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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

As always show notes with links to further reading and more are on my patreon. You can support the show and keep it going strong by becoming a patreon patron for as little as $1.00/month, AND you get cool stuff!

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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And as always, you can find the show notes for the episode with links to books and resources to go deeper on my patreon.

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Conner and Peter Rollins talk religion without God on AEWCH 14!

17 Nov
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Well hello everyone! AEWCH 14 is me and Peter Rollins — author, philosopher and radical theologian — talking about religion without God, about desire and psychoanalysis, about the way pleasure and pain are intertwined. I have to say, this is my favorite episode so far!
A small but fun-fact backstory: Peter and I used to be roommates – I was a fan and I hit him up and we hung out and then a year later we were living together. If you like our conversation, please consider supporting Peter’s Patreon as well:
IN THIS EP
  • How to have religion without God: 1:20
  • Why do we hide under the covers to protect ourselves?: 5:50
  • The way we enjoy our fears and oppressions: 8:00
  • The only true analysis in the second before you die 9:05
  • It’s difficult to know what you don’t believe, but the unexamined life is not worth living: 10:10
  • Young Conner vs Dracula: 11:35
  • “One of life’s great pleasures is having enemies…the trick is picking the right one”: 14:28
  • Love Trump’s hate: 14:45
  • We have not seen the enemy and it is us: 17:10
  • What if this is the world we want? How would we make it better?: 18:35
  • Whether you like Freud or not, here’s his point that we should all be grateful for: 21:45
  • Why gamblers don’t want to win: 24:35
  • The value of being a utopianist: 26:10
  • Conner’s brushes with atheism, and how Simone Weil saved him: 38:15
  • CS Lewis meets an obscure Italian occultist in the light: 52:05
  • How to act when you’re a mystery to yourself: 55:50
  • “Monogamy is the most widespread perversion”: 1:00:20
  • The value of grace and forgiveness: 1:10:00
  • Why are people suspicious of pleasure: 1:23:40
 As always, I invite you to support the show and my work via my Patreon. Your contribution is so helpful and helps me not lose my mind with all the time I dedicate to this and other projects.
And also, as always, the show notes are up on my Patreon here.
Love!
CH
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CONNER on WHY MASS SHOOTINGS HAPPEN + AGAINST EVERYONE IS NOW A PODCAST

20 Oct

 

First, some big news for me: Every episode of AEWCH will now be featured on iTunes and Stitcher as a podcast as well as a web episode! The iTunes store link to my show  is here, so please subscribe!

Episodes will post here first, since iTunes podcast eps take a few hours after posting to show up in the store. And give me a whole lot of stars. (Stitcher is going to be a few more days but I’ll retroactively edit this post. And also it’ll be on TuneIn. But does anyone use tune in?)

You can also click here for audio format on SOUNDCLOUD

AEWCH 11 – ABOUT THE EPISODE

Last year, after the Pulse nightclub shooting, I was completely overwhelmed. I found myself, like many LGBT people breaking down in the middle of the day, crying, not sure why. There had been mass shootings before, but this one intersected so deeply with my personhood and history that I couldn’t quite bear the burden of it in the same way.

I also realized I had no idea why these shootings were happening, and seemed to be happening on a grand scale (with more victims) , more and more. None of the explanations were satisfying: guns, Islam, mental illness, etc. They all seemed so…thin. Too monocausal. So I looked for people who were trying to formulate more complex ideas of what was going on, and to see what happened when their ideas intersected with my outlook.

This episode is the result.

IN THIS EP

  • How revolution and and fascism are intertwined…: 2:30
  • …and how the presence of Occupy and the death of Steve Jobs were evidence of that: 5:25
  • Our political climate is marked by Presence: 10:00
  • ISIS as the dark side of political presence: 10:20
  • How the Egyptian Osiris/Seth/Isis myth ties into ISIS’s castration complex: 11:05
  • How our political and social climate translates into mass shootings: 15:25
  • Here’s the breakdown – neoliberalism, the contraction of time and space, and scientistic materialism lead to mass shootings: 19:10
  • Mass shooters shoot to live; not people complete in their beliefs, but people who kill to complete their utterly un-complete-able selves: 22:30
  • What’s our task right now?: 25:00

If you like the show, please support it on patreon. Your support is HUGE and helps me keep going.

Show notes, as always, are available on my patreon, with links to stuff you can read, further thoughts, some of the quotes on the show, etc.

Also, as I mentioned above, AEWCH is now in podcast format! Go to iTunes to subscribe!

Love,

CH

Conner + Dr. Chris Donaghue talking sex and culture

13 Oct
Welcome to Episode 10 of Against Everyone with Conner Habib
I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far without talking at length about sex yet. Well, that changed, of course, when I invited one of my closet colleagues over: sexologist, author, and co-host (with Amber Rose) of Loveline, Dr. Chris Donaghue!
Chris is one of my closest colleagues (as in, we share the same approaches to thinking about sex), and he’s constantly reinvigorating my interest in a subject that I’ve been studying and working with for over a decade.
IN THIS EP
  • When you talk about sex, you’re condemned by pop culture and bureaucracy (this goes on for quite awhile, because there’s example after example): 2:25
  • This condemnation is happening for everyone, it just rises to the surface when you enter the public sphere 9:55
  • Hypersexualization meets sexphobia to create a frustration culture: 10:30
  • Sex shame in the self help section: 13:55
  • Your own sexual liberation is a lifelong project 15:45
  • The surprising places sex negativity springs up 16:35
  • New age fundamentalism masquerading as healthy sexuality 18:20
  • Dismantling “balance” and going for excess to be healthy and fully realized: 19:45
  • “Balance” is just another name for monogamy: 21:35
  • Sex IS the teacher: 23:00
  • To learn about sex, seek some discomfort: 28:45
  • How monogamous partners often police and trap each other: 30:50
  • Wittgenstein explains pornography 33:55
  • My favorite adult scene to watch: 38:30
  • Why bisexuality does and does not exist: 40:10
  • Are new terms for sexual identity politics valuable?: 43:10
  • Conner feels fat, and that makes him a top: 47:55
  • Individuality vs Individualism: 1:01:10

The show notes, including three books Chris recommends, are here on my patreon!

If you enjoy the show, please do support it!
Thank you!

CH

Conner on How To Break Up With A Country and why We Deserve Better (AEWCH Ep 9!)

29 Sep
Hello friends,
I know it’s weird to say, “wow, I’m on Episode 9 already!” instead of waiting for Episode 10 to say it.
But I dunno, for some reason, I’m just very excited that I’ve made it this far. I love my small but mighty web series, and I’m happy the subscribers are growing. Are you one?
Each time I record a show, I write the lecture, practice it, record it, make notes for my editor, post it, post the show notes, send these emails out, post a blog, and promote it. Wowzah. This is, of course a not-so-subtle-plea for you to support the show via my patreon
Episode 9, How To Break Up With A Country or We Deserve Better is all about the antagonistic and increasingly outmoded relationship with the state. I bring in writers like Rebecca Solnit and Zygmunt Bauman to talk through some of this. I also do a long bit on why stop signs kinda suck.
In this ep:
  • Yes We Can! Campaign slogans as evidence of dwindling nationalism: 2:15
  • We unveiled the rotted roots of our system, but pretended it was just bad apples: 4:45
  • Centrism is what happens when you walk into the realm of evil and it benefits you 7:10
  • Stop signs as evidence that the state doesn’t work 10:15
  • We handle disasters well. The state? Not so much.: 13:00
  • “…it takes powerful forces to keep…paradise at bay…”: 16:25
  • What this cute Argentine taught me about governments: 17:20
  • The “election” of 2016.: 21:15
  • Voting matters, but HOW does it matter?: 22:25
  • “We are at the start of a long and torturous process…”: 28:10
Thanks for hanging with me on this journey, for watching my show, and for being awesome.
Love,
CH

 

Your Death Is Your Project: Conner Habib + Caitlin Doughty!

22 Sep

I couldn’t be more excited to bring you this episode with death expert, bestselling author, and mortician, Caitlin Doughty!

Caitlin is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory as well as her new book about death rites, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.

She’s also the host of the wildly popular youtube series, Ask A Mortician which is one of the foundation stones of the death positive movement, which is seeking to change our relationship to death in our culture.

In this ep:

  • Taking death rites out of the “News of the Weird” category: 5:30
  • If we can’t think it’s okay for someone to interact with the mummy of their mother, how will we work on our politics? 11:20
  • Conner Sees His Dead Mother, or But can we really respect people’s experiences or is it just lip service? 13:25
  • Resisting creating a metaphysic around death…or forcing yours on someone else: 19:15
  • The potential of the strange psychological, spiritual event of death: 21:40
  • How death is our life’s project: 23.50.
  • What’s Your Death Fantasy? (And why?): 27:50
  • Lacan, Bataille, and how thinking about what the dead want tells us about the living: 34:55
  • Grieving is a physical process: 39:05
  • The boundary reveals itself as the connection: 40:25
  • How death makes us available to others in a new way: 42:20
  • Death is the engine that moves life forward: 48:00
  • The origins of sex: 49:00
  • And here’s where we get irritated about the singularity. And go on about it for quite a bit: 52:30

You can get full show notes with links to books we talk about, some info on previous Caitlin/Conner collaborations, and more by going to my patreon, where you can also support the show!

Love!
CH

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