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The Movements is a podcast history of the working class, anti-fascists, revolutionaries, women, people of color, and liberation movements. My history shows are narrative driven and audiobook style, with a focus on serious historical and materialist analysis.History Eps = Scripted Drama, Scholarly Analysis.Stallin' For Time = Opinion, Cuss WordsSupport the show by donating at https://www.patreon.com/movementspod
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Che Guevara links up with Cuban revolutionaries in Guatemala, but is forced to leave the country after the US sponsored coup against moderate President Jacobo Arbenz. Communists and the left are being persecuted throughout Latin America, sending them into exile in Mexico, where Che joins Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement, which aims to overthrow the US backed dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista. The broader anti-Batista movement is deeply divided and scared of antagonizing the Americans. However, Fidel is determined to drive out both Batista and the Americans, and Che is determined not to repeat the mistakes of President Arbenz.***Using Guatemala and Cuba as narrative case studies, this series tells the story of Latin America during the Cold War and the social movements that challenged both local elites and American capital.Find Additional Video and Webinar Content:FacebookTwitterYouTubeSupport The Movements on PatreonSubscribe to the PodcastApple PodcastsGoogleSpotifyStitcherSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
An experimental episode! An audiobook adaptation of "The Weapon of Theory", by Amilcar Cabral. Brief intro and foreword by Comrade KG, host of The Movements.***The Weapon of Theory by Amilcar CabralPublished on the Marxists Internet Archive (www.marxists.org)https://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/cabral/1966/weapon-theory.htmForeword, The War Comes HomeBy Comrade KGWritten September 2020   All references and quotes from the Foreword found below:https://libcom.org/files/Firoze-Manji_-Bill-Fletcher-Jr-Claim-No-Easy-Victories_-The-Legacy-of-Amilcar-Cabral-CODESRIA-Consei.pdfhttps://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/cabral/1965/tnlcnev.htmhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/features/support-for-black-lives-matter-surged-during-protests-but-is-waning-among-white-americans/https://morningconsult.com/2020/06/01/floyd-protests-are-backed-by-most-americans-as-more-say-racism-isnt-taken-seriously-enough/https://www.monmouth.edu/polling-institute/reports/monmouthpoll_us_060220/https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/09/national-guard-protests-309932?fbclid=IwAR1Aq-7jcrIrgTgxIMQ1Izdp9RRVOKcabGdhfelZb2SBsHlxeJw7VXqbRCchttps://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/after-protests-some-soldiers-reconsider-their-service.html?fbclid=IwAR2rehukrjKj4omB0aEOeNo9k7saxRpRq-VP4l6bDvmlpxqwS0u_8VfxpPwhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/us/politics/national-guard-protests.html?referringSource=articleShare&fbclid=IwAR21UUvx4j8Xs6YyZzf9boPtgBqffpmlXhYUSE4zyrJAf3oxF02c_yx67GUSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
In 1944, a wave of Democratization hits Latin America. After generations of semi-feudal labor conditions under successive liberal dictatorships, Guatemalan school teachers rise up and overthrow the regime. Inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, these reformers join with indigenous activists and the nascent Labor Party to launch the "Ten Years of Spring", a political movement to emancipate the indigenous majority of Guatemala and liberate it from foreign domination.The Guatemalan right-wing immediately launches coup attempt after coup attempt, but fails to dislodge the popular, legitimate governments of Juan Jose Arevalo and Jacobo Arbenz. But Americans, in the form of the United Fruit Company, in alliance with both New Deal liberals and right-wing conservatives in Washington, are determined to restore their near-total domination over the region.Their efforts will become the template for "regime change" in the 20th and 21st centuries.***Using Guatemala and Cuba as narrative case studies, this series tells the story of Latin America during the Cold War and the social movements that challenged both local elites and American capital.Find Additional Video and Webinar Content:FacebookTwitterYouTubeSupport The Movements on PatreonSubscribe to the PodcastApple PodcastsGoogleSpotifyStitcherSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Marxist historian, researcher and biographer of Auguste Blanqui and Michael Harrington joins the show to discuss the life and career of Democratic Socialists of America's founder, the Sanders campaign and what lies ahead in this new period of American politics.Read Doug's work!Michael Harrington and His AfterlivesCommunist Order of the Samurai: Trotsky and the Red ArmyCommunist Insurgent: Blanqui's Politics of Revolution available from Haymarket BooksDoug's Articles at Left VoiceSupport The Movements on PatreonFollow for additional content at:FacebookTwitterYouTubeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Adam returns to the show to discuss the unprecedented, still-growing uprising sparked by the murder of George Floyd. Simultaneously terrified and excited, we discuss the possibilities, good and bad, and the remarkable tactics that demonstrators have used to consistently defeat the police four nights in a row.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Peasant uprisings break out throughout revolutionary Russia, forcing the Communist Party to acknowledge their excesses during civil war. The Kronstadt revolt forces communists to weigh the legitimate grievances of the sailors against the real threat of SR-White Russian resurgence. Emergency measures are taken to ensure the survival of the regime, deepening the bureaucratization of an already centralized state. As the war approaches its final phase and Lenin attempts to decentralize political power, Russian chauvinists prepare to seize the revolutionary movement.The Movements is a leftist history and politics podcast. Transcripts may be requested for accessibility reasons by e-mailing movementspod@gmail.com. Find us on facebook and twitter @movementspod and support the show by donating at patreon.com/movementspodSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
The Great War is winding down, but new wars break out throughout Europe and beyond. A year of siege from the right-wing, foriegn armies and leftist rivals fails to dislodge the Bolsheviks from power, but famine and civil war have taken their toll. The revolutionaries struggle to fight a vicious civil war as corruption and bureaucracy creep into the Soviet government. Revolution breaks out in Germany, offering a glimmer of hope to the besieged Russian Reds. But the social democrats are in talks with the German right-wing, planning to prevent the outbreak of social revolution.The Movements is a leftist history and politics podcast. Transcripts may be requested for accessibility reasons by e-mailing movementspod@gmail.com. Find us on facebook and twitter @movementspod and support the show by donating at patreon.com/movementspodSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
It's going to be a heavy one. Adam returns to discuss his latest piece on the mounting warning signs that the far-right is preparing for a wider atrocity, citing pre-genocide historical conditions in Rwanda, Nazi Germany, British South Africa,  and other examples. Featuring a very brief special guest appearance from my cat. Read Adam's work at napalminthemorning.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Manuel returns to the show to provide context and explain the protests that toppled Ricardo Rossello in Puerto Rico.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Adam returns to discuss what a war with Iran would look like, with a focus on the resourcefulness and strength of the revolutionary guards. Followed by a discussion on Venezuela and the possibility of civil war with US backing.Support the show at Patreon.Featuring "Break The State" by Time. Find Time on Soundcloud or SpotifySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Stallin' For Time is back! Judy Cotter (Twitter @UnionSaltBae) joins the show to discuss labor struggle and how to improve the US Constitution. I'd rather replace it entirely, but this is a big tent podcast. Also, and update on the Russian Revolution and some thoughts about mental health. Support the show at Patreon.Featuring "Break The State" by Time. Find Time on Soundcloud or SpotifySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
The Russian Revolution enters a new phase as the Bolsheviks successfully take power and form a coalition with the Left SRs. A new Constituent Assembly is elected, but out of date candidate lists leave the results in question. The Reds seek to make peace with the Germans without leverage, while facing off coup plots and military threats from the Right SRs and White forces. As the isolated revolutionaries wait for the German Revolution to break out and lift the siege of Red Russia, famine again hits Russia and the Bolsheviks resort to desperate acts of violence to feed the cities and assert control over industry.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Dual power is falling apart. After the uprising of the July Days and the disastrous Kerensky offensive, the Provisional Government looks to the military for help against the Soviet. The new Prime Minister Kerensky appoints a right-wing general as Commander-in-Chief and enters negotiations for an alliance against the left. Talks break down, and the masses are armed in response to a right-wing threat. Kerensky’s popularity plummets and the Bolsheviks begin to win majorities in Soviets and labor organizations throughout the Empire.  The masses punish the moderate parties for their collaboration with the bourgeoisie and the shouts for “All Power to the Soviets” grows louder and louder. As the Provisional Government appears poised for collapse, Lenin returns and urges an immediate insurrection.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
The Tsar has fallen, but The Provisional Government and Petrograd Soviet struggle over the future of the revolution. Crisis after crisis reveal the instability of Dual Power, as the masses grow increasingly distrustful of of both. The masses refuse to lay down their arms and submit to a bourgeois government, while growing frustrated with the collaboration between the Soviet leaders and bourgeois government, the latter of which intends to launch another offensive. Meanwhile, Lenin returns to Russia to rail against the war and unveils his vision for the revolution. Peace, Bread, Land. The Movements is a leftist history and politics podcast. Transcripts may be requested for accessibility reasons by e-mailing movementspod@gmail.com. Find us on facebook and twitter @movementspod and support the show by donating at https://www.patreon.com/movementspodSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
A heavy episode on the common trends that lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide, as well as forms of denial during and after. Ask yourself if any of these sound familiar. Adam returns to the show where we examine the Armenian Genocide, the Nakba, and other similar events. We end with a silly bit, completely unrelated to anything, because we're all gunna need a laugh. Read Adam's latest piece on what a genocide in the near future US might look like: https://www.napalminthemorning.com/prelude-to-atrocity/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Reform has failed and the Social Democratic Parties of Europe have failed to stop the war. As the European war grinds the working class and peasantry like meat, a demonstration by proletarian women revives the Russian Revolution. The Tsar orders a brutal suppression of the uprisings just as he did during the 1905 Revolution. This time, however, the soldiers of Petrograd turn their guns towards the regime and engage in pitched battles against police in the streets. The working class begin to form revolutionary committees while the bourgeoisie abandon the Tsar. The Soviets and Provisional Government embark upon building the new Russia, but dual power creates tension within the revolution. The Movements is a leftist history and politics podcast. Transcripts may be requested for accessibility reasons by e-mailing movementspod@gmail.com. Find us on facebook and twitter @movementspod and support the show by donating at https://www.patreon.com/movementspodSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Janis Luna stops joins the show to talk about sex worker resistance against the new laws, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). We also discuss the history of sex workers within the larger feminist and queer movements. Janis Luna is a stripper, writer, sex educator, and social work student. Follow Janis on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/janisxluna Learn more about FOSTA-SESTA at https://survivorsagainstsesta.org Donate to sex worker mutual aid funds at www.lysistratamccf.orgSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
Adam returns to provide an update on the Syrian Civil War, focusing on the Turkish occupation of Afrin, the future of salafist jihadism, and Assad's brutal progress taking rebel territory, with apologies to dentists. Plus, some raw thoughts on Israel's murder of Palestinians during the Great Return March demonstrations. Recorded April 1, 2018 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play. Find us on facebook and twitter @movementspod and support the show by donating at https://www.patreon.com/movementspodSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
The first Russian Revolution has failed. The Tsar dissolves the Duma at will and refuses to make concessions to the liberal parties of the Duma. The socialists are driven underground, imprisoned or exiled in large numbers. As the Social Democratic Parties of Europe grow in power and influence. Mensheviks and Bolsheviks look to their comrades for support and example, particularly the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Meanwhile, the prospect of world war looms in the background, threatening to destroy the world as they knew it. Features a special message from Lynn Perkins of The History of the Ottoman Empire podcast. Transcripts may be requested for accessibility reasons by e-mailing movementspod@gmail.com. Find us on facebook and twitter @movementspod and support the show by donating at https://www.patreon.com/movementspodSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
The Russian Empire is a century behind the rest of Europe. Serfdom is abolished, but the free peasantry is forced to pay exorbitant prices to their former lords for inferior land. New classes of the industrial working class and middle class liberals pose a threat to the absolute monarchy of the Tsar. Jews and other ethnicities are suffering and organizing under the "Prison of Nations". Decades of political tensions and crises lead to first Russian Revolution of 1905, kicking off the most important revolutionary processes of the 20th century.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/movementspod)
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