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Episode 31 - Interview with @DanteAtkins

1/14/2019
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This time we talk to longtime Democratic Party activist, political writer, and current congressional staffer Dante Atkins. We discuss the evolution of the party's internal thinking, how it actually functions on the inside, whether or not the new crop of Democratic lefty freshmen are learning the ins and outs of congressional procedure. He also teaches us how to speak the first line of the Odyssey in ancient Greek!

Duration:01:10:36

Episode 29 - Imperial Accounting, the Theory of Labor Aristocracy, and AOC's Tax Extravaganza

1/7/2019
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In this episode we discuss how profitable America's imperial machinery really is for the average American schlub (using import statistics from the Federal Reserve and the Census, h/t Matt Bruenig), related articles on the myth of the labor aristocracy, and finally AOC's amusing tax policy weekend.

Duration:00:42:47

Episode 27 — Judith Butler and the Yellow Vests

12/29/2018
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In our holiday special, we delve into Judith Butler's Adorno Prize Lecture from September 11, 2012 entitled "Can One Lead a Good Life in a Bad Life?" as a framework for better understanding the significance and political function of social movements such as the Yellow Vests, #BlackLivesMatter, and Occupy.

Duration:01:04:23

Episode 25 - WASP Unbound with @jeffspross

12/24/2018
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In this episode, we bring back world champion guest Jeff Spross to discuss Ross Douthat's argument against meritocracy, Bernard Yack's review of Bernard Manin's book The Principles of Representative Government, and finally Helen Andrews' case for aristocracy.

Duration:01:26:34

Episode 23 - Interview with @ThePlumLineGS

12/15/2018
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This time we interview the Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent, who has a new book out called An Uncivil War. We discuss how to save American democracy, the fecklessness of Democratic Party elites, and much more. [Also, check out Ryan's review of Greg's new book]

Duration:01:14:28

Episode 21a: Patreon Announcement

12/11/2018
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Folks have been asking about this, and here it is: patreon.com/leftanchor. We'll be publishing two episodes per week, one for patrons and one for free. If you feel like that's worth $5 a month, or want to support ad-free lefty media in a dark time for journalism, we'd be much obliged if you could pitch in to support the show. The first Patreon episode is already here, so you can check it out right now! Also feel free to send us feedback at leftanchorpodcast @ gmail, or on Twitter or...

Duration:00:05:18

Episode 21 - Interview with Brad Evans ( @HistofViolence ), Part II: Fascism

12/9/2018
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In the second part of our interview with University of Bath philosopher Brad Evans (don't miss part I!) we discuss the characteristics and functions of fascism, and how it may or may not apply to current political developments.

Duration:04:23:15

Episode 20 - Interview with Brad Evans ( @HistofViolence ) Part I: Political Violence & Neoliberalism

12/4/2018
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This is the first of a two-part interview of Brad Evans, a philosopher and critical theorist who specializes in violence at the University of Bath. We discuss the politics and the spectacle of violence, and how they have evolved under neoliberalism. Stay tuned for the second part, coming soon!

Duration:01:04:21

Episode 19 - Is Democratic Socialism TOO Democratic or Not Democratic Enough?

11/29/2018
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In this episode from the archive, we discuss dueling takes on whether the rise of democratic socialism in DSA and elsewhere is Taking Democracy Too Far (from friend of the pod Conor Friedersdorf) or is Actually, Harming Democracy (from other friend of the pod Sheri Berman). Apologies for the holiday break, but we've got another special interview coming up this weekend, keep your eyes peeled!

Duration:01:09:19

Episode 18 - Interview with @franklinbynum

11/19/2018
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Today we have a very special episode! It's entirely dedicated to an interview with Franklin Bynum, the Judge-elect of Harris County Criminal Court #8, a Houston DSA member who walloped his Republican opponent in the 2018 midterms. We discuss how he came to run for the office, what it's like being a socialist in Houston, how leftists can use elected office to improve the country, and his tips for people considering following in his footsteps. This is probably our best episode to date, and...

Duration:01:29:09

Episode 17 - Kant, Jonathan Haidt, & Feckless Liberalism

11/17/2018
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In this episode, we discuss Immanuel Kant's views about the Enlightenment, how they have come down to us today in a bastardized form with Jonathan Haidt's atrocious book The Righteous Mind, and the ongoing relevance of Robert Frost's quote "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."

Duration:01:20:40

Episode 16 - Immigration, Open Borders, & Rights, feat @jeffspross

11/13/2018
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This time we bring back Jeff Spross to talk about immigration, why conservatives and capitalists whip up anti-immigrant paranoia, the value of open borders as a policy and as a utopian demand, and close up by discussing Hannah Arendt's ideas about the right to have rights. Image credit: Haskell Border Library

Duration:01:24:20

Episode 15 - 2018 Midterms

11/10/2018
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This episode we discuss the midterms. We start off with Ryan flagrantly botching the state Claire McCaskill is from (Missouri, not Iowa), then move into a broader discussion on What It All Means: live, unfiltered, raw insight from start to finish.

Duration:01:15:53

Episode 14 - Anand Giridharadas on Big Philanthropy & Antonio Gramsci

11/5/2018
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This time we discuss Anand Giridharadas's book Winners Take All about the ideological underpinnings and functions of elite philanthropy. Then (about 30:00) we discuss how the book illustrates the basic insights of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci on ideology, hegemony, and the role of intellectuals in politics.

Duration:00:55:49

Episode 13 - Karl Polanyi

11/2/2018
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In this episode (recorded some time ago) we discuss the ongoing insight and relevance of Karl Polanyi, whose brilliant work The Great Transformation continues to shed light on modern political economy.

Duration:01:19:25

Episode 12 - Fascist Violence, David Hume, & Judith Butler

10/30/2018
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In this episode, we consider the grim news of the #MAGABomber, the synagogue shooting, the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, and what Hume and Butler might teach us about this. Unfortunately, Alexi had a technical malfunction, so the audio quality is somewhat below par on his end.

Duration:01:29:24

Episode 11 - Leftist Foreign Policy & Francis Fukuyama

10/23/2018
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In this episode, we welcome new guest Emma Steiner to talk about Bernie Sanders' recent foreign policy speech, how leftists should think about the issue, David Klion's recent review of Obama adviser Ben Rhodes' new book, and finally the group blog Fellow Travelers (which just published a piece by Representative Ro Khanna). Then at about 31:00, we turn to Mr. End of History Francis Fukuyama's surprising support for socialism in a recent interview, and an atrocious apologia for the bank...

Duration:00:52:22

Episode 10 - Fascism & Capitalism

10/16/2018
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The Republican Party has basically developed a quasi-paramilitary wing in the form of the Proud Boys, which went on a violent rampage in New York City after celebrating the 58th anniversary of the assination of Inejiro Asanuma at the Metropolitan Republican Club. Worse brawls happened in Portland, Oregon. So for this episode we discuss the links between the business class and the extreme right, and how the dysfunctions of capitalism can enable the rise of violent fascism.

Duration:01:22:19

Episode 9 - Champagne Ecosocialism & Jon Chait Join DSA, feat @jeffspross

10/14/2018
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This time we discuss the structural requirements of de-carbonizing the world economy, and whether it will be necessary as a practical matter to live an austere lifestyle or stop economic growth. Then (37:30) we turn to Jonathan Chait's latest pro-socialism manifesto. Image credit: Leaflet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Duration:01:26:46

Episode 8 - How Should the Left Think about the Judiciary? Feat. Bajeera McCorkle

10/10/2018
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For this episode we have our first guest, legal and political theory scholar Bajeera McCorkle. We discuss the abysmal history of the Supreme Court, the rise of neo-Lochnerism on the right, and try to work out how the left should think about the legal system.

Duration:02:58:42