The Ex-Worker

The Ex-Worker

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a podcast of anarchist ideas and action
The Hotwire #45: The empire’s centrism strikes back—Anti-fascism 80 years after Kristallnacht
Nov 14 • 44 min
On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, liberals and centrists are once more playing right into fascists’ hands. Our feature this episode is a reading of the recent CrimethInc. op-ed “Take Your Pick: Law or Freedom; How ‘Nobody Is above the…
The Hotwire #44: Troops at the border—Anarchism vs voting—Remembering comrades who died recently
Nov 7 • 36 min
We kick off the episode with a discussion about anarchism and voting. After a roundup of resistance to capitalism and the state, our feature this episode is about Trump’s deployment of thousands of troops to “defend the border” and how it is in…
The Hotwire #43: Interviews with Anarchist Jews on Tree of Life massacre—Bolsonaro wins in Brazil
Oct 31 • 47 min
No news is good news. 60% of wildlife has been wiped off the planet since 1970. Mexican police kill a man in the migrant caravan on the border with Guatemala. Ever since Trump openly declared himself a nationalist last week, there has been an …
The Hotwire #42: Migrant Caravan—Antifascist Assembly in Carbondale—NOLA Proud Boy Alert Hotline
Oct 24 • 38 min
We have a flurry of headlines from around the globe, with the migrant caravan from Honduras breaking through the Mexico-Guatemala border, indigenous comrades and their allies building prayer lodges in the path of the line 3 pipeline, London…
The Hotwire #41: Proud Boys assaults—Hurricane Michael autonomous relief—squats and rent strikes
Oct 17 • 44 min
Our features for this Hotwire are interviews about the Proud Boys attacks in New York City and Portland, Oregon, and we have an interview about autonomous relief after Hurricane Michael, which is also seeing organizing from neo-confederate fascists….
The Hotwire #40: Van Dyke verdict—Banksy—Gritty—Bolsonaro—anti-Columbus roundup
Oct 10 • 40 min
An anarchist from Brazil fills us in on Bolsonaro, where he came from, and the dangers his presidency poses to social movements. We talk about how it’s not just killer cop Van Dyke in Chicago, or sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme…
The Hotwire #39: Brett Kavanaugh—Killer cops in PDX—words from arrested Hambach forest defenders
Oct 3 • 42 min
Alanis is back! And she reads our feature this episode, an audio version of the recent CrimethInc. text Kavanaugh Shouldn’t Be on the Supreme Court. Neither Should Anyone Else. We also interview an anarchist in Portland, Oregon about the…
The Hotwire #38: An anarchist in #OperationAirDrop—Portland anti-cop occupations—IRPGF dissolves
Sep 26 • 35 min
Our feature this episode is an interview with an anarchist involved in one of the more spectacular autonomous relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence—Operation Airdrop. We follow it up with some discussion about the role of anarchist…
The Hotwire #37: Evictions in Hambach—Aid & Disaster Relief after Florence—Strikes!
Sep 19 • 41 min
The world is a dangerous place in 2018-Botham Jean is murdered in his own home by a Dallas cop and police are actively raiding the rebel encampment in the Hambach Forest. There’s inspiring strike resistance in Central and South America where …
The Hotwire #36: #PrisonStrike ends—bring back anti-nationalism—economic crisis in Argentina
Sep 12 • 32 min
It’s 17 years and a day after 9/11 and Iraq is still in shambles, so we rip apart liberals for thinking George W. Bush is somehow “cute”. 2001 pops up again when we compare the current economic crisis in Argentina to the wave of worker-led…
The Hotwire #35: Trans Mountain pipeline paused—Chemnitz: antifa block Nazis—fuck a school board
Sep 5 • 42 min
In this Hotwire we bring you two interviews: one from an anarchist organizer involved in indigenous-led anti-pipeline struggles in Canada about the recent announcement that construction will be halted on the Trans Mountain Pipeline; and we speak with…
The Hotwire #34: #PrisonStrike update—Nazis mobilize in Germany—Riotization of protest interview
Aug 29 • 36 min
This week, you will hear about an anti-Nazi picnic in Avalon, PA, some brief analysis about the Nazi mob in Chemnitz, Germany and about some folks pushing back against the Pope’s visit in Ireland]. We interview Michael Loadenthal, a social…
The Hotwire #33: #PrisonStrike kicks off—racist statue toppled in NC—alt-right get self-doxxed
Aug 22 • 45 min
This week, you will hear updates from the Stony Creek tenant strike in Canada, some creative anti-ICE actions, and about some humorous and some of the alt-right’s recent losses. We interview Maya Little about the recent toppling of a confederate…
The Hotwire #32: Summer in Review—Antifascists in Charlottesville & DC—2018 Prison Strike
Aug 15 • 47 min
Our first episode of the new season! This week, we look back at the long, hot summer and give an update on antifascist clashes, pipeline resistance, and ICE occupations. Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of the defeat of Unite…
The Hotwire #31: Repression in Indonesia—Hamilton rent strike—J20 on May 14—events all summer
May 9 • 39 min
Our last episode of the season! This episode is chocked full of May Day repression updates—from FBI visits in Washington state to the dozens of anarchists rounded up in Indonesia. The New School in New York City is occupied once again, and we…
The Hotwire #30: May Day 2018 Roundup
May 3 • 44 min
Our annual roundup of worldwide May Day actions. We have interviews with participants in May Day actions in Puerto Rico, where there was a general strike, and Paris, whose black bloc didn’t only take the cake, they took the whole damn bakery!…
The Hotwire #29: MAY DAY Special—The best of anarchist news reporting from the vaults (uncensored!)
May 1 • 92 min
Happy May Day! Find an action near you HERE. To celebrate the anniversary of the strike that led to Haymarket, and the 8 anarchists executed for it (two of whom were anarchist media producers themselves!) we bring you our favorite anarchist news…
The Hotwire #28: Anti-government revolt in Nicaragua—more treesits in WV—Bakunin beats Satanism
Apr 25 • 40 min
This Hotwire we bring you an interview with an anarchist in Managua about the past few weeks of anti-government revolt in Nicaragua. We also report on the arrests of anti-fascists in Georgia, a school bus drivers’ strike also in Georgia, a hunger…
The Hotwire #27: Legal victory for the Tarnac 9—calls for May Day actions—Vive la ZAD!
Apr 18 • 38 min
It’s been a week of battle at La ZAD, and we share a day-to-day play-by-play of the resistance to the government’s eviction operation. Elsewhere in France, the Tarnac Nine’s legal victory shows that with a little luck and courage, we can beat…
The Hotwire #26: La ZAD resists eviction—direct action against pipelines & police academy—#Douma
Apr 11 • 40 min
As we go to press, hundreds of squatters and eco-rebels are battling against cops at La ZAD in France. We interview someone there, as well as a participant in The Syrian Revolution about the no-state-solution to the Syrian government’s ongoing…
The Hotwire #25: Kentucky & Oklahoma teachers strike—anniversary of MLK’s death—report on Gaza
Apr 4 • 38 min
As we go to press, anti-police protests are ongoing over the police killing of Stephon Clark, students at Howard University in DC are still occupying the recently re-named Kwame Ture Student Center, and teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma are on…
The Hotwire #24: Sacramento against killer cops—#DefendAfrin actions—Anti-G7 mobilizing in Quebec
Mar 28 • 39 min
As we go to press, protests in Sacramento and beyond are ongoing over the police murder of Stephon Clark. We interview an anarchist sex worker about the new FOSTA-SESTA bill and its impact on sex workers’ safety and organizing. We also feature an…
The Hotwire #23: Historic school walkouts—Alt-right unravels—Solidarity with anarchists in Russia
Mar 21 • 39 min
Hundreds of thousands of high school students defy adult authority and walkout against mass shootings; anti-pipeline camps hold strong from Virginia to West Virginia to so-called British Columbia; we interview an anarchist in Brazil as protests …
The Hotwire #22: Int’l Women’s Day actions—#DefendAfrin solidarity—WV teachers’ strike ends
Mar 14 • 36 min
This episode we bring you two roundups: one for women’s strike actions on International Women’s Day, and another for #DefendAfrin actions across Europe. We also share a call for and international day of solidarity to #DefendAfrin on March 24….
The Hotwire #21: Lansing protests fascists—teachers’ strike grows & spreads—3 cheers for anarchy
Mar 7 • 37 min
This episode we bring you two interviews. The first is an on-the-ground report from the days of anti-fascist action against Richard Spencer’s visit to Detroit and Lansing, with a plea for bail funds to help arrested anti-fascists. Next, we…
The Hotwire #20: West Virginia teachers strike—Student walkouts everywhere—Youth liberation NOW!
Feb 28 • 33 min
While students walk out of classes all over the country (and occasionally fight cops) we make the pitch for an anarchist youth liberation movement. In wild, wonderful, and apparently rebellious West Virginia, striking school employees have shut…
The Hotwire #19: Florida School Shooting & Gun Control—Koreatown Against ICE Raids—TN Antifascism
Feb 21 • 36 min
This episode is packed to the gills with news! There is antifa activity in Tennessee and folks in the Northwest continue to hold it down against the fascist creep. Solidarity for Afrin spreads and an inspiring model to fight ICE raids emerges out…
The Hotwire #18: Toxic Waste in STL—Labor Struggles in the Techno Age—A Rant on Love
Feb 14 • 34 min
The second episode of our second season! There is antifa activity in Olympia, Athens, and Seattle. Vaneesa Hopson died while in the custody of Olympia police and we report on the death and the subsequent protests.. There are strikes by delivery…
The Hotwire #17: ZAD interview—anarcho-syndicalism isn’t for losers—anti-pope actions in Chile
Feb 7 • 36 min
The first episode of our new season! This week we run down the list of antifascist confrontations from San Diego to Olympia, Washington. We also share a call for opposing Richard Spencer in Lansing, Michigan on March 5. Fast food workers in…
#63: Anarchists in the Trump Era, Year One: 2017 in Review, Part III
Feb 7 • 60 min
In Episode 63 of the Ex-Worker, we conclude our series of reflections on 2017 with an audio version of the recently published essay “Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One.” It analyzes five key turning points in 2017, assessing how…
#62: Support, Healing, and Redefining Resistance—2017 in Review, Part II
Jan 20 • 107 min
As we reconnect to plan a new year of resistance this January 20th, what lessons can we take from the inspiring but traumatic year that was 2017? In Episode 61 of the Ex-Worker, we interview three anarchists who reflect on their role on the front…
#61: The Olympia Train Blockade
Jan 19 • 73 min
In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the blockade in Olympia, WA that stopped a train carrying fracking supplies for twelve days. {January 19, 2018} ———-SHOW NOTES——— Table of Contents: Introduction {0:05} How Did…
#60: 2017 in Review, Part I: Anti-Fascism in the Bay Area and Beyond
Jan 10 • 86 min
In the first of two episodes looking back over 2017, we present an audio version of the recently published CrimethInc. feature “How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley: 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-play Analysis.” The article…
The Hotwire #16: Repression from #J20 to #G20—New Year’s noise demos—antifascist student actions
Dec 6, 2017 • 37 min
Our final episode for the season! But we’ll be back in February. This week, antifascist students were active with a #StopSpencer week of action at the University of Michigan and shutting down Lucian Wintrich at the University of Connecticut. …
The Hotwire #15: No thanks given for #ThingsTaken—Olympia blockade reveals their demands—#DropJ20
Nov 29, 2017 • 33 min
The Rebel Girl goes over the last week of anti-colonial, anti-#ThingsTaken actions across Turtle Island. The anti-fracking blockade in Olympia is going strong, opening up space for struggle and churning out innumerable demands. Anarchists in Chile…
The Hotwire #14: Olympia blockade—J20 opening statements—Build the Base call to action
Nov 22, 2017 • 29 min
This week’s episode is packed with resistance news from across Turtle Island and beyond. Struggles led by water protectors against gas and oil infrastructure are happening, seemingly, everywhere. This past week, students have been busy, while…
The Hotwire #13: J20 trials begin, worldwide anti-fascism, squatting for the win in Chicago
Nov 15, 2017 • 36 min
Today is the beginning of the J20 inauguration protester trials in DC. There are some important developments in the case, so we interview Sam from DC Legal Posse about what’s going on and how to support the defendants. We also interview a Polish…
The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury
Nov 13, 2017 • 59 min
In this episode, we share the first-person stories of three comrades on the frontlines of grand jury resistance. As the state escalates repression through a new grand jury investigation in North Carolina against longtime anarchist Katie Yow, this…
The Hotwire #12: White masculine mass shooting in Texas, down with daylight saving, J20 updates
Nov 8, 2017 • 32 min
This week we have a greater amount of animal liberation actions to report on than usual. We interview Sam from DC Legal Posse about the first J20 trials beginning next week, and what people can do to support the defendants. After the mass shooting in…
The Hotwire #11: Fascists fail in Tennessee, Catalan independence interview, No Justice No Pride
Nov 1, 2017 • 33 min
This week we bring you two interviews: one with a southern anarchist who went to Tennessee to oppose the failed “white lives matter” rally on Saturday, and another with an anarchist in Catalonia about developments and reflections on the…
The Hotwire #10: Anti-fascism in Gainesville, J20 trials, anarchist Kurds against capitalist wars
Oct 25, 2017 • 34 min
In this Hotwire we have three different interviews about the alt-right’s defeat in Gainesville. As democratic confederalist Kurdish forces in Rojava are beating back ISIS, the nationalist, capitalist Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq is…
The Hotwire #9: Puerto Rico—breaking with the state, J20 trials approach, ducks of the east
Oct 18, 2017 • 34 min
In this Hotwire we share the anti-fascist call from Florida to oppose Richard Spencer in Gainesville on October 19. We discuss the upcoming J20 trials in which nearly 200 protesters are charged with conspiracy for protesting the inauguration, as well…
The Hotwire #8: #FuckColumbusDay, fascists return to Charlottesville, McCormick prison uprising
Oct 11, 2017 • 31 min
This week we bring you a slew of reports from anti-Columbus Day actions across so-called North America. We also fill you in on an inspiring prison uprising that took over McCormick prison in South Carolina. Prisoners even got on the roof! The …
The Hotwire #7: Community relief means abolishing capitalism; Catalonia: new state or no state?
Oct 4, 2017 • 35 min
This week we go on a bunch of rants. We rant about why no state is better than a new state in Catalonia. We rant about why anti-fascists should not allow the state to position itself as the principal force protecting people from Nazi violence. We…
The Hotwire #6: St. Louis stays rebel, mutual aid relief continues, ‘free speech’ has no meaning
Sep 27, 2017 • 34 min
This week we have a ton of headlines about rebellion and cooperation, resistance and mutual aid, from all over the world. Protests in St. Louis continue into their second week after the not guilty verdict for a white cop who viciously murdered Anthony…
The Hotwire #5: St. Louis against the cops, Struggalos, & cops kill queer student Scout Schultz
Sep 20, 2017 • 33 min
This week we speak with two folks who’ve been active on the street of St. Louis since white ex-cop Jason Stockley was let off for the murder of black father Anthony Lamar Smith. We also remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old queer student organizer…
The Hotwire #4: Autonomous Hurricane Irma relief, DREAMer resistance, prisoners need our support
Sep 13, 2017 • 33 min
This week we speak with Dezeray, an anarchist involved in Mutual Aid Disaster Relief organizing in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Next, we interview Sam, an anarchist DACA recipient, about undocumented youth resistance. A number of political prisoners…
#58: Not Your Grandparents’ Antifascism
Sep 12, 2017 • 93 min
In episode #56, we covered the repercussions of the violent showdown that took place between fascists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. The month since then has seen massive anti-fascist demonstrations around the US…
#57: Reports from the G20 in Hamburg
Sep 8, 2017 • 34 min
Welcome back to the Ex-Worker! Our topic this time is a look at the recent G20 protests in Hamburg, Germany. This summer’s G20 saw some of the most pitched clashes to occur in Northern Europe in years. Despite bringing the full force of one of the…
The Hotwire #3: Hurricane Harvey responses, Labor Day vs. May Day, and DACA
Sep 6, 2017 • 31 min
This episode we bring you an overview, and an interview, about the anarchist and autonomously organized relief efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey. ———-SHOW NOTES——— Table of Contents: Introduction {0:00}…
The Hotwire #2: Antifascism after Charlottesville, Grand Jury Resistance, and Eclipsing the Empire
Aug 30, 2017 • 33 min
Welcome to the first episode of The Hotwire! Our feature for this episode covers the upswing in antifascist action post-Charlottesville. We also bring you an interview from Hurricane Harvey, The Hotwire horoscope, and news of resistance and rebellion…
#56: Charlottesville - Triumph & Tragedy in the Struggle Against Fascism
Aug 14, 2017 • 100 min
On August 12th, 2017, a massive alt-right and neo-Nazi rally took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. While a large counter-demonstration successfully confronted the fascists, one drove a car into a crowd of protestors, killing at least one and…
The Hotwire #1: A Preview of Our New Weekly Anarchist News Show
Aug 11, 2017 • 2 min
So, this isn’t quite the Ex-Worker, and I’m not Clara or Alanis. I’m here to tell you about the Ex-Worker’s new anarchist news show, the Hotwire, with me, the Rebel Girl. We’ll have new episodes coming out every Wednesday this fall. The last…
#55: The J20 Protests and Beyond: Anarchists Bring in the Trump Era
Mar 7, 2017 • 122 min
January 20th, 2017 saw perhaps the fiercest resistance to ever take place at an American presidential inauguration. Episode 55 of The Ex-Worker podcast surveys the day’s momentous protests in DC and beyond, mass media reactions to anarchist…
#54: Anarchist Resistance in the Trump Era
Jan 18, 2017 • 90 min
What will resistance look like in the Trump era? What role can anarchists play? In Episode 54 of The Ex-Worker podcast we grapple with these questions as they will unfold on January 20 and beyond. It’s true, we incorrectly predicted a Clinton…
#53: “Anti-Globalization” Walking Tour of Washington, D.C.
Jan 9, 2017 • 105 min
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 • 74 min
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 • 47 min
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 • 85 min
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 • 106 min
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 • 98 min
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 • 95 min
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 • 115 min
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 • 99 min
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 • 98 min
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 • 124 min
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 • 58 min
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 • 82 min
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 • 70 min
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 • 75 min
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 • 107 min
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 • 97 min
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 • 91 min
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 • 40 min
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 • 115 min
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 • 119 min
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 • 98 min
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 • 51 min
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 • 92 min
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 • 83 min
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 • 96 min
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 • 66 min
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 • 111 min
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 • 72 min
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 • 66 min
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 • 55 min
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 • 61 min
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 • 52 min
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 • 60 min
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 • 70 min
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 • 84 min
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 • 66 min
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 • 45 min
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 • 65 min
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 • 58 min
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 • 53 min
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 • 69 min
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 • 70 min
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 • 54 min
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 • 51 min
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 • 67 min
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 • 41 min
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 • 48 min
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 • 61 min
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 • 52 min
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 • 44 min
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 • 37 min
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 • 42 min
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…