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Episode 1019

Arts and Grafts

Sep 1 2018

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Brian Mier

Lawfare, Lula and capital's hand in the dismantling of Brazil's democracy.

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the next stage in the right's attack against Brazil's rule of law - as the judiciary ends the political candidacy of political prisoner and election frontrunner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, killing the country's best chance at reversing the coup-governments massive campaign of privatization, welfare cuts and weakened labor protection.

Brian recently interviewed UN Human Rights Committee Vice President Sarah Cleveland about Lula and Brazil's election for the news channel Brasil 247.



Max Haiven

Art/Work: On creativity, culture and labor under capitalism.

Writer Max Haiven explores the deep connections between art and money under capitalism - from the grim, ubiquitous exploitation of creativity in service of the ruling class, to the warping of labor, value and collectivism in a neoliberal era of widespread worker precarity and the dominance of financial logic as societal organization.

Max is author of Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization from Pluto Press.



Brendan James, Matt Christman

Dealing with capitalism-induced failure and despair, the Chapo Trap House way.

Matt Christman and Brendan James of Chapo Trap House rebel against the very normal circumstances of today's hellworld - from the despair of daily life under an economic system we know is killing us and the planet, to the hopelessness of politics ruled by a vampiric right, a hollowed-out center, and a mostly dead left.

Matt and Brendan are co-authors of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason from Touchstone.

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Kehinde Andrews

Blackness holds us together: Returning to the power of Black radicalism.

Sociologist Kehinde Andrews connects anti-Black oppression within the US and UK to a global system of White supremacy - and explains why Black liberation won't be conceded by the state, or achieved by representation within liberal politics, but won through a radical fight against capitalism and the nation states enriching themselves by exploiting Black and Brown people around the world.

Kehinde is author of Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century from Zed Books.



Jeff Dorchen

Some hopefully deep thoughts about shallow thinking and being mean to people.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen does some very serious racial thinking about Neanderthals and the New York Times and Sarah Jeong and anti-Whiteness and anti-poor-Whiteness and anti-Andrew-Sullivanness and power struggles within Medieval Studies departments, and how fun but probably not helpful it is to be mean to people mostly in the same boat as you.

Read the transcript here