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The Dig: Worker Freedom with Alex Gourevitch
Oct 11
Dan interviews Alex Gourevitch about how 19th century US labor radicals remade the idea of freedom into a principle of working-class social transformation. If you want more on the debate over Lexit, which they only touched on briefly, check out this June…
Jacobin Radio: UAW Strike; Green New Deal
Oct 8
Suzi talks to UCSB Labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein (https://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/nelson-lichtenstein/) about the ongoing UAW strike against General Motors, the first strike since 2007, with 50,000 workers on the picket lines. Lichtenstein…
Behind the News: Impeachment; Sanders’s Climate Plan
Oct 4
Samuel Moyn (https://law.yale.edu/samuel-moyn) (author of this article (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/26/impeachment-america-political-crisis-donald-trump-centrists) and this…
The Dig: Palestine and the Law with Noura Erakat
Oct 4
Dan interviews Noura Erakat, the author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, a new book that analyzes the history of settler-colonialism in Palestine and the Palestinian struggle for liberation from just before the British mandate to…
The Vast Majority: “War Is A Racket” with Rory Fanning and Sarah Lazare
Oct 1
Our newest print issue is “War Is a Racket,” focused on war and imperialism. At the Chicago issue release party, I spoke with two organizers and writers who appear in the issue: Rory Fanning and Sarah Lazare. Rory is a former Army Ranger who fought in…
Behind the News: Israeli Elections; Justin Trudeau
Sep 30
Joel Schalit (https://twitter.com/riotgoy?lang=en), co-founder and editor of The Battleground (https://www.thebattleground.eu/), on the Israeli election (https://www.thebattleground.eu/articles/2019/09/23/my-life-with-netanyahu/). Then, Martin Lukacs,…
The Dig: Ayn Rand’s Optimistic Cruelty with Lisa Duggan
Sep 26
Lisa Duggan wrote a book that explains everything you need to know about Ayn Rand and why she became so enormously consequential so that you don’t have to read Rand’s work yourself. Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed is out now from University…
Behind the News: UAW Strike; Slavery in the Early United States
Sep 23
Sam Gindin (https://socialistproject.ca/author/sam-gindin/) on the UAW’s strike against GM, and the possibilities for the green repurposing of a plant GM is abandoning. Then, Robin Einhorn (https://history.berkeley.edu/robin-l-einhorn) on the role of…
The Dig: The Class Politics of Suburban Racism with Matt Lassiter
Sep 20
The history of suburbanite reactions to school integration in Atlanta and Charlotte reveal the class power underpinning both racism and the demolition of the New Deal order. Dan interviews Matt Lassiter, discussing suburbanite resistance to school busing,…
The Vast Majority: “West Virginia Isn’t Just Trump Country” with Cathy Kunkel
Sep 19
As we trudge closer to 2020, candidates are emerging for elected office beyond the presidency. And, thank God, they don’t all suck. Like Cathy Kunkel, who is running for Congress in West Virginia’s second district. Cathy is an energy analyst, cochair of…
Jacobin Radio: Paul Mason and George Kerevan on Brexit
Sep 17
Suzi talks to Paul Mason (https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)on Brexit and George Kerevan (https://twitter.com/GeorgeKerevan) on Brexit in Scotland — to unravel the complexities and many…
Behind the News: Brexit; Slavery
Sep 16
Margaret Corvid, city councilor in Plymouth, England, on Boris Johnson and Brexit madness. Then, John Clegg on slavery’s profound effects (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/08/how-slavery-shaped-american-capitalism) on the US political structure.
The Dig: Silvia Federici on Women and Capitalism
Sep 13
Dan interviewed legendary feminist scholar Silvia Federici on Caliban and the Witch at her Brooklyn apartment. Next year, he’ll make a return trip to discuss Wages for Housework. Here’s the article on the Pawtucket factory strike by Joey La Neve…
Behind the News: The Amazon; Populism
Sep 13
Geographer Meleiza Figueroa (https://melfig.net/) (recent article here (http://www.cnsjournal.org/political-fires-in-the-amazon-land-rights-and-sovereignty-for-the-forest-peoples-that-could-save-us-all/)) on the ecology and people of the Amazon. Then,…
The Dig: Black Socialism, Nationalism, Neoliberalism with Michael Dawson
Sep 6
Dan discusses the history of black politics in the US—left, nationalist, liberal, and neoliberal—with Michael Dawson. Check out New Dawn, Michael’s podcast on race and capitalism: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new-dawn/id1213696020…
The Vast Majority: “We Need A Green New Deal For Housing” with Daniel Aldana Cohen
Sep 5
We need a Green New Deal to stop climate catastrophe. Everybody knows this. But housing has to be a key piece of the GND, as Daniel Aldana Cohen argues in the Spring 2019 issue of Jacobin on housing. Daniel Aldana Cohen is an assistant professor of…
Behind the News: Moscow Protests; Amazon on Fire
Sep 3
Journalist Yasha Levine (https://yashalevine.com/) on the “democracy” demos in Moscow: for a flossier neoliberalism. Then, Maria Luisa Mendonça, director of Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights) in Brazil…
Behind the News: Hong Kong and Kashmir
Aug 30
Writer Brian Hioe updates us on the Hong Kong protests. Then, Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=All_India_Progressive_Women%27s_Association&action=edit&redlink=1)…
The Vast Majority: “It’s the Demand of the People That Creates Real Change” with Heidi Sloan
Aug 29
Heidi Sloan is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America running for Congress in Texas’s 25th district. She’s challenging a Republican incumbent, used car salesman, and incredibly rich person Roger Williams. Sloan recently sat down to talk about…
The Dig: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Indigenous History
Aug 28
Guest host Astra Taylor interviews Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz about Indigenous people’s history to reexamine all of history, the present, and our possible futures. Thanks to Verso. Check out their huge selection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com Please…
The Dig: Keywords of Capitalism with John Patrick Leary
Aug 23
Ordinary language is the sound of hegemony; it is also an archive of the struggles to overturn it. Language is an institution and a constantly emergent field of struggle; it is the product of power relations and it is also itself power relations. Dan…
The Vast Majority: “What is the Rank-and-File Strategy, and Why Does It Matter?” with Barry Eidlin
Aug 22
The question of how socialists should engage with the labor movement has always been a critical one. One proposal: the rank-and-file strategy, which the Democratic Socialists of America adopted in its recent convention. But what is it? Labor sociologist…
Jacobin Radio: How to End Homelessness; Eugene V. Debs
Aug 21
Suzi talks to UCLA law professor Gary Blasi (https://law.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/gary-l-blasi/), a longtime housing activist and advocate for the homeless about the staggering increase in homelessness in LA city and county (indeed across the…
The Dig: Socialist Manifesto with Bhaskar Sunkara
Aug 16
Dan talks to Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara about his book The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality. We must study socialism’s history and plan for its future. Thanks to Verso Books. Check out their huge…
The Dig: On the Clock with Emily Guendelsberger
Aug 9
Jobs have in recent years gotten much worse for millions of service workers at Amazon, McDonalds and call centers. Dan interviews Emily Guendelsberger on her book On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane. Thanks to…
Jacobin Radio: Puerto Rico, US-Iran
Aug 6
Suzi looks at the rising in Puerto Rico with professor, activist, and author Rafael Bernabe in San Juan, Puerto Rico where two weeks of massive protests brought down the corrupt government of Ricardo Rosselló, and continue amid uncertainty about what…
The Dig: Race and Class in the Liberal Suburbs with Lily Geismer
Aug 2
Dan interviews Lily Geismer, the author of Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. While Boston whites fought school busing in the streets, suburban liberals along Route 128 maintained and benefited from the…
The Vast Majority: “DSA 2019 Convention Breakdown” with Andrew Sernatinger
Jul 31
The Democratic Socialists of America’s biennial convention is in Atlanta this weekend. The rise of the DSA is one of the most promising developments in American politics in at least half a century. I talked to Andrew Sernatinger, a member of Madison DSA,…
The Dig: From the archives, Aziz Rana on Two Faces of American Freedom
Jul 25
Dan is taking his first week off ever in Dig history to finish his book. Here’s a classic from deep in the archives: our first interview with Aziz Rana, on his book The Two Faces of American Freedom, aka episode 62. If you’ve already heard this one and…
Jacobin Radio: Report From the Border; UK Politics
Jul 23
Suzi talks to historian Myrna Santiago (https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/faculty-experts/find-faculty-by-name-expertise/myrna-santiago-phd) and immigrants’ rights specialist Alicia Rusoja (https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/node/193150), who just returned from a week…
The Dig: The Struggle in Chile with Alondra Carrillo & Pablo Abufom
Jul 19
Dan’s lengthy interview with two brilliant Chilean social movement organizers: Alondra Carrillo and Pablo Abufom. Carrillo organizes in the country’s massive feminist movement. Abufom works in the labor-backed movement for a just pension system. Read…
Behind the News: Puerto Rico and Turkey
Jul 19
Professor of philosophy Bernat Tort (https://www.hercampus.com/school/upr/philosophy-professor-bernat-tort) on Puerto Rico’s economic and political crisis. Then, sociologist Sahan Karatasli (https://skaratasli.org/) on Turkey’s economic and political…
The Vast Majority: “They’re Not Just Mad at AOC — They’re Scared of Her” with Miles Kampf-Lassin
Jul 18
It’s gotten heated this last week between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the squad, on the one hand, and Nancy Pelosi, centrist Democrats, and the House Democratic Party leadership on the other. But this conflict isn’t empty intra-party bickering. It’s an…
The Dig: Abolish the Family with Sophie Lewis
Jul 11
Dan interviews Sophie Lewis about her new book Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family. Something is deeply wrong with commercial surrogacy—but it’s just not what you might think. What’s wrong is the brute labor exploitation taking place at the…
The Vast Majority: “Why Bernie Was Right to Oppose US Intervention in Central America” with Hilary Goodfriend
Jul 9
The New York Times recently attacked Bernie Sanders’s record on solidarity with Nicaragua in the 1980s. It probably won’t be the last time we see red-baiting attacks against Sanders in the election season, so it’s important to establish what exactly…
Jacobin Radio: NYT Bias, “Junkie Communism,” and Deaths of Despair
Jul 9
Suzi does three stories on this episode of Jacobin Radio, beginning with Katie Halper (https://katiehalper.com/bio/)’s expose in Jacobin (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/07/bernie-sanders-sydney-ember-new-york-times) of the New York Times’s problem with…
The Dig: Astra Taylor on Socialism, Democracy, Liberalism
Jul 5
For much of the twentieth century, Cold War politics defined socialism as the antithesis of democracy. Today, an insurgent democratic-socialist movement is transforming US politics. It is socialism that is at the forefront of a fight for a radical…
The Vast Majority: “Elizabeth Warren Can and Should Do Better on Foreign Policy” with Sarah Lazare
Jul 2
Elizabeth Warren is, by American political standards, a very strong presidential candidate. She has taken up a robust domestic social-democratic agenda — one that, while not as strong as Bernie Sanders’s, is pretty damn good. Foreign policy, however, is a…
The Vast Majority: “What a Socialist Society Will Actually Look Like” with Sam Gindin
Jun 28
The Dig: Our History Is the Future with Nick Estes
Jun 28
Dan’s lengthy interview with Nick Estes on his remarkable book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. The problem that settler colonialism was repeatedly trying to solve…
The Vast Majority: “Why Bernie Talks About the New Deal” with Seth Ackerman
Jun 25
Bernie Sanders has been talking a lot about the New Deal lately, mentioning it in his recent speech on democratic socialism. Ironically, the response from many liberals has been to argue that the New Deal wasn’t really socialism. Jacobin’s Seth Ackerman…
Jacobin Radio: US-Iran Crisis, Hong Kong Protests
Jun 25
On this episode of Jacobin Radio, Suzi focuses on the intensifying US-Iranian crisis and war brinkmanship that saw us about ten minutes away from military strikes, before Trump pulled back. We get MIT historian Pouya Alimaghum…
The Dig: Russia Beyond Putin with Tony Wood
Jun 19
Russia intervened and Trump is a criminal who committed obstruction of justice and is surrounded by constant criminality. But it’s no doubt also true that this situation and the hawkish liberal response to it have dangerously damaged US-Russia relations.…
Behind the News: Danish Elections, the Indigenous in Canada
Jun 17
Political scientist Rune Møller Stahl (https://www.jacobinmag.com/author/rune-moller-stahl) on the Danish elections, which the Left won but partly by going anti-immigrant. Then, Heidi Matthews…
The Dig: The Italian Situation with David Broder, Lorenzo Zamponi, and Marta Fana
Jun 15
There is perhaps no more depressing situation in Western Europe than that which prevails in Italy: a coalition government between the far-right Lega party and the now subordinate, bizarre, amorphously anti-corruption, internet-fetishist, pseudo-directly…
The Dig: The Spanish Situation with Carlos Delclós and Magda Bandera
Jun 13
In Spanish politics, the center-left Socialist Party has demolished the conservative Popular Party and checked risk of a major far-right surge. But meanwhile, the once very plausible-feeling dream of an insurgent radical left Podemos gaining power has…
The Vast Majority: “The Militant Minority” with Eric Blanc
Jun 11
Part two of our discussion with Eric Blanc on his new book Red State Revolt: The Teachers Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics. We discuss the role of a “militant minority” of rank-and-file radicals in Arizona and West Virginia’s teachers strikes — as…
Jacobin Radio: Breaking Down the European Parliament Elections
Jun 10
Two interviews on the results of the May 26 European Parliamentary elections, which did not cleanly match predictions that there would be a further shift to to authoritarian hard-right parties. The biggest losers across the continent were the center-right…
The Dig: The French Situation with Sebastian Budgen and Danièle Obono
Jun 8
The radical left has been unable to electorally capitalize on the Yellow Vest movement, a massive revolt against a vicious, unequal and alienating neoliberal order. Instead, French electoral politics has pit an insurgent far-right against a zombie liberal…
The Dig: Labour’s Brexit Bind with Grace Blakeley, Maya Goodfellow, and Richard Seymour
Jun 7
Brexit has so dominated UK politics that it has put the Labour Party in a profoundly difficult and perhaps untenable position of strategic ambiguity toward how to handle the never-ending matter of leaving the EU. Today, in part two of our five-part series…
The Dig: The European Situation with Chris Bickerton and Jerome Roos
Jun 5
This week and next, we’re bringing you five episodes on European politics. Today, we’re starting things off with Chris Bickerton and Jerome Roos for an overview of the European situation and the debate on the European left over how to approach Europe and…
The Vast Majority: “Red State Revolt” with Eric Blanc
Jun 4
The teachers strike wave of the last year and a half is the most important development in US working-class politics in decades. And nobody has covered that strike wave closer than Eric Blanc. Eric has been Jacobin’s man on the ground for most of these…
The Dig: Rashida Tlaib
Jun 3
US Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the local struggles that guide her work on behalf of the working class in Congress, the urgent need for a politics that puts people over profit, the question of impeachment, and why American people are coming around to supporting…
Behind the News: Tim Shorrock and Vijay Prashad
Jun 3
Tim Shorrock (https://twitter.com/TimothyS) (Nation page here (https://www.thenation.com/authors/tim-shorrock/)) on the US conflict with North Korea. Then, Vijay Prashad (https://twitter.com/vijayprashad), director of the Tricontinental Institute…
The Dig: Bernie and Black Voters with Malaika Jabali and Wendi Muse
May 30
Dan has in-depth discussion on Bernie’s approach to race and what he must do to win over Black voters with Malaika Jabali and Wendi Muse. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Sanders isn’t unpopular with Black voters. In fact, he has done rather well with…
Jacobin Radio: Barry Eidlin on Labor
May 30
Here, before a live audience at United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) headquarters, Suzi talks to Canadian sociologist and labor activist Barry Eidlin about socialist politics and the many issues facing radicals oriented to the working class. The interview…
The Vast Majority: “The Case for Open Borders” with Suzy Lee
May 28
What should the Left say about borders? Free flow of people across borders has always been a key topic for leftists, perhaps never more so than right now — especially given the realities of climate change. Some on the Left advance a maximalist demand of…
The Dig: Doug Henwood on DSA
May 25
DSA’s explosive growth continues; it has already, in a few short years, become the center of a renewed American socialist movement. Dan interviews Doug Henwood, who recently published a lengthy article in The New Republic entitled “The Socialist Network:…
The Dig: Capitalism and Slavery. Part 2.
May 22
Three interviews: historian Seth Rockman, scholars Crystal Eddins and Zachary Sell, and public historians Akeia Benard, Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, Elon Cook Lee and Marco McWilliams. Dan conducted six interviews on capitalism and slavery at The Dig’s…
The Vast Majority: Socialism: The Movie with Yael Bridge
May 20
Socialism: The Movie with Yael Bridge Yael Bridge is one of the filmmakers behind the forthcoming documentary Socialism: An American Story. She talks with Micah about what she’s trying to do with the film as well as her own transformation from a liberal…
Behind the News: Teachers Strikes and Community-Based Reparations
May 20
Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt, on the teachers’ strikes. Then, Catherine Kaiman (https://earthjustice.org/about/staff/catherine-millas-kaiman), environmental lawyer, on community-based reparations (paper here…
The Dig: Capitalism and Slavery. Part 1.
May 15
Three interviews: historians Linford Fisher, Christy Clark-Pujara and Joanne Melish, and Emily Owens. Dan conducted six interviews on capitalism and slavery at The Dig’s recent Slavery’s Hinterlands symposium here in Rhode Island. This first of two…
The Vast Majority: “Chicago’s Socialist Surge” with Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
May 14
Chicago recently made international headlines for the victories of six — six!! — members of the Democratic Socialists of America running for city council. It’s an astonishing victory, the biggest socialist victory in any American city in probably a…
The Dig: Cyborg Revolution with Donna Haraway
May 8
Donna Haraway’s work defies disciplines, combining insights from both biology and feminist thought, and drawing on her own involvement in political projects organized around feminism and radical science. Haraway’s most recent book, Staying With the…
The Vast Majority: “Bernie Sanders Wants You to Fight” with Meagan Day
May 7
If we want to transform the United States in a socialist direction, we’re going to need to do much more than elect Bernie Sanders as president. Nobody harps on this point more than Bernie himself. You can see it in his “not me, us” campaign slogan, or his…
The Dig: Real Estate Capitalism and Gentrification with Samuel Stein
May 2
What is gentrification? It isn’t just about what was once known as the hipster and is still known as the artist, the telltale warning signs of impending demographic change. It’s part of an entire political-economic order that has made real estate global…
Jacobin Radio: Democratic Primary; Victor Serge
May 1
Alan Minsky (https://pdamerica.org/alan-minsky/), producer of Jacobin Radio, is the guest on this episode. He wears multiple hats and one of them is Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). We talk about the Democratic primary field,…
The Vast Majority: “The Socialist Manifesto” with Bhaskar Sunkara
Apr 30
It’s the first episode of The Vast Majority, which will be bringing you conversations on American and international politics from a socialist perspective. So who better to have on than Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin’s editor, publisher, and founder. Bhaskar is…
A New Podcast from Jacobin: The Vast Majority with Micah Uetricht
Apr 29
It’s a new podcast from Jacobin: The Vast Majority, hosted by Micah Uetricht. We’ll be talking to authors from Jacobin and its sister publications like Catalyst and Tribune in the UK, plus whoever else is thinking and doing important work on the Left. The…
The Dig: Un laboratorio del socialismo en Chile. Entrevista con Daniel Jadue.
Apr 26
*This episode of The Dig is a special Dig in Spanish. Visit Jacobin for a transcript in English. Este episodio de The Dig es un Dig especial en español. Entra a Jacobin para una transcripción en inglés.* Cuando se piensa en Chile desde el extranjero,…
Behind the News: Rossana Rodriguez, Benjamin Fogel on Bolsonaro
Apr 19
Rossana Rodriguez on her successful campaign as a socialist for the Chicago city council, where she will join five other socialists. Then, Benjamin Fogel, author of this (https://mg.co.za/article/2019-04-12-00-bolsonaros-three-month-rule-a-disaster) and…
The Dig: Empire and the War in Yemen
Apr 17
The US has played a major role in fomenting violence across Yemen, backing the Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led forces attacking the country while also conducting a direct war against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula under the guise of…
Jacobin Radio: Elections in Chicago and Israel
Apr 11
Our guest Yoav Peled argues that Netanyahu is the only issue in the April 9 election. Netanyahu is under indictment for one case of bribery and two cases of fraud, but Yoav says he is likely to win even though his party and their bloc — with far-right,…
Behind the News: Police Surveillance; ISO
Apr 10
Jason Wilson on how cops are more interested in surveilling the Left than the Right (article here…
The Dig: Chinese Class Conflict with Jenny Chan
Apr 10
In the US, China is often viewed at best as a nefarious and enigmatic rival and at worst as a civilizational enemy. But these stories of national rivalry that permeate both major parties and the mainstream media function as a mystification, shrouding the…
The Dig: Against Idiocy with Kafui Attoh
Apr 5
Car dominance, public transit austerity, and the neoliberal political-economy within which both are embedded have fomented what Marx called idiocy, in its classical sense of privatized social isolation. Dan talks to geographer Kafui Attoh, the author of…
Jacobin Radio: Bolsonaro Comes to D.C.
Mar 27
Suzi talks to political economist Pedro Paulo Zahluth Bastos (https://www.facebook.com/ppzbastos?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARAItTacRMpcC4K0_-rZ04Bk58hZFOgHSDGPFS6safOpEdZz2ir3LbvrEPfph5OTWVLHv4MtEFVzpv7X&fref=mentions) about the Trump-Bolsonaro love fest in…
The Dig: Strike! with Jane McAlevey
Mar 27
The strike is back, and big time. Teachers in particular have been walking off the job not only to demand higher wages but also to fight for an end to privatization and for a transformation of the educational system for their students. These strikes,…
Behind the News: Tony Wood on Russia
Mar 25
Tony Wood, author of Russia Without Putin, on contemporary Russia and Putin.
The Dig: Why Socialism Wins in Chicago
Mar 23
Four of the five candidates endorsed by the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America either won outright or advanced to the runoff election on April 2, leading to talk of a Socialist Caucus on the city council. And other progressive candidates throughout…
The Dig: End of the Myth with Greg Grandin
Mar 20
American liberty has since its foundation relied upon the dispossession of indigenous people and Mexicans, upon African enslavement and, ultimately, upon the constant fleeing outward that created an empire that none dare call by its name. As historian…
Behind the News: Feminism for the 99%; Capital City
Mar 20
Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya, authors (along with Nancy Fraser) of Feminism for the 99%, on a truly transformative feminism. Then, Sam Stein, author of Capital City, on bourgeois urban planning, with an emphasis on NYC.
Behind the News: New Deals Past and Present; Left Internationalism
Mar 18
Richard Walker, geographer and director of the Living New Deal project, on what the original New Deal can teach the Green one. Then, Aziz Rana on the need for a left internationalism…
The Dig: A Theory of ISIS with Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Mar 13
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou explains: it’s not just that the War on Terror has warped American and European politics and society; it’s that the War on Terror and Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS have become mutually-critical facets of a larger, more…
Jacobin Radio: DSA; Generation Priced Out
Mar 12
Suzi talks to DSAers Jeremy Gong and Magally Miranda Alcazar about the larger issues they are confronting after two years of Trump, a midterm election that saw radical democratic socialists elected to Congress, and the beginning of a second Bernie Sanders…
The Dig: Green New Deal Architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright
Mar 9
It’s irrelevant whether establishment liberals are sincerely aware of the threat posed by climate catastrophe because they are constitutionally hemmed in by a small-bore, technocratic and profoundly neoliberal ideology. But the climate justice movement…
The Dig: Feminism for the 99% with Tithi Bhattacharya
Mar 6
Striking women have begun to reclaim feminism as a project of working-class struggle against not only patriarchy’s domination of women by men but also against capitalism’s domination of the many by the few—a system that sexism serves. As Cinzia Arruzza,…
The Dig: Hegemony How-To with Jonathan Matthew Smucker
Feb 27
Dan’s guest is long-time organizer Jonathan Matthew Smucker, the author of Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. The book is both a critique of the radical left’s traditional style of politics and a how-to guide to fighting and winning, from…
Jacobin Radio: Kate Aronoff on Democratic Party Politics
Feb 26
Suzi talks to Kate Aronoff about Bernie Sanders’s candidacy, the Green New Deal, and the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders raised a whopping $6 million the first day he announced his run for president in 2020, making him the most important candidate in the…
Behind the News: Housing and the Green New Deal
Feb 22
Daniel Aldana Cohen (https://aldanacohen.com/), author of this article (https://jacobinmag.com/2019/02/green-new-deal-housing-ocasio-cortez-climate), on the role of housing in a Green New Deal. Then, Joel Whitney (http://www.joelwhitney.net/), author of…
Behind the News: AIPAC; the Green New Deal
Feb 22
Noah Kulwin, staff writer with Jewish Currents, on why Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweets weren’t antisemitic. Then, Thea Riofrancos, one of editors of Jacobin’s Green New Deal series, on the agenda’s scope and politics.
The Dig: Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire with Dylan Riley
Feb 20
Dan discusses The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte — Marx’s take on revolution and reaction in mid-nineteenth-century France, the broader theories he develops about history and the relationship between politics and the class war, and how this all…
The Dig: Contradictions with Eric Levitz
Feb 16
Dan talks to Eric Levitz — who at New York magazine provides the sort of consistently thoughtful and deeply contextualized analysis that is often quite hard to find on mainstream news sites — about the increasingly impossible to reconcile immanent…
The Dig: 2020 with Briahna Gray, Dave Weigel, and Waleed Shahid
Feb 13
What might Bernie 2020 look like, particularly now that almost everyone claims to be for Medicare for All (whatever they might mean by that)? Will Harris’s track record as a law-and-order prosecutor doom her, or will her appeal as a woman of color rally a…
Jacobin Radio: Robert Brenner on the State of the Economy
Feb 12
The state of the economy is, despite assertions to the contrary, not strong; it is being plundered by the alliance of top corporate managers, leading financiers and political leaders from both parties. Suzi talks to Robert Brenner…
The Dig: Palestine Politics with Linda Sarsour
Feb 6
Two left-wing Muslim women newly elected to Congress—Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar—are resetting the Congressional debate over Palestine. In response, they have been met with slanderous attacks. On the one hand, this is…
The Dig: Venezuela
Feb 1
Alejandro Velasco, Gabriel Hetland and Naomi Schiller on the profound economic, social, and political crisis in Venezuela. More than three million refugees and migrants have fled the country. Opposition figure Juan Guaidó has declared himself president.…
The Dig: The Drug War in Mexico with Anabel Hernández
Jan 30
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, is on trial in New York. After twice making his way out of Mexican prisons, he was extradited to the United States. This is what counts as a major victory in the never-ending US war on drugs,…
Jacobin Radio: Anatomy of the LA Teachers Strike
Jan 29
#Red4EdLA: Los Angeles teachers lead the way for the labor movement — striking FOR public education — using the strike weapon to reverse the damage of decades of neoliberal assault on everything public. Suzi talks to Joel Jordan, an education strategist…
Behind the News: Alex Caputo-Pearl and Jane McAlevey on the LA teachers strike
Jan 25
Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the Los Angeles teachers’ union and Jane McAlevey, author and organizer, on the union’s great victory in their LA strike, protecting public education against the plutocrats’ attacks
Behind the News: Trump’s Foreign Policy; GE
Jan 24
Historian Andrew Bacevich (https://www.bu.edu/history/people/emeritus-faculty/andrew-j-bacevich/) tries to make sense of Trump’s foreign policy. Then, Steven Maher (author of this article…
The Dig: Populism’s Power
Jan 23
Democracy is the proposition that the people should govern themselves. But who are the people, and how should they govern? Populist movements attempt to answer these questions. In response, establishment figures insist that it is the people and their…
Jacobin Radio: LA Teachers on Strike!
Jan 22
On this special #RedforEd edition of Jacobin Radio, Suzi speaks with former teacher, member of the School Board, City Council, and State Assembly Jackie Goldberg (https://jackiegoldberg.org/), who is running in the March 5 special election to the LAUSD…
The Dig: LA Teachers Strike with Sarah Jaffe
Jan 18
The teacher strike wave continues as more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles walk picket lines not only for the higher wages that they deserve but also for the well-funded and great schools that the city’s working-class students of color…
The Dig: Astra Taylor on Democracy
Jan 16
Jacobin editor Alyssa Battistoni interviews Astra Taylor on her new film What is Democracy?, in which Astra asks ordinary people and political philosophers alike just that. The answers are often extraordinary and far more incisive than the mindless pablum…
Jacobin Radio: LA Teachers, and Fossil Fuel Transitions
Jan 15
Suzi speaks to energy specialist and author Simon Pirani about his new book (https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745335612/burning-up/), Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption that traces the relentless rise in oil, gas, and coal use since the…
The Dig: Rethinking Migration with Aziz Rana
Jan 9
Typically, people think about migration as immigration: people crossing international borders from one nation-state to another. And for the past half century in the United States, people have tended to think about that immigration in a binary way: legal…
The Dig: Family Values with Melinda Cooper
Jan 4
Dan interviews Melinda Cooper about her book, Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism, which makes the case that neoliberalism and social conservatism have been consistent collaborators in creating an economy that…
Jacobin Radio: The “Miracle” of Silicon Valley; Democratic Party Futures
Dec 31, 2018
Suzi talks to scholar activist Richard Walker about his new book, Pictures of a Gone City, an urban geography of the San Francisco Bay Area, America’s richest and fastest changing metropolis. Walker explains both the miracle of Silicon Valley — including…
The Dig: The Green New Deal with Kate Aronoff
Dec 27, 2018
Trump and fossil-fueled conservatives have pit working-class prosperity against environmentalism. This, of course, is incredibly dangerous. It’s also premised on a misreading of environmental politics as having nothing to do with human well-being. But…
The Dig: Crashed with Adam Tooze
Dec 18, 2018
Historian Adam Tooze, the author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, explains how crisis in an unprecedentedly powerful and interconnected global banking system coursed through American homes and European sovereign debt…
Jacobin Radio: Gilets Jaunes, the Gamification of Class Struggle
Dec 17, 2018
In this episode, Suzi talks to Jacobin contributing editor Sebastian Budgen about the gilet jaunes protests rocking France, named for the yellow traffic vests the protestors wear. The movement was ignited by President Emmanuel Macron’s so called climate…
Behind the News: Paying for Medicare for All; The Problems with Post-Work
Dec 17, 2018
Robert Pollin, lead author of this paper (https://www.peri.umass.edu/economists/robert-pollin/item/1127-economic-analysis-of-medicare-for-all), on how to pay for Medicare for All — covering everyone and saving money. Then, Anton Jäger on the problems…
The Dig: Yellow Vests with Danièle Obono and Jerome Roos
Dec 15, 2018
There has been no greater exemplar of zombie neoliberalism in power than French President Emanuel Macron’s imperial technocracy. Now, with the rise of the Yellow Vest (Gilets jaunes) movement, there no clearer evidence that zombie neoliberalism is bound…
The Dig: Bad Objects with Andrea Long Chu and Marissa Brostoff
Dec 11, 2018
Marissa Brostoff and Andrea Long Chu discuss Sex and the City and the X-Files, unraveling the tangled history of Marxism and queer theory, Cynthia Nixon the democratic socialist versus Miranda the straight corporate lawyer misrecognized as a lesbian,…
Behind the News: Gun Politics
Dec 10, 2018
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, on the politics of guns.
Jacobin Radio: GM Shutters Plants; Life at the US-Mexico Border
Dec 5, 2018
Suzi speaks first with Mike Parker, author, rabble-rouser, and union activist, who worked for thirty-tow years in auto in Detroit, about what is behind GM’s decision to close five plants, four in the US and one in Canada, affecting some 15,000 workers and…
The Dig: Haddad and Varoufakis Fighting Right-Wing Populism
Dec 4, 2018
On Saturday, Dan was in New York to interview Fernando Haddad and Yanis Varoufakis. Haddad is the former Workers Party mayor of São Paulo who recently lost Brazil’s presidential election to far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Varoufakis was the Greek…
The Dig: The Left Knows No Borders with Richard Seymour
Nov 29, 2018
How unlucky it was for Angela Nagle to make her so-called left case against immigration the same week that Hillary Clinton reprised her neoliberal case for border crackdowns. In reality, solidarity with immigrant workers has long been a core tenant for…
The Dig: Jeff Sessions’s Brutal Legacy
Nov 25, 2018
Guns in general, and American gun culture in particular, have created a horrific bloodbath. But much of the liberal gun control movement has, in concert with the NRA and Republican right, worked to make the war on guns a central facet of mass…
The Dig: Barbara Ransby on Black Lives Matter
Nov 21, 2018
Black Lives Matter is a poignant slogan and a powerful force for social transformation. It’s also shorthand for a huge array of organizations, mostly led by people that you’ve never heard of, working the daily hard grind of ordinary organizing that…
Jacobin Radio: Fires Raging in California
Nov 21, 2018
A look at the fires raging across California, and the impending teacher’s strike. Suzi talks to urban theorist Mike Davis for his “Tale of Two Fires,” contrasting the Paradise and Malibu conflagrations, which he says is like comparing two Californias. She…
The Dig: A History of Neoliberalism with Quinn Slobodian
Nov 14, 2018
Neoliberalism: we all hate it, but what does it mean? Dan talks to intellectual historian Quinn Slobodian about his book Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, which tells the story of neoliberalism’s Geneva School — including…
The Dig: The Roots of White Power Violence With Kathleen Belew
Nov 7, 2018
The man who carried out the massacre in Pittsburgh was motivated by a belief that Jewish people were conspiring to destroy the white race by way of orchestrating mass immigration. It’s a conspiracy theory with deep roots in America’s violent white power…
Jacobin Radio: Bolsanaro in Power
Nov 6, 2018
Suzi talks to political economist Pedro Paulo Zahluth Bastos about the October 28 election that brought the ultra-right wing Jair Bolsonaro to power. Bolsonaro promised to cleanse Brazil of crime and corruption by killing tens of thousands — and won…
Behind the News: Trans Politics; Fascist Bolsonaro
Nov 5, 2018
Historian Amanda Armstrong (https://www.fordham.edu/info/20762/faculty/10584/amanda_armstrong/1) on the importance of trans politics. Then, political economist Alfredo Saad-Filho (https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff31747.php) on the prospects for Brazil…
The Dig: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the Life of Howard Zinn
Nov 3, 2018
Historian Howard Zinn remains a model for left-wing intellectuals who want to not only convey ideas to a public beyond academia but also take action to transform the world that it is their profession to explain. Dan interviews Keeanga Yahmatta-Taylor, a…
The Dig: Madawi al-Rasheed on Saudi Royal Brutality
Oct 30, 2018
The brutality of the Saudi royal family had been hiding in plain sight. It was an open secret convenient to the political, media and business elites for whom the Kingdom means big business and an invaluable geostrategic proxy. But the brutal murder and…
The Dig: The Color of Economic Anxiety
Oct 28, 2018
Recently, Dan spoke to Nikhil Pal Singh about the unfortunate and never-ending debate over whether it was economics or racism that got Trump elected. This is a sequel to that discussion: because what Malaika Jabali powerfully exposes in a Current Affairs…
The Dig: Rossana Rodríguez-Sanchez, a Socialist for Chicago
Oct 26, 2018
Jacobin Managing Editor Micah Uetricht pulls Dave-Davies-duty for Dan and interviews Rossana Rodríguez-Sanchez, a DSA member running for alderwoman in Chicago. Rodríguez-Sanchez moved to Chicago from Puerto Rico, where the brutal austerity imposed on the…
The Dig: Economics Discounting Climate Catastrophe. REPOSTED.
Oct 24, 2018
CORRECT EPISODE NOW POSTED. Today’s episode is on the alarming new report out from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and how it is that William Nordhaus — an economist whose work is dedicated to arguing that that it would be…
Jacobin Radio: On Two Upcoming Elections
Oct 23, 2018
A look at two forthcoming elections: the November midterms in California, and the second round of Brazil’s general election on Oct 28. Gustavo Arrellano of Orange County, author of Ask a Mexican and Taco USA, wrote in a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed that…
Behind the News: German Politics; Why the Supreme Court Sucks
Oct 23, 2018
Leandros Fischer (https://www.jacobinmag.com/author/leandros-fischer) on German politics, with an emphasis on refugees. Then, Samuel Moyn, author of a recent Boston Review article (http://bostonreview.net/law-justice/samuel-moyn-resisting-juristocracy),…
The Dig: Explaining Brazil’s Crisis with Alfredo Saad-Filho
Oct 19, 2018
Brazil is headed toward fascism by way of Jair Bolsonaro, a sexist, homophobic, and violent militarist clown nostalgic for a murderous dictatorship. How did this happen? Alfredo Saad-Filho, a professor of political economy at SOAS University of London,…
The Dig: Sawant on Socialism Against the Amazonification of Seattle
Oct 17, 2018
Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant was elected to Seattle City Council way before socialism became a cool thing. Today, Dan’s talking to Sawant about how socialists can build power and win at the local level—and how in Seattle, that means taking on…
The Dig: Reasonable Men Calming You Down with Moira Weigel
Oct 13, 2018
Today, we’re addressing one of the most obnoxious corners of the identity politics debate. And that is the corner occupied by Right Liberals who believe that any desire to change the world is a divisive symptom of maladjusted affluenza emanating from…
The Dig: Lessons from the New Left with Max Elbaum
Oct 9, 2018
Let’s ensure that the history of American socialism doesn’t repeat as farce. That’s one reason that Max Elbaum wrote Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che, an account of the little-remembered New Communist Movement that…
Jacobin Radio: Brett Kavanaugh’s Banal, Reactionary Mind
Oct 9, 2018
Meagan Day, Natalie Shure, and Alissa Quart reflect with Suzi Weissman on the toxicity — and banality — of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court. We look at the way the contentious, emotional hearings exposed the fault lines between…
The Dig: Lisa Duggan on the Open Secret of Sexual Assault
Oct 6, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford and other women have revealed that our political-economic elite is pervaded by profound intimate violence, forms of brutal interpersonal domination that are the everyday and microcosmic connective tissue of systems of domination as a…
Behind the News: Ruling-Class Power
Oct 5, 2018
Sociologist Shamus Khan on the culture of elite schools and the sense of entitlement they breed. Then, political scientist Thea Riofrancos on the delegitimation of our ruling class and the political possibilities inhering in that.
The Dig: Reclaiming Philadelphia
Oct 3, 2018
An interview with three members of Reclaim Philadelphia, which emerged from the Bernie 2016 campaign in Philly and has since — in a remarkably short amount of time — played a key role in getting Larry Krasner elected District Attorney, effectively won a…
Behind the News: Winners Take All
Sep 28, 2018
Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, on the win–win business- and plutocrat-friendly philanthropy of today’s nouveau riche.
Jacobin Radio: Far-Right Rising
Sep 26, 2018
Legal analyst Harry Litman joins Suzi to unpack the legal and constitutional questions raised in both the Mueller investigation and the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The question that is on the table is whether the…
The Dig: Patrick Blanchfield on Serious Men
Sep 25, 2018
Serious people in Washington are seduced by vapid and self-serving accounts of their savvy operation of the machinery of government — works like Bob Woodward’s latest exercise in extended stenography Fear: Trump in the White House. The problem with Trump…
Behind the News: Socialist Women Winning Office
Sep 25, 2018
This episode’s guests are Margaret Corvid, who recently won a city council race in Plymouth, England, and Julia Salazar, who just won the Democratic primary for New York state senate in Brooklyn.
The Dig: #AbolishDEA
Sep 23, 2018
The United States today exceeds at perpetually waging wars that are destined to fail to meet their purported objectives. The War on Terror is one such war. The War on Drugs is another. In both cases, failure never leads to much official questioning of the…
The Dig: The Problem with the Problem With Appalachia
Sep 19, 2018
For many, conservatives and liberals alike, Appalachia provides a skeleton key for interpreting changes in American politics that might otherwise be difficult to comprehend. But the way conservatives and liberals talk about Appalachia tells us a lot more…
The Dig: Beyond Economism with Nancy Fraser
Sep 12, 2018
Legendary critical theorist Nancy Fraser argues that a total analysis of capitalism requires taking Marxism beyond a narrowly economistic view. Throughout its history, capitalism has been defined not just by labor exploitation but also by the disavowal of…
Jacobin Radio: Mayor 1 Percent; Puerto Rico After Maria
Sep 11, 2018
Suzi talks to Jacobin’s managing editor, Micah Uetricht…
Behind the News: Neofascism in Germany and Israel; #MeToo
Sep 10, 2018
Writer Joel Schalit on neofascism in Germany and Israel. Then, Heidi Matthews (https://twitter.com/heidi__matthews?lang=en), assistant professor of law at York University, on #MeToo.
The Dig: Matt Bruenig Spreads the Wealth Around
Sep 9, 2018
What socialism should offer is freedom by way of power and democratic control over our polity and economy—and thus over our future as a society. Matt Bruenig has one proposal (https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/projects/social-wealth-fund/) out at his…
Behind the News: Racism in the United States
Sep 5, 2018
Raven Rakia, a journalist with The Appeal (https://theappeal.org/), on the nationwide prison strike (more here (https://incarceratedworkers.org/) and here (http://www.blackandpink.org/)). Then, Asad Haider, author of Mistaken Identity…
The Dig: Race or Class? Bad Question. With Nikhil Pal Singh.
Sep 5, 2018
Nikhil Pal Singh on the unfortunate obsession shared by certain pundits, journalists and social scientists: definitively proving that Trump won because of racism, and racism alone. What drives so many people to dedicate so much time to arguing that either…
The Dig: Organizing Amid Rising Tides
Aug 31, 2018
Dan speaks to Elizabeth Rush, the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a lyrical, mournful but ultimately hopeful account of people dealing with amongst the most tangible effects of global warming right now: the rising seas that are…
Behind the News: Free Market Isn’t Free
Aug 29, 2018
Rob Larson, author of Capitalism vs. Freedom, explores how the “free market” is a realm of unfreedom, and Keith Gessen discusses his new novel about contemporary Russia, A Terrible Country.
The Dig: Eco-Socialism and the Climate Crisis
Aug 29, 2018
Today’s episode is a long one. It’s the first of two this week on climate politics: a live event that I hosted at Verso Books in New York a couple weeks ago. Or, at least part of it is. The event livestream, which we grabbed the audio from, malfunctioned…
Jacobin Radio: Robin Blackburn on Corbyn
Aug 28, 2018
Suzi Weissman talks to Robin Blackburn about Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party’s left-wing leader. Drawing on Robin’s article, “The Corbyn Project,” in the May/June 2018 New Left Review, Suzi asks Blackburn to explore the challenges and constraints a Corbyn…
The Dig: Criminal Injustice with Josie Duffy Rice
Aug 25, 2018
Josie Duffy Rice on Justice in America, her new podcast from The Appeal that she co-hosts with with Clint Smith, media coverage of criminal justice, carceral feminism and domestic violence, and the disturbing liberal affection for federal law enforcement…
The Dig: Russia Beyond Caricature
Aug 22, 2018
Russia: the more your average American thinks about it, the less they seem to know. National security-state enthused liberals blame Putin and for creating what is an obviously-if-incomprehensibly made-in-America monster. Trump, in turn, cannot seem to…
Behind the News: The Red Army Faction
Aug 17, 2018
Christina Gerhardt, author of Screening the Red Army Faction (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/screening-the-red-army-faction-9781501336676/) (2018, Bloomsbury), on the RAF’s history and artistic reception in the context of the German 1960s and 1970s.
The Dig: Aslı Bâli on Syria, Part II
Aug 17, 2018
Part two of a two-part interview with Aslı Bâli on the Syrian civil war and the larger geopolitical conflicts that shape the Middle East — with an emphasis on the role played the United States. During part one, which you should definitely listen to first,…
The Dig: Aslı Bâli on Syria, Part I
Aug 15, 2018
[note: this is being re-posted because the original post was accidentally deleted. So if you have already listened, no need to listen again!] Aslı Ü. Bâli joins Daniel for part one of a two-part interview on the Syrian Civil War and the murderously…
Jacobin Radio: Katie Halper; Murray Mednick and Maury Sterling
Aug 13, 2018
Suzi and Alan Minsky talk to Katie Halper (http://www.katiehalper.com/) of WBAI’s The Katie Halper Show (http://thekatiehalpershow.tumblr.com/) about the role of independent media and politics in the Trumpian landscape we inhabit. Then Suzi speaks to…
The Dig: Making Sense of Soros
Aug 11, 2018
That right-wing people in the US and Europe have made George Soros the answer to so many troubling questions is not very surprising: he’s a billionaire, he’s Jewish and, unlike most of his cohort, he is an intellectual who spends much of his money on…
Behind the News: Globalization, Trump, and the American Empire
Aug 10, 2018
Adam Tooze and Leo Panitch, separately, on globalization, Trump, the American empire, declinism, etc. Tooze is a professor of history at Columbia University and serves as director of the European Institute. His new book Crashed: How a Decade of Financial…
The Dig: Boots Riley on Sorry to Bother You and Communism
Aug 9, 2018
Sorry to Bother You is a hilarious film about the dead-serious shittiness of life under neoliberalism’s flexibilized and precarious labor regime, a system teetering upon a thin line between free labor exploitation and a form of expropriation reminiscent…
The Dig: Kerri Harris Runs for Delaware Upset
Aug 3, 2018
If Kerri Evelyn Harris wins in Delaware, she will have knocked out an incumbent US Senator. And that would be a really big deal. Harris, a left candidate backed by Justice Democrats, is Dan’s guest today. She is the latest candidate putting forward the…
Jacobin Radio: Russiagate
Aug 1, 2018
Suzi talks to Jacobin’s executive editor, Seth Ackerman, and editor of Critique (and Russia expert) Hillel Ticktin, about the actual state of US-Russia relations and how they are portrayed. Seth Ackerman skewers mainstream-media reporting on Russia and…
The Dig: Stop Whore Stigma with Melissa Gira Grant
Jul 31, 2018
The SESTA/FOSTA law purportedly aims to curb sex trafficking. But as my guest Melissa Gira Grant explains, it actually denies sex workers access to online platforms to more safely conduct their business. It received just two “no” votes in the Senate: from…
The Dig: Kaniela Ing is Fighting for Aloha
Jul 27, 2018
Kaniela Ing (kanielaing.com) is a DSA member running in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, calling for an end to imperialism and rule by the wealthy, and for housing rights, a green New Deal, Medicare for All, and free college. And he’s Dan’s guest.…
The Dig: A Post-Janus Plan for Labor
Jul 24, 2018
Janus was an entirely expected and atrocious decision. The conservative business interests that successfully obliterated private sector unions hope it will do the same to their public sector counterparts. Chris Maisano, a contributing editor at Jacobin,…
Behind the News: The Hammond Pardons; AMLO
Jul 23, 2018
Journalist Jason Wilson on Trump’s pardoning of Oregon ranchers Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven Hammond, as well as on the recent right-wing riot in Portland. Then, sociologist Christy Thornton analyzes AMLO’s victory in Mexico’s election.
The Dig: Mistaking Identity Politics
Jul 18, 2018
Checking your privilege. Invisible knapsacks. Intersectionality. In his new book from Verso, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump (https://www.versobooks.com/books/2716-mistaken-identity), Asad Haider questions the terms and concepts that…
Jacobin Radio: Confirming Kavanaugh
Jul 18, 2018
Suzi talks to Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Chemerinsky writes that Senators should exercise their power and insist Kavanaugh reveal his views on crucial…
The Dig: A New Party of a New Kind
Jul 15, 2018
The last episode in this week’s Ocasio-Cortez super series. First, an interview with Seth Ackerman on his essay “A Blueprint for a New Party,” which lays out a strategy for building independent socialist power effectively, which means opportunistically…
The Dig: Julia Salazar Brings Socialist Insurgency to Brooklyn
Jul 12, 2018
This week’s super series on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory and the future of left politics continues with Julia Salazar, a DSA member running for a Brooklyn state Senate in New York’s District 18. Salazar’s campaign worked hard for Ocasio-Cortez; now,…
The Dig: Bernie on Ocasio-Cortez-Style Victories
Jul 11, 2018
Capitol Hill used to be a lonely place for a leftist. And, frankly, it still is. But now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to be headed to Washington, Senator Bernie Sanders will likely have some powerful company. Today, Sanders is Dan’s guest, and…
The Dig: Cynthia Nixon on Challenging Cuomo in Wake of Ocasio-Cortez Win.
Jul 10, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory should make New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a larger-than-life bully and ideologically-chameleon Democrat, very afraid. He faces a challenge from Dan’s guest today, Cynthia Nixon, who has spent the years after her time on…
The Dig: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Winning Power
Jul 9, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a 28-year old Latina working-class champion committed to social transformation who beat one of the most powerful men in Congress: the King of Queens. Dan had an extended conversation with her about how organized people won her…
The Dig: AMLO Shatters Mexican Establishment
Jul 7, 2018
Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, won an overwhelming victory in Mexico’s presidential election, shattering a corrupt, old party system that brought ordinary Mexicans rampant violence and economic immiseration. But AMLO faces powerful…
The Dig: The Italian Left’s Collapse with David Broder
Jul 3, 2018
Today, we’re talking about Italy, where a so-called “populist” alliance of the Five Star Movement and right-wing League just took over the government with anti-migrant and Euro-skeptic agenda. Dan’s guest is David Broder, a historian of French and Italian…
Jacobin Radio: Our Squeezed, Post-Recession Lives
Jul 2, 2018
Suzi talks to Joel Jordan and then Alissa Quart, who in different ways are both looking at our squeezed post-recession lives and the fight to win or win back a decent standard of living. Longtime teacher and teacher-union strategist Joel Jordan joins us…
The Dig: The Trump Doctrine and Its Mandarin Detractors
Jun 29, 2018
Stephen Wertheim, a Lecturer in American and international history at Birkbeck, University of London, breaks cuts through the suffocating foreign policy debate that shapes American Empire under Trump. Peace has broken out across the Korean Peninsula—or,…
The Dig: Whither White Ethnics with Matthew Frye Jacobson
Jun 27, 2018
Everyone wants to know what’s wrong with Appalachia. But beginning in the 1960s, it was “white ethics”—Italians, Irish, Polish, Jews and other non-WASPs—who broke from the New Deal coalition, embracing their Ellis Island immigrant roots in reaction to the…
The Dig: Child Casualties of the Border War
Jun 22, 2018
Vox immigration reporter Dara Lind, one very bright spot in an often disappointing landscape of mainstream immigration journalism, discusses the historical, political, and legal context of Trump’s family separation policy. Dan also just wrote a lengthy…
The Dig: David Harvey on Capital
Jun 20, 2018
David Harvey has taught Capital to huge numbers of people. Dan interviews him about his latest book, Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason. Harvey explains why he thinks all three volumes are of Capital are key, why we’re still living under…
Jacobin Radio: David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs
Jun 19, 2018
Suzi speaks with David Graeber, whose earlier Debt: the First 5000 years was an international best-seller. From Adbusters to Occupy to the history of debt, Graeber has demonstrated his creative and provocative thinking. He takes on the biggest shibboleth…
The Dig: Naomi Klein and Mercedes Martínez on The Battle for Puerto Rico
Jun 12, 2018
The US colony of Puerto Rico has been repeatedly shocked and Puerto Ricans are traumatized. That is precisely what successful shock doctrines like this one — which wants to remake the island into a utopia for rich Americans and crypto-bros and a dystopia…
The Dig: Spain Part II, Rajoy Falls
Jun 10, 2018
Last week, we posted an interview Dan recorded in Barcelona on Spanish politics — specifically, on the question of Catalan independence, and the municipalist movement governing cities like Barcelona. What wasn’t discussed much was the fact that the…
The Dig: Democracy in Chains with Nancy MacLean
Jun 5, 2018
For libertarians, liberty means something different. It’s about liberty for property owners. And in their quest to preserve that absolute freedom for the ownership class — whether their assets be human slaves, factories, or extractive industries —…
Jacobin Radio: 1968 with Tariq Ali
Jun 5, 2018
On this edition of Jacobin Radio, Suzi talks to legendary street-fighting man, author and playwright Tariq Ali about 1968 — as seen from today, fifty years later. The first cover of Black Dwarf, founded by Tariq and others in May 1968, is reproduced in…
The Dig: Two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal
Jun 2, 2018
Fifty years ago, a mainstream group of high-profile Americans declared the following: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal. Reaction to last summer’s disorders has quickened the movement and deepened the…
The Dig: Left Out of Spain’s National Question
May 30, 2018
Spanish politics are complicated. Dan speaks to Carlos Delclós, Kate Shea Baird, and Bécquer Seguín to help clarify the Catalan independence movement, the radical municipalist governments that now govern major Spanish cities including Barcelona, and the…
The Dig: Resisting the School-to-Prison Pipeline
May 27, 2018
The steady pace of school massacres has revived calls to put more cops in school, with atrocities committed by white students exploited to make schools more like prisons, and ensure that the former remain a rapid-fire pipeline into the latter. Dan’s…
The Dig: Telling a New Story with George Monbiot
May 23, 2018
A laundry list of modest policy solutions is not enough, it turns out. It’s not just that technocratic fixes around the edges spectacularly fail to meet people’s needs; in failing to articulate a big picture vision of how the world ought to be…
Jacobin Radio: No Way Back For Gaza
May 21, 2018
Author and activist Mark LeVine on the recent horrific events in Gaza and Jerusalem, which he sees as a point of no return. LeVine interprets Zionism’s fundamental nature and history as one of settler colonialism, and he explains why he thinks resistance…
Behind the News: Declining Health; Anticommunism
May 21, 2018
The Brookings Institute’s Carol Graham (https://www.brookings.edu/experts/carol-graham/) (papers here (https://www.brookings.edu/research/longer-more-optimistic-lives-historic-optimism-and-life-expectancy-in-the-united-states/), here…
The Dig: Free Palestine with Noura Erakat
May 18, 2018
Israel is massacring Palestinians daring to approach a fence that occupation forces have built to shore up an ethno-state founded on the principle of apartheid. Nothing could be more clear. But you wouldn’t no that from the, at best, muddied coverage that…
The Dig: The Law in Its Majestic Equality
May 15, 2018
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.” The rule of law: the #resistance has construed it to be a cornerstone of opposition to Trump. It is certainly…
Behind the News: Venezuela; the Making of American Political Science
May 14, 2018
Historian Alejandro Velasco (https://gallatin.nyu.edu/people/faculty/av48.html) sorts fact from fiction when it comes to contemporary Venezuela. Then, Jessica Blatt, author of Race and the Making of American Political Science…
The Dig: Policing Poor Black Families with Dorothy Roberts
May 12, 2018
Recent cases of horrific child abuse have elicited widespread media attention. What the media coverage often misses is what these incidents reveal about a two-tiered child protection system that systemically surveils, punishes, and destroys poor black…
The Dig: Struggle and the State
May 9, 2018
Today’s Dig is a very good and somewhat unusual Dig: Dan’s got two interviews with two different people. First, journalist Eric Blanc on the teacher strike wave that he’s been covering for Jacobin. Then comes the Center for Popular Democracy’s Xiomara…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Educators’ Strikes and Left Foreign Policy
May 7, 2018
Suzi talks to veteran union negotiator and labor writer Joe Burns about the teachers strike wave from West Virginia to Arizona — and about how public-sector workers and teachers are reviving the most powerful weapon in the working class arsenal: the…
The Dig: Bernie, Krasner, Keeanga, and Premal
May 5, 2018
Dan just moderated a discussion in Philadelphia with Senator Sanders, along with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, scholar and frequent Dig guest Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and veteran defense lawyer and advocate Premal Dharia. Bernie came to…
The Dig: The Right to Have Rights Part II
May 4, 2018
This is part two of Dan’s interview on Hannah Arendt’s notion of “the right to have rights.” This episode covers a lot, including why we must fight not only to expand the democratic political community but also to deepen its power—all at a time when the…
The Dig: The Right to Have Rights Part I
May 1, 2018
What are rights worth when government denies people the very right to have rights? Political theorist Hannah Arendt recognized this loss of “the right to have rights” as millions of refugees found themselves without a national home in the wake of world…
The Dig: Comey Liberal Cop Fetish
Apr 27, 2018
James Comey is liberal America’s favorite cop and now, as a result, a bestselling author as well. Patrick Blanchfield returns to talk about his Baffler review of Comey’s new book. It’s awful, of course. But it’s bad in productively revealing ways. Comey…
The Dig: Radicalizing Jackson with Chokwe Antar Lumumba
Apr 24, 2018
It’s yet the latest installment in our ongoing series on the Left and electoral politics. Dan’s guest is Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Last year, Mayor Lumumba pledged to make Jackson “the most radical city on the planet.”…
Behind the News: Teachers’ Strikes and Zombie Liberalism
Apr 23, 2018
The CUNY Grad Center’s Kate Doyle Griffiths on teachers’ strikes and the crisis in social reproduction. Then, Thea Riofrancos (http://www.theariofrancos.com/) and Daniel Denvir (http://www.danieldenvir.com/) join to discuss Yascha Mounck and zombie…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: David Harvey on Marx Today
Apr 23, 2018
This week on Jacobin Radio, Suzi discusses the relevance of Marx for our present moment with anthropologist and Marxist geographer David Harvey. Harvey’s newest book, Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason, explicates the core of Marx’s thinking…
The Dig: These Primary Colors Don’t Run with Dave Weigel
Apr 21, 2018
It’s the latest installment in our series on the left and electoral politics. Dennis Kucinich is running a viable race for governor of Ohio; Cynthia Nixon, running with Working Families Party backing, has Cuomo truly freaked out in New York; and there are…
The Dig: DSA at the Ballot Box
Apr 17, 2018
In the latest installment in our series on the Left and electoral politics, we’re talking about the Democratic Socialists of America’s new electoral strategy. DSA has almost overnight become a serious force on an American socialist left that has for…
Behind the News: Winnie Mandela; Colombian Election
Apr 17, 2018
Sean Jacobs, founder of Africa Is A Country, joins Doug to discuss Winnie Mandela’s legacy. Then, Forrest Hylton talks about Colombian politics in the run-up to May’s presidential election.
The Dig: Petro-Imperialism with Timothy Mitchell Part II
Apr 13, 2018
Historian and political theorist Timothy Mitchell joins Dan for the second of a two-part interview on his book Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, published in 2011 by Verso. In part 1, we talked about a lot of things, including how the…
The Dig: Petro-Capitalism with Timothy Mitchell Part I
Apr 10, 2018
Historian and political theorist Timothy Mitchell joins Dan for the first of a two-part interview on his book Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, published in 2011 by Verso. In this first episode, we talk about how the rise of coal made…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Walmart Workers
Apr 9, 2018
Imagine you walk into a warehouse where the workers are on break, and you stumble into a vigorous, nuanced discussion of Marx’s notion of surplus value, how it relates to organizing on the shop floor, and how it applies to flexible and often female labor.…
The Dig: Reviving Resistance to Empire with Aziz Rana
Apr 7, 2018
It’s our 100th episode and the launch of our spring fundraising drive! Aziz Rana returns to The Dig fifteen years after the invasion of Iraq to reflect on the paucity of substantive anti-imperialist politics across much of the American left. Socialism…
The Dig: Student-Debt Capitalism
Apr 3, 2018
It’s obvious that student debt can be an excruciating financial burden. But anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom explains that it has also done a lot to make American families into plunderable financial mines, part of a larger capitalist system that…
The Dig: No Human Being Is Illegal with Mae Ngai
Mar 27, 2018
Many Americans take the existence of so-called “illegal immigrants” for granted, whatever their opinion of the matter. But illegality isn’t a property of immigrants; rather, it’s a creation of positive law. And we can only understand how immigrants are…
Behind the News: Strikes, Strikes, and More Strikes
Mar 27, 2018
Education reporter and host of Have You Heard? Jennifer Berkshire on teachers’ strikes, in West Virginia and beyond. Then, Forbes contributor Stan Collender on fiscal follies in Washington, D.C.
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Brazilian Upheaval
Mar 27, 2018
Suzi talks to Wagner Moura, a Brazilian actor known for his work in the Elite Squad films and the Netflix series Narcos, about the volatile political situation in Brazil, where Marielle Franco, the socialist Rio City Councillor and her driver were…
The Dig: Real Sanctuary Means Ending Mass Policing with Kade Crockford
Mar 25, 2018
Perhaps nothing has more defined the monstrosity of Donald Trump than his racist demonization and targeting of immigrants from Mexico, Muslim-majority countries, and those nations he deems “shitholes.” But what’s seldom reported is that one of the key…
The Dig: MLK, Political Philosopher
Mar 21, 2018
Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry talk about their new book, To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. King is often remembered for his soaring oratory. But the commonplace emphasis on his rhetoric in place of…
Behind the News: What’s Wrong With UBI, and Xi Jinping’s Presidency for Life
Mar 19, 2018
John Clarke (https://twitter.com/johnocap?lang=en) of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (http://ocap.ca/) on what’s wrong with (http://ocap.ca/the-neoliberal-danger-of-basic-income/) a universal basic income (UBI), a proposal that’s become…
The Dig: Lamb Is Not Enough. Three Leftist Women Run in PA
Mar 17, 2018
Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory is a rebuke of Republicans. But Lamb is far from an ideal candidate, and so the race also raises a perennial debate between the left and liberal center over what kind of alternative to the Republican right we need. Dan’s…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Teacher Strikes and Trump v. California
Mar 14, 2018
Are we on the cusp of a new wave of worker militancy? We talk to Rebecca Cohen and Shaun Richman about the victory of West Virginia teachers (and public sector workers) and the coming Oklahoma strike as they set a date to go the West Virginia way — at the…
The Dig: the State of Labor with Sarah Jaffe and Gabriel Winant
Mar 13, 2018
In West Virginia, a focal point of Trump-era liberal armchair ethnography, teachers have won a historic state-wide strike just as the Supreme Court is poised to rule in Janus, a case that will mark the culmination of a long right-wing effort to gut public…
The Dig: Gun Culture is Neoliberalism with Patrick Blanchfield
Mar 9, 2018
Neoliberal culture expects little from government and everything from plucky individuals — including, apparently, the self-sacrificing courage to charge an AR-15 wielding gunman while your classmates cower behind bulletproof backpacks. Writer Patrick…
The Dig: Gun Culture and Masculinity in an Age of Decline
Mar 6, 2018
How does gun culture get built from the ground up? What are the everyday politics of guns? Sociologist Jennifer Carlson does ethnographic fieldwork that provides answers to these questions, showing how men see guns as a way to be a protector in a time of…
Behind the News: Liza Featherstone on the Meaning of the Focus Group
Mar 5, 2018
Liza Featherstone, author of Divining Desire (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1944869484/leftbusinessobseA), on the history and meaning of focus groups [disclosure alert: Featherstone is the host’s wife].
The Dig: Nomiki Konst on the Fight Inside the Democratic Party
Mar 2, 2018
Nomiki Konst, a correspondent for The Young Turks and Sanders appointee to the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission, talks about the Berniecrat struggle against a corrupt neoliberal establishment to democratize the Democratic Party. This is the first in a series…
The Dig: Glenn Greenwald on Surveillance Hypocrisy Amid Russiagate Mania
Feb 27, 2018
Did the “Woke Blacks” Instagram account really cost Clinton the election? Glenn Greenwald returns to the show to ask basic but rarely asked questions about the troll army’s presumed efficacy, explain his often mischaracterized position on Russiagate, and…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Robert Brenner on the Economy
Feb 21, 2018
On this “podcast-versary” of the premiere of Jacobin Radio – one year since her first podcast, Suzi Weissman invites Robert Brenner back for another extended conversation on the state of the economy, especially given the dramatic plunges of the stock…
The Dig: It’s Iron Stache
Feb 20, 2018
Dan talks to Randy Bryce, the Berniecrat ironworker taking on Paul Ryan, about how he plans to knockout the House Speaker, Scott Walker’s decimation of unions, and Foxconn’s con against the people of Wisconsin. Thanks to our supporters at Verso Books and…
The Dig: Aziz Rana on the Cold War’s Late Demise
Feb 14, 2018
What if the Cold War only just ended in November 2016, as Donald Trump grotesquely encircled and then captured the presidency, finding it, to his surprise, unguarded? The Cold War proper, of course, ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. But Aziz…
Behind the News: The Right on the Offense
Feb 13, 2018
Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University David Palumbo-Liu on the right-wing attacks on him and the question of academic freedom. The Stanford Politics article on the Thiel network Palumbo-Liu references is here. Then, Professor of…
Behind the News: Our Chaotic, Militarized Present
Feb 13, 2018
Doug Henwood on stock market madness (longer version is here (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/02/stock-market-drop-wage-increases-economy)). Then Yasha Levine, author of Surveillance Valley…
The Dig: Frances Fox Piven on Why Movements Matter
Feb 7, 2018
Four decades ago, Frances Fox Piven and her husband Richard Cloward published Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail, a classic, clear-eyed analysis of just what the title suggests. Piven, a legendary scholar and activist, talks to Dan…
The Dig: Baltimore’s Crisis Continues with Lester Spence
Feb 3, 2018
The uprising following the police killing of Freddie Gray drew national media attention to Baltimore and the abusive law enforcement agents that discipline and control those most exploited and excluded by contemporary American capitalism. As is often the…
The Dig: Building an American Empire with Paul Frymer
Jan 30, 2018
We are living on land from which indigenous people, over hundreds of years, have been violently removed. Almost everyone knows this — yet it’s rarely mentioned in stories that Americans tell themselves about who we are as a country and how we got here.…
Behind the News: Trump and the Global Left; Feminism and Economics
Jan 30, 2018
Author Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College, on Syria, Trump, and the state of the global left. Then, Jennifer Cohen, assistant professor of international studies at Miami University, joins the show to discuss feminism and…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: The Economic Crisis and the Rise of Trumpism
Jan 29, 2018
This week we feature political economist Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, in his recent talk at UCLA’s Center for Social Theory and Comparative History. With his characteristic sardonic take on economic policy, Mark Blyth…
The Dig: Why Democrats Fought Then Folded on DACA with Jeff Stein
Jan 25, 2018
Excitement that Democrats had developed a spine in the fight for Dreamers reverted to familiar despondency and fury when they capitulated and voted to reopen the government on Monday. Washington Post reporter Jeff Stein offers his analysis of the role…
The Dig: The Militant ’70s Labor Movement You Never Heard Of
Jan 24, 2018
Everyone agrees that the 1970s were the beginning of the end of capitalism as we had known it since the New Deal. But historian Lane Windham makes it clear that it wasn’t for a lack of worker struggle in her new book, Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union…
Behind the News: Sandra Cuffe, Alexander Main, and Janet Capron
Jan 22, 2018
Journalist Sandra Cuffe on Honduras after a stolen election and waves of official violence. Alexander Main, Senior Associate of International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, on US policy towards Latin America under Trump. Then,…
The Dig: Workers’ Rights Are Students’ Rights
Jan 19, 2018
Student workers at Rutgers University are fighting for $15 an hour. Undergraduate history major and dining-hall worker Danny Taylor of @RutgersUSAS talks about their struggle. Thanks to Verso Books for their support. Check out Alt-America: The Rise of the…
The Dig: A New Poor People’s Campaign with Nijmie Dzurinko
Jan 16, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. launched the Poor People’s Campaign alongside other organizers shortly before he was assassinated 50 years ago. Today, organizers nationwide are relaunching that movement as The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Iranian Uprising
Jan 16, 2018
Suzi talks to UCLA sociologist and Iran expert Kevan Harris (http://www.sociology.ucla.edu/faculty/kevan-harris) about the massive uprising that began in Iran at the end of December and quickly spread to every corner of the country. Persistent poverty and…
The Dig: That Trump Book Tho with Patrick Blanchfield
Jan 13, 2018
Your first Diglet of the new year, and we’re talking about that Trump book. At n+1 Patrick Blanchfield makes the case that Fire and Fury is not, as some might think, a bunch of meaningless palace-intrigue that has distracted us from what Trump is doing to…
The Dig: Killing the Black Body with Dorothy Roberts
Jan 9, 2018
Chattel slavery made black women’s reproduction the source of private property — and in doing so, invented race and American racism. Ever since, the denigration and regulation of black women’s childbearing has been central to the construction of white…
Behind the News: What Social Reproduction Theory Offers Us
Jan 8, 2018
Professor Tithi Bhattacharya, editor of Social Reproduction Theory (https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745399881/social-reproduction-theory/) on capitalism, Marxism, feminism, and society. Social reproduction theory is a type of socialist feminist analysis of…
The Dig: Troop Veneration and US Empire with Catherine Lutz
Jan 3, 2018
The protest movement against the onset of the Iraq War was countered by a call to “support our troops” from militarists on the Right. But venerating American soldiers is not about supporting actual American soldiers; it’s a rhetorical device to preclude…
The Dig: Bhaskar Sunkara on the Bolsheviks
Dec 27, 2017
At the close of the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara discusses his new article on the Bolsheviks and what we can learn from and blame on them — and also what might be forgiven and moved beyond. Thanks to our sponsors at…
Behind the News: Yanis Varoufakis on the Need for a Progressive Internationalism
Dec 22, 2017
Doug Henwood explains the bitcoin craze, and then ex-finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis ties up some loose ends on Adults in the Room, and discusses the need for a progressive internationalism.
The Dig: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Recovering Identity Politics from Neoliberalism
Dec 19, 2017
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor returns to The Dig to discuss her new book How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Forty years ago, a group of black feminists coined the term “identity politics” in the Combahee River Collective…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Media and Democracy
Dec 18, 2017
Journalists Robert Scheer, and Marc Cooper join Suzi Weissman in a wide-ranging discussion on “Media and Democracy: From the Vietnam War to the Consolidation of Alternative Facts in the Digital Era,” that was recently held at the REDCAT theater in Los…
The Dig: Revisiting Racecraft with Barbara and Karen Fields
Dec 13, 2017
A lengthy interview with historian Barbara Fields and sociologist Karen Fields on their seminal essay collection Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life. Dan talks to the sister scholars about the book; how Ta-Nehisi Coates’s primordialist view…
The Dig: The Destruction of Black Wealth with Ryan Cooper
Dec 8, 2017
Journalist Ryan Cooper talks about the new paper he wrote with Matt Bruenig, founder of the People’s Policy Project, a new left-wing think tank. “Foreclosed: Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency” details how the Wall Street-induced…
The Dig: Peace Can Happen in Korea with Tim Shorrock
Dec 5, 2017
The prospect of nuclear war with North Korea sits near the top of the list of things that have been unthinkably bad about Donald Trump’s presidency. But the conflict with North Korea didn’t begin with Trump. It’s critical that we understand the Koreas and…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Neoliberalism on Steroids
Dec 4, 2017
Author and economist Dr. Jack Rasmus dissects the Trump/Ryan/McConnell Tax (Cut) Plan, that he says will only increase financial instability and economic fragility. It is neoliberalism on steroids. Then, Professor Victor Pickard discusses FCC Chair Ajit…
Behind the News: Corey Robin on the Right from Burke to Trump
Dec 4, 2017
Corey Robin, whose The Reactionary Mind has just been issued in an updated edition, on the Right from Burke to Trump. While most people on the Left fear and demonize the Right, they aren’t interested in its ideas. Robin, however, takes them very seriously…
The Dig: Clintonism’s Dreadful Legacy with Robert Reich
Dec 1, 2017
Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary, explains one of Clintonism’s most dreadful results: President Trump. The new film Saving Capitalism, available on Netflix, is Reich’s quasi-autobiographical documentary about the origins of contemporary…
The Dig: The Origins of the Opioid Crisis with Leo Beletsky
Nov 28, 2017
The drug war is a cause of, not solution to, the overdose crisis. Law and public health scholar @LeoBeletsky explains the origins of the opioid overdose crisis and how drug prohibition, policing, interdiction and incarceration are at its root — and…
The Dig: Bonus Episode, Alex Vitale v. Heather Mac Donald
Nov 27, 2017
We’ve got a bonus episode for you today, which is audio from a debate between Alex Vitale — a recent guest on this show, sociologist and author of The End of Policing — and Heather Mac Donald, one of the leading intellectual champions of urban…
Behind the News: Kristen Ghodsee on Post-Communist Eastern Europe
Nov 27, 2017
Ethnographer Kristen Ghodsee returns to the show to discuss Red Hangover, her new book on the traumas of post-Communist life in Eastern Europe. Unique for an academic text, the book is a series of essays with fictional sketches that evoke the complexities…
The Dig: A Monstrous Tax Plan That Might Fail with Arthur Delaney
Nov 24, 2017
The GOP tax plan is a monstrous giveaway to corporate America but it might not pass thanks to the same contradictions within the Republican coalition that repeatedly sunk efforts to repeal Obamacare, as journalist @ArthurDelaneyHP explains. Thanks to our…
The Dig: The Reality of Central American Migration with Noelle Brigden
Nov 21, 2017
Trump’s demagogic rhetoric on MS-13 is designed to obscure the truth about the reality and origins of mass Central American migration: the roots of migration from Central America lie in significant part in the violence unleashed by US-backed dirty wars…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: An Autopsy on the Democratic Party; Sexual Harassment and Inequality
Nov 20, 2017
Norman Solomon on the findings of a recently released report he co-authored, “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis.” It examines the continuing crises within the Democratic Party with the aim of stimulating a nationwide discussion and a stimulus for…
The Dig: DSA Kicking Ass with Lee Carter and David Duhalde
Nov 17, 2017
Last week was a bad week for Republicans and a good week for Democrats — and for democratic socialists. It’s now pretty clear that Republicans will pay a price for the fact that large numbers of Americans detest our dotard-in-chief. But last week’s…
Behind the News: From Offshore Wealth Rackets to Municipal Socialism
Nov 17, 2017
Brooke Harrington, author of Capital Without Borders, on the offshore wealth racket and the Paradise Papers. Then Kali Akuno, co-editor of Jackson Rising and a co-founder of Cooperation Jackson, on building a green municipal socialism in Jackson,…
The Dig: A History of Human Caging with Kelly Lytle Hernández
Nov 14, 2017
Historian Kelly Lytle Hernández tells the story of human caging in Los Angeles, from the Spanish Conquest to the mid-twentieth century, in her new book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965. It’s a…
The Dig: Don’t Criminalize Sex Work with Melissa Gira Grant
Nov 10, 2017
Journalist @melissagira eviscerates a newspaper investigation that conflates sex work with trafficking. She examines how reporters unwittingly fall into a savior complex, which ends up criminalizing workers in the name of defending women’s dignity. Thanks…
Behind the News: Rich People Problems
Nov 10, 2017
The Intercept’s Ryan Grim (https://theintercept.com/staff/ryangrim/) on the the state of the GOP, which despite recent losses in this week’s elections, controls all three branches of the federal government and is currently trying to pass a tax bill. Then,…
Behind the News: McMansion Hell and Genteel Neo-Nazis
Nov 8, 2017
Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell (http://mcmansionhell.com/) on those abominable things dotting the American landscape. Then, Donna Minkowitz (https://twitter.com/minkowitz?lang=en), author of this article…
The Dig: The Hollow Center with Molly Ball and Eric Levitz
Nov 7, 2017
Centrist business elites believe in an America that doesn’t exist. Two guests this episode: first, @mollyesque talks about her piece ”On Safari in Trump’s America” for The Atlantic. Her article follows the centrist organization Third Way on a “listening…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Keeping Up with Catalonia and Democratic Party Debates
Nov 6, 2017
Writer and author Andy Durgan discusses the fast-moving events taking place in Catalonia. This past week, Catalonia declared independence, and the Spanish government is moving quickly to repress the independence movement’s political leaders and keep the…
The Dig: Policing for the Market with Brenden Beck
Nov 3, 2017
Why have the size of American police departments grown so dramatically in recent decades, even as crime rates have fallen? One factor may have been the growing centrality of real estate for urban economies, according to a new article published in the…
The Dig: Universalizing American Liberty with Aziz Rana
Oct 31, 2017
Aziz Rana discusses his pivotal book, The Two Faces of American Freedom. Rana overturns conventional accounts of American history, from settlement and Revolution to the Populists and the present day. In reality, settler-colonialism, empire, and a brutally…
Behind the News: The Far Right Rises in Austria; A Hybrid Argument Against Rent-Seeking
Oct 30, 2017
Benjamin Opratko (https://twitter.com/bopratko), a fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin who teaches at the University of Vienna, on the rise of the far right in Austria. On Sunday, October 16, Austria held elections, and the two right-wing parties will…
The Dig: Alex Press on Collective Action to Fight Sexual Harassment
Oct 27, 2017
The exposure of Weinstein’s predations has reignited widespread fury over the longstanding problem of sexual harassment and assault—especially in the workplace. Jacobin editor @alexnpress discusses two new pieces she wrote on how dealing with these…
The Dig: Trump’s Reactionary Mind with Corey Robin
Oct 24, 2017
Corey Robin points to a tension that has defined conservatism from the get-go, between two competing conceptions of virtue and nobility: one defined by political and military distinction and another by entrepreneurial acumen and accumulated wealth. Robin…
The Dig Bonus: Ending the War on Drug Dealers
Oct 23, 2017
Dan was on a panel last week on ending the war on drug dealers at the Drug Policy Alliance conference in Atlanta. The panel was moderated by asha bandele and included Daryl Atkinson, Constanza Sánchez Avilé, Lyn Ulbrich, Kemba Smith and Dan. Thanks for…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: One Hundred Years Since October
Oct 23, 2017
Suzi Weissman switches seats with Robert Brenner: she is the guest and he does the interviewing. The program begins with a talk Suzi gave recently in Berkeley: ”One Hundred Years Since October: When the Russian Working Class Opened the Possibilities For…
Behind the News: From the Chinese Communist Party Congress to US Policing
Oct 23, 2017
Isabel Hilton, editor of ChinaDialogue.net, discusses recent developments at the Chinese Communist Party Congress. Then, Doug is joined by Alex Vitale, author The End of Policing (https://www.versobooks.com/books/2426-the-end-of-policing), who addresses…
The Dig: Let’s Elect Left Candidates with Joe Dinkin
Oct 20, 2017
Since Bernie Sanders’s success in the 2016 Democratic primary, much of the Left, from progressive Democrats to socialists, has had its sights set on something we had long at least implicitly assumed was impossible: state power and governing. The question…
The Dig: We must end policing as we know it with Alex Vitale
Oct 17, 2017 • 63 min
In his new book The End of Policing Brooklyn College sociologist @avitale makes the case that technocratic reforms won’t fix American policing. In reality, we can only fix policing by ending the carceral state and defeating neoliberalism. Thanks to Verso…
Behind the News: Yanis Varoufakis on Adults in the Room.
Oct 13, 2017 • 52 min
An extended interview with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on his new book, Adults in the Room (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374101000/leftbusinessobseA), the story of his surreal negotiations with Greece’s creditors
The Dig: Matt Christman Rants, Raves, and Ruminates.
Oct 11, 2017 • 69 min
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
Oct 10, 2017 • 43 min
Suzi Weissman talks to Einde O’Callaghan, a teacher and member of Die Linke, about Germany’s recent election, in which the far-right AfD gained 94 seats in Parliament, making it larger and more influential than the left-wing Die Linke. Then, Richard…
The Dig: Let’s Keep the Political Revolution In Motion with Nina Turner
Oct 6, 2017 • 34 min
Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner talks about being horrified by Trump, why single-payer is suddenly hot among likely 2020 Democratic contenders, and the work that Our Revolution is doing nationwide to fight the Democratic Party’s neoliberal…
The Dig: Beware Carceral Gun Control
Oct 6, 2017 • 54 min
Prevailing debate obscures the fact that we already have a form of gun control in the United States. As legal scholar Ben Levin explains, the problem is that it’s a form of gun control that is mostly about locking up poor black men in huge numbers. The…
Behind the News: Politics from Germany to Puerto Rico to Today’s Punk Scene
Oct 6, 2017 • 51 min
First, author Joel Schalit explores the rise of the right in Germany. Then, Professor Marisol LeBrón talks about the role of debt and austerity in impairing Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery. And finally, Shawna Potter of the band War on Women, on being a…
The Dig: Bonus Episode with Larry Krasner’s Full Interview
Oct 4, 2017 • 57 min
Here’s Dan’s full interview with civil rights attorney and Democratic nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. You heard some of it yesterday on the first in a four-part series on mass incarceration that we are co-producing with Cited, a…
The Dig: The Story Behind America’s Mass Incarceration Experiment, Part One
Oct 3, 2017 • 64 min
In the late 1960s, criminologists like Todd Clear predicted America would soon start closing its prisons. They couldn’t have been more wrong. Interviews with Clear, formerly incarcerated poet and legal scholar Dwayne Betts, and civil rights attorney and…
Behind the News: Party Politics in Germany and the UK
Oct 2, 2017 • 51 min
Journalist Lukas Hermsmeier (https://lukashermsmeier.com/) on German politics after the recent election, which saw a breakthrough for the AfD, a far-right party, the first to have seats in the German Bundestag since the Nazi era. Then, the writer Margaret…
The Dig: Marisol LeBrón & Brandy Jensen: Puerto Rico, Austerian Disaster; Roy Moore, Perfect Republican
Sep 29, 2017 • 69 min
Today’s Diglet is not really diminutive at all. Dan has two interviews with two separate guests because too much has happened over the past few weeks and there are too many smart people to analyze it all. First, scholar @marisollebron on how Wall…
The Dig: The War on Terror Made Trump’s Islamophobia A Reality with Khaled Beydoun
Sep 26, 2017 • 63 min
Islamophobia is conventionally regarded as racist and bigoted views about Muslims expressed by ignorant individuals, including the one who somehow became president. But legal and critical race scholar @KhaledBeydoun (https://twitter.com/KhaledBeydoun)…
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Urban Politics from Barcelona to Chicago
Sep 25, 2017 • 38 min
We look at urban politics from Barcelona to Chicago with Isidro Lopez, Podemos Member of Parliament in Madrid, and Troy LaRaviere, president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. Isidro brings us his analysis of the independence…
The Dig: What Happened Is Not About What Actually Happened
Sep 22, 2017 • 36 min
For this Diglet, Dan and Eve Peyser discuss What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s new book. Eve also talks about spending time with Jill Stein recently, and argues that it’s wrongheaded to blame Stein for Trump. Thanks to our supporters at University of…
Behind the News: Andrew Cockburn on Saudi Arabia and 9/11, Asad Haider on Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mark Lilla, and identity
Sep 21, 2017 • 52 min
Andrew Cockburn, author of this article (https://harpers.org/archive/2017/10/crime-and-punishment-4/), on the Saudi involvement in 9/11 • Asad Haider, author of this article…