The Real Value of Essential Labor
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On this week's show, Dr. Fraad and Julianna Forlano discuss the amazing bill just passed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Socialist Labor Party which explores and reveals the economic value of essential caring labor usually done by women. New Zealand’s social workers, child care providers, nursing assistants and other care workers will now be recognized and rewarded with a 30.6% wage increase. Parents who return to the paid labor force can now proudly describe and be rewarded for the skills they learned from caring for vulnerable lives. This is revolutionary.

Socialism
Socialism
Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)
102. US: the storming of the Capitol
How should socialists respond to the dramatic crisis in the US? On Wednesday 6 January 2021, Trump supporters - some armed - invaded Congress. It was the culmination of the loose-cannon president’s desperate attempts to overturn the election result. But the US capitalist class is used to inflicting humiliations like this on the rest of the world – not losing control at home. Was this action just a protest-turned-riot, or did it represent some kind of attempted coup? Are Trump and his movement ‘fascists’, or is the real picture more varied and chaotic? The opposite attitudes of Capitol Hill police officers and US military chiefs show the splits in the US state machine. The big divide between Trump’s supporters and other Republicans shows splits are developing there too. So can incoming Democrat Joe Biden fundamentally change the fortunes of US capitalism, or the conditions of the mass of the population? Is it right to support social media bans, new anti-terror laws, and the Democratic Party? Or could that actually help Trump and hinder working-class struggles? Clearly the events of 6 January were a watershed. What do workers and young people in the US need in order to put their own stamp on events? This episode of Socialism looks at the United States in crisis: the storming of the capital. Further reading and listening CWI analysis of the US post-election crisis: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31867/20-01-2021/usa-in-crisis-the-need-for-a-socialist-alternative US socialists respond to 6 January attacks: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31834/13-01-2021/how-should-socialists-respond-to-the-6-january-attacks-on-capitol-hill CWI statement immediately following 6 January events: https://www.socialistworld.net/2021/01/07/us-in-crisis-need-for-a-mass-workers-party-and-socialist-programme/ Trump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31884/20-01-2021/trump-twitter-ban-only-independent-workers-voice-can-defeat-right US imperialism in decline: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/99-2020-highlights-us-imperialism-in-decline
40 min
Acid Horizon
Acid Horizon
Acid Horizon
Imposter Syndrome and Philosophy: Thinking with Gilles Deleuze and Mark Fisher
CONTENT WARNING: MENTAL HEALTH DISCUSSION In this episode, Craig, Will, Matt, and Adam invite friend of the show Rose( @8leggedloser) to discuss the notion of 'impostor syndrome'. Using texts such as Mark Fisher's "Good for Nothing" and Deleuze's "Plato and the Simulacrum" from his Logic of Sense, we consider what it means to feel a failure of identification in relation to how one is recognised in the order of things, what it means to internalise social forces that attempt to confine you within identity categories, and what forces and mechanisms there are that constantly call the self into question and demand it account for its authenticity (and often, do so for the sake of asserting power, and of enforcing essentialisms of race, gender, and class). Thinkers in this discussion include Mark Fisher, Deleuze, Wittgenstein, Plato, Freud, Stirner, Nietzsche, Marx, Hegel, and more! Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438 Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com Hyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): https://hyperstitionarrays.com Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/ Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/ Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
1 hr 5 min
Working People
Working People
Working People
1001 days (w/ Suat Karlikaya & Burcu Ayan)
Production workers at Cargill Turkey were unfairly dismissed on April 17, 2018, while trying to unionize. Listeners will probably recognize the name Cargill: based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Cargill is the largest privately held corporation in the United States. And Cargill’s reach is truly global, with operations around the world focusing on the trading, purchasing, distributing, and producing of agricultural commodities, energy, livestock, and ingredients for processed food. When workers at a Cargill starch plant in Bursa-Orhangazi tried to unionize under Tekgıda-İş (the Tobacco, Drink, Food and Allied Workers Trade Union of Turkey), they were dismissed for their union activity. Under Turkish law, companies like Cargill can simply pay fines for such human rights violations and factor it into the “cost of doing business”; however, these same companies are not required to reinstate unjustly dismissed workers, even if Turkish courts have definitively ruled that the dismissals were illegal. For over 1000 days, these workers and Tekgıda-İş have been fighting an ongoing battle with Cargill to have their jobs reinstated. In this special episode (our first interview that is accessible to both English and Turkish speakers), we talk with Suat Karlikaya, a lead organizer with Tekgıda-İş, about Cargill Turkey’s retaliatory dismissal of workers who tried to unionize—and what listeners in and beyond Turkey can do to show solidarity. English and Turkish translations are provided by Burcu Ayan of the IUF (the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations). Additional links/info below... * IUF Information Page: Fighting for Trade Union rights at Cargill Turkey (CARGİLL TÜRKİYE'DE SENDİKA HAKLARI MÜCADELESİ!) * IUF website, Facebook page, and Twitter page * Tekgıda-İş website, Facebook page, and Twitter page * IUF, "January 11, 2021: 1000 days of fighting for rights at Cargill Turkey" * IUF, "Cargill unions around the world call for an end to rights abuses at Cargill Turkey" * Wikipedia, "Criticisms of Cargill" Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: _freemusicarchive.org_) * Jules Taylor, "Working People theme song" * Ending Satellites, "A Place We Call Home"
1 hr 15 min
By Any Means Necessary
By Any Means Necessary
Radio Sputnik
As Biden Issues Executive Orders, Critics Say They Don't Go Far Enough
In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by by comedian and activist Lee Camp, host and head writer of Redacted Tonight and author of the recent book "Bullet Points and Punch Lines," to discuss his new article on Consortium News, "What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won't)," why Biden's much-hyped slate of executive orders seems designed to put the left back to sleep, and why it's no surprise Biden isn't doing more to help struggling Americans. In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Hannah Dickinson, professor and organizer with Geneva Women’s Assembly in Geneva, New York, to discuss the 140,000 women's jobs lost in the US last month, why nearly all of those who lost employment were Black or Latin, and how capitalism extracts so much unpaid labor from women. In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nate Wallace, co-host of Red Spin Sports podcast, for another edition of our weekly segment "The Red Spin Report." They discuss why more than one in four NCAA basketball coaches doesn't think conference tournaments should be held this year, why NCAA recruiting rules are regularly violated by big teams, and the disturbing implications of the league's refusal to compensate student-athletes. Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, and author of the new book “The Bittersweet Science: Racism, Racketeering, and the Political Economy of Boxing,” to discuss Biden's rejection of former president Trump's "1776" educational initiative, issues with the "American Descendants of Slavery" movement, and what's motivating the Biden's assertion that Juan Guaido is the president of Venezuela.
1 hr 54 min
Marxist Voice
Marxist Voice
Socialist Appeal
Rent strike now! Fight for free education!
For this week's episode of Marxist Voice, we are joined by Fiona Lali - lead organiser at the Marxist Student Federation - who will be interviewing Olive and Tori - two Marxist students playing a leading role in the ongoing rent strike movement. With young people being lured back into universities by the Tory government and corruption university management, rent strike movements have exploded on campuses up and down the country. Students are rightly rising up in indignation at their shameful treatment. Having been deceived with false promises of continued in-person teaching, many have been left trapped in shoddy accommodation buildings, with little to no support, to receive reduced-quality teaching by underpaid and overworked academic staff. This comes as no surprise: although the coronavirus pandemic triggered these events, the incessant drive towards marketisation of our universities has long been a feature of the British education system, affecting both staff and students alike. The Marxist Student Federation poses the question squarely: capitalism got us into this mess; only socialism can get us out of it! The rent strike movement could use this momentum to build a radical, nationwide campaign alongside the trade unions, linking demands for abolishing rent and free education with workers' rights and democratic control of universities. Listen to this episode to hear how Marxist students have been intervening in this movement, and the demands that they're putting forward for young people to rally around. Join us in the fight for socialism: Join - socialist.net/join Donate - socialist.net/donate Subscribe - socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our podcast, Marxist Voice: Facebook - facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917​ Twitter - twitter.com/socialist_app Podcast - wavve.link/marxistvoice
28 min
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