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Episode 1048

Jail Brake

Mar 24 2019

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Barnaby Raine

Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and a challenge from the radical left.

Writer Barnaby Raine examines the true nature of anti-Semitism in contemporary society - as a convenient mask for the symptoms of exploitation and dispossession at the heart of all settler-colonial projects, and as a brand of bigotry to be opposed by the radical left not through assimilation, but universalism and solidarity with all people.

Barnaby wrote the essay Jewophobia for Salvage and the op-ed Ilhan Omar should be more radical about Israel, not less for The Guardian.



Akiba Solomon, Kenrya Rankin

On the promise of Black resistance, all day, every day.

Writers Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin explore the revolutionary possibilities of Black resistance - as a daily necessity in a culture entrenched in White supremacy, a source of solidarity and shared struggle, and an enduring critique of oppressive economic and social heirarchies at the core of American society.

Kenrya and Akiba wrote the book How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance from Bold Type.

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Flint Taylor

Fighting the torture machine: On the past and present of Chicago police violence.

Attorney Flint Taylor reviews a half-century career fighting police violence in Chicago - from his work pursuing justice for assassinated Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, and his role uncovering the crimes of torture ring-leader Jon Burge, to winning financial and institutional reparations for the victims (and victimized communities) under the CPD's forceful regime.

Flint is author of The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago from Haymarket Books.



Ben Turk, Colleen Hackett

Abolition or reform at the edge of carceral reconfiguration?

Colleen Hackett and Ben Turk examine the space between radical and elitist strategies of decarceration - as popular pressure rises against mass incarceration, the carceral machine will adapt and expand beyond prisons, while reinforcing its own logic unless challenged by an abolitionist vision of a society free from state and capitalist violence.

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Ben and Colleen wrote the chapter "Shifting Carceral Landscapes: Decarceration and the Reconfiguration of White Supremacy" in the book Abolishing Carceral Society from Common Notions.

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Jeff Dorchen

Esther Is Antifa: A Purim story.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen gets you caught up on Purim - an ancient story of knee tattoos and body rashes and attractive secret Jews and sleepless nights and poo chalices and incels and Proud Boys and fascists and Steve Bannons getting dealt with the only way to deal with those people: biblically.

Read the transcript here