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Cocktails & Capitalism is a podcast that pairs crafted beverages with stories distilled from our capitalist hellscape. We highlight shameless profiteers, destructive industries, and anticapitalists working to create a better world. The topics we explore can be dark and depressing, so buckle up and grab a drink! Our crafted cocktails help us tap into the gallows humor necessary for surviving late stage capitalism. While we slip into drunken hysterics at times, our episodes rely on extensive, ...
 
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This episode dives into the nightmarish reality of residential schools and their connection to capitalism. Here are some of the issues we discuss: The history of the residential school system The connection between residential schools and the military How these facilities promoted capitalist values How residential school allowed for the theft of la…
 
Join us for a fun deep dive into the history of Halloween and Día de los Muertos with Nash and Angel of the Death and Friends podcast. We talk about the ancient origins of Halloween, beginning with the Celtic bonfires, feasts, and drunken festivities that took place during Samhain. When the forces of colonialism, Catholicism, and capitalism arrive …
 
What is mutual aid? Joshua Potash helps me answer this question in an episode that connects the dots between mutual aid, capitalism and policing. We examine the anarchist origins of the term before we discuss how the practice of mutual aid can help us start to build a world outside of capitalism. Joshua Potash is an anticapitalist abolitionist who …
 
We’re back with season 3! We begin by interviewing Chris Smalls – the founder and president of the Amazon Labor Union and the face of the growing labor movement in America. Chris tells us about his #hotlaborsummer tour and his travels across the country to lead protests in front of CEO mansions and penthouses. We discuss his “new school” approach t…
 
Strap in for season 3 of the Cocktails & Capitalism podcast! Here's a sneak preview of my recent interview with Chris Smalls, the founder and president of the Amazon Labor Union. Don't miss this powerful episode, which drops next Tuesday, October 18th! This season will focus heavily on the growing labor movement. I'll be collaborating with organize…
 
America’s healthcare system is not only broken – it's exploitative. This reality became incredibly clear to Christy Snodgrass during her time as a nurse, leading her to leave nursing and throw herself into reforming the field of medicine to better serve struggling patients and healthcare workers. In the season 2 finale of Cocktails & Capitalism, Ch…
 
Saadia Mirza joins us from Texas to break down the insanity of America’s gun violence epidemic. Our discussion takes place in the aftermath of the Uvalde school shooting, at a time when there are too many mass shootings in America for the media to cover. Saadia shares how her connection to a victim of the Sandy Hook massacre led her to become incre…
 
If we want to have any chance of countering the rising power of the right, we need to start healing the divides that have only deepened on the left. A big part of this is engaging in productive conversations with folks who aren't as far left but who nevertheless hold a lot of fundamental views in common. This is why I thought it would be good to di…
 
Speaking of Disney, Kane Lynch remarks that “their power and wealth is more like a nation than an entertainment company.” As you'll learn in this episode, they even have a secret police force called Global Intelligence and Threat Analysis. Previously, we explored Disney’s role in exporting American capitalism around the globe. This week, Kane joins…
 
Speaking of Disney – the company that has forced us “to share the same formative dreams” – film critic Richard Schickel writes, “As capitalism, it is a work of genius; as culture, it is mostly a horror.” In this episode, I speak with cartoonist and educator Kane Lynch, who walks us through the story of Walt Disney, the birth of the Disney empire, a…
 
We’re joined by filmmaker, storyteller, and poet Zachary Marlow, who tells us about his personal journey in relation to alcohol consumption. He shares how he was driven to drink to escape the alienating aspects of our capitalist hellscape, relating this addictive drive to society’s destructive addiction to capitalism. Marlow is one of 3 hosts of th…
 
We’re joined once again by Indigenous advocate, bartender, and doom metal queen Chockie Tom, as well as our resident anticapitalist cocktail creator, Jessie Torres. In this episode, we discuss how the art of crafting cocktails can be used as a medium for storytelling, exploring the role of the bartender as a sort of subversive educator. This brings…
 
We’re joined by Chockie Tom, who works to increase Indigenous visibility and empowerment in the drink and hospitality industry. Chockie’s advocacy efforts are deeply tied to her Pomo and Walker River Paiute heritage. As a bartender, consultant, and occasional brand ambassador, she has striven to increase Native involvement in the industry while hel…
 
This week, we discuss the power of agitprop with prolific memelord @radleftdad. In keeping with his persona, he joins us in a pink ski mask and a sprinkle doughnut bucket hat. As a father of two toddlers, he manages to produce radical content during nap time. He describes how inequality, the pandemic, and fatherhood all contributed to his decision …
 
We’re joined by comedian and historian Nash Flynn, who had us laughing hysterically throughout this dark story about funeral rituals. She tells us how Victorian capitalism ruined funerals by magnifying social inequality even after death. We discuss poorhouses and the poor laws of 17th Century London before examining death rituals from the Victorian…
 
This week, we dive into Chevron’s corporate prosecution of lawyer Steven Donziger with Paul Paz y Miño – the associate director of Amazon Watch. Defending farmers and Indigenous folks who have been poisoned by ChevronTexaco’s pollution, Donziger helped to win a $9.5 billion judgment against the company for the devastation it caused in Ecuador. Inst…
 
Have you heard of the Amazon Chernobyl? To save money, ChevronTexaco deliberately caused the largest oil disaster in history. They dumped over 16 billion gallons of toxic oil waste into open pits in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. They poisoned rivers, streams, peasant farmers, and Indigenous communities living in the rainforest. Their cost cutti…
 
This week, Eli of Modern Cinderellas ITALIA explains how love kills capitalism. We continue our previous discussion of the nuclear family and its relationship to capitalism, but this time we dive into the ways that friendship and other forms of community help us combat the kind of isolation that capitalism feeds and thrives upon. Eli is a relations…
 
In this episode, we explore why romantic love and the nuclear family are essential to the workings of capitalism. We are joined by Eli of Modern Cinderella ITALIA. Eli is a relationship anarchist and intersectional feminist who explains her decision to remain child-free and single. Eli shares part of her personal story to ground our discussion of l…
 
What is anarcho-capitalism??? In this minisode, I speak with Jordon of 805UNCENSORED about this bizarre ideology and how it fundamentally differs from anarchism. We dive much more deeply into these political systems on the upcoming episode of Jordon's podcast titled "What the Fuck is Anarcho-capitalism?" Don't miss it! 805UNCENSORED is a podcast of…
 
This week, Christa and I discuss the winners and losers of cannabis legalization. While people of color suffered most from the criminalization of marijuana in the US, the plant’s legalization for medical and recreational use has deprived these same people of the opportunity to participate in this newly-legalized industry. Instead, rich capitalists …
 
This week, we speak with Neka Savage – a member of the Sovereign Nation of Chitimacha. Like her mother, who did much to revitalize the Chitimacha language, Neka has been working to reclaim the last remaining traditional art form of her tribe: the practice of river cane basket weaving. These baskets were once used in nearly every aspect of daily lif…
 
In this episode, Alex Zambito tells the twisted story of the FBI’s efforts to infiltrate and dismantle leftist movements in America. COINTELPRO campaigns began in the 50s, targeting communists, anti-war activists, and black leaders of the civil rights movement. Alex Zambito is on the editorial board for Midwestern Marx – a website and journal offer…
 
This week, I speak with Mikey Inouye and Aedyn-Rhys King -- two community organizers who have been fighting to shut down the Navy’s massive Red Hill fuel storage facility next to Pearl Harbor. This facility leaked thousands of gallons of toxic fuel into O’ahu’s sole source aquifer, poisoning Aedyn, his family, and thousands of others who have relie…
 
We're back to our study of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics this episode! This time we're looking at some defining features of a Socialist Society as determined by Marx and Engels. We then take explore how various socialist leaders including Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Deng constructing these features while considering differences in their societ…
 
We’re joined by climate justice activist and former mayor Heidi Harmon. Heidi served as mayor of San Luis Obispo before becoming the Senior Public Affairs Director for the Romero Institute’s Let’s Green CA Initiative. In this role, she works to get fossil fuel money out of California politics and pressures governor Newsom to declare a state of emer…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Rathbone – an anticapitalist musician, producer, and multimedia artist living in New Orleans. Rathbone writes songs with political lyrics that highlight American war crimes and the evils of imperialism and capitalism. We discuss his music and the process of his evolution into an anarcho-syndicalist. Rathbone describ…
 
I just couldn't help myself... I know we're supposed to be continuing our study of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, but with shit poppin' off between the Canadian Government and the so-called "Trucker" Convoy, I had to make this episode a deep dive. I mean a DEEEEEP dive, this is a whopper of a 2.5 hour episode covering both the history of t…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, artist, and freelance creative director Steven Vogel. Steven is the creator of Black Lodges – an add-free online zine offering Marxist commentary about politics, music, culture, and art. I was thrilled to discover that this project has come to include a communist drinking club! According to Steven, this club is…
 
We're back! After an extended break, I've finally recorded another episode. We're taking a short break from our study of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and discussing a couple current events: 1. Rising Tension on the Russia/Ukraine Border 2. The Trucker Protests in Canada and their reactionary roots Next week we'll continue our deep dive in…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Ayesha Khan (aka @wokescientist) who discusses the process of dismantling internalized capitalism. She exposes the psychologically detrimental effects of our economic system that are often overlooked, including the isolating, traumatic nature of capitalist individualism and competition. While recognizing that the roo…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Prepper Pig, who shares practical lessons from his broad experience as a community organizer and environmental justice activist. He tells his personal story, beginning with his first experience of spontaneous mutual aid in the wake of Hurricane Hugo that left his community without water or electricity. This event w…
 
In this episode, Leeh tells the story of Palestine from the 50's to the present, completing our trilogy about the struggles of the indigenous Palestinians who have lived and died under brutal Israeli occupation. In addition to providing a clear overview of recent history, this episode highlights the role that capitalism has played in this ongoing h…
 
Continuing the story of Palestine, Leeh outlines the Great Arab Revolt and the events leading up to the 1948 Nakba. Known to the Palestinians as “The Catastrophe”, the Nakba was an ethnic cleansing campaign that destroyed over 500 villages and displaced 700,000 Palestinian refugees. This violence was spearheaded by Zionist David Ben-Gurion, who wou…
 
In this episode, Leeh begins the story of Palestine. She describes the origins of Zionism and the influence of Theodor Herzl, explaining the settler colonial scheme to establish a Jewish state in the home of the Palestinian people. You’ll also hear about: How the British seized control of Palestine The Balfour Declaration Beginning of settlement Pa…
 
In this episode, we share a few stories from listeners about the experiences that drove them to become anticapitalists. Since this is the first episode of this type, both Erika and Ben (who joined us for the Orwell trilogy) share a bit about their own anticapitalist journeys. Tune in to discover the many ways that folks on the left are being galvan…
 
In this episode, Andy – host of The Poor Prole's Almanac & Tomorrow, Today – tells the story of the sheep craze that decimated the northeastern US in the early 1800s. The introduction of this industry has long-lasting negative consequences for the environment and the farmers whose livelihoods are quickly transformed and left in ruins. The Poor Prol…
 
This week we’re joined by Jordon of the 805UNCENSORED podcast, who tells the story of media mogul William Randolph Hearst. After inheriting wealth and a newspaper from his father, Hearst builds a ruthless media empire. He comes to own a quarter of the newspapers in America, reaching 20 million readers daily. Popularizing the term “Yellow Journalism…
 
This week, we’re joined by stand-up comedian, filmmaker, and activist Toni Nagy! She explains how her dream to start a green fast food company was crushed as she became too familiar with our toxic capitalist patriarchy. Tune in to hear Toni discuss the nonprofit industrial complex, the psychology of wealth, and the kind of rape culture that is perp…
 
Continuing the story of the Peasant Revolt of 1381, Lauren B details the demands that the rebels make of 14 year old King Richard II. They demand an end to serfdom, rent reduction, the freedom to trade, and freedom from any punishments for their uprising. Tune in to hear the conclusion of this true tale of blood, guts, and betrayal. Huge thanks to …
 
In this episode, Lauren B continues the story of the Peasant Revolt of 1381. After the Black Death and a subsequent famine, the surviving peasants face artificially suppressed wages at the same time that they are being taxed to fund a foreign war. In response, they organize and carry out a country-wide uprising. Heads roll in this episode, so brace…
 
This week, Lauren B. tells us about the horrors and injustices experienced by the peasants in medieval England. By fleshing out the effects of the plague and the oppressive measures that colonial rulers forced upon the surfs, Lauren lays the groundwork for the story of the Peasant Revolt of 1381. Tune in next week to hear the rest! Lauren B is an i…
 
Joined by John and Ben once again, Erika completes the story of George Orwell’s life. This episode outlines Orwell’s efforts to combat the totalitarian influence of Stalin, whom he feared would forever stain the name of socialism. We also address “Orwell’s list” -- a controversy that has tarnished Orwell’s reputation amongst many leftists. Since 19…
 
In this episode, Erika continues to tell the story of George Orwell’s life to her friends Ben and John. We discuss Orwell’s time fighting fascists in the Spanish Civil War, during which he is shot in the neck while fighting alongside trade union members, Marxists, and anarchists. He is amazed by the anarcho-communes that crop up in Catalonia. When …
 
George Orwell offered so much political insight, but his writings and views are widely misinterpreted by conservatives and leftists alike. We begin season 2 of Cocktails & Capitalism by telling the story of George Orwell’s evolution into an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist democratic socialists who would risk his life to fight fascism. The first c…
 
Season 2 of Cocktails & Capitalism starts Tuesday, October 26! We'll be dropping three episodes about the coolest anticapitalist who ever got shot in the neck by fascists - George Orwell. Featuring my dear friends Ben and John, with voiceover work by Mike Fiore. We plan to released weekly episodes every Tuesday. Don’t forget to tune in! Cheers! 🍸 S…
 
Episode Note: I've been mistakenly referring to Professor Jin as Professor Huiming (first name) for the first several episodes, I've corrected it starting here (thanks to the listener who informed me of the mistake on twitter!) We're back into Professor Jin Huiming's Marxism and Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, continuing our bottom up explo…
 
In this episode, we hear from Just Wondering, a collective of three individuals based in Eastern Europe. M, Mina and Aron. They make animated videos which they describe as “inescapably political and speculative”. I picked some of the video that had really piqued my interest - an impossible choice really, as the topics covered by Just Wondering cove…
 
I told you last episode this was going to be a big one, so big in fact it took me a week longer than anticipated to put it together. In this episode I continue our reading of Chapter 2 of Professor Jin Huiming's text Marxism and Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, and our analysis of the concept of a historical Epoch. We delve further into this…
 
In this episode, Fibwick and Broletariat discuss the two anti-capital articles, “Against Democracy” and “Walking The Dog”. We discuss the nature of principle vs tactics in decision making process for communists, and Fibwick’s understanding of The History of the Russian Revolution by Leon TrotskyJOIN THE BOOKCLUB https://discord.gg/SYVz4Zg7jhOur pub…
 
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