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I sit down with Pearson Bolt from Coffee with Comrades to discuss the absolute trip of a show that is Squid Game (2021) and how capitalism can absorb even the most scathing anti-capitalist messages to its own benefit. Spoilers beware! Follow me on social media! Twitter: @TallLeftist and @OvercriticalPod Instagram: @OvercriticalPodcast Facebook: Ove…
 
In this week's special, collaborative episode of Coffee with Comrades, Parker from Overcritical joins me to discuss the "most watched" television phenomenon of all time: Squid Game (2021). Follow Overcritical on Twitter and Instagram. While you're at it, follow Parker, too! Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitterand Instagram …
 
I'm joined today by Elena Ortiz and Sungmanitu of The Red Nation and Red Media to talk about Taylor Sheridan's universe of Western genre movies and TV and the many problems with his writing of indigenous issues, characters, and themes. Plus, the eternal thorn-in-the-side that is Kevin Costner! Check out Red Media! TheRedNation.org Red Media Patreon…
 
In this edition of Coffee with Comrades, we talk with Dr. Mixæl Laufer about Four Thieves Vinegar Collective's most recent DIY, autonomous medicine shenanigans. Mixæl walks us through abortion pills that've been transposed to business cards. We talk about 4TVC's revamp of the Microlab Suite, which now features an intuitive system for researching me…
 
Today, we’re sharing an interview with Tallahassee-based poet, essayist, and social ecology community organizer, Adrien. You might know Adrien better by their pen-name, Cybele. Recently, Adrien put out a new essay called (Re)Growing Communal Life: Preparing the Soil for Revolution. I’d recommend checking it out, if you got a sec. The essay is prett…
 
Karl Marx already predicted NFTs, but did you know he also predicted how Ryan Gosling would play the character of a forever alone android in Blade Runner 2049? Bio-engineered robots are workers too, you know! Sources: 1) Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844: Estranged Labour Music: Show Intro Song: BANGARANG by Agroculture 1) 2049 - Blade R…
 
Today, I'm joined by labor organizer Tom Wetzel, author of the new book Overcoming Capitalism: Strategy for the Working Class in the Twenty-First Century. Pick up a copy of Tom's book, Overcoming Capitalism. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Pick up a Coffee with Comrades shirt or co…
 
This episode contains full spoilers for The Northman (2022)! Listener beware! The Nordic Mythology Podcast with Mathias Nordvig and Daniel Farrand Dr. Nordvig's academic work Midgardsblot Metal Festival 2022 hyldyr.com Follow me on social media! Twitter: @TallLeftist and @OvercriticalPod Instagram: @OvercriticalPodcast Facebook: Overcritical Podcas…
 
In this edition of Coffee with Comrades, we sit down with Kristian Williams, author of the new book Gang Politics: Revolution, Repression, and Crime. Kristian and I explore the long history of counterinsurgency, the emergence of gang-style political formations in the imperial core, the efficacy of community armed self-defense, and so much more. Pic…
 
In the wake of the horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Ben Shapiro's tone-deaf school shooter movie deserves a very close look at how it aims to do nothing except appeal to the fantasies of the right-wing gun-toting audience it's clearly marketing towards. Sources: 1) How a Right-Wing Movie Studio Enabled the ‘Harvey Weinstein’ of Indie Film 2) Sch…
 
I recently sat down with Bruce E. Levine to talk about his new book A Profession without Reason: The Crisis of Contemporary Psychiatry Untangled and Solved by Spinoza, Freethinking, and Radical Enlightenment. In my conversation with Bruce, we touched on a whole host of things: freethinking, care work, peer-to-peer mutual aid groups of psychiatric s…
 
Today, I’m very excited to share a conversation with you that I had with Peter Gelderloos, author of the new book The Solutions Are Already Here, available now through Pluto Press. Peter and I talk about why “climate change” doesn’t quite capture the urgency of ecological catastrophe, why a fixation on “fossil fuels” is a strategic error, the kinsh…
 
In this week’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, I’m joined by writer, artist, and game designer Gareth Damian Martin, developer of the new indie RPG Citizen Sleeper. Gareth and I talk about Citizen Sleeper’s systems, structures, and mechanics, its vast cast of NPCs, themes of precarity and symbiosis, and the importance of mushrooms. Like Gareth’s g…
 
Surprise! The Marvel comic book franchise most closely associated with the military-industrial complex doesn't handle the depiction of anarchy and anarchist characters very well. I was totally expecting Disney Plus and the MCU to handle these ideas with care. **THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST SEASON OF THE SHOW** Sources: 1) Rev…
 
Chris, a psychotherapist with sixteen years in the field, joins me to critique the psych profession. We explore the history of psychology and psychiatric coercion, the violence and carceral logic implicit in locking away the "insane." We discuss the ways in which neurotypicality is constructed to serve the hegemony of the ruling class. Chris and I …
 
Hello Kitty meets The Office meets Corporate. Who knew an anime about an adorable red panda would be such a scathing political indictment of the dehumanizing structure of the modern day capitalist workplace? Follow me on social media! Twitter: @TallLeftist and @OvercriticalPod Instagram: @OvercriticalPodcast Facebook: Overcritical Podcast Sources: …
 
We're finishing out strong here - The Division is perhaps the most problematic of all the Tom Clancy games we've looked at thus far...and that's saying something. We all love a good fascist government agency with no oversight and extra-legal authority! Follow us on social media! Twitter: @TallLeftist and @OvercriticalPod Instagram: @OvercriticalPod…
 
We're almost done with Clancy! Surprisingly, World War 3 and a flight sim turned out to be some of the least problematic stuff we've looked at so far, so that's saying something. An episode that's short and sweet, just the way I like it. Enjoy! Sources: 1) "Backgrounder on Russian Fuel Air Explosives ("Vacuum Bombs") | Human Rights Watch" Music: 1)…
 
Guns and explosions give way to sneaky-sneak spy shenanigans in this Tom Clancy franchise. But does the quieter tone mean a more carefully written story? Signs point to "no." Torture is bad, okay, kids? Sources: 1) Monastery Divides Georgia and Azerbaijan 2) A Nation in Waiting: Indonesia in the 1990s 3) Report: U.S. Arms Transfers to Indonesia 197…
 
On this week's edition of Coffee with Comrades, I am joined by carla bergman to discuss the pamphlet she co-authored with scott crow, Just anarchy. carla and I explore intergenerational struggle, burnout, the general utility of peer-to-peer mentorship, anarchist conceptions of authority, trusting kids, cultivating kinship, and a whole lot more. Fol…
 
Being an operator isn't quite operator as fuck, it turns out. The Ghost Recon games have a whole host of problems when it comes to promoting U.S. hegemony and intervention. Sources: 1) Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers 2) U.S. Army and Ubisoft Join Forces in Unprecedented Agreement to Deploy America's Army Brand Worldwide 3) GDC 200…
 
Today, we’re sharing an interview with Jay Dragon and Mercedes Acosta, two of the developers, designers, and writers behind the brand new TRPG Yazeba’s Bed & Breakfast which, as of today, is officially available to support on Indiegogo! We had a really lovely conversation about sanctuary, refuge, transgender characterization, seeing elements of you…
 
When Tom Clancy had built enough of a name for himself to where he felt he could start slapping that name onto video games, he started what would eventually becoming a multi-million dollar video game franchise that continues to this day, even after his death. But where did this franchise come from? And just how problematic are the Tom Clancy games?…
 
This week, I am joined by my friend and comrade Charli Ash to talk about, well, a whole helluva lot. In this dialogue, Charli lays out trans* history, including how transgender folks have been pathologized, how trans* folks have accessed medical care for transition, the pathologization of transness, and a whole bunch more. Then, we transition to lo…
 
Ever wonder why Bruce Wayne doesn't just use his immense wealth (and not his fists) to fix the problems that keep plaguing Gotham? Well, that might actually turn out to be a bad thing, given the track record of billionaires trying to fix social problems. Sources: 1) World Health Organization Patent Waiver proposal 2) Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid …
 
I recently caught up with Tim Holland Pacal Bayley, better known as Sole and DJ Pain 1, to chat about their forthcoming record, Post-American Studies, out this week on the record label Emergency Hearts. Tim, Pacal, and I had a humorous, wide-ranging chat about the record, its themes, and the artists’ shared musical history. Pick up a copy of Post-A…
 
On this week's edition of Coffee with Comrades, I sit down with Margaret Killjoy to discuss the new edition of A Country of Ghosts, an anarchist utopian fantasy novel. Pick up a copy of A Country of Ghosts! Follow Margaret on Twitter and listen to Live Like the World is Dying. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instag…
 
In this premiere episode of Overcritical, we're taking a look at the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010). What could possibly go wrong with setting your gamer-bro shoot-em-up in the Vietnam War? (Spoilers: a lot can go wrong) Sources: 1. Georgia Department of Education: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards/Documents/Social-Studi…
 
In this episode of Coffee with Comrades, T.L and Greg, designers of the forthcoming third edition of Bloc by Bloc: Uprising join me to discuss the game’s revamped mechanics, new and emergent gameplay, mutual aid, insurrection, and so much more. In many ways, this conversation functions as a follow up to an earlier episode of Coffee with Comrades, E…
 
This week, I’m sharing a conversation I had with my family about children’s liberation and parenting as radicals. The dialogue is pretty wide-ranging. We talk about the “bedtime discourse” that sparked the idea for this episode, chat about unschooling, the limitations of “abolishing the family,” parenting as anarchists, how to be good models as adu…
 
Did you know that “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” is secretly a song about stealing from the rich? Did you know the “Lord of Misrule” was the original holiday party animal? Did you know solidarity and justice are the real reason for the season? “Bread Santa” is a holiday special, a people’s history of Christmas. Liz, of Rebel Steps, joins us to dis…
 
This week, I had a chance to hang out with my pal, Amy, and talk about the benign anarchy of Alcoholics Anonymous. We talk about the beauty and allure of voluntary association, why coercion doesn’t help addicts recover, why seeing addiction as an “individual failing” rather than a systemic healthcare issue is facile and vacuous, and levy a whole bu…
 
Recently, I had the chance to read a wonderful graphic novel put together by my friends nicole and Hugh called Wonder Drug: LSD in the Land of Living Skies. I sat down with the two of ‘em to discuss the history of LSD research, psychedelics, hippies, capitalism, therapy, and a whole bunch more. I think the comic is lovely and I hope you’ll pick up …
 
This week, we don’t have a new interview for you but we do have a bunch of rad announcements, some of which are time-sensitive. If you’re a Coffee with Comrades Patron (or you’ve ever considered becoming one,) this is definitely a 13 min. episode you don’t wanna miss! · Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, an…
 
This week, we share an interview with communist rapper JJ Demon. We touch on a whole host of topics: the prison industrial complex, capitalism as capital murder, solidarity, intersectionality, class war, and JJ's new LP, ghost gun Red Menace. Follow JJ Demon on Twitter and stream ghost gun Red Menace wherever you get your favorite music. Support Co…
 
Recently, all of anarchist Twitter lit up like the Minneapolis Third Precinct when AK Press shouted out the forthcoming comic book, Durruti: Shadow of the People. I had the good fortune to sit down with Brenton and chat about the graphic novel, as well as the life and times of Beunaventura Durruti, the struggles of the anarchists and socialists aga…
 
I recently sat down with Andy from The Poor Proles Almanac to discuss, well, a whole bunch of shit. We talked about firearms, guerilla gardening, permaculture, and raising chickens. Andy even had the audacity to defend the Pumpkin Spice Latte on a podcast called Coffee with Comrades. Truly, the nerve… Support Poor Proles' Almanac on Patreon, follow…
 
Holy shit, y'all, we fucking did it! 150 episodes of this silly, radical, wholesome podcast. 150 conversations, discussions, dialogues, interviews, chit-chats, back-and-forths. Wow wow wow wow wow wow. To celebrate, we do a bit of house-keeping and have a Q&A to mark the occasion. If you’d like, you can read the transcript for this episode. We also…
 
“The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make and could just as easily make differently.” David Graeber, The Utopia of Rules Dedicated to the memory of David Graeber. Rest in power. Recently, I sat down with Nate and Tom, two of the co-hosts of Works in Theory podcast, to commemorate the passing of David Graeber. Tog…
 
I recently sat down with the folks behind the forthcoming documentary East of Town to talk about immigration, justice, and borders in the Deep South town of Lumpkin, GA. Our sprawling conversation touched on a whole lot--from the depressing constancy of immigration policy in the so-called U.S. to fortress Europe and the global regime of border viol…
 
This week, Justine and Hal join us to discuss the brand new Solarpunk magazine! In this wide-ranging conversation, the three of us define “solarpunk” as both a literary/aesthetic genre, but also as a way-of-life. We pick apart the anti-authoritarian impulse implicit in the name “solarpunk,” but also problematize the limitations of aesthetic revolt.…
 
On today’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, we spoke with Lee—better known as Your Friendly Butch Anarchist—about community accountability. YFBA's thread on community accountability. Follow YFBA on Twitter and Instagram. Support YFBA on Patreon or send her funds on CashApp at $ButchAnarchy! Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twit…
 
Ep. 145 of Coffee with Comrades features a conversation with Geo Maher, author of the new book A World Without Police: How Communities Make Cops Obsolete. Geo and I discuss abolition as presence, connect the history of reconstruction to the present, examine the obstacles presented by the Fraternal Order of Police in order to explore strategies to “…
 
I recently sat down with Jay Dragon, lead designer behind Possum Creek Games and developer of the new tabletop roleplaying game, Wanderhome. The two of us proceeded to have quite a lovely conversation that I’m so excited to share with you today. Jay is wonderful and the insight, passion, and heart Jay brought to this dialogue was beautiful to behol…
 
I recently sat down with Robert Ovetz to chat about his book Workers Inquiry and Global Class Struggle! The conversation jumped around a bunch. We chatted about the strike as a tactic, the unique types of struggle that are occurring in places like China and Argentina, and the necessity of international solidarity as we fight to abolish capitalism. …
 
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