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Arabs in Hollywood are dangerous. Good! Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander on AEWCH!

12 Dec
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Friends,
Lexi Alexander is a heroic figure in Hollywood: She’s an incredible director, a fierce activist, and known for her generosity to marginalized creators. Lexi and I talk about themes that are considered dangerous in Hollywood, especially violence, sex, and Arabness. We also talk about violence and melodrama, men breaking down in movies, masculinity, why monogamy is perverse, age of consent laws, sex education and sexual imagery, slimy DMs, Arab representation in media and US culture, the construction of Arab identity, how Islamophobes exploit feminism and LGBT rights to attack Muslims, the benefits and problems of unions in Hollywood, and more!
* Note: Sorry about the sound on this episode, if you noticed. There was a huge hiss running through, which I remedied with help from the excellent folks at Nostalgia Trap. But the thing sounds a little, um, opaque and bass heavy. It gets a but better around 19:00. I suggest you turn the treble up on your settings for this, and then it sounds much better! And if you didn’t notice, well, then, thank you!
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How To Destroy The Patriarchy: Muslim feminist author and radical, Mona Eltahawy, on AEWCH 50, the best episode of AEWCH ever!

4 Dec

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Friends,

On my favorite episode of AEWCH so far, I speak with feminist author and radical, Mona Eltahawy. Mona is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why The Middle East Needs A Sexual Revolution, a book which has shaken the Arab world, feminist discourse, and also, on a personal note, has changed my inner life. Mona articulates what patriarchy is — and why it is our urgent task to resist it — better than anyone I’ve ever read or spoken to. Even if you have some resistance to the term (*ahem* hello, bros), Mona will help you see why this framing is so important. .

Mona and I talk about:

  • our sexual assaults and how we recovered and transmuted them into action
  • what patriarchy is, exactly, and how it enables and protects power
  • why enthusiastic consent is a problem (and how our consent is violated every day)
  • the urgent and political task of pleasure
  • why masculinity is a desire and the Brett Kavanaugh meltdown, where white male rage comes from
  • the way white people (particularly white women) pathologize Muslims (particularly Muslim women) without confronting their own issues
  • what we can learn about consent from porn performers
  • why sex isn’t and is special and why a sexual revolution is so important
  • the “trifecta of patriarchy and misogyny”
  • why we need to reject monogamy as a default relationship structure
  • why we don’t have to say “everything is political” to fight bullshit
  • how patriarchy hurts men too

I am so excited and proud to share this episode with you.

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Support AGAINST EVERYONE WITH CONNER HABIB on PATREON! New video, new benefits, new goals, and more!

1 Dec

Friends –

I’m so excited to announce the official relaunch of my patreon! I’ve decided to focus more and more on my podcast and truly make it my full time job. That means I need more patrons.

I appreciate how many of you subscribe to this website for updates; please do take a minute to sign up for the patreon and to watch the video above.

If each of you just donated a dollar a month to my mission – creating a smarter, more thoughtful world through deep and accessible conversations — we’d truly make a huge change in getting this mission out there.

This relaunch is a culmination of everything I’ve learned over a year + of podcasting and patreon-ing.

There are new benefits (t-shirts, the Against Everyone online salon), new goals (800 patrons by 1/31), and new episodes of AEWCH TWICE a week (Tuesdays and solo episodes on Saturdays). Also, the video is pretty funny.

Please do support the show so I can make this full time job…my full time job. And also, you’ll be supporting a 5-8 year scholarly work research project that I’m embarking on at the end of January (details soon!)

Thank you, and, as always,

Love

CH

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In Which I Am ALMOST Converted To Marxism. Malcolm Harris – author of Kids These Days: The Making of Millennials – on AEWCH!

27 Nov
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Friends,
I’ve never met anyone quite as Marxist as writer and activist Malcolm Harris; at least not anyone I liked talking to this much. Malcolm and his excellent book, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, are utterly convincing arguments for Marxism. And his writing creates a powerful portrait of difficult times, and contextualizes the challenges millennials face, rather than just bemoaning kids.
On a hot Philadelphia day, Malcolm and I discussed the culture context millennials struggle in, why school is forced labor and homework is a hellscape, why academics fuck their own books over, the childhood ultimate ninja athlete challenge, why Only Fans can turn adult performers into bosses, whether or not anything exists outside the market, how homosexuality was exploited by capitalism (*cough* Grindr *cough*), why class relations predate capitalism, the history of (some) Marxists leaving out other struggles, why all workers “think of England” and none are overpaid, why protest does and does not matter, how we can’t usefully talk about fighting capitalism as violence, and what tactics we could be developing.
XO
CH
* Note: This is the LAST episode of AEWCH that will feature public access to the YouTube version of the show! Patrons at any level $1 and up get instant access to video versions of the show just for signing up! Click here to pledge now!
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Fighting oppression is the most human thing of all: George Ciccariello-Maher on AEWCH + A special thank you episode!

20 Nov

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Friends,

Very happy to have the incisive and forcefully anti-capitalist presence of George Ciccariello-Maher – scholar, activist, writer, Marxist – on AEWCH this week.

We break down what dialectics are, if you’re unfamiliar. Then we talk about the Cuban revolution, why liberal centrists are a total failure, how we can’t expect to resolve every contradiction, why Marxism needs anti-imperialism, how inner struggle translates into action, how a skewed focus on our wounds can stop us from doing what needs to be done in the world, why solidarity requires struggle, Hegel vs the individual (AKA Geo vs Conner), whether or not everything is political, the value of Stormy Daniels, how struggle exists outside of capitalism, and what we can actually DO with all this theory.

SHOW NOTES are free and available here.

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BONUS!

I’ve posted an extra audio-only thank you episode for all my listeners and patrons.

I talk about how the podcast came to be (it was half Abby Martin and half tarot reading, believing it or not), why porn performers make almost no money, and what’s to come with both AEWCH and my patreon!

Here you go:

Capitalism VS Wanting To Want Wanting: Psychoanalytic Theorist Todd McGowan on AEWCH!

9 Nov
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Friends!
Psychoanalytic theorist Todd McGowan is one of my favorite thinkers. He’s the author of many of my favorite theory books, including Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis and Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets. He’s also a professor of English and Film Studies, and the co-host (with Ryan Engley) of the excellent theory/philosophy podcast, Why Theory.
We break down psychoanalytic terms for people new to the concepts. We also talk about why Freud matters now more than ever, how psychoanalysis lens applies to politics, Wittgenstein as a bridge between analytic and continental philosophy (don’t worry, we explain what those are), how capitalism works, why we need to want what we want, christianity and psychoanalysis, solipsism, symbiosis, why disseminating ideas matters, the important and dismissible Slavoj Žižek, and what constitutes clothing in a nudist colony, among other things.
One of my favorite things about this episode is the way that Todd and I find a balance with each other’s ideas. I had so much fun talking with him.
SHOW NOTES are available to everyone here.
Until next time!
XO
CH
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Haunting Your Own House: Paranormal investigators Greg & Dana Newkirk on Against Everyone with Conner Habib 46!

31 Oct
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Friends,
I’m so excited to bring you this Halloween episode of AEWCH, with paranormal investigators Dana & Greg Newkirk, who run the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult and their animated doll, Billy*.
We hung out at Michigan Paracon and had a great, in-depth conversation about how to approach the paranormal without fear as the baseline response, the conservatism of paranormal investigators and convention goers, giving haunted boxes CAT scans, how all medicine is haunted, difference and repetition, why curiosity matters, 
When I edited the episodes, I realized that I talk a whooole lot in this episode because the Newkirks’ research and work is so inspiring and exciting to me. But if you want lots more Newkirk, it’s easy to find: Go to their patreon and support it and you get tons of content!
* NOTE: The Newkirks warned me that Billy can cause some audio/visual issues. My ep was no exception! There was a sort of tumbling hiss and crackle throughout the ep that I had to have removed (but there’s still some left), and then I had to have another sound issue dealt with, and the video quality wasn’t as good as my other eps even though I used the exact same equipment and procedures.

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