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The Vietnam War & Revolution
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January 04, 2018 06:33 AM PST
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This week we talk to show regular C. Derick Varn about the recently released 10 part documentary series of ‘The Vietnam War’, made by Ken Burns and Lynn Novak. It’s a pretty amazing documentary series, about as balanced and accurate a program about a US war you could expect to find on a mainstream US network. Even more so, considering it was made with money from the Koch Brothers. The idea for the show was to talk about the amazing ability of the Vietnamese people to purposefully act under the guidance of their Marxist-Leninist leaders, and what positives we can take from that type of organisation. However, we are quickly blown off course and end up talking about every revolution under the sun, and the problems facing radical action in today's world.

Enjoy!

Note: Since recording, Derek's friend let informed him of a factual error about Kim Il Sung: Kim was not in France. He was radicalized in Manchuria during his teenage years through Korean Marxists and later through leadership and involvement in Chinese and Korean anti-Japanese resistance armies. He also did retreat to Russia for a good part of WWII.

#081 The Syriza Wave
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December 10, 2017 10:38 AM PST
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The podcast is back on track after an extended break, with many new shows lined up and raring to go. This week I am delighted to welcome Professor Helena Sheehan to the show to discuss her most recent book ‘The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left’. She is a professor emeritus at Dublin City University, and the author of many books included 'Marxism and the Philosophy of Science: A Critical History'.

The music on this show was:
‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major' by JS Bach, played by Colin Carr

You can find Professor Sheehans book here:
https://monthlyreview.org/product/syriza_wave/

And you can follow here on twitter at @HelenaSheehan

#080 The Russian Game
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July 11, 2017 01:16 PM PDT
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This week I am delighted to welcome John Helmer, the man behind the excellent 'Dances With Bears' blog. John is a journalist working in Moscow since 1989, the author of several books on military and politics, and has previously worked as a an adviser to the US President Jimmy Carter and the Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. We discuss the current state of the Russian economy, the economic war currently being waged against Russia, and the prospects for the geopolitcal and economic future of the Russian state.

You can check out John's excellent blog here:

http://johnhelmer.net/

Enjoy!

#079 UK Election Special
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June 09, 2017 01:17 PM PDT
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A UK Election Special with regulars C. Derick Varn and Doug Lain, where two yanks slate the election for not ushering in a communist revolution, and one exiled paddy gets all in a fluster for Jeremy, his meme army, and the possibilities for an alien invasion led communist revolution. Enjoy!

#078 MMT & Crisis
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March 28, 2017 09:34 AM PDT
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This week I am delighted to welcome back Alexander Douglas to show. Alex is a lecturer in philosophy at St. Andrews University, and is the author of ‘The Philosophy Of Debt’. This show digs deeper into the murky world of understanding the differences and possible syntheses between MTT and Marxist economics. We discuss the problems an inflationary crisis poses to MMT, the stability of MMT and a job guarantee under times of duress, and Kalecki’s class based critique of full employment policies. We also discuss keynsian accounting identities, what they mean for marx’s ideas on profits driving investment, and the impact of government investment upon our understanding of Marxist economics. Enjoy!

#077 Show me the Money Derick!
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January 24, 2017 09:27 AM PST
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This week I am delighted to welcome back C. Derick Varn to show. Derick, a regular guest, last appeared on the show on the Donald Trump Election special. I got quite a bit of feedback on that show, with a number of requests to get Derick back on the pod, to set him straight on MMT. What starts out as a feisty affair, eventually settles into a Marxist love-in, where we end up essentially agreeing about everything, and decide to get married. We also discuss the idea of a Church of Marx, something very dear to my heart.

The music on this episode was:
‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
‘Song no.1.’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra

Enjoy!

#076 The City
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December 30, 2016 01:51 PM PST
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This week I am delighted to welcome Tony Norfield to the show to talk about his excellent new book: 'The City: London and the Global Power of Finance'. We discuss the role of Britain in the current geopolitical scene, and how and why finance plays such an important role in the UK economy. We also talk about why neoliberalism is such an overused and misused term, the recent Brexit fiasco, and the rise of China with it's new Silk Road.

You can find Tony's book here:
https://www.versobooks.com/books/2103-the-city

You can also find Tony's excellent blog here:
http://economicsofimperialism.blogspot.co.uk/

On music on this episode was:
‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
‘Song no.1.’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra

Enjoy!

#075 The Bittersweet Science Pt.2
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December 08, 2016 01:29 PM PST
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This week we have part two of our discussion with Charles Farrell, where we delve into the murky world of high stakes sports-betting, his appearance in the new documentary film ‘Dirty Games’, and his life-changing meeting with a two headed calf.

You can find out more about the film Dirty Games here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5068818/

And you can find out more about the book ‘The Bittersweet Science’ here:

http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo22758559.html

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'A Couple of Show-Offs' by Charles Farrell

#074 The Bittersweet Science Pt.1
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November 24, 2016 01:25 PM PST
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This week we have a change of tack, a complete break from the Donald and that jazz. We delve into the shady of world of Professional Boxing, with the former Boxing Manager, Gambler, Gangster, Jazz Pianist, Writer, and Fight-Fixer, Charles Farrell. Boxing is a sport that has always fascinated me. It’s much more than a mere sport - it’s a metaphor for life itself, full of light and shadow, failure and redemption. Charles has led a life of a pulp-fiction novel character, from living on the streets of Boston from the age of 12, and playing piano in the hotels and brothels of Boston, to managing former heavyweight champion of the world, Leon Spinks. Charles is also starring in a new documentary, Ditry Games, about the corruption and fixing in the world of sport, and is appearing in the new book ‘The Bittersweet Science’, a collection of essays from some of the greatest writers on boxing, which is due out early next year from the University of Chicago Press.

You can find out more about the film Dirty Games here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5068818/

And you can find out more about the book ‘The Bittersweet Science’ here:
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo22758559.html

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'I Love This Place' by Charles Farrell

#073 US Election Special
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November 09, 2016 01:13 PM PST
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In a first for the podcast, we do a live hangout with Doug Lain and C. Derick Varn to talk about todays Donald Trump election victory. We discuss race, gender, geo-politics, the falling rate of profit, economic stimulus, and manage to disagree and agree on absolutely everything. Enjoy!

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