Ep 53: Leftism as Communism

In which I discuss how communism is part of the lefts past and present, and how rejecting this leads to some bad takes and lack of good solidarity. 

Topics include a clip from Black American Communist Paul Robsen, The local policies of a communist mayor in Chile, a Kurd’s view that real culture clash is democracy vs capitalism, and the tendency and reasons for democratic socialists and other leftists to fall behind the US war machine.

Intermission Music: Joe Hill, Sung by Paul Robsen. Album: Songs for Free Men.
Paul Robsen in front of House UnAmerican Committee

A Communist mayor’s policies in Neo-liberal Chile
The Kurdish Alternative; the true culture war of democracy vs capitalism

No longer the Kurdish Question, but the Kurdish Alternative

Social Dem officeholders fall behind establishment imperial foreign policy
Leftist academics and news sites (like the ones I just used) use bad framing of solutions.

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