Old Mole Variety Hour
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- Genre: Other
- Length: 12:47 minutes (11.71 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Written not long after Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, Gabriel is responding to the very popular (though maybe unknown to you) philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek. After Thatcher died, Zizek wrote an article for The New Statesman defending, in his contrarian though unironic manner, Thatcher's authoritarian pnash as a value the left and anti-capitalists in particular should embrace if it is going to accomplish anything. Moreover, Zizek's controversial tact continues, this is held over and above socialist or communist ideologies that stress the people or masses achieving their own liberation democratically and inclusively.
Gabriel Levy's argument takes issue with these two points and in the end champions a renaissance in socialist thinking.
Joe Clement hosts (and Kate Welch engineers) this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour (foreshortened because of membership-drive).
We hear about socialist feminism for revolutionary change in the 21st Century, organizing within what Arun Gupta calls "the Walmart working-class", why "leading left intellectuals" like Slavoj Zizek are wrong about needing authoritarian leaders to defeat capital, and about the late Paul Robeson Jr.'s life and the influence his father had on his own political work.
- Frann Michel reads Johanna Brenner on 21st Century Socialist Feminism
- Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about "the Walmart working-class".
- Joe reads from Gabriel Levy's "We need ZIzek's 'Thatcher of the Left' like a fish needs a bicycle"
- Laurie Mercier remembers the intertwined politics of Paul Robeson Senior and his son who recently passed away, Paul Robeson Jr.
Related: Guilty Except for Insanity plays April 30 at the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.
Tom Becker hosts this episode on Politics, Poetry, and Prisons. Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance about Chevron and city government. Joe Clement talks with Tamara Lynne and Daisy Montague of Living Stages about their upcoming working-class poetry open mike. Iven Hale and Frann Michel report on a Partnership for Safety and Justice panel on the increasing incarceration of women and girls in Oregon. Left & the Law: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the Innocence Project to exonerate the wrongly convicted.
Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance
Joe talks with Tamara and Daisy about Living Stages and Working-Class Poetry
Frann and Iven discuss women's incarceration in OR and the USA
Left & the Law: on the Innocence Project
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- Title: OldMole28April2014
- Length: 57:57 minutes (26.53 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)