault, and Marxism-Leninism

7/8/2018
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Alyson Escalante joins Brett to discuss gender nihilism, Marxist feminism, Judith Butler, Leninism, trans liberation, Foucault, social media discourse, and much more! Follow Alyson on Twitter @Alysonesque Read her work here: https://medium.com/@alysonescalante/how-we-talk-about-trans-inclusion-matters-75e1c6fce5dc Alyson's recommendations for further reading: Wittig - The Straight Mind and Other Essays Federici - Caliban and the Witch Jules Gleeson - The Call For...

Duration:00:57:33

Capitalism vs. Freedom: Confronting Right Libertarianism

7/2/2018
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Rob Larson is a professor of economics and a libertarian socialist. He joins Brett to discuss his new book: Capitalism Vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom. Buy the book here: http://www.zero-books.net/books/capitalism-freedom Outro Music: Venture Capitalist by Feudalism. Listen to and support their music here: https://feudalism.bandcamp.com -------------------- Support Revolutionary Left Radio and get exclusive bonus content here: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio Follow us...

Duration:01:21:07

The U.S. Left & the Future of Capitalism w/ The Antifada

6/27/2018
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Jamie, Sean, and Andy from The Antifada podcast joint Brett to discuss the current state of the US left and the future of global capitalism! This is a really fun and unique collaboration with some genuinely hilarious and good human beings! Listen to more of their episodes here: https://podtail.com/en/podcast/the-antifada/ Outro music: Slow Down Ghandi by Sage Francis Support Revolutionary Left Radio and get exclusive bonus content here: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio Follow us...

Duration:01:39:07

Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War On America's Maoists (1968-1980)

6/17/2018
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Writer and historian Aaron Leonard, the author of Heavy Radicals, joins Brett to discuss the Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party of the 60's and 70's, of which Aaron was a member for 30 years. Topics include Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, the FBI, Red China, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), The Weather Underground, Police Infiltration of Leftist organizations, the Black Panther Party, Bob Avakian, Mao Zedong, and much more! Find this book, and Aaron's other...

Duration:01:21:26

Mao Zedong and the Chinese Revolution

6/3/2018
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Yueran Zhang is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Harvard University. Yueran joins Brett to discuss Mao and the Chinese Revolution. Yueran's academic profile is here: https://sociology.fas.harvard.edu/people/yueran-zhang Here are the recommendations Yueran gave at the end of the episode: - Mao's China and After: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Maos-China-and-After/Maurice-Meisner/9780684856353 Rise of the Red Engineers:...

Duration:01:03:26