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Millennials Are Killing Capitalism

We created this podcast in recognition that there are a number of podcasts for the American “left,” but many of them focus heavily on the organizing of social democrats, progressives, and liberal democrats. Aside from that, on the left we are always fighting a war of ideas and if we do not continue to build platforms to share those ideas and the stories of their implementation from a leftist perspective, they will continue to be ignored, misrepresented, and dismissed by the capitalist media and as a result by the general public. Our goal is to provide a platform for communists, anti-imperialists, Black Liberation movements, ancoms, left libertarians, LBGTQ activists, feminists, immigration activists, and abolitionists to discuss radical politics, radical organizing and share their visions for a better world. Our goal is to center organizers who represent and work with marginalized communities building survival programs, defense programs, political education, and counterpower. We also plan to bring in perspectives on and from the global south to highlight anti-capitalist struggles outside the imperial core. We view solidarity with decolonization, indigenous, anti-imperialist, environmentalist, socialist, and anarchist movements across the world as necessary steps toward meaningful liberation for all people. Too often within the imperial core we focus on our own struggles without taking the time to understand those fighting for freedom from beneath the empire’s thumb. It is important to highlight these struggles, learn what we can from them, offer solidarity, and support with action when we can. It is not enough to Fight For $15 an hour and Single-Payer within the core, while the US actively fights against the self-determination of the people of the global economically and militarily. We recognize that except for the extremely wealthy and privileged, our fates and struggles are intrinsically connected. We hope that our podcast becomes a meaningful platform for organizers and activists fighting for social change to connect their local movements to broader movements centered around the fight to end imperialism, capitalism, racism, discrimination based on gender identity or sexuality, sexism, and ableism. If you like our work please support us at www.patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism

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“The Kenyan Elites Are Loyal Lieutenants of Imperialism” with the Kenya Organic Intellectuals Network
In the episode members of the Kenya Organic Intellectuals Network returns to the podcast. Folks will recall that we had a conversation with them last year on their book Breaking the Silence on NGOs in Africa.  This conversation started thinking about the situation in Haiti. We previously had a discussion with Dr. Jemima Pierre on the current situation and the western backed invasion of Haiti for which Kenya is sending police. But also I was interested in how the struggle in Palestine was being received in Kenya both at a governmental level and among the masses. Along those lines, often Sudan, Congo, and Haiti are raised up as other examples of genocide, of imperialism, of terrible violence and humanitarian catastrophe as people seek to expand our analysis of what’s happening in Palestine beyond that individual conflict. I wanted to get their perspectives on all of these situations as folks who organize from a Pan African Scientific Socialist perspective from the Kenyan context.  Just a note that May 25th is African Liberation Day and we also hosted a conversation with the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party on our YouTube channel the other day. Our guests are Gacheke Gachihi, Lewis Maghanga, Okakah Onyango, and Wanjiru Wanjira. Gacheke Gachihi is the Coordinator of Mathare Social Justice Centre and a member of the Organic Intellectuals Network. Lewis Maghanga is a member of the Organic Intellectuals Network and an organiser with the Revolutionary Socialist League based in Kenya.  Okakah Onyango is a member of the Revolutionary Socialist League, Organic Intellectuals Network and Social Justice Movement. He is a dedicated tech-driven community organizer, blending roles of revolutionary intellectualism and communications strategist.  Wanjira Wanjiru is a social justice advocate and artivist with a decade of experience as a grassroot human rights defender. She is Co- founder of the Mathare Social Justice centre and coordinator of Matigari kids book club where children learn about pan-african history. She is a writer with the Kenya Organic Intellectuals Network and co-host of Liberating Minds podcast, a history channel on Youtube. She is also working with the African Social Justice Network team in South Africa and Zambia. After we recorded this episode Mathare experienced major floods. We’ve included a video of Wanjira discussing the floods. There was also a mass arrest of human rights defenders at the Mathare Social Justice Centre. We encourage folks to reach out to the Mathare Social Justice Centre to see if there are ways that we can provide support. And I would just note that in this discussion obviously we focused so much on struggles elsewhere and its important to connect and look for ways to support these comrades in their struggles as well. We hope that people will connect with these comrades to discuss how they can learn more from them and coordinate struggles with them as they suggest in the episode. I will just note I know a majority of our work has been on the Youtube side in recent months, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube feed so that you can access all of that content as well. We do have a lot of audio work that needs to be edited and released as well and we’re working to find the right balance to get that work done. To support our work as always become a patron of the show at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism This episode was recorded on March 28, 2024 Music is provided as always by Televangel Links:  Mathare Social Justice Centre  Revolutionary Socialist League (Kenya)  Liberating Minds podcast  Pio Gama Pinto book Breaking the Silence on NGOs in Africa (Book)
67:27 5/19/24
The New York War Crimes
In this episode Josh interviews Amba Guerguerian and Harry to discuss the New York War Crimes project and their efforts to get people to Boycott, Divest, and Unsubscribe from the New York Times. Amba Guerguerian is an associate editor at The Indypendent  and a contributor at The New York War Crimes.  Harry is a writer, educator and organizer with Writers against the War on Gaza and a contributor at The New York War Crimes.  The New York War Crimes is a project dedicated to de legitimizing the imperial mouthpiece that is The New York Times through focused contemporary and historical critique, while providing an alternative platform for Palestinian and Arab authors, poets and artists — precisely what you won’t find in the pages of The Times. If you would like to support our work the best way to do so as always is to become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism. We are also still working to increase our subscriber base over on the YouTube channel so subscribing to that feed is another great way. We have four, possible five live episodes coming this upcoming week so make sure you are subscribed there or on patreon to catch all of that content. This episode was recorded on March 31, 2024 This episode was co-edited/produced by Aidan Elias and Jared Ware Music is provided as always by Televangel Links: The New York War Crimes The Indypendent Writers Against the War on Gaza U.S. Media Control and October 7th with Bryce Greene Electronic Intifada Mondoweiss The Anti-Empire Project with Justin Podour MAKC YouTube Channel    
62:37 4/20/24
“History Is Not Just a Pile of Ruins” Abdaljawad Omar on a Deformed Colonialism
In this episode Abdaljawad (Abboud) Omar returns to the show.  This is the lightly edited audio from a livestream we recorded on March 24th  Abdaljawad Omar is a writer, analyst, and lecturer based in Ramallah, Palestine. He currently lectures in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University. He has written extensively in Arabic. In English Abboud has contributed to Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, and Ebb Magazine among other outlets. We discuss his essay "Bleeding Forms: Beyond the Intifada," which is available open access through Duke University press. We will also talk about recent developments in the US-co-authored zionist genocidal war on Palestinians. Although we would note that because this was recorded a little over a week ago, a few of my comments are not totally current to the most recent developments, but the analysis remains quite relevant nonetheless. We discuss some of the recent developments from the Palestinian resistance which continues to maintain a heroic resistance against the zionist occupation’s forces. And of course we touch on the siege on Al Shifa hospital, the full extent of which we revealed yesterday when the IOF retreated from the area. This was our seventh conversation with Abdaljawad Omar since November. Previously we have released a couple of them as audio podcasts, but there are still 4 others that have not been converted yet and all of them are up on a playlist on our Youtube channel that we’ll link in the show notes: Also want to note that since October 7th we’ve also had a few conversations with Dr. Lara Sheehi discussing recent developments from a decolonial psychoanalytic perspective. And we also have created a playlist for those.  In addition some of our recent guests on the Youtube feed include Steven Salaita, Within Our Lifetime, Decolonize Palestine, Celeste Winston, Matteo Capasso, Hanif Abdurraqib, Dylan Rodríguez, and more. We also have three more livestreams prepared for this coming week so remember to subscribe to the Youtube channel, turn on notifications and catch those. We do also have another study group starting up. This time on Orisanmi Burton’s Tip of the Spear. This will start on April 17th at 7:30 PM ET. This study group is available for all patrons of the show. To gain access to that or just to support our work, become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month or $10.80 per year at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism Livestream conversations with Abdaljawad Omar Livestream conversations with Lara Sheei (including one with Stephen Sheehi as well)  
94:02 4/2/24
“The Shadow of the Plantation” - Eugene Puryear on The Black Belt Thesis: A Reader
In this conversation we welcome Eugene Puryear back to the podcast to talk about the recently published book The Black Belt Thesis: A Reader which was compiled by The Black Belt Thesis Study Group and features a foreword by Eugene Puryear. The reader itself was published by 1804 Books, and they have published a lot of really good stuff recently that I just want to take a moment to shout-out. They recently along with the Palestinian Youth Movement translated and published The Trinity of Fundamentals which hopefully we will be hosting a conversation on at some point soon. They also recently published a translation of Ghassan Kanafani’s The Revolution of 1936-1939 in Palestine and of course the collection of Hugo Chavez’s speeches that we discussed with Manolo de los Santos last year and much more. So I just say that to say if you go pick this book up from them, that there is a bunch of really good stuff you can grab while you’re there. Eugene Puryear is a journalist, activist, politician, and host on Breakthrough News. He is a founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and is the author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America. In this discussion we ask Eugene to contextualize the origins of the Black Belt thesis, to discuss some of the articulations and development of the thesis as undertaken by Comintern and the CPUSA. We discuss some of the organizing implications of it, its role in the development of the US communist movement particularly with regards to Black people, and the challenging of the problem of white racism as it exists within the history of the US left and white workers as well. Also Eugene discusses the centrality of national oppression within the political economy of US capitalism.  Along the way we talk about some of the contributions from figures like W.E.B. Du Bois, Harry Haywood, Louis Thompson Patterson, Claudia Jones and others.  A couple of other things I want to highlight is that we have been hosting a lot of conversations over on our YouTube page recently the majority of which we have not released as audio episodes. We will link that in the show notes, but also you can just find it by searching Millennials Are Killing Capitalism on YouTube.  The other thing I want to note is we do have another round of our study group starting back up. For this cycle we will be reading Orisanmi Burton’s amazing book Tip of the Spear: Black Radicalism, Prison Repression and the Long Attica Revolt. I can’t wait to read that text and discuss it with folks so sign up for that if you’re interested it will be on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM ET starting on April 17th it is for patrons of the show and we’ll put a link to that in the show notes as well. And as always the best way to support our work is to become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism The Black Belt Thesis: A Reader Millennials Are Killing Capitalism on YouTube Tip of the Spear Reading Group (for patrons) Credits: This episode is co-hosted by Joshua Briond and Jared Ware. It is co-produced by Aidan Elias and Jared Ware. Our guest for this episode is Eugene Puryear. Our music is from Televangel.
91:29 3/27/24
Antifascism Against Machismo with Tammy Kovich and El Jones
In this episode we interview Tammy Kovich and El Jones to discuss the book Antifascism Against Machismo Published by our good friends at Kersplebedeb, and described as  “An intergenerational dialogue on the meaning of feminist antifascism. Anti-Fascism Against Machismo collects and continues a conversation begun by Tammy Kovich (as “Petronella Lee”) in 2019. Four feminist, antifascist revolutionaries jump off from each other’s reflections and bring the particularities of their varied contexts to bear on one central problem: What has and will a women’s war against fascism look like?” We pick up this conversation with Tammy Kovich who wrote the original zine upon which the book is constructed as well as El Jones who wrote the introduction. The book itself also includes contributions from Veronica L and from the late great Butch Lee who became an ancestor in 2021, and who we all spend time honoring in this conversation. Among other things we discuss different variants of fascist or far right patriarchy and misogyny, the problems of the politics of representation and neocolonialism, and histories of the resistance of women in antifascist movements including in Ethiopia, Yugoslavia, and Spain. I will add that we recorded this conversation back in August, and I am sure that if we had recorded it after October 7th we would have talked about what an antifascist war against zionism might look like and the contributions of women and children in the Palestinian struggle against genocide. We very much appreciated this book and encourage folks to pick it up from Kersplebedeb’s retail arm which is leftwingbooks.net/. It is currently 40% off for the month of March along with over 400 titles at their online bookstore. If you appreciate the work that we do, becoming a patron of the show or increasing your pledge to the show if you can afford to do so, are the most meaningful ways you can help us keep it going. We would not be able to bring you these episodes on a weekly basis and the livestreams we put out multiple times per week without the support of our listeners. We also will be starting a new study group in April and the best place for you to find out more about that and track everything we release is to become a patron for as little as $1 a month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism    
108:32 3/21/24
East African Marxism-Leninism, Pan Africanism, Imperialism and the Dar es Salaam Debates with Zeyad El Nabolsy
In this conversation we talk to Zeyad el Nabolsy about two of his recent pieces on Marxism-Leninism in the East African context. One piece is entitled, “Lenin in East Africa: Abdul Rahman Mohamed Babu and Dani Wadada Nabudere” from The Future of Lenin: Power, Politics, and Revolution in the Twenty-First Century  and the other is “Questions from the Dar es Salaam Debates” which is in the book Revolutionary Movements in Africa: An Untold Story which was recently released from Pluto Press. Zeyad El Nabolsy is an Assistant Professor at York University, he has written extensively on African philosophy, and we hope to have many more conversations with him in the future. I will note as a caveat again that this is one of the conversations that we recorded prior to October 7th so if it feels like Palestine, or the Congo or Haiti or Sudan or even more discussion on Fanon might be meaningful for us to engage with in this discussion given recent events, there is a reason that we do not and that the context that we do discuss in passing are the anticolonial coup d’etats in West Africa.  Zeyad has done some interesting work on Edward Said and some work on western philosophy and Islam so hopefully we can have another conversation with him soon that is able to weave together some more current events with his historical and philosophical research interests. Nonetheless, this is a very interesting discussion and highlights some East African Marxists that we should be more familiar with given the importance of their thought and their political formulations, but who are often not well known outside of circles who are more knowledgeable about African Marxism or African Marxism-Leninism. In this discussion we do talk about East African-Marxism Leninism, Pan Africanism, African Socialism, and the famous Dar Es Salaam Debates. We also talk about Dani Nabudere’s work on imperialism, taking Lenin’s theory of imperialism and updating and applying it to the African context. There’s much more to say, but we’ll leave for the conversation itself. As always to support our work become a patron of the show. It’s the best way you can ensure that we’re able to continue bringing you livestreams which we do multiple times each week on our YouTube page, that we are able to bring you podcast episodes, and of course our study groups as well. You can support us at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism for as little as $1 a month. Aidan Elias and Jared Ware co-produced this episode. Sources/Links: “Lenin in East Africa: Abdul Rahman Mohamed Babu and Dani Wadada Nabudere” from The Future of Lenin: Power, Politics, and Revolution in the Twenty-First Century   “Questions from the Dar es Salaam Debates” from Revolutionary Movements in Africa: An Untold Story Zeyad El Nabolsy's PhilPapers site (where you can download free pdfs of his pieces)
78:00 3/11/24
Standing - Ernest McMillan’s Odyssey Through the Turbulent 60’s
For this episode we interview Ernest McMillan to discuss his memoir Standing: One Man's Odyssey During the Turbulent '60s which came out last summer. McMillan grew up in the highly segregated heart of Dallas, Texas. We talk to him about his childhood experiences within his segregated Black community, and his experiences organizing against white supremacy in Dallas and across the South with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  McMillan’s story is one of the power of organizing, but also of fierce state repression, police raids, trumped up charges, and a j ourney to find refuge in West Africa, time in the underground, political imprisonment, and prison organizing. There are many more aspects of his life story of course, but those are some of the ones he discusses in Standing and in this episode as well. A couple of notes, McMillan offers a few words on solidarity with Palestinians, and on the importance of this today. This conversation was recorded in September, and I say that just to underscore the long history of solidarity between SNCC members and the Palestinian Liberation struggle. If we had recorded it after October I’m sure we would’ve talked about that solidarity in more detail, but I’ll just say it’s a common thread that has come up in most of our conversations with SNCC veterans. We do have a number of new episodes on their way soon. I apologize to the audio listeners that I have been a little busier on the video side in recent months, but Aidan Elias - who co-produced this episode - is helping to produce and release the audio content we have and more is on its way soon. We encourage folks to pick up Ernest’s book to learn more about his life and political odyssey. To support our work please consider contributing to our patreon. You can do so for as little as $1 a month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism Other conversations we've had with SNCC veterans or about SNCC (or SNCC members) in some capacity. 
120:47 2/28/24
“The Cauldron of People in a Room Together” - Easily Slip Into Another World with Henry Threadgill & Brent Hayes Edwards
In this episode we speak to Pulitzer Prize winning composer and musician Henry Threadgill and the co-author of his autobiography Brent Hayes Edwards. The book we discuss, which was published last year is entitled Easily Slip into Another World: A Life in Music. Henry Threadgill was born in Chicago in 1944. He is one of the most significant and innovative composers of the 20th and 21st Century. In addition to being an award winning composer is an amazing saxophonist and flautist. He also is known for his percussion work, in particular the invention of the hubkaphone, a marimba like instrument made out of hub caps. He has been a leader or co-leader of the bands Air, Ensemble Double UP, Make a Move, The Henry Threadgill Ensemble, The Henry Threadgill Sextett, The Situation Society Dance Band, Very Very Circus, X-75, Zooid and 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg and probably some others I didn’t track down.  If we went into all the bands and groups Henry was a part of the list would be three times as long. In recent years Threadgill has established a completely new chromatic system for musical composition outside the confines of diatonic harmony. In 2016, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for In For a Penny, In for a Pound, an album he composed for his sextet, Zooid. He currently lives in New York. Brent Hayes Edwards is a Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the Director of the Scholars-in-Residence Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. So why this episode, it’s a bit outside of most of our content here. Perhaps the closest things we’ve done to a conversation like this would be the dialogue we hosted between Fred Moten & Hanif Abdurraqib or the interview we did with Dionne Brand last year. But although I didn’t ask it directly, the guiding question that animated this interview and engagement with Henry and Brent’s book for me was: what insights might a truly revolutionary composer have for aspiring revolutionary organizers or for cultural workers seeking to maximize the revolutionary possibilities of their work?  We hope you enjoy this conversation and that it proves as meaningful to you as it was to us. It was a tremendous honor to sit down with Henry Threadgill and Brent Hayes Edwards to discuss their beautiful book which is available now everywhere. Thank you to Aidan Elias for co-producing this episode. If you appreciate the work that we do, as always you can support our work for as little as $1 per month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism. Our podcast is fully supported by individual contributions of folks like you and we encourage you to join the amazing folks who make it possible for us to bring you these conversations on a weekly basis. 
58:54 2/12/24
“A Model for Socialist Construction” - Chris Gilbert’s Commune or Nothing! Venezuela’s Communal Movement and Its Socialist Project
In this episode we welcome Chris Gilbert back to the podcast to discuss his new book, Commune or Nothing! Venezuela’s Communal Movement and its Socialist Project.  Chris Gilbert is a professor of political studies at the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela and creator and co-host of Escuela de Cuadros, a Marxist educational television program and podcast. Gilbert is co-author with Cira Pascual Marquina of Venezuela, The Present as Struggle (Monthly Review, 2020).  We’ve hosted three previous discussions with Chris Gilbert, one related to an essay that is a chapter of this book, which discusses the theoretical work behind seeing communes as building blocks of a socialist metabolism. The two others with Cira Pascual Marquina were on the book they co-authored. I just want to make a note, that we recorded this conversation back in September, prior to October 7th, which would’ve definitely warranted some attention in the conversation particularly as Gilbert talked about sanctions as total war and viewing Venezuela as a concentration camp, remarks that resonate with the Palestinian experience currently. This was also recorded prior to some of the recent developments in Venezuela including - among many other things - the Essequibo referendum, Biden threatening harsher sanctions against Venezuela, and the arrest of 32 people in alleged assassination plots. The best place as always to stay abreast of developments in Venezuela is to follow and support the work of venezuelanalysis.com.  We talk about many things in this conversation, but a few I will highlight are Gilbert’s theoretical work, building on the work of feminist social reproduction theory, Marx’s theory of value, to put forth the concept of directly social labor as a key to the emancipatory possibilities of the commune. Gilbert also shares some of the contributions of African Maroon communities and indigenous communal practices to the development of Venezuela’s socialist vision. We also talk about why for Gilbert the commune represents a recovery of Marx, in particular the romantic Marx who saw revolutionary potential among the Iroquois Confederacy, Algerian peasants and Russian peasant communes. Along the way we talk about a commune that is geographically the size of Manhattan and discuss currency experiments, communal banking efforts, and the process of “de-alienation” that Gilbert sees in the commune. The book is out now from Monthly Review press, I highly recommend it, it was one of our favorite books that we read in 2023.  And if you like what we do please support us at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism. We do have a study group that starts for patrons tomorrow night at 7:30 PM ET on February 8th studying the counterinsurgency manual, so this is a final call for anyone interested in joining us for that. Links: Purchase the book from Monthly Review Press. Previous conversation on a chapter in this book Part 1 & Part 2 of our discussion with Chris and Cira Aidan Elias co-produced this episode.
104:36 2/7/24
"Showing Palestinians to Each Other Everywhere" with Haydar of The Resistance Report
For this episode I’m joined by Haydar of The Resistance Report which is a podcast that was launched after October 7th by a Palestinian news organization known as the Al Falasteniyeh Media Network or AFMN. In this discussion we talk to Haydar about AFMN, their approach, their media work including The Resistance Report, and their efforts to uplift the analyses of Palestinians from Palestine to those in the diaspora. We talk a little bit about their analysis of the resistance’s position and of the unfolding genocidal depravity of the zionist occupation in Palestine. We talk about the suppression of AFMN as an outlet which has attempted to set up offices and develop correspondents in Gaza. We also get into a little bit of a discussion of episode four of theirs which is entitled Al-Araj’s Echo, Guiding Modern Resistance, which highlights the life and contributions of Bassel al-Araj to the Palestinian Resistance. We encourage folks to check out their work for yourselves and if you like what they’re doing support their work. We will include links to listen and support them in the show notes. And of course if you want to support our work we have a study group that starts next week, we’ll come together at 7:30 PM ET on Thursday nights to discuss the Counterinsurgency Field Manual. If you become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month you can join us for that study group or just contribute and make this show possible along with the work on our YouTube channel.  Now here is our interview with Haydar of The Resistance Report    
46:28 2/3/24
“Decolonization Is Not a Discourse, It Is a Material Process” - Leila Shomali and Lara Kilani on Anti-Zionism as Decolonization
For this week’s episode we interview Leila Shomali and Lara Kilani Leila Shomali is a Palestinian PhD candidate in International Law at Maynooth University Ireland and a member of the Good Shepherd Collective. Lara Kilani is a Palestinian-American researcher, PhD student, and is also a member of the Good Shepherd Collective. We interviewed them on January 12th to talk about their recent piece “Anti-Zionism As Decolonisation” which is published in the brand new debut physical edition of Ebb Magazine. We will also link a web version of the article in the show notes. I will also say quickly that just recently we hosted a conversation with Louis Allday on our YouTube channel that goes over some of the other topics and analyses in that issue of Ebb Magazine. I highly recommend it and I actually bought a couple copies so that I could share it with others.  In this conversation we talk about both the terms anti-zionism and decolonization which have each faced their own forms of elite capture and distortion. Along the way we talk about settler colonialism, the Oslo Accords, NGO’s, the limits of human rights discourse and international law for Palestinians, the problems of neoliberal identity reductionism, and why as Lara and Leila write, “the caretakers of anti-zionist thought are indigenous communities resisting colonial erasure.” I very much enjoyed this discussion and encourage people to check out and support the work of the Good Shepherd Collective which Leila and Lara are members of, and which they talk about through the conversation as well. We will link their work in the show notes. Leila and Lara reference a number of articles in their discussion and we will link those in the show notes. We do have a study group starting next week, where we will go over the US military counterinsurgency field manual Thursdays at 7:30 PM ET. If you are interested in that I put a link in our show notes. It is for our supporters whether you support us on patreon on or Youtube. And if you want to stay up to date on all of our work and support our work the best way to do that is to become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism  "Anti-Zionism As Decolonisation" (their article the episode is based on) "Jewish Settlers Stole My House. It's Not My Fault They're Jewish" by Mohammed El-Kurd When Does a Settler Become a Native? Reflections of the Colonial Roots of Citizenship in Equatorial and South Africa by Mahmoud Madani Guide for Jewish Anti-Zionist Allyship Steven Salaita "A Postmortem on Bernie Sanders and Palestine" Defund Racism (includes their report on Regavim)  
98:09 1/30/24
“A Guide to Action To Bring About Change in the World” - Lenin 100 Years Later With Paul Le Blanc
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Vladimir Lenin. A couple months ago we had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Le Blanc, the author of a new book entitled Lenin: Responding to Catastrophe, Forging Revolution.  Paul Le Blanc is an activist dating all the way back to Students for a Democratic Society or SDS in the 1960’s. He is also an acclaimed historian who teaches at La Roche University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of too many books to name, but several on Lenin, Trotsky, CLR James, Rosa Luxemburg and other revolutionaries and movements. We talk to Le Blanc about Lenin’s flexibility, his understanding of Marxism as not a dogma, but a guide to action, his belief that ordinary people could and must change the world, and his childhood. We also get into the concept of the United Front, Lenin’s experiences working with individuals who did not share his ideology, his understanding of dialectics, and his fierce commitment to struggle and to constant learning from struggle. Paul shares some thoughts on Lenin’s analysis of imperialism, his concept of revolutionary defeatism, and the question of authoritarianism, bureaucratization, and democracy through examples in Lenin’s life and leadership as well as what he advocated on these issues at the end of his life. We close with some thoughts from Le Blanc on today and the type of approach he thinks organizations and parties need to undertake in today’s world in order to change it once again before it’s too late. We deeply appreciate Paul Le Blanc for taking the time to talk to us about his book which is available now from Pluto Press.  We would like to thank Aidan Elias who did the lion’s share of the production work on this episode.  If you appreciate the work that we do, the best way to support the show, to stay updated on our study groups, follow any writings Josh or I may publish, and keep track of our work on both YouTube and our audio podcast feed is to become a patron of the show. You can join that for as little as $1 a month or $10.80 per year at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism. We have a new study group that will be announced this week, so keep an eye out for that.
90:40 1/21/24
"Liberation as the Goal and as a Possibility" - On Michael Hardt’s The Subversive Seventies
This is the conclusion of our 2-part conversation with Michael Hardt on his recently published book The Subversive Seventies. Part 1 is here. In this conversation we talk about the turn among management and the ruling class in the 1970’s away from a politics of mediation and discuss the various ways that movements in the 1970’s sought to deal with this shift in the political terrain. We talk about the false problem of the so-called debate between non-violence and violence. We discuss various movements including East Asian Anti-Japan Armed Front, Weather Underground, The Black Panther Party, and the Fatsa Commune.  A reminder that this conversation - like part 1 - was recorded in September and this is why we con’t reference some more recent events like the Palestinian resistance and Israel’s western backed genocidal war on Palestinians.  We also have a little bit of a discussion of Hardt’s use of the notion of strategic multiplicity and the idea of non-priority between different forms of oppression within movements.  Lastly I know I acknowledged it last time, but I do mention Sekou Odinga in this episode, who as you all know passed away just recently. Again may he rest in power. For the month of January we’ve released three livestreams on our YouTube page. One with Josh Davidson and Eric King on Rattling the Cages: Oral Histories of North American Political Prisoners. Another is a wide-ranging discussion with Abdaljawad Omar on The Making of Palestinian Resistance and a conversation with Louis Allday on the debut issue of Ebb Magazine he edited, entitled “For Palestine.” Also on Sunday the 21st we have a livestream with Shireen Al-Adeimi on Yemen. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow our work there. We are just winding down our Sylvia Wynter study group and a new study group will be launching in February so keep an eye out for that.  The best way to support the show, to stay updated on our study groups, follow any writings Josh or I may publish, and keep track of our work on both YouTube and our audio podcast feed is to become a patron of the show. You can join that for as little as $1 a month or $10.80 per year at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism.     
75:08 1/20/24
“We Make Ourselves Different in the Struggle” - The Subversive Seventies with Michael Hardt
This is part 1 of a 2-part conversation on Michael Hardt’s recent book The Subversive Seventies.  Michael Hardt teaches political theory in the Literature Program at Duke University. He is co-author, with Antonio Negri, of the Empire trilogy and, most recently, Assembly. He is co-director with Sandro Mezzadra of The Social Movements Lab.  A couple of things I need to say up front. This conversation was recorded in September and initially would have been released in October, but obviously our programming took a quick turn to solidarity work on the Palestinian struggle in light of those events. As I mentioned in the intro to our most recent episode we will continue to do that solidarity work primarily though not exclusively through our YouTube page for a while just so that we can get some of these other conversations out on the podcast feed. Nonetheless, this conversation and the book and the problems it poses I think are as interesting and relevant today as they were in September. I mostly note it's recording date for two reasons, one it will be glaring that we don’t talk at all about events in Palestine in the conversation. The second reason I mention the date is that in the intervening months Michael Hardt’s long-time collaborator Antonio Negri passed away. Negri was of course a very serious and renowned political philosopher, militant organizer, and a political prisoner, coming out of some of the very movements that Michael Hardt discusses in this book. May he rest in peace and our condolences to Michael for the loss of his friend and collaborator. This discussion is about Michael Hardt’s book The Subversive Seventies which was one of the more interesting books we read last year on the podcast. And we would definitely recommend it both for its value as a historical text as well as for the theoretical work Hardt is engaged in in the text. As is laid out quite well I think on the publisher’s website, it is a book that attempts to reconstruct the history of revolutionary politics in the 1970’s, to systematically approach political movements of the seventies within a global framework of analysis, and to bring together a wide range of political movements from the decade highlighting the ways movements in different countries resonated with and were inspired by one another. Part 2 of the conversation will be released this coming week.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t say rest in power to Sekou Odinga who passed away earlier this week. We hope to be able to do more in honor of him and as a tribute to his legacy in the coming weeks and years.  If you appreciate the work we do, our work is only possible through the support of our patrons. You can support our show for as little as $1 a month or $10.80 per year at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism
75:09 1/14/24
Keeping Alive Our Own Ideas of Freedom - Steven Salaita on Palestinian Resistance, Genocide and Electoralism
This is a lightly edited version of a livestream we hosted back on December 13th with Steve Salaita. We’ll include a link to that livestream for folks who want to watch the conversation, which is one of my favorites we’ve hosted since we launched our Youtube Channel as a companion with this audio podcast.  Steven Salaita is an educator and the author or editor of eight books. His written work includes Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine, Uncivil Rites, Israel's Dead Soul, and Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where it Comes From and What it Means for Politics.  His forthcoming book An Honest Living: A Memoir of Peculiar Itineraries will be released in March 2024. In this episode, we discussed several of Salaita's recent interventions regarding the Palestinian resistance and Israel’s genocidal retaliation. All of the articles we discuss can be found on his website: stevesalaita.com. Because it was a livestream, audience members were also able to ask questions and Steve was gracious enough to answer several of those as well. A quick update, in order to catch up on some of the fifteen audio podcasts we’ve recorded but haven’t released yet we will focus on editing and releasing those over the next couple of months. So if you haven’t yet make sure you also subscribe to our YouTube channel, a link to that is in the show notes. Over there, there are a number of conversations we haven’t converted to audio yet, and we will continue to host more livestreams there in the coming weeks as well. If you want one central place to stay abreast of all of our work, become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month. You will get an email with every new episode, new livestream, new study group, or new publication that Josh or I put out and it is the best way to support our work and keep it coming. You can sign up for that at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism
106:37 1/8/24
“Getting Them To See Themselves as an Agent of Change” - Boots Riley on Art, Labor Organizing, and Revolutionary Change
This is the slightly edited version of our December 5th livestream with film director, producer, screenwriter, rapper, and communist Boots Riley. He is the lead vocalist of the musical groups The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. He wrote and directed the film Sorry to Bother You and is the creator and director of the television series I’m A Virgo.  We talked to Boots Riley about the recent labor upsurge, including the wave of strikes and increasing militancy among workers in the US. We briefly discuss United Auto Workers’ call for a ceasefire in the war on Gaza and establishment of a Divestment and Just Transition working group.  We also discuss navigating the capitalist film and television industry as a communist and possibilities for organizing among creatives. Boots also answers some questions about making anticapitalist art including some behind the scenes insights from I’m A Virgo. We want to shout-out Boots Riley for joining us for this discussion and definitely recommend I’m A Virgo if people haven’t watched it yet. I also want to say there’s some really special content we released in the month of December on our YouTube channel. Including our conversation with Steven Salaita and our conversation on Kuwasi Balagoon with several comrades of his and movement elders including Ashanti Alston, David Gilbert, dequi kioni-sadiki, Matt Meyer, Meg Starr, & Bilal Sunni-Ali so if you haven’t checked that out yet, make sure you do at youtube.com/@makcapitalism. This will be our final episode released in 2023. We have a ton of stuff already being edited for release for 2024. This year we released 67 audio episodes, 26 livestreams and our content was listened to or watched over 640,000 times. We’re proud of that, and we’re also proud that our programs are still entirely dependent upon regular folks like yourself who listen and watch the work we put out. Today is your last day of 2023 to support us and that would be much appreciated, but also we hope many of you who have not become patrons of the show yet will do so in 2024. And we want to profusely thank everyone who supported us in 2023 for making the show possible for another year. You can support us at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism This episode was co-edited and co-produced by Aidan Elias and Jared Ware  
71:40 12/31/23
Mao's "On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People" with Steven Osuna
In this episode Steven Osuna returns to the podcast. Steven Osuna is an associate professor of Sociology at CSU Long Beach. He has written extensively on street organizations, policing, the so-called war on drugs, and the ravages of capitalism and neoliberalism. He also has experience organizing in the Philippine solidarity movement and other struggles.  Shout-out and solidarity to all of the Cal State University faculty as I know have been on rolling strikes and are negotiating  their new contracts currently. In this conversation Osuna talks to us about Mao’s speech & essay “On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People.” This is a part of our series of episodes with guests where they pick a piece of communist, socialist or other radical thought and we read it as well and we come together and we talk about it.  This conversation was recorded back in August, so you won’t hear references to the current struggle in Palestine or other current events, but this discussion is relevant as always to organizing among the people and so it is relevant to today nonetheless.  Thanks again to Steven Osuna for this conversation. We’ll include links in the show notes to the Philippine solidarity campaigns he uplifted as well as the Foreign Languages Press website and their journal new Material. Also once again we do have a Sylvia Wynter study group coming up. That is for patrons or YouTube members only. It will be Wednesdays at 7:30 PM ET during the month of January. You can become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month and support our work at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism   Philipine Human Rights Act International Coalition for Human Rights in the Phillippines  Foreign Languages Press & their new journal "Material" ; 
80:44 12/14/23
"Resistance Always Has a Utility in Time" - Abdaljawad Omar
In this episode we welcome Abdaljawad Omar back to the podcast. This is another slightly edited livestream that we’ve converted to an audio podcast. You can check out the video on our YouTube channel, we’ll put that link in the show notes. And Also just to note that we’ve continued to put lots of content out there, including an interview with Boots Riley from The Coup also the director and creator of the film Sorry To Bother You and the hit series I’m A Virgo. We talked to him about labor organizing, the strike wave, solidarity with Palestine and getting principled anticapitalist art through the gauntlet that is Hollywood.  I really wanted to get an audio version of this episode with Abdaljawad out this week. Many will know that Refaat Alareer was assassinated this week by the Israeli military. And while we don’t talk about Refaat in this conversation directly, I needed to go back and listen again to Abdaljawad’s commentary on resistance and on mourning and melancholy in the Palestinian context. I hope that this conversation will be therapeutic for others in a way that enables you to continue to put one foot in front of the other and continue to struggle and resist in whatever capacity you can. And in doing so I hope that we can honor Refaat memory and all of the thousands of other martyrs as we continue to seek to find courageous ways support the struggle for Palestinian liberation, which is an important front in the struggle for the liberation of all people.  Just a note this conversation was recorded back on November 30th amid the prisoner exchanges, so if that portion of the conversation where we discuss that feels a bit dated that is the reason why, but it still feels like an important and pertinent discussion nonetheless. We will include the pieces we discussed in the show notes. Lastly I will say that we are launching our Sylvia Wynter study group in the beginning of January you can find out more about that on patreon, and becoming a patron is the best way to support the show, but also to keep up with all of our episodes whether they are released first on YouTube or via this podcast feed.  Links: "Can the Palestinian Mourn?" - Abdaljawad Omar's piece (the primary subject of discussion) Judith Butler "The Compass of Mourning" (the piece Abdaljawad responds to) Fundraiser for Sekou Odinga (mentioned in episode) 'Army and Arabs': truth, play, and illusions in the West Bank (another piece written by Abdaljawad that we briefly touch upon)
122:13 12/10/23
“Turning Grief Into Defiance” Abdaljawad Omar on Resistance & Possibility in Palestine
This is a slightly edited version of our recent livestream with Abdaljawad Omar.  Abdaljawad Omar is a writer, analyst, and lecturer based in Ramallah, Palestine. He currently lectures in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University. In this conversation we discuss some of his recent writings which we will include in the show notes. Specifically we talk about the Palestinian resistance in relation to concepts of hope, grief, and melancholy. We discuss Abdaljawad’s recent piece “Hopeful pathologies in the war for Palestine: a reply to Adam Shatz” and also got to give folks a sneak peak at some of the arguments that Abdaljawad would bring to his response to Judith Butler which was just published this week. We’ll include links to these pieces as well as the ones he’s critiquing in the show notes in addition to his recent interview with Louis Allday. And if folks like this conversation tomorrow November 30th at 9:30 AM ET we will be live with Abdaljawad again on our YouTube channel. A great reason to go subscribe to that, turn on your notifications and so on. If you miss that livestream it will be up for you to view anytime on our YouTube page. And as I have said before we will be releasing audio versions of many of those conversations as podcasts as we are doing here. And I think as things slow down a bit we will probably settle on 2-3 livestreams each week and at least 1 podcast episode per week.  If you want to support our ability to do more, whether that’s editing more audio or doing more livestreams the best way to do that is to become a patron of the show at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism for as little as $1 a month. Huge shout-out to all the people who do support us and make this show possible.    "Can the Palestinian Mourn?" in response to Judith Butler's "The Compass of Mourning"   The original Adam Shatz piece and Abdaljawad's response “Hopeful pathologies in the war for Palestine: a reply to Adam Shatz” "An Unyielding Will to Continue" with Louis Allday in Ebb Magazine     
107:32 11/29/23
“Struggle Is Not Legal in Amerika” - Shaka Shakur on Sanyika Shakur and the New Afrikan Prisoner Movement
We recorded this conversation just before the world shifted on October 7th. We actually have several conversations that we still need to release that we recorded in August and September, but I wanted to get to this one first due to the urgency of Shaka Shakur’s situation. Shaka Shakur is a New Afrikan Political Prisoner who has been behind the walls for the majority of his life since he was 16 years old. He’s currently held captive at Beaumont Correctional Center in Virginia. He was mentored by figures such as Zolo Azania and James “Yaki” Sayles. Shaka has an extensive track record of prisoner organizing and exposing injustices and human rights violations behind the walls. I’ll include a more extensive bio from his Jericho Movement page in the show notes. Shaka had reached out to me after the publication of our discussion with Thandisizwe Chimurenga and Yusef “Bunchy” Shakur on Sanyika Shakur’s political writings. He wanted to share some things and also offer the perspective of someone from Sanyika's generation who spent many years studying and struggling in the same circles, and communicating with Sanyika through the Prison News Service and other publications that circulated behind the walls connecting New Afrikan prisoners and other political and politicized prisoners. Shaka also describes similar experiences of becoming politicized during their first period of incarceration at a young age, struggling upon his return to the outside & ultimately ending up back behind the walls. Shakur shares his reflections on that era, on changes in the prison movement and outside support movements over time and on the disconnect that often exists between revolutionary rhetoric and revolutionary action in the US left in recent years.  Importantly, Shaka Shakur is currently dealing with multiple urgent health issues, including his battle with cancer and we have multiple links and ways people can support his legal campaign and his request for clemency. We will have links to all of this in the show notes, but just to say that he is still asking people to call in and put pressure the Department of Correction for further medical testing. That call is in the show notes as well.  This episode was also recorded before the passing of Ed Mead who we mention in this discussion. Rest well Ed, you've earned it.  The last thing I will say is that although this was recorded before the Palestinian struggle took center stage, I think many of Shaka’s reflections are relevant to that movement as well as the US based solidarity efforts that are currently underway so keep that in mind as you listen. Shaka Shakur Medical Needs/Update Shaka Shakur's Clemency Petition Shaka Shakur's Jericho Movement page Shaka Shakur's Legal Defense Fund Documentary: Shaka Shakur Human Rights Held Hostage Shaka Shakur's Defense Link Tree Aidan Elias co-edited & co-produced this episode
62:54 11/23/23
“War Is the Basis of Accumulation” - Ali Kadri on Genocide, Waste, Imperialism, and the Commodification of Death
In this episode we talk to Ali Kadri. Ali Kadri is the author of Arab Development Denied: Dynamics of Accumulation by Wars of Encroachment, The Unmaking of Arab Socialism: Anthem Frontiers of Global Political Economy and Development and The Cordon Sanitaire: A Single Law Governing Development in East Asia and the Arab World Max Ajl recently recommended that everyone needs to be reading Dr. Kadri’s work in these times, and so we reached out to have a conversation with him and I’m so glad that we did and we can share it with you all. In this discussion we talk to Ali Kadri about his theory of waste, and how we make sense of war and genocide within our analysis of how capitalism functions on a global scale. Dr. Kadri gets into these dynamics in relation to the struggle to the genocide of Palestinians today. And we talk about imperialism and the class dynamics at play in the current struggle. I found this to be a super illuminating discussion in the current moment. This was recorded on November 8th, 2023. Check out all 16 of our recent livestreams on our youtube channel. Tonight, November 16th at 8 PM ET we will be hosting a screening of the film The Lobby - USA and we will host a panel afterwards. This is a documentary film that goes into the aims, strategies and tactics of the pro-Israel lobby in the US with regards to crushing Palestinian solidarity organizing among students and I highly recommend it. If you’re listening to this after November 16th you can catch the replay at the same link which will be in the show notes. Links: The Lobby - USA screening & panel Support us on patreon or by becoming a member of our youtube channel
75:58 11/16/23
“A Dam Against the Motion of History” - Fred Moten on Palestine & the Nation-State of Israel
This is the slightly cleaned-up audio of our most recent conversation with Fred Moten. This was recorded on October 25th. Given the evolution of this struggle and the increasingly genocidal character as well as the ongoing resistance, our comments if we were to hold this discussion today on November 11th would undoubtedly be different.  Nonetheless I think a lot of what we cover remains important and we wanted to try to create an audio version of this conversation which held true to the character of the original which we will link in the show notes, but also share it with our broader audience, much of whom prefer the audio format. The audio quality of this version is hopefully also slightly better than the original YouTube version. I would note that we now have fourteen of these livestreams up on our Youtube channel which everyone can check out. All of them are related to this current struggle for Palestinian liberation as well as the struggle against the genocidal settler violence we see unleashed on Gaza with full support material, ideological, military of the US as a settler empire in particular and the institutions and governments so-called Western World writ large.  I want to acknowledge and shout-out everyone who is taking action and trying to deepen and expand their own anticolonial practices in these times until Palestine is free, until we all are free. Once again thank you to Fred Moten for this conversation If you like our work of course you can as always support our work on patreon or by becoming a member of our YouTube channel. Thank you for listening and I hope you are finding new comrades in the streets every day. Fred Moten's conversation with Robin DG Kelley, Aqua Cooper & Rinaldo Walcott that is mentioned in the episode Previous episodes with Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, and his conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib that we've hosted.  
94:34 11/11/23
On Operation Al Aqsa Flood, Decolonizing Palestine and Debunking Zionist Myths with Rawan Masri and Fathi Nemer of Decolonize Palestine
This is a slightly edited audio version of one of the MAKC livestreams we’ve hosted on our new Youtube channel. We will continue to polish the audio versions of those livestreams and release them as episodes here as well. Due to the amount of labor that goes into making them viable audio podcast episodes there will be a little bit of a delay on that. In the meantime I of course encourage folks to check them out on our YouTube channel and we will play with ways to get audio versions, perhaps even unedited audio versions to our patreons in a more timely manner. Please bear with us as we attempt to meet the importance of this moment with the livestreams and balance that with maintaining the catalogue for our podcast.  I will just note that prior to October 7th we already had 12 episodes of unreleased audio episodes so we will begin to get back to releasing some of those starting next week as well. As far as the livestreams the next one which we will release a properly edited audio version of will be our conversation with Fred Moten, which you can currently watch on Youtube. This conversation is an episode we recorded with the creators of Decolonize Palestine, Rawan Masri and Fathi Nemer from Ramallah in the West Bank. This conversation was recorded on October 19th so any description of current events or predictions made must be understood from that moment in time. It is our duty to continue to resist the genocidal onslaught that the United States and Israel have unleashed upon the Palestinian people, in particular the people of Gaza. I will be in DC tomorrow for the national march, which is a small act, but I look forward to being in the streets with hundreds of thousands of you tomorrow.  We will include links to many of the websites and groups they highlighted in the episode. In some cases they were responding to questions posed by folks in the chat so to that full experience you can watch this stream on YouTube. Another note you can now become a member of our Youtube channel. This will have some perks, basically very similar to being a patron of the podcast. Also we are in the process of finalizing our next study group and will have details on that for Youtube members or for patrons of the show very soon. You can become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism On a more urgent note, there are many ways mentioned in this episode which you can also support Palestinians directly in this time from a humanitarian perspective. In these times of severe crisis caused by the US government and western support for Israeli settler colonialism and its genocidal expressions, there are urgent needs there and there are links where people can support those efforts. See below: Medical Aid for Palestinians Palestine Children’s Relief Fund Adalah Articles: "'Operation Al Aqsa Flood' was an act of decolonization" by Rawan Masri (we discuss this piece in the beginning of the episode). This was released after our episode, but expands on themes Fathi touches on in the discussion: "The world would rather show solidarity with our corpses than honor our resistance" - Fathi Nemer Decolonize Palestine & other political education materials: Decolonize Palestine Decolonize Palestine Myth Database Support Decolonize Palestine https://www.1948movie.com Institute for Palestine Studies Palestine Film Institute  Discusses martyr Heba Zagout (mentioned the podcast) Palestine Action US Launches to join global campaign to Shut Elbit Down - YouTube episode    
126:32 11/3/23
“The Is Not a Charity Operation, Our Liberation Is Connected” - Max Ajl Reflects on His Time in Gaza and the Palestinian Liberation Struggle
This is the slightly edited audio from a livestream conversation we had with Max Ajl on the morning of October 17th. This conversation was held on our new YouTube channel and we’ll include a link to that in the show notes. We encourage folks to head over there to subscribe to the channel and turn on notifications for all episodes so that you don’t miss any of our livestreams. We held three livestreams this past week the one you’re about to hear, one with Morgan Artyukhina, and a third one with Decolonize Palestine. We also are planning to release at least four new livestreams this coming week so make sure you check those out as well. We will eventually get these all edited and released as podcasts, but in the meantime you can head over to our YouTube channel and watch and listen to any of them in full unedited fashion. We mobilized to have these conversations to help folks find the clarity they need to act and act in a strategic and decisive manner in these times.  Max Ajl is a friend of the show and has been on multiple times now. He is an educator and a researcher and the author of A People’s Green New Deal, which we highly recommend and had a previous discussion of back in 2021. We also recently hosted him for a two-part series on theories of political ecology. He is also the associate editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy.  In this discussion we talk to him about his time in Gaza, about the notion of so-called non-violent resistance within a Palestinian context, about key dynamics to pay attention to in the coming weeks, and understanding Palestinian Liberation as a key component of the world we want to bring about. As I’ve mentioned before, adding video content to the audio content we’re producing on a weekly basis is a major lift in terms of our labor commitment to the podcast. We will also need to bring on some additional support to make it sustainable over time. Which also means that we need your support. If you appreciate the work that we do and find it useful then kick in something to our patreon. You can join for as little as $1 a month and of course we encourage folks to do more than that if they are able to do so. Our patreon is patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism
61:58 10/22/23
Special Announcement - MAKC Live!
This is a special announcement. Given the critical nature of the Palestinian Liberation struggle in this moment.  We have made some quick shifts. As we announced on patreon this past weekend we have launched a YouTube channel where we will hold multiple weekly livestreams. Those conversations will eventually be available through the podcast stream as well, but for now you can find them at YouTube.com/@MAKCapitalism.  Make sure to check our page out there, subscribe to our channel, which you can do free of charge, and when you watch videos make sure to click the like button and turn on notifications and all that good stuff. I feel silly saying all of that, but it will help the channel be successful and reach more people, and enable us to grow and bring you even more work. We’ve been planning to make this transition for a while, which is why we’ve been collaborating more via live streams and things of that nature.  We decided to launch now, given that there is so much misinformation and disinformation around the Palestinian liberation struggle against the US and Western Europe’s sponsored settler colonial outpost known as Israel. We don’t want to overstate our role in that struggle, the real struggle is in the streets, it is in organizations, it is locally in the west against our own governments and institutions, and primarily it is on the ground in Occupied Palestine. But we do think that we can play an important role in utilizing our platform to help people gain ideological clarity and orient our thinking as we engage in physical struggle as well as ideological struggle with those around us.  So far this week we have already hosted two conversations over there. The first one with Max Ajl is an uncompromising perspective of the Palestinian Liberation struggle and why it must be supported and indeed why we must see it as part of our own struggle for the world we want. We also hosted a livestream with Morgan Artyukhina on Zionism, Judaism and Genocide where she demystifies some common misconceptions and also talk a little bit about Far-Right Nationalism and Christian Zionism.  Hopefully both of these are useful conversations in breaking down propaganda, demystifying the current situation, and ideologically clarifying the importance of this current moment and the struggle for decolonization in Palestine. We’ll include links to both of these conversations in the show notes for this special announcement. Tomorrow, October 19th at 10 AM ET the co-creators of Decolonize Palestine, Rawan Masri and Fathi Nemer will be joining us live from the West Bank. These are two amazing comrades that we hosted on the podcast back in 2021. We’ll be talking to Rawan about her latest piece “‘Operation Al Aqsa Flood’ was an act of decolonization.” And we’ll also be discussing the latest developments in Occupied Palestine and in the region. We will include a link to this livestream in the show notes. If you miss it you can replay it at any time on our YouTube page. If we can work it out we will also have a live stream on Saturday so again make sure you head over to that YouTuge page and subscribe and turn on notifications or become a patron and you’ll get all the episodes emailed to you whether they are audio podcasts or YouTube videos.  Lastly I will say that many of our current patrons and a few new folks have helped us start this endeavor up by increasing their pledges or joining our patreon for the first time. And a few folks have also made one-time contributions. We greatly appreciate that support. If you are able to support our work, but haven’t yet or used to be a patron and have taken a break, we can definitely use the support. In order to sustain this we will likely have to add some additional support to our team and we will need more resources to make that possible. You can support our work at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism.  Links: Tomorrow’s Live Stream with Decolonize Palestine Max Ajl Reflects on Time in Gaza and Palestinian Resistance Zionism, Judaism and Genocide with Morgan Artyukhina Decolonize Palestine’s website Our previous episode with Decolonize Palestine “‘Operation Al Aqsa Flood’ was an act of decolonization” by Rawan Masri
05:00 10/18/23
“This Is a War on All Fronts” - Zionism, Palestinian Resistance & Al Aqsa Flood With Frances Hasso and Sina Rahmani
Our guests for this discussion are Frances Hasso, a brilliant scholar and friend of the show, and author of Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction and Death in Modern Palestine, and our friend Sina Rahmani, host of The East Is A Podcast.  No show notes today. Listen to the conversation or don't. And if you want to be on the right side of history, take action in solidarity with the Palestinian people. We recorded this on October 12th, at roughly 9 PM ET (US) Some links provided by a comrade below: And continue to look for local actions that you can pariticpate in or start one up.  Donate to Medical Aid for Palestinians’ Emergency Appeal here Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza – statement and link to donate Gaza Mental Health Foundation
111:45 10/13/23
"Build From Existing Strengths" - Max Ajl on Theories of Political Ecology
In this episode is the conclusion of our 2 part conversation with Max Ajl.  Max Ajl is an educator and a researcher and the author of A People’s Green New Deal, which we highly recommend and had a previous discussion of back in 2021. He is also the associate editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. Here we continued our discussion of his piece “Theories of Political Ecology: Monopoly Capital Against People and the Planet." In this section of the conversation we talk about China’s role in the world system and Max discusses the question of imperialism with regard to China, specifically on the African continent. From there we get into a discussion of degrowth, what Ajl sees as its strengths and weaknesses as a camp of ecological thought engaging at a popular level. We also dig deeper into Max’s interventions in the realm of ecologically unequal exchange, something we began to discuss in part 1 of the conversation. We thank Max Ajl for this conversation and will include links to a bunch of the citations in the show notes as well as to the article we’re discussing and Agrarian South Journal. We recorded this conversation way back in early August, but this is the first episode we’ve released since the most recent phase of Palestinian Resistance to apartheid and colonialism began on October 7th and since the apocalyptic Israeli siege on Gaza began as a form of collective punishment. We want to express our unequivocal solidarity with the Palestinian people in this time in their anticolonial struggle, and enduring the crimes against humanity that the Israeli state is enacting on the whole population of Gaza. We will be looking to do some more work on that specific topic soon. But for now we want to make sure to relay that to our listeners along with this episode. Links/Citations: “Theories of Political Ecology: Monopoly Capital Against People and the Planet.” by Max Ajl (the subject of the episode) https://www.agrariansouth.org Ching Kwan Lee's The Specter of Global China The Future is Degrowth Jason Hickel  Ali Kadri Danny Faber  Vladimir Kontorovich  Zeyad El Nabolsy -  pieces on Cabral
78:09 10/12/23
Theories of Political Ecology with Max Ajl
In this episode Max Ajl returns to the podcast. Max Ajl is an educator and a researcher and the author of A People’s Green New Deal, which we highly recommend and had a previous discussion of back in 2021. He is also the associate editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. We caught up with Max back in early August to talk about one of his recent pieces, from Agrarian South. The article is entitled “Theories of Political Ecology: Monopoly Capital Against People and the Planet.”  It’s a very interesting article that covers a range of ostensibly left-wing approaches to ecology and the ecological crisis through a critical lens. Recording this conversation in the middle of summer there were a number of events and conversations we reference that folks will recall. This will be a two-part release. In this first portion we talk about the theory of ecologically unequal exchange, wheat and cereal grains as weapons of imperialism, bananas and fresh fruits in the first world, and get into some of Alj’s critiques of different strains of political ecology. In particular in this episode Max talks about Andreas Malm’s formulation of “Fossil Capitalism,” and also critically engages with the frameworks of eco-modernism and extractivism.  Ajl challenges the euro-centric variants of Marxism that dominate much of the first-world Marxist engagement with ecological questions, raising the importance of bringing anti-imperialist analysis, a world-system level understanding of capitalism and solidarity with national liberation movements into the theory and practice of ecological movements.  We will link the article we discuss in the show notes as well as some of the articles that Max mentions in the discussion.  In part two of this conversation which will come out in a few days, we will talk a little more about eco-modernism and get into degrowth as well. This is our first episode of the month of October, we thankfully hit our goal of new patrons for the last month. And have set a goal once again to add 40 new patrons this month to keep up with nonrenewals and hopefully slowly increase our base of support for the show. Thanks to everyone who contributes. You can become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism   Links/Citations: “Theories of Political Ecology: Monopoly Capital Against People and the Planet.” by Max Ajl (the subject of the episode) Patrick Higgins articles referenced Charlotte Kates article referenced Archana Prasad mentioned    
108:56 10/6/23
On Engels' "The Principles of Communism" with Breht O'Shea from Revolutionary Left Radio
In this conversation Breht from Revolutionary Left Radio join the podcast to talk about the Friedrich Engels’ short piece, "The Principles of Communism." This piece which is presented in Question and Answer form was a draft that would inform the creation of The Communist Manifesto. This is part of our series of episodes we’ve been doing lately where we talk to friends of the podcast about some of their favorite works, particularly works by authors who are no longer with us. So far we’ve talked to Thandisizwe Chimurenga & Yusef “Bunchy” Shakur about Sanyika Shakur’s Stand Up, Struggle Forward, we’ve discussed an E.P. Thompson piece with Ivan Stoiljkovic. We also have an episode with Steven Osuna where we discuss Mao’s “On The Correct Handling of Contradictions Among The People,” which will be coming soon.  We definitely want to give a big shout-out to Revolutionary Left Radio, Guerrilla History, and the Red Menace podcast. Breht puts countless hours into those projects and I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but I do check out work from all of those projects and encourage others to do the same and support them financially if you’re able to do so.  Now of course it is time to remind listeners that this is our seventh, and likely final episode for the month of September. If just five people either become new patrons or increase their pledge in these last four days of the month we will hit our goal, so we’re really close, it’s within reach and if you’ve been thinking about kicking in even just a $1 a month it’ll help us hit that goal and keep sustaining the show. You can do that at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism. One final plug I will be joining Sina Rahmani of The East Is A Podcast over on his YouTube page for a live episode on this Thursday September 28th. We would love it if folks would come through hang out with us, it’ll be more relaxed, we’ll just be having fun talking about current events and hopefully if some folks come through we’ll even get a little bit of Q&A in with the audience.  Other Links: Is Marxism Just Religion By Another Name? What is this document and why are we discussing it? What is the proletariat and why is it important to communist theory? China Miéville discussions on the Communist Manifesto: Rev Left's, ours Other Red Menace Episodes on Engels, including the 3-part episode on The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State  Red Menace episode on Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
108:28 9/27/23
"Popular Coercion From Below" - César "che" Rodríguez on Why Oscar Grant Did Not Die in Vain
This is the conclusion of our discussion with César “che” Rodríguez (part 1 is here), who works as a faculty member of Race & Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University, is a rank-and-file union member of the California Faculty Association, and organized with Change SSF.  Here we get into the actual history of the murder of Oscar Grant, trigger or content warning on that discussion for folks. It’s not needlessly graphic, but it is descriptive of the events as they took place. Then we get into how various types of citizen journalism, movement journalism, organizing, protest, popular mobilization, and rioting broke the cycle of police impunity for a moment in time. We talk about that, weigh the limitations of the so-called reforms put in place and think about implications for future struggles against the relentless scourge of police terrorism in this country.  We’re getting closer to our goal for the month of September, with just 5 days left in the month we’re 10 patrons away from it. Shout-out to all of our new patrons this month and to the folks who have been contributing for years. You can become a patron of the show at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism for as little as $1 a month or $10.80 per year. Links: https://www.indybay.org https://sfbayview.com “‘Oscar Did Not Die in Vain’ Revelous Citizen Journalism, Righteous/Riotous Work, and the Gains of the Oscar Grant Moment in Oakland, California” - The essay we're discussing in the episode
82:27 9/25/23

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