Tech Won't Save Us
Tech Won't Save Us
May 14, 2020
History Shows Radical Futures Are Possible w/ Lizzie O'Shea
Play • 45 min

Paris Marx is joined by Lizzie O’Shea to discuss how learning about history can empower us to imagine more radical futures, how COVID-19 could create the opportunity to demand a better world, and how the praise for essential workers could help us rethink our ideas about work and the economy.

Lizzie O’Shea is the author of “Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us about Digital Technology.” She is also the founder and chair of Digital Rights Watch. She recently wrote about how there is no such thing as unskilled labor for The Baffler. Follow Lizzie on Twitter as @Lizzie_OShea.

The photo of the Paris Commune mentioned in the episode can be found here.

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.

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Working Class History
Working Class History
Working Class History
E50: Working Class History the book
Podcast episode in which we talk about our new book, Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion, with our friends at the Coffee with Comrades podcast, which they edited and put out as their episode 114. They kindly shared the audio with us, which we have lightly edited for brevity and include here as our latest episode. In it, we discuss the book, the WCH project, the nature of people's history, our approach to class and its intersection with other forms of oppression. Our conversation also touches on lots of stories of rebellion, including the fight for the weekend, and tea breaks, opposing the Ku Klux Klan, resisting the police and more. Copies of the first printing of the book are still available in our online store: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/products/working-class-history-everyday-acts-resistance-rebellion-book And for our lovely patrons, depending on your level you may be entitled to a free e-book version ($10/month and up), paperback ($20/month and up) or hardcover ($50/month and up). For patrons at other levels you can get 20% off it and every other book in our online store using an exclusive discount code. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Links Full show notes, links, acknowledgements and transcript here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/02/09/e50-working-class-history-the-book/ This original episode on Coffee with Comrades: https://coffeewithcomrades.com/episode-114-history-from-below-ft-working-class-history More about Coffee with Comrades: https://coffeewithcomrades.com/ Follow them on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/coffeewcomrades Acknowledgements Thanks to you, our generous patrons for making this podcast possible. Special thanks to Conor Canatsey, Ariel Gioia, and Shae. Photo courtesy https://www.instagram.com/katyeross/
1 hr 7 min
Socialism
Socialism
Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)
107. 1971: how workers beat anti-union laws
What can we learn from the defeat of the Industrial Relations Act 1971? Capitalist commentators often refer to the 1970s as a kind of dark age, and accuse socialists of wanting to return to it. What they’re frightened of is the huge power of a working class that fought and often won during that decade. One major victory was the defeat of the Tories’ 1971 Industrial Relations Act, an attempt to smash the power of shopfloor union reps. Unofficial strikes and mass resistance made the act unenforceable. Why did workers have such power in the 1970s? Can that be replicated? What was behind the bosses’ attacks on their wages and conditions? And can the anti-union laws that shackle workers today be overcome? This episode of Socialism looks at the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Industrial Relations Act: how workers beat anti-union laws. Further reading How militant trade unionism defeated the 1971 Industrial Relations Act: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/32086/24-02-2021/how-militant-trade-unionism-defeated-the-1971-industrial-relations-act On The Track: an account of trade union struggles at British Leyland: http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=31445290 Workers' Control & Workers' Management: http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=42068461 How to fight the anti-union laws (2015): https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/20994/01-07-2015/how-to-fight-the-anti-union-laws
1 hr 1 min
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