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4 episodes, 3 hours 35 mins
Episode 68 - A New Gun Control Debate: Dismantling Our Racist 'Lock 'Em Up' Approach
An uptick in mass shootings over the past decade - one that is well documented and indisputable - has provided the cultural and media context for a corollary effort by big city mayors and certain states to push for harsher, more severe gun laws. This response to these national tragedies is understandable: curb gun possession at all costs. But what if, in this rush to respond to the carnage, states and cities, backed by billionaire funding from the likes of Mike Bloomberg, are simply helping feed mass incarceration by turning to the all-familiar carceral approach to public safety issues? This week, we explore the centering of white, establishment, moneyed interests in the media's gun control debate, a debate that more often than not focuses disproportionately on enacting longer, more severe prison sentences that uniformly criminalize Black and Latino youth, rather than directing resources to non-carceral solutions like targeting gun manufactures and anti-poverty programs. We are joined by Dan Denvir, host of Jacobin’s The Dig podcast, and Sharone Mitchell, Jr., Deputy Director of the Illinois Justice Project.
Episode 69: The Rise of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend
It’s a trope that dates back more than a decade, but the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has seen a recent resurgence in the liberal’s “Inexplicable Republican Best Friend,” a specific genre of concern trolling where a long-time Republican operative, politician or pundit offers supposedly well-intentioned “advice” to Democrats about how they can win elections, which always relies on avoiding veering “too far left.” These takes––frequently featured as earnest appeals in liberal and centrist outlets––are ostensibly framed as straight-talk advice that should be accepted as objectively in the Democrats’ best interest, and never presented as an ideological argument that would otherwise make sense coming from a right-winger. “Republican hates socialism” isn’t that newsworthy, whereas “GOP operative identifies Democrats’ best interests" somehow is. As with most ideological scams, it only travels in one direction: leftward. One seldom hears li...
Episode 70: Laundering Imperial Violence Through Anodyne Foreign Policy-Speak (Part I)
Barack Obama unleashes "kinetic strikes” on Libya, Hillary Clinton lobbies for "limited military coercion" in Syria, Congress passes “robust sanctions” on Iran, and Trump gives “US generals more room to run” as he “ramps up” “pressure” on ISIS. The Center for American Progress calls for a “no fly zone” to “protect civilians.” It’s important the US “engage” in the Middle East as it “reasserts itself” on “the world stage,” and backs up “diplomacy” with “military muscle.” While Russia "expands" its naval and nuclear capacity the US merely “modernizes” its fleet or stockpile. “All options are on the table” when discussing Venezuela and Iran. So much of how we discuss US militarism and imperialism is laundered through seemingly anodyne phrases, rhetorical thingamajigs that vaguely gesture towards an idea without drawing up unseemly images of what’s really being called for. In this two-part episode, we examine what’s being said, what’s being left out when we...
Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Pt1 - #ReadingRevolution w.Richard- Left POCket Project Podcast - Ep 20
In Episode 20 of the Left POCket Project Podcast, Richard & I have a #ReadingRevolution discussion of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. You can read along with us by visiting patreon.com/leftpoc to download a free PDF of the entire book. You can also send us questions and comments for us to discuss on the next episode on patreon or via any of our social media accounts. --- Instituto Paulo Freire www.paulofreire.org/ (note: sometimes the site has an issue with pop-ups. Either put your pop-up blocker on beforehand and/or be prepared to close pop-up windows when visiting the site for the first time) -- Theme Music: "My Life as a Video Game" by Michael Salamone -- Interact: Twitter: twitter.com/LeftPOC Facebook: facebook.com/leftpoc Media Revolt: mediarevolt.org/leftpoc Reddit: reddit.com/user/leftpoc Curious Cat: www.curiouscat.me/leftpoc Soundcloud: soundcloud[dot]com/leftpocSpreaker: spreaker.com/user/leftpociTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/leftp…d1329313097?mt=2 or searc...
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