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February 11, 2019

#1: An Intro To Socialism

 

 

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Nordic Economic Model A.K.A Welfare State Capitalism: https://bit.ly/1KKjLFg

 

The Principles Of Communism: https://bit.ly/1PwDfz6

 

The Communist Manifesto: https://bit.ly/1gPDLW4

 

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February 25, 2019

#2: Liberalism Vs. The Left

 

 

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01:27: Beyond Rawls: An Analysis of the Concept of Political Liberalism by SP Young, ISBN-10: 0761822410

 

03:00: “Understanding liberals vs the left” by Elizabeth Bruenig: https://goo.gl/ffhCBx

 

04:23: “The Difference Between Liberalism and Leftism” by Nathan J. Robinson, Editor in Chief of Current Affairs: https://goo.gl/DtckCC

 

06:00: Classical Liberal roots and how it relates to our modern parties

 

07:40: Morals vs. Manners and superficial vs. systemic changes

 

07:50: Liberalism in Theory and Practice by Jacobin Magazine: https://goo.gl/1Mfm99

 

11:00: What it Means to Be on the Left by Peter Frase, Jacobin Magazine: https://goo.gl/SHKDFR

 

11:45: Can liberalism realize its own ideals?

 

21:26: Why is the liberal welfare state not sufficient?

 

28:10: How would leftists address social issues as compared to liberals?

 

37:15: Is liberalism equipped to deal with the rise of Trump and the far right?

 

38:00: “Why People Vote For Those Who Work Against Their Best Interests” Lecture by Mark Blyth: https://goo.gl/Cb6Ni2

 

42:25: Obama to Trump Swing Voters: https://goo.gl/1bG2mr

 

 

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March 11, 2019

#3: Neoliberalism

 

 

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00:25: What is “neoliberalism?” https://goo.gl/cKPmqk



02:30: What is laissez faire as an economic principle? https://goo.gl/vHtdLw

 

04:05: A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey ISBN-10: 0199283273



05:04: What is typical capitalism vs. the neoliberal project? https://goo.gl/ruZH7p

 

07:10: What is “austerity?” https://goo.gl/qGjKDD

 

08:30: Is GDP vs. debt a comprehensive and accurate analysis for social progress?

 

10:22: What cultural ethics or attitudes arise from neoliberal economic policies?

 

17:40: The cultural mythos of trickle down economic policy.

 

20:46: Inequality increases as union membership decreases. https://goo.gl/Q7R81q

 

20:50: Labor share of profit decreases as corporate share rises. https://goo.gl/qquB9W

 

23:25: Wage stagnation in 9 charts: https://goo.gl/P9N6mr

 

24:00: How did neoliberal economic ideology intersect with the 2008 housing crash?



31:21: The neoliberal project in stark contrast to previous conceptions of capitalism

 

37:30: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

 

41:00: What is “creative destruction” under Neoliberalism as David Harvey explains?

 

46:00: The legacy of the Neoliberal project in Venezuela

 

50:10: What are the differences between Neoliberalism in theory vs. in practice?

 

01:01:17: The 1973 Oil Crisis, 1979 Oil Crisis & OAPEC: https://goo.gl/xXLtT8

 

01:02:20: The use of state power to discipline local and foreign economies

 

01:16:30: Alan Greenspan admits neoliberal capitalism didn’t work: https://goo.gl/AWL5fF

 

01:17:00: The Neoconservative response to Neoliberal economic policies.

 

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01:25: Global Warming & Climate Change https://goo.gl/eRWggv

 

03:34: “There is no ethical consumption under late capitalism.”

 

05:38: 100 corporations are responsible for 70% of emissions https://goo.gl/qo5e7D

 

06:45: Environmentalists should be decidedly anti-capitalist.

 

07:20: How should leftists consider the environment?

 

12:20: Kevin P. Martyn, Ph.D. candidate in Geography at USF https://goo.gl/xCs5Tz

 

13:25: What do environmentalists need to know about capitalism?

 

18:25: Are individual lifestyle changes sufficient to avoid climate change?

 

22:00: Is capitalism compatible with environmentalism?

 

22:30: Green Capitalism: The God that Failed by Richard Smith https://goo.gl/JhLCKv

 

24:00: “Green-washing” the status quo https://goo.gl/xirVLr

 

27:35: Whither Socialism by Joseph Stiglitz https://goo.gl/yAogqA

 

33:30: Can language about environmentalism become “gentrified?”

 

35:35: Frank Luntz and the “Death Tax” https://goo.gl/hfwvDN

 

38:10: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism https://goo.gl/PtDUSH

 

40:53: David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth https://goo.gl/roxUmC

 

43:50: The Green New Deal politic: The particulars do matter

 

49:27: Are there direct consequences of climate change if not addressed now?

 

49:50: IPCC Timeline of Climate Change impact https://goo.gl/5gxsoL

 

56:10: Are there any candidates for 2020 that can address climate change nationally?

 

1:02:44: How can people get involved and help address climate change politically?

 

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April 8, 2019

#5: An Intro to Fascism

 

 

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02:07: George Orwell on contemporary Fascism https://bit.ly/1eFboGp

 

03:26: What are definitions of Fascism past and present?

 

09:37: What are some specific characteristics of Fascism as an ideology?

 

10:33: Cranks in academia; Gregor, The Fascist Persuasion in Radical Politics 

 

18:42: Robert Paxton’s The Anatomy of Fascism https://bit.ly/1M4CTbS

 

22:49: Productive & Parasitic Capitalism: How did fascists view capitalism?

 

31:25: Are fascist conceptions of Marxism accurate?

 

35:00: Just how “fascist” is Donald Trump? https://wapo.st/2Im1nXv

 

41:00: Good faith and bad faith arguments

 

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April 22, 2019

#6: Imperialism

 

 

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00:20: Former CIA Director admits U.S meddles in foreign elections. https://bit.ly/2XzoqTe

 

01:23: What is Imperialism?

 

05:58: Why is Imperialism still a relevant topic for leftist discussion?

 

08:03: Elliott Abrams, imperialist chore boy extraordinaire. https://bit.ly/2DCo5ry

 

09:46: Kant’s racism influenced Western academia for centuries. https://bit.ly/2GqU8Ll

 

11:39: Herbert Spencer’s Social Darwinism: A culture of race realism. https://bit.ly/2IOtq23

 

13:25: What are some historical examples of imperialism?

 

16:54: How is imperialism different from colonialism in concept?

 

20:22: Edward Said: Orientalism https://bit.ly/2XFI401

 

21:11: What are contemporary examples of imperialism?

 

22:43: Soft power and hard power. https://bit.ly/2UzbPgW

 

23:15: The U.S has hundreds of foreign military bases. https://bit.ly/2VW2LUY

 

28:40: Rubio tweets about Gaddafi’s brutalization to provoke Maduro. https://hrld.us/2UMrNcq

 

30:45: Gassing Kurds? U.S sleeps. Saddam invades Kuwait: Real shit? https://bit.ly/2JYBf23

 

31:33:  Observers confirm legitimacy of elections in Venezuela. https://bit.ly/2Vnzgy4

 

33:15: Max Blumenthal debunks imperialist propaganda in Venezuela. https://bit.ly/2Tdlk8S



35:01: Pro-capitalist opposition protestors in support of Guaido burn aid. https://bit.ly/2Hbymhy

 

36:26: U.S doing the same to Venezuela as done to Mosaddegh in Iran. https://bit.ly/1snDH2Q

 

36:32: U.S did the same thing in El Salvador with Allende. https://bit.ly/23R15Lk

 

37:00: Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins. https://bit.ly/2IC31VT

 

37:45: General Smedley Butler, actual economic hitman.https://bit.ly/1QLdBbl

 

38:28: Coca Cola hired hired death squads in Columbia. https://bit.ly/2IRjPYn

 

39:00: How does capitalism ultimately produce neo-imperial regimes?

 

40:05: Recession of the 1890’s. https://bit.ly/2StkIra

 

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01:25 What is uneven development? https://bit.ly/2aDmqkh

 

03:00: "Uneven development” via Rostow’s Stages https://bit.ly/2gC2hjP

 

07:36: How is uneven development related to imperialism and colonialism?

 

11:40: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney https://bit.ly/2JhgzWB

 

16:32: What are the scopes and causes of uneven development?

 


18:27: Redlining, denial of mortgage loans, and disinvestment in Chicago https://bit.ly/2DSqsXk

 

20:25: What is the legacy of uneven development today?

 

20:35: Case studies of uneven development in Zambia and Tanzania https://bit.ly/2H2PxR4

 

22:15: Structural Adjustments of the IMF or World Bank cause poverty https://bit.ly/1qfKSOl

 

26:10: Thomas Sankara on foreign aid https://bit.ly/2VSv9u6

 

29:30: Therapy is less effective for people in poverty https://bit.ly/2JypKmD

 

30:00: Socioeconomic status correlating with social outcomes https://bit.ly/2J3jVgw

 

31:45: How does capitalism enable market attitudes that trend toward uneven development?

 

36:00: Capitalist market logic applied to West Virginia https://bit.ly/2H51khO

 

36:02: Richard Ojeda, milquetoast orange-man-bad liberal https://bit.ly/2VNWcXx

 


43:10: How are social relations relevant to examples of uneven development?

 

49:05: Gentrification and the Real Estate State by Samuel Stein https://bit.ly/2WEcI9y

 

51:20: New Urbanism: https://bit.ly/2gGaaq0

 

56:50: Boyle Heights gentrification protests https://bit.ly/2H5Pt21

 

59:30: Betsy DeVos privatizing education https://bit.ly/2J34x3D

 



1:00:30: How does uneven development foster nationalistic, reactionary tendencies?

 


1:03:00: Local examples: White flight, displacement, gentrification https://bit.ly/2VRt3uD

 

 

1:06:00: Eagle’s Landing in Atlanta, GA https://bit.ly/2V7wnxa

 

1:09:50: Low investment in neighborhoods equals low public school funding

 

 

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0:00: Clip: A Blueprint for building wealth

 

1:19: What is capital accumulation?

 

2:27: What types of capital can be accumulated?

 

3:45: Socialism means Jar-Jar Binks Lollipops for all https://bit.ly/2HuKl92

 

12:40: What factors contribute to growth in a capitalist economy?

 

18:18 What are the crises associated with over-accumulation of capital?

 

21:08: Why did Marx believe that capital tends to accumulate in few hands?

 

27:25: What are some characteristics of capitalism in decline?

 

37:39: According to Marx, what are the origins of capital accumulation?

 

39:51: Origin of the Family, Private Property & State https://bit.ly/2PT0oOJ

 

41:20: Margie Thatcher’s Housing Act of 1980 https://bit.ly/2WjqBxc

 

43:33: How does uneven development intersect with capital accumulation?

 

1:00:00: What is new urbanism?

 

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1:05: What are the essential processes of an economy?

 

2:15: What is essential to production in an economy?

 

4:23: What are 3 types of values associated with economic production?

 

10:23: What is Marx’s law of value or the labor theory of value?

 

18:55: What is “the tendency of the rate of profit to fall?”

 

25:15: What is a labor union?

 

28:45: Delta Airlines’ anti-Union propaganda https://lat.ms/2KpqXfy

 

29:50: Unionized workers tend to make more money https://cnnmon.ie/2MtBUiN

 

33:00: What is the purpose of a labor union?



33:26: What is a strike?

 

36:29: The UPS strike of 1997 https://bit.ly/2HTwEAI

 

37:00: What is a scab?

 

38:30: How do scabs undermine labor organizing?

 

41:55: What are the strengths and weaknesses of unions?

 

55:15: What were some major victories for labor in the 19th century?

 

56:50: The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 https://bit.ly/2xkInUp

 

1:05:00 What role has the left played in labor organizing in the U.S?

 

1:06:50: The Taft-Hartley Act https://bit.ly/2wDgiWe

 

1:10:30: Organizing a union in your workplace: https://bit.ly/2taxsZH

 

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July 1, 2019

#10: White Supremacy

 

 

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1:19: What is white supremacy?

 

 

3:05: 2018 domestic terrorists were mostly right wing https://bit.ly/2B8OCeJ

 

 

6:03: What are some examples of white supremacist movements?

 

 

11:45: What motivates white supremacy?

 


21:45: How should the left respond to the legacy of white supremacy?

 

 

23:20: Alyssa Milano getting dunked on by Left Twitter https://bit.ly/2JfXNgz

 

 

30:52: Racial biases in economic and social interactions https://bit.ly/2xbU0M7

 


35:15: Crenshaw’s district carves urban core of Houston https://bit.ly/2KO5zRY

 

 

36:15: Lee Atwater and the GOP’s racist strategy: https://bit.ly/2LsqFFa

 

 

38:00: The cost of Japanese internment during WW2 https://bit.ly/2FIF4cy

 

 

42:30: Abe Lincoln on deporting free slaves https://bit.ly/2XjlBKa

 

 

44:45: How do liberals view the intersection of capital & white supremacy?

 

 

52:05: What is white privilege and how is it embedded in Western society?

 

59:30: How does the dilemma of “free speech” enable white supremacy?

 


1:05:50: Christchurch murders fueled by right wing ideas https://bit.ly/2KQskF0

 

 

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