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Breht O'Shea

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Discussing political philosophy, current events, activism, and the inevitable historical downfall of capitalism from a revolutionary leftist perspective.

527 Episodes

Modern China pt. 4: The Deng Reform Period to Today w/ Ken Hammond

In our final installment of our Modern China series, we conclude with this important, and inevitably controversial discussion of the Deng Reforms and the Reform Period! Very important that no matter your ideological tendencies, you come into this episode with an open mind, because there will be a lot of useful information for you regardless of how you analyze the Deng Reforms overall - this is meant primarily as a resource to allow you to deepen your personal understanding and analysis of this critical juncture in Chinese and world history. We definitely want to also thank Ken for spending over 6 hours with us on this mini-series, and we hope that you all get some use from it! Check out episodes 1 - 3 HERE Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University. He has been engaged in radical politics since his involvement in the anti-war movement at Kent State in 1968-70. Ken is also the author of the book China’s Revolution & the Quest for a Socialist Future.

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2024

My Struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Breht opens up about his lifelong struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the hopes that it might help others. He discusses developing contamination OCD as a child after a traumatic event, reflects on how his OCD has morphed over the years and taken on different forms, and offers words of encouragement, loving compassion, and hope for those dealing with this condition. OCD Interviews to watch: Interview with Kate Interview with Steve the Clown OCD books to read: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide for Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behvaioral Therapy Rewire Your OCD Brain: Neuroscience-Based Skills to Break Free from Obsessive Thougths and Fears Other OCD Resources: OCD Recovery Youtube Channel OCD and Anxiety Youtube Channel (liscensed therapist) Reid Wilson, PHD (OCD specialist) International OCD Foundation Giving Up The Internal Battle (Fear of Fear in OCD) Outro Song: "Yellow Datsun" by Neva Dinova

Transcribed - Published: 10 June 2024

Student Encampments for Palestine: An Interview with Student Organizers

Students and organizers Cheli and Phia join Alyson and Breht to discuss their different experiences on the front lines of student encampments at Cal State LA and the University of Oregon. Together, they discuss the reasons for their protests, share the differing reactions from university administrations and faculty, and give listeners an inside look at the negotiations, stratagies, and current developments of the encampments - all while highlighting the reason they are doing this in the first place: to help work toward a free and liberated Palestine! Help baby Fai'a in Gaza get surgery for a genetic disorder HERE We Are Not Numbers Follow Students for Justice in Palestine at CSU Los Angeles HERE Outro Song: "The Sound of War (Remix) by Eddy Mack, Norhan, and Abu Batata --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left and get access to over 300 bonus episodes in our back catalogue, as well as new bonus episodes each month.

Transcribed - Published: 5 June 2024

UNLOCKED: Zionist Depravity & Palestinian Resistance

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Transcribed - Published: 1 June 2024

Defending Socialism: A Logical Critique of Capitalism

Philosopher Scott Sehon joins Breht to discuss his new book "Socialism: A Logical Introduction". Together they analyze arguments in favor of capitalism, argue against them, and defend socialism as a superior form of socio-economic organization in the process. They discuss different definitions of socialism, social democracy vs. democratic socialism, have a friendly back and forth about the Soviet Union, the role of morality and values in political debate, wealth inequality and its deleterious impact on society, the contradiction within capitalism between free markets and monopoly formation, democracy v. markets, and much more. Get 15% off any book in the Left Wing Books Library HERE ------------------------------------------------------------ Support Rev Left and get access to over 300 bonus episodes in our back catalogue, as well as new bonus episodes each month.

Transcribed - Published: 28 May 2024

Modern China Pt. 3: The Great Leap Forward & Cultural Revolution w/ Ken Hammond

In this episode of Guerrilla History, we get into part 3 of our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with an amazing discussion of The Great Leap Forward and The Cultural Revolution! If you haven't already listened to part 1 of the series, on the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, or part 2 on The Chinese Revolution & Civil War, be sure to go back and check those out because we pick up right where we left off last time. With these final two episodes in the series, we enter the period where various ideological traditions diverge in their analysis of the events, but regardless of what ideological background you come from, we encourage you to listen to these and engage with the information, as we believe the information will help you deepen your own analysis regardless of your ideological position. Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University. He has been engaged in radical politics since his involvement in the anti-war movement at Kent State in 1968-70. Ken is also the author of the book China’s Revolution & the Quest for a Socialist Future. ----------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

Dialectics Deep Dive: The Final Installment

In this final iteration of our long-standing series "Dialectics Deep Dive", Matthew Furlong joins Breht to discuss Althusser's essay "Contradiction and Overdetermination" and in the process they discuss many aspects of dialectical materialism and Marxist philosophy. Check out Part 1 of this episode here: https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/dialectics-deep-dive-iix-contradiction-and-overdetermination-pt-1 Check out all our Dialectics Deep Dive episodes here: https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/size/5/?search=dialectics+deep+dive Video at 21:47: "Alan Watts on Life and Death" (Tricontinental Institute for Social Research - Hyperimperialism: A Dangerous, Decadent New Stage https://thetricontinental.org/studies-on-contemporary-dilemmas-4-hyper-imperialism Tricontinental Institute - The Churning of the Global Order (Condensed version of Hyperimperialism): https://thetricontinental.org/dossier-72-the-churning-of-the-global-order/ BreakThrough News - Hyperimperialism: US-NATO's Dangerous and Decadent New Stage (Rania Khalek w/ Vijay Prashad): https://youtu.be/CJDxxkVhlJM BreakThrough News - Israel's Descent Into Madness & The Holocaust Comparison (Rania Khalek w/ Tarik Cyril Amar): https://youtu.be/UbppCU7uiJw Electronic Intifada - How Zionism pushes liberalism into decay (Nora Barrows-Friedman w/Matteo Capasso): https://https://youtu.be/bK6-10H80Bs Zhun Xu - "Industrial Agriculture: Lessons from North Korea" https://monthlyreview.org/2024/03/01/industrial-agriculture-lessons-from-north-korea/ Red Clarion - "The Cult-building Tendency" https://clarion.unity-struggle-unity.org/2024-04-02-the-cult-building-tendency/ Red Clarion - "Undead Unionism" https://clarion.unity-struggle-unity.org/2023-08-13-undead-unionism/ The Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam - Curriculum of the Basic Principles of Marxism-Leninism Part 1: The Worldview and Philosophical Methodology of Marxism-Leninism (translated and annotated by Luna Nguyen) https://www.lunaoi.com/product/ebook-the-worldview-and-philosophical-methodology-of-marxism-leninism/

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

Laundering Black Rage: Capitalism, Empire, and The Mechanics of Co-optation

Rasul Mowatt and Too Black join Breht to discuss their new book Laundering Black Rage: The Washing of Black Death, People, Property, and Profits. The book is a spatial and historical critique of the capitalist State that examines how Black Rage—conceived as a constructive and logical response to the conquest of resources, land, and human beings racialized as Black—is cleaned for the unyielding means of White capital. Interlacing political theory with international histories of Black rebellion, it presents a thoughtful challenge to the counterinsurgent tactics of the State that consistently convert Black Rage into a commodity to be bought, sold, and repressed. Laundering Black Rage investigates how the Rage directed at the police murder of George Floyd could be marshalled to funnel the Black Lives Matter movement into corporate advertising and questionable leadership, while increasing the police budgets inside the laundry cities of capital - largely with our consent. Essayist/Performer Too Black and Geographer Rasul A. Mowatt assert Black Rage as a threat to the flow of capital and the established order of things, which must therefore be managed by the process of laundering. Intertwining stories of Black resistance throughout the African diaspora, State building under capitalism, cities as sites of laundering, and the world making of empire, Laundering Black Rage also lays the groundwork for upending the laundering process through an anti-colonial struggle of reverse-laundering conquest. Relevant to studies of race and culture, history, politics, and the built environment, this pathbreaking work is essential reading for scholars and organizers enraged at capitalism and White supremacy laundering their work for nefarious means. Check out The Black Myths Podcast You can find the book HERE (25% Discount code at checkout: EFLY01) Find the (more affordable) e-book version HERE Essays: Pt. 1 https://www.blackagendareport.com/laundering-black-rage Pt. 2 https://www.blackagendareport.com/laundering-black-rage-part-2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio Follow Rev Left on IG

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

"Stalker" by Andrei Tarkovsky: Modernity and The Sickness Unto Death

Breht is interviewed as a guest on Left of the Projector (along with Amanda Joy Moon). Together, with the host Evan, the three discuss Soviet Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's film "Stalker" from 1979. In case you missed our first collab on Tarkovsky's film "Solaris" you can find that discussion HERE Left of the Projector: Subscribe: https://leftoftheprojector.com ⁠⁠Letterboxd⁠⁠: https://boxd.it/5T9O1 ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Patreon⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠: https://www.patreon.com/LeftoftheProjectorPod ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠: https://www.instagram.com/leftoftheprojectorpod/ Amanda Joy Moon: ⁠⁠Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandajoymoon/ ⁠ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Get 15% off any book in the Left Wing Books Library HERE Support Rev Left Radio Follow Rev Left on IG

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

Students Revolt: Campus Uprisings for Palestine

Alyson and Breht discuss the student-led protests for Palestine sweeping across American universities, the reaction to them by the ruling class elite and their attack dogs (the cops), lessons learned from previous movements over the past decade or so, parallels to 1968 and the anti-Vietnam War protests, the current negotiations between the Palestinian resistance and Israel, and what it all means for the broader crisis (geopolitical and internal) racking the U.S. --------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio Follow Rev Left on IG

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2024

Virtue Ethics, Passover Seder, Meditation, and Being in the 4th Dimension (Teaser)

This is a teaser for our other show, Shoeless in South Dakota... a podcast about mental health, addiction, recovery, comedy, friendship, philosophy, self-help (and a million other things). To listen to the rest of THIS episode, and all of our other Shoeless episodes, check us out at: https://www.shoelessinsouthdakota.com/

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

Modern China Pt. 2: The Chinese Revolution & Civil War w/ Ken Hammond

In this episode of Guerrilla History, we get into part 2 of our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with this absolutely terrific discussion on the Chinese Revolution & Civil War! If you haven't already listened to part 1 of the series, on the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, be sure to do so because we pick up right where we left off last time. The next two installments will cover the Great Leap Forward and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and then the Reform period up to the present day, so be sure to not miss any of those upcoming episodes! Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University. He has been engaged in radical politics since his involvement in the anti-war movement at Kent State in 1968-70. Ken is also the author of the book China’s Revolution & the Quest for a Socialist Future.

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

All too Human: Niko's Struggle with Alcoholism

Shoeless in South Dakota: In this third edition of our All Too Human interview series, Breht and Dave welcome Niko into the Shoeless Shed to have an honest conversation about his struggles with alcoholism. With these All Too Human interviews, we aim to highlight and destigmatize the mental health and addiction struggles of regular working class people in hopes that we can provide insight into this type of human suffering, help others who struggle with similar things feel less alone, and deepen our understanding of the modern human condition. Outro music: 'Hundreds of Ways' by Conor Oberst ---------------------- Contact us, support us, follow us, or learn more about the show here: https://www.shoelessinsouthdakota.com

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Ghosts in the Machines: Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, & Capitalism

In this episode, Alyson and Breht wrestle with the possible rise of artificial general intelligence and its implications. Together they discuss the Silicon Valley Techno-Cult and their dark religious search for immortality, their hubristic attempts to "build god" and escape death, their neoliberal subjectivities and how that manifests in their work, how AI might manifest under the capitalist mode of production, the horrors and contradictions of "capitalism without workers", deflationary critiques of AI, humans as transitional creatures, consciousness and its complexities, intelligence without consciousness (philosophical zombies), Nietzchean nihilism, real religion and what it offers, embracing the inevitability of your own death, and much more! --------- Support Rev Left

Transcribed - Published: 10 April 2024

All Too Human: Katie's Struggle w/ Alcohol and Gambling

Shoeless in South Dakota: In this first edition of our All Too Human interview series, Breht and Dave welcome "Katie", Breht's sister, into the studio to have an honest conversation about her struggles with alcohol and gambling. With these All Too Human interviews, we aim to highlight and destigmatize the mental health and addiction struggles of normal working people in hopes that we can provide insight into this type of human suffering, help others who struggle with similar things feel less alone, and deepen our understanding of the modern human condition. Learn more about Shoeless in South Dakota: ShoelessInSouthDakota.com Check out the Inaugural Episode of Shoeless HERE Subscribe to Shoeless in South Dakota on your preferred podcast app.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

On Cuba and Haiti: The Fight for Liberation & Self-Determination in the Caribbean

Musa Springer, Erica Caines, & Onyesonwu Chatoyer from Hood Communist join Breht O'Shea to discuss their participation in The Second International Meeting of Theoretical Publications of Left Parties and Movements in Havana, Cuba before discussing the history and current events playing out in Haiti. Together they converse about their time in Cuba, the various speeches they gave at the event, the ongoing embargo and its impacts, recent protests in Cuba, internationalism, the Zone of Peace campaign by the Black Alliance for Peace, US imperialism, the history of colonialism in Haiti, current events in Haiti, how Haiti is portrayed by Western corporate media, and much more! Links: Hood Communist Blog Venceremos Brigade All-African People's Revolutionary Party (Florida) Liberation Through Reading Black Alliance for Peace (ATL) Join BAP Groundings Podcast

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

Modern China Pt. 1: The Taiping & Boxer Rebellions w/ Ken Hammond

In this episode of Guerrilla History, we launch our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with this terrific discussion on the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions! Be sure to go back and listen to the previous episode we did with Ken in the fall, which serves as a bit of an introductory work for this miniseries. The other three installments will drop every other week (with other episodes in between), and will cover the Chinese Revolution/Civil War, the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, and the Reform period, so be sure to subscribe to not miss any of those coming episodes! Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University. He has been engaged in radical politics since his involvement in the anti-war movement at Kent State in 1968-70. Ken is also the author of the book China’s Revolution & the Quest for a Socialist Future.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

Take Back Your Life & Attention: Why You Should Quit Social Media

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Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2024

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

Listen to the first installment of this four-episode series HERE Kenneth J. Hammond is Professor of History at New Mexico State University. Hammond was a student and Students for a Democratic Society leader at Kent State University from 1967 to 1970. He later (1985) completed his degree in Political Science, then studied Modern Chinese language at the Beijing Foreign Languages Normal School in Beijing. Hammond received an M.A. in Regional Studies - East Asia (1989), and a Ph.D in History and East Asian Languages (1994) from Harvard University. In 2007, Hammond was appointed director of the Confucius Institute, a cultural initiative funded in part by Hanban on the NMSU campus that is dedicated to studying and publicizing China and Chinese culture. He is the editor of the journal Ming Studies. Follow Guerrilla History on X Follow Guerrilla History on IG Subscribe to Guerrilla History on your preferred podcast app Support Rev Left Radio

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

BRG Round 2: Fighting to Win...

Black Red Guard returns to the show for a no-holds-barred, wide-ranging discussion on a multitude of topics, including Palestine, Aaron Bushnell, the DSA, line struggle, party building, Taiwan, revolution, the future, and much more! Check out BRG's YT Channel HERE Follow BRG on Twitter HERE Check out his Twitch HERE Outro Music: To Cause Your Own Death by Mon Rovia ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Get 15% off any book in the Left Wing Books Library HERE Support Rev Left Radio Follow Rev Left on IG

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

"The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte" by Karl Marx

Alyson and Breht explain and explore this famous text from Karl Marx, in the process they discuss French history, class conflict, the peasantry and lumpenproletariat, Bonapartism and Fascism, history, the role of the State under capitalism, and how all of this helps us to make sense of our contemporary moment of crisis in the US and around the world. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left and get immediate access to over 300 bonus episodes, with new ones coming every month!

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

[UNLOCKED] Buddhist Perspectives: Self-Immolation and Political Struggle

This unlocked patreon episode was originally released Feb. 27th 2024 To get access to more bonus episodes like this every month, and support the show, join our patreon at patreon.com/revleftradio --------------------------------------------- In this patreon exclusive, Breht reads and reflects on Buddhist writings including Thich Nhat Hanh's letter to MLK Jr. regarding Buddhist monks in Vietnam engaging in self-immolation and how it differs from suicide, and a response by John Peacock to criticism by Slavoj Zizek of so-called Western Buddhism wherein he argues that mindfulness meditation is merely a way to cope with the depravities of capitalism; a new Opium of the Masses. Along the way, Breht takes many detours, and touches on the self-immolation and martyrdom of Aaron Bushnell, the ongoing multi-faceted evolution of the human species, and much more. Check out other Rev Left episodes on Buddhism and related topics, including the ones mentioned in this episode HERE

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Imperialism Abroad, Fascism at Home: GILEE, Cop City, & 1033 Program

Musa and Tunde from the ATL chapter of the Black Alliance for Peace join Breht to discuss the GILEE Program (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange) and its implications, the construction of Cop City (and the plans for more), the militarization of police in an era of capitalist and liberal crisis, Israel and its connections to GILEE, the Palestinian Liberation movement, "Black Mecca" and its class contradictions, and what all this means for our near-future... Check out BAP-Atlanta HERE Check out the Groundings Podcast HERE Check out Demilitarize US to Palestine HERE Follow BAP on Twitter or on Insta Outro Song by Liberation Beats ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Get 15% off any book in the Left Wing Books Library HERE Support Rev Left Radio Follow Rev Left on IG

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

The Hands That Crafted the Bomb: The Making of a Lifelong Antifascist

Josh Fernandez joins the show to discuss his new biography "The Hands That Crafted the Bomb: The Making of a Lifelong Antifascist". Together Josh and Breht have a wide ranging conversation on antifascism, teaching, prison, organizing, parenting, drug and alcohol abuse, and much more. Check out the book HERE Check out an article about Josh from The Real News HERE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow Rev Left on Insta Support Rev Left Radio and get access to multiple bonus episodes a month

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Parting Ways (for now): Guerrilla History Bids Farewell to Breht & Dave

After a wonderful 3 and half years, Breht and Producer Dave are bidding farewell to Guerrilla History. Henry and Adnan will continue the program. In this episode, they all reflect on their time together and promise to keep collaborating when and where possible going forward! Please Subscribe to Guerrilla History on your preferred podcast app. Support Guerrilla History HERE and follow them HERE Check out Shoeless in South Dakota HERE Follow Shoeless in South Dakota HERE

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2024

Man on Fire: Aaron Bushnell's Sacrifice for Palestine

Rest in Peace, Aaron. Free Palestine! "To burn oneself by fire is to prove that what one is saying is of the utmost importance. There is nothing more painful than burning oneself. To say something while experiencing this kind of pain is to say it with utmost courage, frankness, determination, and sincerity." - Thich Nhat Hanh in a letter to MLK Jr. regarding the self-immolation of Vietnamese Buddhist monks

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

The Ongoing Evolution of the Human Species (teaser)

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Transcribed - Published: 28 February 2024

On Mysticism: Ego, Suffering, & Love

On this episode of Red Menace, Alyson and Breht had some things come up such that they couldn't record their planned episode on Marx's 18th Brumaire (coming soon!), so instead they have a deep, organic and wide-ranging conversation on mysticism; together they explore humanities religious and spiritual traditions and the mystical strain within them, discuss atheism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Sufism, mystical experiences, the role of suffering, holy union and oneness, the dissolution of subject/object duality, the role of psychedelics historically and experientially, dialectics, and whether or not any of this has any relevance for political struggle. Support Rev Left HERE Check out all Red Menace Eps HERE Follow us on IG HERE All Music by Mount Eerie

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

Friends of the Congo: The Congolese Struggle for Self-Determination

Passy and Maurice from Friends of the Congo join Breht to discuss the history and the present of the Congo. Together, they discuss their organization, Passy's on-the-ground organizing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the history of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba and his legacy, European and Belgian colonialism, King Leopold II, the brutal ongoing violence and displacement occuring in the Eastern DRC, US imperialism and the Kagame Regime in Rwanda, M23, Neo-Colonialism, Colbalt and rare-earth mineral mining, modern day slavery and the industries it serves, the so-called "green capitalist transition" and its rotting underbelly, and much more. Friends of the Congo (FOTC) is a Pan African solidarity organization raising global consciousness about the challenges and potential of the Congo. Become A Friend of the Congo: http://www.congoweek.org http://friendsofthecongo.org/ https://twitter.com/congofriends https://www.facebook.com/congofriends ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow Rev Left on Insta Support Rev Left Radio and get access to multiple bonus episodes a month

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

Dialectics Deep Dive IIX: Contradiction and Overdetermination (Pt. 1)

Matthew Furlong returns for another installment of our Dialectics Deep Dive Series. Together, they discuss Althusser, Hegel, Dialectical Materialism, Marxism, Palestine, process philosophy, and much more! Get 15% off any book in the Left Wing Books Library HERE Interview referenced in the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZDGvT04sNA&ab_channel=BreakThroughNews --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio Follow Rev Left on IG

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

W.E.B. Du Bois Movement School for Abolition and Reconstruction

In this fouth installment of our ongoing W.E.B. Du Bois series, Breht and PM sit down with Saudia Durrant and Geo Maher from the W.E.B. Du Bois Movement School for Abolition and Reconstruction. Together, they discuss Du Bois, their organization, abolition, the struggle for socialism and communism, the failure of reconstruction, the Palestinian liberation struggle, Cop City in Atlanta, and much more. Follow PM on Twitter or Insta Follow Rev Left on Insta ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio and get access to multiple bonus episodes a month

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

"Solaris" by Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cosmic Exploration of the Human Psyche

Breht got invited onto Left of the Projector to discuss Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's famous sci-fi film from 1972 "Solaris" with Evan and Amanda. Together, they discuss and analyze the film, exploring the human condition, the subconscious, modernist subjectivity, alienation, our fear of death, the Cold War, spiritual experience, the central importance of Love, Stanley Kubrick, and much more in the process.

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2024

[TEASER] Seeing Red: American Hypocrisy and Unfreedom

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Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2024

"Israel" and Its Role in Latin America w/ Alexander Aviña

In this episode of Guerrilla History, we bring back the official unofficial fourth member of the hosting panel, Alexander Aviña! Here we discuss Alex's freshly released article at Foreign Exchanges titled A Future of Walls or Liberation, which examines some of the role and relationships between "Israel" and the countries and governments in Latin America. This is a really interesting piece of the Zioimperialist story, and one which is frankly very under-discussed. Tune in, learn something, and share with others who you think would also benefit from hearing this history! Alexander Aviña is associate professor of Latin American history at Arizona State University and author of Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. Alex's website is available at alexanderavina.com, and he can be followed on twitter @Alexander_Avina Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2024

Joy James on Du Bois, Liberation Struggles, & Revolutionary Love

Dr. Joy James joins Breht and PM for the third installment of Rev Left's ongoing Du Bois series, but this conversation goes well beyond the life and work of Du Bois to cover James' newest book, her long history of organizing, the history of black liberation struggles in the US, and much more. Together, they discuss George Jackson, James' concept of the Captive Maternal, Erica Garner, "New Bones Abolition", Marxism, black history, Ida B. Wells, and much more. Overall its a wide-ranging conversation with an incredibly wise and experienced revolutionary intellectual. Dr. James is Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities at Williams College. Her book is New Bones Abolition: Captive Maternal Agency and the (After)life of Erica Garner. Proceeds from New Bones Abolition: Captive Maternal Agency and the (After)Life of Erica Garner go to Prison Radio. Follow PM on IG Check out Dr. Joy James on Millennials are Killing Capitalism HERE & HERE Get 15% off any book from Leftwingbooks.net Outro Music: "Sorrow Tears and Blood" by Fela Kuti ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Support Rev Left Radio

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

UNLOCKED: Revolution and Resolutions

If you enjoy these monologue-style episodes and want to support the show and get access to multiple bonus episodes like this every single month, you can do so HERE UNLOCKED: Breht opens this Patreon episode with a discussion of American politics, talks about Lenin's anaysis of what makes for a revolutionary situation, and then he reads, reflects upon, and comments on an article by Ahjamu Umi from Hood Communist titled "The Unknown Relationship between Malcolm X and Kwame Nkrumah"

Transcribed - Published: 6 January 2024

Kwame Nkrumah: The Great Pan-African Revolutionary Leader of Ghana

Nicholas Richard-Thompson and Tunde Osazua from the Black Alliance for Peace join Breht to discuss the life and legacy of Kwame Nkrumah. Together, they discuss the Ghanaian Marxist and Pan-Africanist politician, political theorist, and revolutionary, his upbringing, his entrance into Ghanaian and African politics, his political ideology, the many assassination attempts on his life, the coup that overthrew him and who backed it (just take a guess...), his life in exile, his continuing legacy on the continent and beyond, and much more! Learn more and support Black Alliance for Peace Follow Nicholas on Twitter Follow Tunde on Twitter BAP Chicago's Twitter IMPORTANT: As the PAIGC/A-APRP is an active member of BAP's U.S Out of Africa Network (USOAN), and As the PAIGC is facing dire political repression within Guinea Bissau due to its substantial revolutionary gains against neo-colonialism in that country, We therefore call on BAP and the USOAN to mobilize immediate support for the PAIGC/A-APRP. Please read the following for background information: The A-APRP Condemns the Attack on the PAIGC and the PAI Terra Ranka Coalition, 4 December 2023 By A-APRP African Party for The Independence Of Guinea and Cape Verde, PRESS RELEASE: December 10, 2023 By National Secretariat ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Support Rev Left Radio

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2023

Napoleon: The Film, The Man, The History

Everett from The Age of Napoleon and Arjun from Deep into History join Breht to discuss Napoleon Bonaparte. Together they explore and reflect on the new film by Ridley Scott, the actual history involved and what the film got wrong, Napoleon's real personality, the importance of the French Revolution in Napoleon's rise, the reaction to the French Revolution and Napoleon from the rest of Europe, Napoleon's treatment of Haiti, Napoleon's exile and death, and then they grapple with the question of how the socialist left today should view and understand Napoleon. Outro Song: Napoleon's Hat by Bright Eyes ------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

Understanding Apartheid: South Africa, Settler Colonialism, & Lessons for Palestine

In this Rev Left Family Annual Collab (Rev Left+Red Menace+Guerrilla History), Alyson, Henry, Adnan, and Breht sit down for a deep dive on South African Apartheid. Together they discuss its euro-colonialist origins, explain the significance of the Boer Wars, define and explicate the origins of apartheid, explore the political economy of apartheid and how brutal racism shaped it, examine the multi-faceted indigenous resistance to apartheid, analyze the end of formal apartheid as well as its ongoing legacy in post-apartheid South Africa, and try to extract important lessons from this history to apply to the ongoing struggle in Palestine. ------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio or make a one time donation: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/revleft

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

Understanding Apartheid: South Africa, Settler Colonialism, and Lessons for Palestine

In this Rev Left Family Annual Collab (Rev Left+Red Menace+Guerrilla History), Alyson, Henry, Adnan, and Breht sit down for a deep dive on South African Apartheid. Together they discuss its euro-colonialist origins, explain the significance of the Boer Wars, define and explicate the origins of apartheid, explore the political economy of apartheid and how brutal racism shaped it, examine the multi-faceted indigenous resistance to apartheid, analyze the end of formal apartheid as well as its ongoing legacy in post-apartheid South Africa, and try to extract important lessons from this history to apply to the ongoing struggle in Palestine. ------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio or make a one time donation: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/revleft

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

Black Scare/Red Scare: Theorizing Capitalist Racism in the United States

This episode is from our sister podcast Guerrilla History, subscribe to it on your preferred podcast app! In this absolutely fabulous episode of Guerrilla History, we bring back on the one and only Dr. CBS, Charisse Burden-Stelly! Here, we discuss her outstanding new book Black Scare/Red Scare: Theorizing Capitalist Racism in the United States. This work focuses on how anti-radical repression (especially anti-communist repression) is infused and inseparable with anti-Black racial oppression, and vice versa. This is a critical work by one of the most critical voices in our times, and we think that this conversation is a truly important one for everyone to hear! Charisse Burden-Stelly is associate professor of African American studies at Wayne State University. She is the coauthor (alongside Gerald Horne) of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History and the coeditor (alongside Jodi Dean) of Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Political Writing. Join the Black Alliance for Peace or BAP Solidarity Network, keep up with Dr. CBS's work by checking out her website www.charisseburdenstelly.com, and follow her on twitter @blackleftaf. Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2023

Les Misérables: Victor Hugo, Revolution, and French History

Corey Mohler from Existential Comics returns to the show to discuss the famous novel (and its many adaptations) by Victor Hugo "Les Misérables". Together they discuss the novel, its various adaptations, its political and social themes, 19th Century France, the "Giants of '93", read some passages from the book, and discuss its ongoing legacy and relevance for us today! Check out Existential Comics HERE Check our all our previous episodes with Corey on a wide range of topics HERE ------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio or make a one time donation: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/revleft

Transcribed - Published: 21 November 2023

South African Apartheid: An Introduction

In this crossover episode that we have done in collaboration with our sister podcast Guerrilla History, we bring on Ashley Fataar to provide a primer into Apartheid in the South African context, and where we also begin to explore some of the parallels to the apartheid that the settler-colonial state of Israel is enforcing in occupied Palestine today. This is a good introduction to the topic, and we plan on getting everyone in the RevLeft family (Breht, Henry, Adnan, & Alyson) together in the coming weeks to do a deep dive into apartheid in South Africa and where we can further explore these connections to what we are seeing today! Be sure to listen to this conversation to prepare for that coming conversation, and be sure to subscribe to Guerrilla History, RevLeft, and Red Menace wherever you get your pods. Ashley Fataar is a long time socialist activist and writer based in South Africa. If you would like to get in touch with Ashley, you can reach him via email at [email protected]. Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory

Transcribed - Published: 20 November 2023

The Political Right and Equality: Turning Back the Tide of Egalitarian Modernity

Professor Matthew McManus returns to the show to discuss his newest book "The Political Right and Equality: Turning Back the Tide of Egalitarian Modernity" Together they explore over 2,000 years of conservative, anti-egalitarian, and reactionary political thought to get a better understanding of what the political right believes, and where those beliefs come from. They discuss aristotle, the Englightenment, the French Revolution and the reaction it generated, Hegel, Dostoevsky, liberalism and socialism, Heigegger, and how conservative thought evolved throughout the 20th Century. Check out more of Matt's work HERE Check out our previous episode on the politics of Nietzsche HERE Check out our episode with Corey from Existential Comics on the life and work of Dostoevsky HERE Outro Song: Rebel Music by Bob Marley and Krayzie Bone ------------------------------------------------------- Support Rev Left Radio: https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio or make a one time donation: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/revleft

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2023

Decolonizing Palestine: Toward National Liberation in the Levant

Alyson and Breht discuss the ongoing national liberation struggle in Palestine. Together, they discuss the incredible shift in public opinion on Israel and Palestine, the internal and external contradictions culminating in unison for Israel, the discussion about whether or not what Israel is doing is technically a genocide (it absolutely is), international law, Frantz Fanon on the psychology of national liberation, the prospects of a broader regional war, the possibilities of Turkish or Iranian engagement, the history and core elements of Zionism, the analytical importance of the settler colonial and decolonization frameworks, the disgusting role that Biden and the Democratic Party are playing in manufacturing consent for Israel's civilian mass murder campaign, the "lesser of two genocider" arguments being trotted out by liberals, how Hamas is basically an orphan army of men who have had their families killed by Israel in previous assaults, why we should reject the "terrorist" framing of the western ruling elites, what the palestinian resistance has managed to accomplish, and what might emerge from the Ruins of Gaza when all is said and done... (recorded Oct. 30th 2023) Support Rev Left Radio : https://www.patreon.com/RevLeftRadio

Transcribed - Published: 2 November 2023

Uprisings in the Sahel: AFRICOM, Neo-Colonial Imperialism, and Pan-African Liberation

Nicholas Richard-Thompson and Tunde Osazua from the Black Alliance for Peace join Breht to discuss AFRICOM, or The United States Africa Command - responsible for U.S. military operations and imperialism on the continent. Together they discuss the ongoing conflict in Palestine, the connections between black liberation movements and palestinian liberation, BAP's Month of Action against AFRICOM, recent coups in West Africa, developments in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, the recent history of Libya, the role of French neo-colonialism on the continent, the revolutionary contributions of Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah, and much more! Learn more and support Black Alliance for Peace Follow Nicholas on Twitter Follow Tunde on Twitter BAP Chicago's Twitter Check out Rev Left's episode on Thomas Sankara Revolution in Sahel? Get 15% off any book from Leftwingbooks.net outro music 'Terrorist?' by Lowkey Support Rev Left Radio or make a one time donation: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/revleft

Transcribed - Published: 30 October 2023

Confronting Zionism: Exposing the Moral Bankruptcy of Liberal Intellectuals

Breht listens and responds to a conversation between liberal Zionist Sam Harris and pseudo-intellectual charlatan Eric Weinstein on Israel, Palestine, Islam, and more. In the process he deconstructs common Zionist talking points, highlights the colonialist framework that liberals and Zionists take for granted, shows how regular working people can intellectually confront ivy league PhDs, and offers up lines of argumentation that you, dear listener, can bring to conversations on these topics in your own life. Listen to the full episode here

Transcribed - Published: 25 October 2023

What Is To Be Done? Understanding Communist Strategy

UPSTREAM INTERVIEW W/ BREHT AND ALYSON: What Is To Be Done? This is the question so profoundly posed by the Russian Revolutionary and Bolshevik leader, Vladimir Lenin, in his landmark text of the same name. Although it was written well over a century ago, this text, the questions it asked, and the paths forward that it provided, are just as relevant today as they were a hundred years ago. And just as urgent. What roles do spontaneity and disciplined organization have in leftist movements? Can we focus simply on economic reform, or do our actions need a larger political framework to structure, guide, and propel them? Why does it feel like even though so many of us are motivated to work towards structural change, that things continue to get worse? Why does it seem like potential revolutionary struggles in the West always seem to stall and fail to move from a singular moment to a protracted movement? These are old and familiar questions — a lot of ink has been spilled and speeches made exploring them — and in this Conversation, we’ve brought on two guests who've not only thought about these questions in depth, but who have some pretty compelling answers that draw from revolutionary theory and practice in both their personal lives and from the deep well of wisdom bequeathed by theorists Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Mao. Breht O’Shea is the host of the podcast Revolutionary Left Radio and a co-host of Guerrilla History. He’s been on the show multiple times so you may already be familiar with his voice. Alyson Escalate, who has also been on the show, is the co-host, along with Breht, of Red Menace, a podcast that explains and analyzes revolutionary theory and then applies its lessons to our contemporary conditions. Further Resources: Red Menace – What Is To Be Done? - V.I. Lenin Revolutionary Left Radio – Politics in Command: Analyzing the Error of Economism Red Menace – The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon: On Violence and Spontaneity Red Menace – Understanding Settler Colonialism in Israel and the United States Revolutionary Left Radio on Instagram Upstream – Buddhism and Marxism with Breht O'Shea (In Conversation) Upstream – Trans Liberation and Solidarity with Alyson Escalante (In Conversation) Upstream – Revolutionary Leftism with Breht O'Shea (In Conversation) This episode of Upstream was made possible with support from listeners like you. Upstream is a labor of love — we couldn't keep this project going without the generosity of our listeners and fans. Please consider chipping in a one-time or recurring donation at www.upstreampodcast.org/support If your organization wants to sponsor one of our upcoming documentaries, we have a number of sponsorship packages available. Find out more at upstreampodcast.org/sponsorship For more from Upstream, visit www.upstreampodcast.org and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Bluesky.

Transcribed - Published: 23 October 2023

Free Palestine: The National Liberation Struggle against Zionism, Colonialism, and Apartheid

In this critical episode of Guerrilla History, we bring on Max Ajl and Patrick Higgins to discuss some recent history and the ongoing situation regarding Palestinian resistance to the Zionist project and the ongoing bombardment on Gaza. Max and Patrick provide some absolutely crucial information here, so be sure to tune in, and forward the episode along to anyone you think would benefit from it. Our guests recommend you to donate to the Middle East Children's Alliance, read the work of Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss, as well as follow their respective social media pages @intifada and @Mondoweiss, and keep up to date with the Palestinian Youth Movement and Within Our Lifetime. Max Ajl is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent University, and is author of the fantastic A People's Green New Deal. Read Max's other written work on his Researchgate page. Max also has a twitter page, but you must find it yourself! Patrick Higgins is a researcher at the University of Houston's Center for Arab Studies. You can find Patrick's writings on the internet by searching for his name and his affiliation, or with the keyword Palestine. Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory

Transcribed - Published: 21 October 2023

[UNLOCKED] Palestine on Fire II

Breht returns with another monologue episode on the ever-evolving war in Palestine, this time with a focus on the history of the Nakba, the weakness of a two state solution, the widening global implications of the conflict, and where things might be headed...

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2023

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