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WHY DO I HAVE A PODCAST ANYWAY? or WHY YOUR DESIRES MATTER, a short actual blog post.

13 Jun

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Someone asked me today what makes me think my voice should be public. 

Why should I have a podcast? What makes me important?

Here’s why.

One good question to ask people to confront capitalism is: What would you like your day to look like? 

Instead of being stuck in the never ending current of work-or-die, what would you be doing? 

What do you enjoy thinking about? Spending your time on?

Think on this.

As for me, I essentially love three things: Books, fucking, and conversation.

Doing those things are what I want to spend my time on, what I want my days to look like.

So I decided to make those three things my life.

But simply taking care of yourself or wistfully envisioning fun shit is not enough.

When you respond, to actually resist the superstructures that run and destroy our lives, you have to strive to make your envisioned day one that’s available for others as well.

In other words, in imagining what you would like your day to look like, you are also pinpointing how the material conditions of your life must change to have it.

And then you can apply that to others’ lives as well. You are generating focus for activism and struggle.

If you have on the ground activism with no dream of vision, you’ll only replace problems with slightly different, just-as-bad problems.

If you have the dream with no struggle, you’ll be the dog in that meme with the burning house saying it’s fine.

And your neighbors will be burning too.

So I read and write and share it publicly. I fuck publicly. I have conversations publicly.

I’d be doing all these things on my own anyway, but the public aspect is about helping push culture towards a place where those things are easier for everyone.

I don’t have a sense of whether or not my presence in the public and what I do is justified because I’m some so-smart-dude who deserves, like all so-smart-dudes, to have a podcast. 

I do it because it’s an extension of my politics.

At the heart of public presence should be a determined set of ethics and morals, and they should be individual and personal ethics and morals, deeply felt, and turned outward as an act of compassion.

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Let’s imagine utopia together! You, me, and Duncan Trussell commune on AEWCH 66!

9 Apr
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Friends,
So excited to welcome back Duncan Trussell! If you’re not acquainted with Duncan, he’s a comedian, mystic, and host of the wildly popular and eclectic podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour! And it’s a great episode, as we strive to think through how to get to utopia!
But it’s not just a conversation around utopia; Duncan and I get very practical tips for it, including talking to the dead, forgiving debts, shifting world events with our thoughts, communing with color and geometry, and more.
We also discuss:
  • The pride and pitfalls of feeling unique.
  • Whether or not our creative efforts are ours.
  • When and when not to be possessed and whether or not Daniel Day Lewis was.
  • The death of everything but you and me.
  • The difference between supernature and subnature.
  • How we are addresses for spirits to meet at.
  • Why Duncan is a sock-swinging maniac.
  • Economy as the opposite of the Sun.
  • Collective entanglement.
  • RuPaul and guardian angels.
  • Duncan’s privilege and increasing awareness of it.
  • How to deal with the fact that you’re thriving when others are suffering.
  • Undoing the karma of the world.
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And for show notes, click here!

Want to know 5 MUST-HAVES FOR A MORAL POLITICAL COMPASS? Listen to AEWCH 65 with Abby Martin & Mike Prysner!

2 Apr
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Friends,
Before I met with radical political journalists Abby Martin and Mike Prysner, I kept thinking, how is it that they seem to have the right approach every time? So I decided to investigate just how it was they had an ethical and moral approach to politics.
We identify 5 points, which come up organically (If you just want to skip past the rest, go to 1:01:30.), and we reevaluate them the end. We also talk about how to develop these faculties These 5 points are:
1. Have a big container.
2. Find your lines in the sand, and beyond that, seek organizability.
3. Ask if a worthwhile narrative is being presented.
4. Do the dual work of individual and collective action at once.
5. Hold those you empower more responsible for their actions.
We also talk confronting Chelsea Clinton (Leen DWEIK, not “Naweek”, DUH Conner!), solidarity, how identity politics are exploited by power, why Bernie Sanders matters even if he’s not a hero, why grassroots struggle is what should win out rather than a Presidential candidate, thinking about what you want to bring forward in political situation, what we’re responsible for when we vote. I call myself out, what’s changed and what hasn’t since Trump, why materialism can’t guide us towards ethics, relating to the Other without falling into the imperialist trap of saying all people are the same, why politically-minded people should read novels, and more.
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CONSENT IS NOT ENOUGH: I talk with feminist icon, Laurie Penny on AEWCH 64!

27 Mar
We need to do better in our conversations about consent. And I don’t just mean because we don’t know how to respect consent, I mean because our conversation about it is hopelessly simplistic, ahistorical, and underdeveloped. I’ll be exploring this topic in more depth on the show.
And, well, who better to speak with first than feminist author and icon (yes, the word is apt), Laurie Penny! Laurie is the author of multiple books and countless (okay, maybe not countless, but a lot) of essays. Many of those essays can be found in Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults , and many of her ideas are presented at length in Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution. She’s also just finished writing a book on consent and season one of the Joss Whedon HBO series, The Nevers. For more Laurie, support her Patreon and get tons of cool stuff.
Laurie and I discuss:
  • the basics of consent and why it’s dual work
  • what sex work can tell us about consent
  • how desire plays itself out in politics
  • the James Deen sexual assaults
  • how women have to deal with the fall out of sexual assaults
  • what happens when your friend (or partner!) is a sexual assaulter
  • why almost every instance of abuse is also a gaslighting
  • whether or not Freud ignored abuse or went a long way to support survivors
  • why we need to support survivors speaking up and also be thoughtful about their sexual politics at the same time
  • the difference between consent as “rules” and an ethics of consent
  • Emma Goldman
  • How millennials are naming the problem.
  • The supernatural premise and politics of Laurie’s show with Joss Whedon, The Nevers.
Here are the SHOW NOTES for the episode.
Sorry for the disparity in volume between Laurie and I; she’s just a little quieter than me, and the equipment I have does best when both people speak at the same volume level. That said, I want to get new mics, and your contribution will go directly to that.
LIKE THIS EPISODE OF AEWCH? Check out AEWCH 50 with MONA ELTAHAWY and AEWCH 24 with ERIN GLORIA RYAN.

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A year end political state of the world with the one and only Jimmy Dore on AEWCH 53!

27 Dec

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Friends,

I’m ending my first full year of podcasting with a review of the current political climate, featuring none other than the passionate and hilarious Jimmy Dore. Jimmy is the host of the über-popular The Jimmy Dore Show, one of the most incisive political news shows of our time. Jimmy was also a member of The Young Turks (the second Young Turk on the show, after Hasan Piker on AEWCH 36), and his comedy special, Sentenced To Live, is available on iTunes and Amazon. Also, Jimmy is a fellow Patreon-er, and you can support his Patreon here.

Jimmy and I talk about his transition from comedy to new commenter to target of smear campaign. We also go into free speech and its pitfalls, the absence of foundational questions in the media, why Trump’s America doesn’t start with Trump and censorship doesn’t start with Alex Jones, how post-Trump we’ll still have all the same problems, how capitalism relies on war, and what we can do as individuals and a culture to change things ASAP.

 

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Rebel Histories & Rebel Podcasts: History On Fire host Daniele Bolelli on AEWCH 52!

18 Dec
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Friends,
I’m so excited to welcome my old friend, historian, martial artist, and fellow podcaster Daniele Bolelli to AEWCH! Daniele and I met years ago when we appeared on the same episode of the Duncan Trussell Family Hour, and we took a continuous shining to each other. Since then, Daniele’s own podcast, History On Fire (each episode of which is a mini history lecture) has skyrocketed and become one of the most popular history podcasts of all time. And he continues to release episodes of his other (awesome), more personal podcast, Drunken Taoist.
Daniele and I talk about what history is, the massive tangle of podcasters and public figures that all lead back to a certain Joe Rogan era of podcasting and how that launched my and Daniele’s and Duncan’s careers, how even the most interesting stories in history can still fall away, how history over-privileges war stories, how differences in consciousness affect how history is told, the problems with identity, how fascism feeds identity and vice versa, why disagreement isn’t valuable, and how our non-religious upbringings affected us.
SHOW NOTES, as always, are free and available to everyone!
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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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