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Welcome to the third part of our reading series on Roland Boer's Red Theology: On the Christian Communist Tradition. We are joined by our Comrades in Christ, Mir and Ben, for the third set of chapters dealing with the contradictory legacy of Martin Luther and Marx's secular eschaton. This episode was recorded before Jason's accident, but I have just now gotten around to mixing and uploading it. It has been a crazy month, but we are hoping to get back in the swing of things soon. Jason won't be able to podcast again until probably September at the earliest, but we are going to try to get some stuff together in his absence. Enjoy!  Boer, Roland. Red Theology: On the Christian Communist Tradition. Studies in Critical Research on Religion . Haymarket Books, 2020.Music: Norfolk Chamber Consort - J.S. Bach, Cantata 106: II. Gottes Zeit ist die allerbester ZeitSupport the show
Welcome to the second part of our reading series on Roland Boer's Red Theology: On the Christian Communist Tradition. We are joined by our Comrades in Christ, Mir and Ben, for the second set of chapters dealing with the contradictory legacies of St, Paul, Martin Luther, and John Calvin. Boer, Roland. Red Theology: On the Christian Communist Tradition. Studies in Critical Research on Religion . Haymarket Books, 2020.Music: John Brown's Body- Paul RobesonSupport the show
Continuing what has become a series on Czechoslovak Socialism,  we discuss the attempt to reform the ČSSR in 1968.Head over to our Patreon and join for $2 a month to hear the whole episode and join the Discord to take part in the discussions.Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)Support the show
This week we are joined by Comrade Adam, a Lost Horizons alumnus of Red Library fame, to discuss what sort of dialogue can be had between Marxism and Buddhism. We decided to branch out, and cover a non-Christian faith in this continuation of our series on Marxism and religion. We hope to continue touching on other faiths and their interaction and overlap with the emancipatory project.  Dharmic Marxism- A blog that posts about Marxism and Buddhism https://dharmicmarxism.wordpress.com/Subjective Conditions Podcasthttps://sites.libsyn.com/subjectiveconditions?fbclid=IwAR3KGWIeoFCwqPy8A0Cmbhher7JsWW9iAfGYqEmwajic8yVd_BeNweLYp28Music- YOB- In Our BloodSupport the show
Welcome to the first part of our reading series on Roland Boer's Red Theology: On the Christian Communist Tradition. We are joined by our Comrades in Christ, Mir and Ben for the first two chapters, which mostly deal with Karl Kautsky's writings about early Christianity and how it informs the communist tradition.Boer, Roland. Red Theology: On the Christian Communist Tradition. Studies in Critical Research on Religion . Haymarket Books, 2020.Music: Ktož jsú boží bojovníci written by Jan Čapek z Klatov in 15th Century as a battle anthem for the Hussite rebels. Support the show
In this episode, we discuss another Chris Wickham article about feudalism. This is a stand-alone episode, but it is in spiritual continuity with our previous series discussing Chris Wickham's The Other Transition.   We will be back soon with another series on a similar topic.Reuter, Timothy, and Chris Wickham. “The ‘Feudal Revolution.’” Past & Present, no. 155 (1997): 177–208. http://www.jstor.org/stable/651130.https://www.patreon.com/varnvlogSupport the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Continuing in the spirit of our discussions about the relationship between "Socialism From Below" and "Socialism From Above," we've decided to dive in a bit deeper into a topic we've referenced many times in passing...Head over to our Patreon and join for $2 a month to hear the whole episode and join the Discord to take part in the discussions.Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Once again, we continue our unending project of reuniting the cold and the warm streams of Marxism. This time we are joined by our comrade Ben to talk about the need for a dialogue between Marxism and Christianity. We once again ask what Christians can learn from the liberatory message of Marxism and what Marxists may be able to take away from the liberatory message of Christianity. Marxists and Christians: The Fate of the Dialogue The Urgency of Marxist-Christian Dialogue by Herbert Aptheker; Marxism and Radical Religion: Essays toward a Revolutionary Humanity by Thomas Dean; John C. Raines; Church in a Marxist Society by Jan Milic Lochman Review by: Charles C. West The Journal of Religion, Vol. 52, No. 3 (Jul., 1972), pp. 304-317 Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Wherein a group of us get together to read and discuss the latest issue of Jacobin magazine, its analysis of the current political situation, and what to do about it... and the extent to which it actually does those things.Head over to our Patreon and join for $2 a month to hear the whole episode and join the Discord to take part in the discussions.Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Here is about an hour's worth of bonus content recorded before our last episode of No Royal Road. We were just riffing about neoliberalism, left delusions, anti-imperialism, paleo-cons, liberals, conservatism, inflation, Volcker Shock, internet tankies, and a bunch of other things we thought might be worth recording. So, we hit record. Enjoy. https://www.patreon.com/varnvlog/postsMusic:  Tragedy- Conflicting Ideas Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
The American left's response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia is as depressing as its prospects.  We at the Regrettable Century are against invasions and World War 3 and think you should be too. We talk about what orientation if any,  it would be useful for Marxists to take in response to the unfolding tragedy in Eastern Europe. The Ugly, Embarrassing Spectacle of ‘Milling’ Around Onlinehttps://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/03/russia-ukraine-invasion-twitter/624168/Why John Mearsheimer Blames the U.S. for the Crisis in Ukrainehttps://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/why-john-mearsheimer-blames-the-us-for-the-crisis-in-ukraineArmed Nationalists in Ukraine Pose a Threat Not Just to Russiahttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/world/europe/ukraine-nationalism-russia-invasion.htmlMusic: Україна і Росія - Ukraine and Russia by The State Choir of the Ukrainian SSR "Dumka" (Державна капела УРСР «Думка»)Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Some Real Nerd Hours covering the emergence of a conscious German "National Bolshevism" during the Weimar Era between the World Wars...Head over to our Patreon and join for $2 a month to hear the whole episode and join the Discord to take part in the discussions.Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Welcome to the fourth and final episode of our discussion on Chris Wickham's essay The Other Transition, about the transition from the classical to the feudal mode production. This is the last in this particular reading series, but not the last for this collaboration. We will be back soon with another series on a similar topic. Chris Wickham, THE OTHER TRANSITION: FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD TO FEUDALISM, Past & Present, Volume 103, Issue 1, May 1984, Pages 3–36https://www.patreon.com/varnvlogSupport the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
The Death of the Left?

The Death of the Left?

2022-02-0701:09:02

This week the guys discuss the rotting whale carcass that is the American left. Gone are the days of mass organizations, the workers movement, and even the microsect. We discuss atomization, idealism, and our prospects moving forward. Remapping the American Left: A History of Radical Discontinuity (pp 22-32) https://depts.washington.edu/moves/pdf/Gregory_Remapping_the_American_Left_LABOR_May2020.pdf The U.S. left at a strategic impassehttps://www.tempestmag.org/2022/01/the-u-s-left-at-a-strategic-impasse/ Bismarck, Browder, and Biden: Joe’s Hegemony Versus Ours https://cosmonautmag.com/2021/10/bismarck-browder-biden-joes-hegemony-versus-ours/ Music: Tha Crossroads- Bone Thugs-N-HarmonySupport the show
This week Jason continues to teach us about the history of American socialism. We pick up with the collapse of the old left, discuss the birth of the New Left, the New Communist Movement, and end with the End of History and the turn inward.Dennis, Peggy. The Autobiography of an American Communist: A Personal View of a Political Life, 1925-1975. Lawrence Hill Books, 1977.Bernstein, Walter. Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist. Da Capo Press, 1996.Isserman, Maurice. If I Had A Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left. Basic Books, 1987.Unger, Irwin. The Movement: A History of the New Left, 1959-1972. Dodd, Mead, 1974.Leonard, Aaron J & Gallagher, Conor A. A Threat of the First Magnitude: FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union, 1962-1974. Repeater, 2018.Leonard, Aaron J & Gallagher, Conor A. Heavy Radicals - The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists: The Revolutionary Union / Revolutionary Communist Party, 1968-1980. Zero Books, 2015.Elbaum, Max. Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che. Verso, 2018. Dixon, Aaron. My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain. Haymarket, 2012.Sheppard, Barry. The Party: A Political Memoir (The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988). Haymarket, 2006.Camejo, Peter. North Star: A Memoir. Haymarket, 2010.Music: Fortunate Son- Circle JerksSupport the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
From the second installment of the Regrettable Book Club's reading of Antonio Labriola's Socialism and Philosophy covering the introduction by Paul Piccone.Head over to our Patreon and join for $2 a month to hear the whole episode and join the Discord to take part in the discussions.Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Welcome to the third episode of a new collaborative series with Varn Vlog and the Regrettable Century, where we will be talking about history, historiography, social technologies, relations of production, modes of production, and most importantly, transitions.In this episode, we continue talking about the other transition, the transition to the feudal mode of production.Chris Wickham, THE OTHER TRANSITION: FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD TO FEUDALISM, Past & Present, Volume 103, Issue 1, May 1984, Pages 3–36https://www.patreon.com/varnvlogSupport the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
Last year, Neil Gorman and Regrettable Chris hung out during the Christmas break to talk about how bad higher education had gotten during the pandemic. This clip however, is a little preview of the other stuff they talked about.Head over to our Patreon and join for $2 a month to hear the whole episode and join the Discord to take part in the discussions.Support the show
This week we further explore our critique of technology under capitalism. Chris was absent from the recording due to grad school reasons, so Jess led the charge on this one. We ultimately determine that technology is bad and the Luddites were right.The Rise of the Machineshttps://jacobinmag.com/2013/04/the-rise-of-the-machines  The Ideology Behind Technologyhttps://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3333-the-ideology-behind-technologyThe Case Against Naive Technocapitalist Optimismhttps://consilienceproject.org/the-case-against-naive-technocapitalist-optimism/Marx on Technologyhttps://andymerrifield.org/2019/09/29/marx-on-technology/ HYPER-REALITYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJg02ivYzSs&t=291s Music: Bathsheba- At the End of EverythingSupport the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
This week Jason teaches us about the history of American socialism. We start with the beginnings of the movement in the late 19th century and ends just after the Second World War. Cannon, James P. The History of American Trotskyism, 1928-1938 : Report of a participant. New York: Pathfinder, 2002.Drucker, Peter. Max Shachtman and His Left : A Socialist's Odyssey Through the "American century. Amherst: Prometheus, 2001.Foner, Philip S. The Great Labor Uprising of 1877. New York: Pathfinder, 2002.Ginger, Ray. The Bending Cross : A biography of Eugene Victor Debs. Chicago, Ill: Haymarket Books, 2007.Gornick, Vivian. The Romance of American Communism. London Brooklyn, NY: Verso, 2020.Johanningsmeier, Edward P. Forging American Communism : The Life of William Z. Foster. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994.Kelley, Robin D. Hammer and hoe : Alabama Communists During the Great Depression. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.Kipnis, Ira. The American Socialist Movement, 1897-1912. Chicago, Ill: Haymarket Books, 2004.Naison, Mark D. Communists in Harlem During the Depression. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005.Weinstein, James. The Decline of Socialism in America, 1912-1925. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1984.Music: Talking Union- Pete Seeger Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)
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