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Far from giving up a lot of the basic principles of Black nationalism - the idea that Black people have a destiny that cannot be accommodated by White America as it currently stands, that Black people should separate from White America, a firm belief in Black men as the salvation of the Black race - all of these things accompany Thomas on his migration to the right. It's not as if he gives up those principles. He certainly gives up left principles, but those are quite different and can't just be subsumed under the heading 'Black nationalism.'

Political scientist Corey Robin examines the politics of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas - from his early formative experiences with White supremacy, leftist defeatism and Black nationalism, to his formation of a deeply pessimistic, conservative realism that rejects the notion of politics as a path toward liberation.

Corey is author of the book The Enigma of Clarence Thomas from Metropolitan Books.

 


Posted by Alexander Jerri

Here's what we read this week.

 

For Saturday's show:

 

Waste Only: How the Plastics Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World - Sharon Lerner / The Intercept

Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and other Surprising Outcomes - Anne Nassauer / University of California Press

Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right - Jack Jackson / University of Pennsylvania Press.

 

Extra Reading:

 

Can you hear me? - Greta Thunberg / Communists in Situ

Immigrants as a Weapon: Global Nationalism and American Power - Yasha Levine / Substack

The Reactionary Heartland Is a Myth - Matthew E. Stanley and Paul M. Renfro / Dissent

Basic income bows to the master - Ana Cecilia Dinerstein / openDemocracy

The voice from the black hole - Sam Kriss /

More Than A Wall Corporate Profiteering and the Militarization of US borders - Todd Miller / Transnational Institute

Everything Must Go - Whitney Curry Wimbish / The Baffler

 

 

 

 

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Wasted

Sep 21
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9:20 - Journalist Sharon Lerner investigates the global environmental disaster of plastic waste.

Sharon wrote the article Waste Only: How the Plastics Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World for The Intercept

 

10:05 - Sociologist Anne Nassauer examines power and violence in political protests.

Anne wrote the book Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and other Surprising Outcomes for Oxford University Press.

 

11:05 - Law scholar Jack Jackson explains how the American right seized power beyond law.

Jack is author of the book Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right from University of Pennsylvania Press.

 

12:10 - Former autoworker Thomas Adams explores a history of concession and class betrayal from UAW leadership.

Thomas wrote the article A tale of corruption by the United Auto Workers and the Big Three American automakers for Monthly Review.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen wonders if it's worth having heroes.

Episode 1073

People in Cages

Sep 14
Episode 1072

Young Living

Sep 7
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9:20 - Journalist Brian Hioe reports on Hong Kong's protest movement after defeating the extradition bill.

Brian wrote the article Withdrawal of the extradition bill in hong kong is likely too little, too late to put an end to protests for New Bloom.

 

10:05 - Writer Alex Adams examines our fictional justification for real life torture policies.

Alex is author of the book How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario from Repeater Books.

 

11:05 - Activist Keir Milburn explains how left politics opened up for a generation of young people.

Keir is author of the book Generation Left from Polity.

 

12:10 - Therapist Jonathan Foiles explores the trauma of daily life in urban America.

Jonathan is author of the book This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America from Belt Publishing.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen refuses to take a dive.