The Magnificast
The Magnificast
Oct 14, 2020
The RevLefticast: Liberation Theology: Jesus Christ and the Fight for Human Emancipation
1 hr 18 min
This is an episode we did with Revolutionary Left Radio, but we figured it was worth sharing here too!

In this episode Matt Bernico and Dean Dettloff from The Magnificast podcast join Breht to discuss the history and ideology of Liberation Theology.

Check out Dean's course that he is currently teaching on liberation theology HERE

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Outro Music: 'John My Beloved' by Sufjan Stevens

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Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
J.G.
A Refreshingly Frank Conversation w/ Kevin D. Williamson of the National Review
If you appreciate Parallax Views and the work of J.G. Michael please consider supporting the show through Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/parallaxviews On this edition of Parallax Views, over the course of this program's history J.G. Michael has been fairly open about his politics leaning to the leftward, sometimes called progressive, end of the political compass. Past guests of Parallax Views, like Noam Chomsky and Bill Ayers, have reflected J.G.'s own orientation. However, J.G. doesn't want himself or his listeners to live in a bubble. As such he recently reached out to the often controversial and stylish conservative commentator Kevin D. Williamson, the roving correspondent for the National Review and author of the new book Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the "Real America", with an invite to appear on Parallax Views. Kevin accepted and this conversation is the result. Those expecting a debate will likely be disappointed. This is a frank conversation, co-hosted by Nathan Myers of the unfortunately defunct Clash podcast, in which J.G. and Kevin cover a wide range of topics and clarify some of Kevin's views, which, depending on what you've heard about him, may surprise you. Among the subjects we discuss and the lines of inquiry we pursue are:- How Kevin became involved in journalism and his literary influences which include the arch-conservative William F. Buckley as well as, believe it or not, the counterculture gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test fame; J.G. draws a parallel between Thompson's work on the Hell's Angels, specifically in regards to what Thompson called "the ethic of total retaliation, and some of the themes in Kevin's new book Big White Ghetto; the attitude of James Dean-style teenage rebellion in the 60s and its relevance today; social anxiety about masculinity in a world where traditional masculinity (ie: violence, physical labor, etc.) is not as high in value as it used to be and how this ties into both the rebellions of the Hell's Angels and the cultural moment of Trumpism; why Kevin writes the way he does and his dislike for what he sees as "performative empathy" - Kevin's work covering the alt right which led him to interviewing figures like the white nationalist Richard Spencer; the sense of "disappointment", driven by social and moral entitlement, that Kevin believes drove the alt right and associated movement; the "Cowboys and Indians" nature of Trumpism and Kevin's description of Trumpism as less of an ideology than an enemy's list; what William F. Buckley thought of Trump and speculating as to what Buckley would think of Trumpism - Why Trumpism has been a tough nut to crack for many commentators and why it appeals to many people that think of themselves as conservative despite it not being, in Kevin's view, conservative in nature; Kevin's thoughts on Tucker Carlson and journalists in the Trump World who are from wealthy backgrounds that have appointed themselves as voices for the white working class, the rustbelt, and the forgotten areas of American society; the disconnect between those who know poverty and those who haven't experienced poverty; Kevin's criticisms of figures like Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity within the conservative media - Politics as aesthetics and social affiliation; Kevin's article entitled "Acting White"; professionals pretending to be rednecks and what Kevin calls the "white minstrel show"; why Kevin included the phrase "The Real America" in the subtitle of his book; Ted Cruz and social posturing/affectation; careerism in conservative media and shifting values within said media; the ascent of the professional conservative; the different worlds that exist within conservative media; how Sean Hannity and others are terrified of there own audiences due to what Kevin calls the right-wing version of "Cancel Culture"; the problem of subservience to political power amongst journalists; Kevin's view of libertarianism; the financial pressures of AM right-wing radio and the freedom Kevin is afforded by working for the National Review rather than working in the radio-sphere. - Kevin's thoughts on paleoconservatives like Pat Buchanan as well as his thoughts on the libertarian thinker Murray Rothbard; Rothbard's idea of a pan-radical movement of antiwar activists and figures like David Duke against the Establishment; how conspiracy theories and the conspiratorial mindset of organizations like the John Birch Society rose in relation to the intellectual side of the conservative movement; the content of Rothbard being abandoned in favor of the style and rhetoric; the prevalence of a theater of "Us and Them" elites-betraying-we-the-people story-telling in the right-wing today; is paleoconservatism even conservative in an American context; conservatism in the American context as being tied to liberalism whereas conservatism in Europe is more tied to blood-and-soil, throne-and-altar nationalism; anti-liberal elements that vote for the Republican Party for non-ideological reasons; tribalism as driving current political fights rather than policy - Cultural politics as a substitute for real politics and policy discussion; the changing of cultural politics in both the Democratic Party and Republican Party since the 1980s; cultural politics as snobbery; the rebranding of Democrats as the party of professionals and the Republicans as the party of the working class and poor; snobbery on both sides of the political spectrum; people wanting to argue and debate with the caricature of what they perceive a person's politics and culture to be rather than the actual person; post-politics and Andy Warhol's idea of fame as hell on earth; celebrity-seeking behavior and social media; life as performance rather than "just living" in an age of being constantly watched through social media; Kevin's lack of presence on social media; the removal of connected and traditional means of social meaning and belonging leading to the current morality plays that occur on social media - Does Kevin hate poor rural whites or is that a misrepresentation; growing up in a poor family but having an advantage in regards to social capital due to living in the college town of Lubbock, Texas; the great mistake of America's policy discussion and the way in which policy discussions are dominated by the well-heeled, educated classes and reflective of their interests; - Kevin's infamous debate with Michael Brendan Dougherty and his controversial comments declaring that broken communities in rural America should be allowed to die; Kevin's belief that, on the individual level, should leave those communities to form a better life; policy being erronesouly based on places rather than people; Boonville, Kentucky and other places that Kevin has written about that don't, in the current moment, seem to have much of an economic future - Kevin's essay "I Am Cancer"; readers ascribing what they want to Kevin's writing regardless of what Kevin actually believes; the story of Kevin's experience evicting a family from a house he inherited; the theme in "I Am Cancer" of a lack of recognition in regards to how bad things don't just happen overnight; the terribly sad and depressing nature of Kevin's experience with eviction court and how he turned the experience into an essay; the subjectless-ness of the stories Kevin heard during his experience in eviction court; how "I Am Cancer" gets to the heart of Kevin's debate with Michael Brendan Doughtery; Kevin's policy suggestion of relocation benefits and other social welfare programs to help people in these communities. - Nathan asks about Kevin's essay, from which the book gets it's title, "The Big White Ghetto"; the problems of poverty not having obvious solutions due to factors like mental health issues, drug dependency, etc.; how soda was used as a form of currency in that story; the importance of talking…
1 hr 15 min
Tech Won't Save Us
Tech Won't Save Us
Paris Marx
How Spotify is Built On Artist Exploitation w/ Liz Pelly
Paris Marx is joined by Liz Pelly to discuss how the Spotify model of streaming music continues a long trend of exploitation in the music industry and why musicians need to organize around a vision for a different world of music. Liz Pelly is a freelance writer and critic who has spent the past decade working with community arts spaces. She is also a contributing editor and columnist at The Baffler. Follow Liz on Twitter as @lizpelly. Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter. Read the plan for the future of the show and supporter benefits on Patreon. Find out more about Harbinger Media Network and follow it on Twitter as @harbingertweets. Also mentioned in this episode: * Liz’s work looks at many aspects of Spotify, including the model it’s pushing on musicians and increasingly on podcasters * Paris has written about how consolidation and the emergence of streaming is having similarly negative effects in film and television * Naomi Klein explains how New Deal arts programs funded 225,000 musical performances which reached 150 million Americans — and much more * Cherie Hu tweeted a diagram showing how different streaming and music companies have stakes in one another * The Verge obtained Sony Music’s contract with Spotify * How Galaxy 500 and Pavement had random songs take off on Spotify * Spotify CEO says artists need to record music more frequently * Henderson Cole’s proposal for an American Music Library * The Union of Musicians and Allied Workers launched the Justice at Spotify campaign Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)
44 min
historicly
historicly
Esha
Don't be a Regime-Change Dupe with Ben Norton
I feel like it is ground-hog day. The American left keeps falling fo the same old regime change propaganda over and over! Today, Ben Norton from the Grayzone joins us to talk about how not to be a regime-change dupe All of these refer to regime-change propaganda used by official US Sources Show Notes 1:00 - What is the first sign of a regime-change effort by the US? 4:45 - Why do some protests get covered and not others? 7:30- TV Shows, Movies and entertainment is also propaganda 8:00 - How Esha fell victim to propaganda too! 14:29 - Anti-DPRK propaganda apparatus “Economics Departments are barren wastelands of Koch Bros propaganda” - Benjamin Norton 16:00 - How US Media is like human centipede! 17:00 - Ortega’s Alleged Death 18:00 - Nat-Sec propaganda in Academia 20:00 - Dissidents are not value neutral 21:00 - Liberalism is a right-wing ideology 23:00 - Racism an ideology that is spawned from imperialism 25:00 - Democrats are more effective imperialists 26:00 - Internal politics within Nicaragua 33:00 - Blue-Brown Alliance: Liberal Fascist alliance 41:00 - Socialist International Expose 43:00 - Fascist Founding Member of NATO Walter Hallstein with Adolf Hitler 45:00 - “Authoritarianism” is a propaganda term 55:00 - Being an active anti-imperialist! 58:00 - Fascism in Asia looks different than Europe 59:00 - “Listen to Bolivians”, why Ben disagrees with Standpoint epistemology. 1:00:00 - Liberal Fascism 1:11:00 - Freedom for the Bourgeoise 1:13:00 - We both recommend Lenin. You can find Ben Norton at the Grayzone and his podcast Moderate Rebels Get full access to Historic.ly at historicly.substack.com/subscribe
1 hr 17 min
Socialism
Socialism
Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)
94. Engels on The Housing Question
What did Engels have to say about the housing crisis? Cramped homes. Extortionate costs. Rip-off landlords. Rising homelessness. Projects to upgrade areas just used to force workers and poor people out. Meanwhile, posh new houses lie empty. It could be any major town or city in the 21st century. But it was all described by Friedrich Engels back in the 19th century. Why does capitalism endlessly recreate this social crisis? Why didn’t increasing home ownership solve the problem? What can we learn from Engels’ arguments against anarchists and liberals about housing? And how can socialists start to fix it today? This episode of Socialism, part of a short series on Engels, looks at the fight for the right to a home: The Housing Question. Further reading and listening The Housing Question (Engels): https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1872/housing-question/ Housing crisis: what now and after the pandemic? https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31110/22-07-2020/housing-crisis-what-now-and-after-the-pandemic The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis? (2015): https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/21777/18-11-2015/the-end-of-social-housing-how-can-we-solve-the-housing-crisis Socialism episode 45. How renters can beat gentrifiers: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/45-how-renters-can-beat-gentrifiers Socialism episode 31. Grenfell and Barking: safe homes for all now: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/31-grenfell-and-barking-safe-homes-for-all-now
36 min
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