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No More Police: AEWCH 29 featuring me in conversation with author, activist, and police department consultant, Alex Vitale

15 May

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Friends,

I invited the great Alex Vitale – author, activist, professor, and police consultant – to the show. Alex’s book The End of Policing  is an extraordinary book about undoing the role of police in society. Not just a critique, but a guide for how to get there. The awakening to police brutality, police militarization, and police racism in the US has opened up new pathways of how communities can work and what the role of justice and punishment might mean. Alex and I cover it all, and he’s really, really great on just about everything we discussed. Way better than me at first, because I ramble a bit in the face of the expert. But that’s okay! I get back on my feet and we have an amazing conversation.

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Identity Trouble? AEWCH 26 with Asad Haider!

18 Apr

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Hello friends,

You, like me, may be worn out by identity, identity, identity. There is an identity industry around us. And yet, we also feel and know that out racial, sexual, gender, class, (and on and on) identities play a part in shaping our experiences. But how? And what sort of attention should we pay them? Luckily, Asad Haider, author of Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump and founder of Viewpoint Magazine, is here to help!

Asad and I had a great conversation in his book-filled office at University of Santa Cruz. There’s a little weirdness with the audio on my end, but it’s still pretty much okay. Just turn the bass down and the treble up a bit. You’ll still love it.

The show notes, with links to Bollywood films, Lacan enduring the situationist heckling, essays I wrote about growing up in small town PA and more are all here.

MAM

There is no forgotten man. I talk with leftist feminist icon Erin Gloria Ryan!

21 Mar
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Hello friends! For this episode of AEWCH, I welcome writer, editor, feminist icon Erin Gloria Ryan. Also, she is one of the funniest people in the world. We talk about #MeToo, tweeting, how to navigate creating and engaging with “problematic” art, and how not to listen to people. Also, I tell you my crazy person story about Scott Caan and Erin tells hers about Bob Odenkirk.

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WE MUST DESTROY NATURE – the new lecture ep of AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB!

2 Mar
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Hello friends!
In this lecture ep of Against Everyone with Conner Habib, I talk about how environmentalism is flawed at its foundation: nature. Nature is a concept that we must destroy if we ever want to see and engage with our planet.
To express the point, I pull in my pals Patricia Highsmith, Sigmund Freud, Paracelsus, and more.

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why “nature” is a poorly defined but totally accepted concept.
  • Why our main environmental narratives – going green/sustainability, neo-primitivism, deep ecology – depend on the flawed concept of nature.
  • “Nature is the word we use for the feeling we have of separation with other aspects of the world.”
  • “The concept of nature is the external exhibition of the death drive.”
  • Who are we if we’re imaging mass death to “save the planet?”
  • Have you ever fought just to feel?
  • Erasing the lines between the living and the dead.
  • The world is consciousness states, not objects.
  • Putting ourselves at the center of the world is the only way to encounter it, much less “save” it.

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Love!
CH

Science vs Love, Libertarians vs Socialists, Education vs Freedom: Conner speaks with Thaddeus Russell!

17 Feb

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Hello friends!

So excited to welcome postmodern historian and rebel intellectual, Thaddeus Russell! Thaddeus is founder of Renegade University, his new education initiative (which I maaaaay be teaching a course for soon!). He’s the and author of the excellent, rowdy, boozy book, A Renegade History of the United States

We kick off our talk by discussing the failures of education, then move right into the major flaw of the left, the right, and more: the abandonment of pleasure. Then onto Thaddeus’s favorite (or most popular?) subject, postmodern philosophy.

I love this episode!

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M+T

 

THE RUSSIANS (are not) COMING! AEWCH 18: Conner + Robbie Martin!

12 Jan
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Friends,
The time has come to talk about our current political climate and the people who led us here, leaving a trail of dead in their wake. And no, I don’t mean anything as clumsily blunt as “Republicans!” And I also don’t mean anything as complicatedly conspiratorial, no matter what threads of truth are there, as “The Deep State!” Instead, it’s time to look at the very identifiable causes of our disastrous government/foreign policy/sociopolitical moment, the neocons and neoliberal running the show behind all the figureheads.
Here to clear it up with me — particularly to clear up this Russiagate bullshit — is Robbie Martin. Robbie is a documentary filmmaker, host of Media Roots Radio (along with his sister Abby Martin, a previous guest on AEWCH), and a musician. 
One of the best way of taking apart these panics and myths and misdirections is by looking their lineages and its historical contexts.  Robbie’s amazing documentary, A Very Heavy Agenda, is available for purchase and to stream. WATCH THIS MOVIE. It is detailed, complex, insightful, and well done. Robbie shines light on the mesmerizing and horrifying networks of neocon/neoliberal individuals and actions throughout recent history, but never ventures into conspiracy (though if you’re into conspiracies, the sheer amount of information here will give you a lot to keep you occupied). It’s a college semster’s-worth of info and narrative on US policy since Reagan, and it’s way more fun to watch than sitting in class.
There are lots of names upfront, but we go through each figure and talk about who they are, so just bear with it until we get to
IN THIS EP
  • The difference between neocons and neoliberals. If there is any: 1:30
  • It’s impossible to be “mugged by reality” unless you’re already an asshole: 2:55
  • Who are the Kagans and how have they remained such a staple in politics for so long?: 6:45
  • The roots of Russiagate in neocon/neoliberal war strategies: 16:00
  • Nazis in the Ukraine making that US $$$: 19:00
  • Who is Bill Kristol? & the long line of hating Russia leads right up to the neocon/neolib-founded propaganda tank, Alliance For Securing Democracy : 28:40
  • In which I lose my shit reading AFSD’s idiotic statement: 34:10
  • All that’s changed since the Iraq War is the rhetoric: 35:05
  • Useful idiots. Like Michael Ian Black and Jena Friedman.: 43:20
  • What does it mean that Russian Television (RT) has to register as a “foreign agent” and why is that massively messed up?: 45:10
  • When Obama wasn’t a coward, but everyone called him a coward. When Trump was not a Putin plant, but everyone called him a Putin plant.: 54:50
  • Vice Magazine as propagandists that watch me and jerk off.:  57:10
  • Everyone loves gay people when they’re dead.: 1:06:00
  • The new way emerges from the maze of enjoyments and expertise: 1:08:35

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Love!

CH

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Antifa is coming for you. To hang out at your place, I mean. Conner in conversation with historian, author, and activist Mark Bray!

1 Dec
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Excited to welcome the amazing historian, activist, and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Mark Bray to Against Everyone! You’ve probably encountered the anti-fascists “antifa” movement in some way or another since the now-iconic video of neo-Nazi organizer Richard Spencer getting punched in the face on camera. Since then, anti-fascists activists have been completely misrepresented in media and misunderstood by the non-activist public, derided by the right (like when Donald Trump ejaculated the word Antifa! on stage) as well as by liberals. Mark puts the antifa action and organization in the context of history, illuminating how it’s not just a bunch of angry college kids, but a rich and thought-out set of tactics and web of movements throughout history.
IN THIS EPISODE
  • Why people who are against antifascist action often believe in the Myth of Progress: 1:50
  • Why the impossibility of utopia can combat the fantasy of progress: 6:45
  • How to implement one the ground activism while retaining the vision. And why: 12:10
  • The people who whine “THAT’S NOT GOING TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING”: 13:35
  • Is the general engagement with a state traumatic?: 17:00
  • Netflix and chill? Nah, Hitler or chill, bro.: 19:40
  • Recognizing all violences without dismissing differences between them: 21:00
  • The problem with “talk it out with the enemy” is that most people who say it don’t believe it: 23:20
  • The racist kids Conner grew up with, the Nazi organizers who exploited them, and what to do with the various levels of racism and fascism: 26:20
  • The little bird and the forest fire: 31:40
  • “If I can’t stand by the bar and drink while I watch people dance to it, it’s not my revolution.”: 36:00
  • Where’s the line between fascism and other oppressive structures of power?: 37:20
  • Who deserves engagement and who deserves dismissal and derision: Anti-sex worker and anti-porn activists use fascist rhetoric – And why you shouldn’t engage with them: 42:25
  • Why “no platform” is a worthwhile tactic and why it’s so misunderstood: 49:50
  • Charlie Hebdo and why free speech matters, but not the “support our troops” version of free speech: 52:30
  • Can fascism be eliminated?: 1:03:00

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AF