The Ex-Worker

The Ex-Worker

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a podcast of anarchist ideas and action
#53: “Anti-Globalization” Walking Tour of Washington, D.C.
Jan 9 • 01:45:25
Our first walking tour! Protesters descending on Washington, D.C. to #DisruptJ20 are stepping into a long history of resistance in the belly of the beast. One of the most innovative and powerful cycles of protest in the nation’s capital was the…
#52: An Ex-Voter’s Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election
Nov 7, 2016 • 01:14:39
We know you’ve been on the edge of your seat, waiting for see which candidate will receive the Ex-Worker’s endorsement for president this year. In Episode 52, we offer an Ex-Voter’s guide to the 2016 election, including an analysis of the risks…
#51: Anarchism, Voting, and Direct Action: An Audio Zine
Nov 7, 2016 • 00:47:42
Do anarchists vote? If not, how do we express our voice and participate in changing society? What’s the problem with elections and representative democracy? In this special Election Day audio zine,we describe why electing representatives robs us of…
#50: The History and Future of Prison Strikes and Solidarity
Sep 7, 2016 • 01:25:51
As we build momentum towards the September 9th national prison strike, we want to reflect on lessons learned from past generations of prison rebels, as well as how we can maintain energy on September 10th and beyond. In Episode 50 of the Ex-Worker,…
#49: September 9th National Prison Strike
Aug 24, 2016 • 01:46:48
The Ex-Worker is back! And just in time, because a potentially historic national prisoner strike is just around the corner. In our 49th episode, we discuss the upcoming September 9th strike to end prison slavery, with an interview with the…
#48: From Democracy to Freedom Audio Zine
Apr 26, 2016 • 01:38:51
Welcome back to the Ex-worker! We’re eschewing our typical format once again to bring you our second audio zine, a production of Crimethinc.’s new text From Democracy to Freedom. This release coincides with the announcement of an online platform…
#47: Introducing the Anarchist Critique of Democracy
Mar 16, 2016 • 01:35:14
Is Democracy what we’re fighting for, as anarchists? In episode 47 of the Ex-Worker Podcast, a contentious debate between Clara and Alanis on this topic sets the stage for an upcoming, in-depth engagement with the topic of Democracy. In…
#46: International Anarchist Reflections on the New Year
Feb 11, 2016 • 01:55:38
What do anarchists around the world think is in store for the new year? In Episode 45, we began our 2015 year in review, focusing on the US. In this episode, we share reflections on developments in 2015 and from anarchists in Chile, Finland, Brazil,…
#45: 2015 Year in Review!
Jan 8, 2016 • 01:39:33
In our first episode of the new year, the Ex-Worker looks back over 2015 and its highlights, lowlights, and everything in between. We summarize some of the year’s key news developments, including tech developments and struggles around gender,…
#44: To Change Everything - International Panel Discussion
Dec 27, 2015 • 01:38:13
In our 44th episode of the Ex-worker, and our final episode of 2015, we bring you a live audio recording from the last stop of the recently wrapped-up To Change Everything tour, an international panel discussion featuring stories and lessons from…
#43: Borders and Migration, Part I: Europe’s “Refugee Crisis”
Dec 7, 2015 • 02:04:49
One of the major news stories of 2015 has been the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants from Syria and beyond into Europe, and the social and political crises this has precipitated. In this episode, we’ll take a look at Europe’s so-called refugee…
#42: Anarchism in Finland, Global Updates
Nov 16, 2015 • 00:58:10
In this episode of the Ex-worker, we take another spin around the world, bringing you several short features focusing on various aspects of the global struggle against domination. We’ll share an interview with a Finnish anarchist, who tells us about…
#41: Anarchism in Belarus, Czech Republic, Korea, and Beyond
Sep 15, 2015 • 01:22:16
In this episode, the Ex-Worker explores connections between anarchism, repression and resistance across the world in countries that rarely appear in the radical limelight. We share an interview with an Anarchist Black Cross chapter in Belarus,…
#40: Struggles Against White Supremacy and Police Since Ferguson
Sep 3, 2015 • 01:10:53
It’s been a year since rage over Michael Brown’s murder catalyzed an anti-racist and anti-police rebellion that spread from Ferguson around the country. How can anarchists interpret the trajectory of the struggles against white supremacy that have…
#39: The Rojava Revolution, Part II
Jul 29, 2015 • 01:15:45
In the latest episode of the Ex-Worker, we continue our discussion of the unfolding social revolution in the autonomous Kurdish territories of Rojava. Building on our coverage in Episode 36, we share two interviews themed around international…
#38: Anarchism in Lake Worth, Florida
Jul 1, 2015 • 01:47:05
How do anarchists organize outside of major cities? In Episode 38 of the Ex-Worker, we offer a profile of anarchism in Lake Worth, a small coastal town in southern Florida with a surprisingly active and vibrant culture of resistance. Participants in…
#37: The Hambacher Forest Occupation
Jun 15, 2015 • 01:37:01
In this episode, the Ex-Worker offers an in-depth profile of the struggle to defend the Hambacher Forest. In the Rhineland coal country of western Germany, a group of angry locals, environmentalists, anarchists and squatters have converged to…
#36: The Rojava Revolution
May 18, 2015 • 01:31:04
The Ex-Worker is back! We may have taken a break, but social struggles and resistance across the world have not. In this episode, we focus on the unfolding social revolution in Rojava or western Kurdistan, where an ambitious set of political,…
#35: To Change Everything Audio Zine
May 4, 2015 • 00:40:17
Welcome back to the Ex-Worker! In celebration of the second anniversary of the podcast, and the resistance unfolding around the world from Baltimore to Milan and beyond, we’re releasing our first audio zine! CrimethInc.’s ambitious new…
#34: Staying Safe So We Can Be Dangerous Together
Feb 12, 2015 • 01:55:40
In our 34th episode, we follow themes of repression, security, and resistance through several different short features. In celebration of former Green Scare prisoner Eric McDavid’s release after nine years inside, we reflect on the lessons of his case…
#33: The Ex-Worker’s 2014 Year in Review
Jan 20, 2015 • 01:59:41
From the Ukrainian revolution and war with Russia to the Bosnian uprisings, ISIS/Rojava/Kobane conflicts, the Brazilian World Cup protests, anti-police riots in Ferguson and beyond … 2014 was one hell of a depressing, inspiring, roller coaster…
#32: White Supremacy and Capitalism, From 1492 to Ferguson
Dec 18, 2014 • 01:38:15
Rebellion has erupted around the country in the aftermath of grand jury decisions to allow the murderers of Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York to go free without legal charges. Why did this happen, when authorities knew that this would…
#31: Live from the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair!
Nov 29, 2014 • 00:51:13
Clara and Alanis attended the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair on November 22nd, 2014, and decided to try an experiment: recording an episode of the Ex-Worker in front of a live anarchist audience! We started off with our usual Hot Wire news, and then…
#30: Anarchism in Chile, Part II
Nov 11, 2014 • 01:32:26
The Ex-Worker keeps our eyes to the south as we continue our in-depth exploration of anarchism in Chile. While our last episode sought to provide context and history, this episode delves into two recent cases of repression by the Chilean State against…
#29: Anarchism in Chile, Part I: From Popular Power to Social War
Oct 9, 2014 • 01:23:09
On September 11th, while patriotic Americans waved flags and listened to speeches, a few thousand miles south, Chileans massed in the streets and clashed with police on the anniversary of the 1973 military coup. Our 29th episode begins a two-episode…
#28: Anarcha-Feminism, Part II: Early Critiques and Visions
Sep 14, 2014 • 01:36:52
In Episode 26, we shared a panorama of dramatic stories from the lives and struggles of 19th and early 20th century anarchist women… but we didn’t focus much on their ideas. In the second episode of our three-part series on anarcha-feminism, the…
#27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson
Aug 24, 2014 • 01:06:06
Since the murder of Mike Brown by police on August 9th, Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of intense riots, looting, and clashes with police. In this episode, we share accounts from participants and reflections on the rebellion, as well as an…
#26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I: Introduction and Herstory
Aug 7, 2014 • 01:51:38
What is anarcha-feminism, and what contribution has it made to both feminism and anarchism? In this episode we kick off a series exploring anarcha-feminism in the past and present. After framing the issue and dealing with some thorny questions around…
#25: The Brazil World Cup Protests
Jul 16, 2014 • 01:12:07
The recent World Cup prompted widespread protests across Brazil. In our 25th episode, we discuss why these protests took place, who participated, and how they connected to the uprisings of the last year. We share an audio collage of protest voices, an…
#24: Communization
Jul 1, 2014 • 01:06:29
From the incendiary writings of The Invisible Committee prompting arrests on charges of rail line sabotage in France, to the calculated analysis of Theorie Communiste and Aufheben, we may have skipped a few things in our previous two episodes about…
#23: May ‘68 and the Situationist International
Jun 1, 2014 • 00:55:29
Another May Day come and gone! After we catch up on how radicals around the world celebrated it in the streets this year, we’ll turn back the clock a few decades to a particularly notorious May: Paris in 1968. The strikes and riots that nearly toppled…
#22: Ukraine
Apr 23, 2014 • 01:01:53
This week on the Ex-worker, we’re responding to a few listener requests and presenting an analysis of the situation in Ukraine, largely borrowed from our recent feature The Ukrainian Revolution and the Future of Social Movements. We’ll also hear an…
#21: Communism and Socialism, pt.2
Apr 10, 2014 • 00:52:33
We’re back with the second installment of our exploration of anarchism’s complicated relationship with communism. Ex-worker’s Russia correspondents Misha and Anastasia come to us through the fuzzy airwaves of history, reporting live from the…
#20: Communism and Socialism, pt.1
Mar 26, 2014 • 01:00:18
It turns out we have a lot to say about our relationship to communism, so we’re breaking this theme segment up into a two-parter. We’ll start off our gargantuan exploration by covering some basic definitions of communism and socialism, and…
#19: Anarchists In Revolt, From Bosnia to Peru
Mar 4, 2014 • 01:10:38
Our discussion of communism will have to wait … because post-socialist Bosnia is erupting in rebellion! In this episode, we share two interviews with anarchists from the Balkans reflecting on the current uprisings, along with recent updates and…
#18: What Anarchism Isn’t, Pt 1: Libertarianism and Anarcho-Capitalism
Feb 13, 2014 • 01:24:22
Anarchism ain’t what it used to be … if you search iTunes or Youtube these days, you’ll find defenders of capitalism and private property claiming the A word more than ever. In our 18th installment of the Ex-Worker, we kick off a two episode…
#17: Conspiracy! State Repression Strategies and Anarchist Resistance
Jan 25, 2014 • 01:06:20
As we complete this episode, trial is about to begin for the NATO 3, Chicago anarchists facing domestic terrorism charges after being entrapped by informants during a 2012 protest summit. To understand the case and its context, the Ex-Worker explores…
#16: Back to Black
Jan 12, 2014 • 00:45:13
It’s a new year and a new episode of the Ex-Worker! In our sixteenth installment, we backtrack a little to cover our biggest topic ever: what is anarchism? What pathways led today’s rebels to embrace anarchy, and what does it mean to them? We’ll hear…
#15: The Ex-Worker Holiday Special
Dec 17, 2013 • 01:05:30
In our first-ever holiday special, Clara and Alanis take a whirlwind tour through two hundred years of blistering anarchist critiques of religion and morality. From romantic poets to guillotined dynamite artists, from Enlightenment philosophers to…
#14: Squat the World!
Dec 1, 2013 • 00:58:20
In this episode, Alanis and Clara allegedly break into an abandoned building to begin a conversation about squatting—and why it’s so important to anarchists. This episode includes two interviews—one with participants in a squatted social center in…
#13: Ones and Zeroes, Scoundrels and Heroes
Nov 19, 2013 • 00:53:30
Some radicals believe the internet prefigures a decentralized utopia; others foresee a new digital feudalism of total management and surveillance. In this episode, Clara and Alanis take on the recent CrimethInc. feature “Deserting the Digital Utopia,”…
#12: Remembering Means Fighting
Oct 24, 2013 • 01:09:51
Anarchist resistance to fascism has a long and colorful history. Our second episode on anti-fascism looks into how anarchists fought against Franco in the Spanish Revolution and beyond. We share an exciting interview with Occupied London about fascism…
#11: Never Forgive and Never Forget
Oct 8, 2013 • 01:10:05
Recently murdered Greek anti-fascist rapper Killah P is just the latest casualty in a worldwide surge of fascist violence. In this episode, we analyze contemporary fascism and the resistance anarchists have mounted to it, including the history of…
#10: Are The Issues The Issue?
Sep 19, 2013 • 00:54:37
Building on our previous exploration of insurrectionary anarchism, our tenth episode examines how these ideas apply to environmental struggles today, as we share excerpts from a debate about “The Issues Are Not The Issue,” a critical discussion of…
#9: No Time to Wait
Sep 3, 2013 • 00:51:50
We’ve thrown around the term insurrectionary anarchism in recent discussions, so in our ninth episode we seize the moment and dive headlong into this tendency, exploring where it came from and what it looks like today. We also review the classic…
#8: Prison Abolition and Community Accountability
Aug 25, 2013 • 01:07:42
To conclude our series focusing on prisons and police, our eighth episode looks into strategies to dismantle the prison industrial complex and to hold each other accountable without the state. We interview members of Critical Resistance and Support…
#7: The June 2013 Rebellions in Brazil
Aug 5, 2013 • 00:41:44
In our seventh episode of the Ex-Worker, we turn south to focus on the massive rebellions that broke out across Brazil in June. We share excerpts from the in-depth report we published from Brazilian anarchist comrades that traces a timeline of the…
#6: Making Police Obsolete
Jul 21, 2013 • 00:48:03
So we’re still not lovin’ the cops—but how do we live without them? In our sixth installment of the Ex-Worker, we follow up on our last two episodes about prisons and police with a discussion of how to stay safe without the state. We also hear a…
#5: Still Not Lovin’ the Police
Jul 10, 2013 • 01:01:09
In this episode, the Ex-Worker takes a crack at the police; we speak with Kristian Williams, the author of Our Enemies in Blue, and members of East Atlanta Copwatch. Join us for news from around the world and a review of To the Indomitable Hearts: The…
#4: Prisoners of the World Unite
Jun 17, 2013 • 00:52:34
In this episode, we at the Ex-Worker’s Collective steal enough hours from our jobs to discuss the state of the US prison system, the prison abolition movement, and the destruction of prisons. A comrade from supermax lock up and Midwest Pages to…
#3: Luddites and Lockdowns and Lugals Oh My!
Jun 4, 2013 • 00:44:51
A short radio play about the Luddites kicks off our theme segment for this episode of the Ex-Worker, launching us into an exploration of the vibrant history and ideology of Green Anarchism. Alanis and Clara also bring us word from an activist fresh…
#2: Work and the Anarchist Critique of Capitalism
May 19, 2013 • 00:37:19
Why is this podcast called “the Ex-Worker”? In this episode, hosts Alanis and Clara discuss work and how it works with a friend in a cafe, in the first installment of our series exploring anarchist critiques of capitalism. Episode two also features a…
#1: Haymarket and the History of Mayday
Apr 30, 2013 • 00:42:25
In this first episode, hosts Alanis and Clara explore the 1886 Haymarket affair and the anarchist roots of Mayday. Also includes news from resistance around the world, a profile of the Lucy Parsons Center in Boston, a review of the journal Modern…