EP25: The Cornish Consensus (ft. Joe Roberts of the Democratic Socialists of Canada)

EP25: The Cornish Consensus (ft. Joe Roberts of the Democratic Socialists of Canada)

As the G7 Summit wraps up in the United Kingdom, the blueprint for a kinder, gentler, more generous  capitalism is being floated. It’s being called the Cornwall Consensus. Meanwhile, in Canada, a democratic socialist organisation has popped up during the pandemic and is attracting a lot of attention. This week, we plumb the depths of …

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EP24: Darts and Lasers (ft. Cory Doctorow, Nalo Hopkinson, & Batya Weinbaum)

EP24: Darts and Lasers (ft. Cory Doctorow, Nalo Hopkinson, & Batya Weinbaum)

It’s stardate 99040.01 and lead producer Jay Cockburn is temporarily taking over command of Darts and Letters for an episode. This week we enter the world of science fiction, revealing how it’s long been a vehicle for radical thought We dig into post-scarcity, Afrofuturism, and feminist speculative fiction as we set our phasers to fun …

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EP23: Back to the Land: Indigenous Schooling in a Colonial State (ft. Kyla LeSage & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson)

EP23: Back to the Land: Indigenous Schooling in a Colonial State (ft. Kyla LeSage & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson)

Canada is a colonial and genocidal state, past and present. The horrifying news of the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School is evidence of that, as is ongoing inaction and state resistance to reconciliation. And the university shares some blame. In this episode, we …

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EP22: The Colonial Lens (ft. Uahikea Maile, Max Liboiron, & Pam Palmater)

EP22: The Colonial Lens (ft. Uahikea Maile, Max Liboiron, & Pam Palmater)

Scholars want to decolonize everything, and universities say they are doing the hard work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.  But is anything really being done, or is it all for show? In this episode, we approach these questions through three words that are common inside and outside of academia: decolonize, reconciliation, and colonialism.  First (@7:05), …

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EP21: Letters From Herzl (ft. Rashid Khalidi & Faisal Bhabha)

EP21: Letters From Herzl (ft. Rashid Khalidi & Faisal Bhabha)

Gazans live in an open-air prison within an apartheid state. Backed by the United States and USD $3.8b a year in military aid, Israel dominates Palestinians. Recent Israeili airstrikes on Gaza have left over 200 Palestinians and a dozen Irsaelis dead. The moment continues a history that is settler colonial, one-sided, and disproportionate. And yet …

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EP20.1: Solid Strunk (ft. Trevor Strunk of No Cartridge)

EP20.1: Solid Strunk (ft. Trevor Strunk of No Cartridge)

In this bonus episode, we talk more with Trevor Strunk of No Cartridge.  Trevor has a forthcoming book called Story Mode: Video Games and the Interplay Between Consoles and Culture. It’s coming out this November. The book looks at the shifting politics of major franchises, including Metal Gear. Metal Gear offered a trenchant critique of war, militarism, big data, surveillance, …

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EP20: The Revolution Will Not Be Streamed (ft. Destiny, Trevor Strunk, Cypheroftyr & T.L. Taylor)

EP20: The Revolution Will Not Be Streamed (ft. Destiny, Trevor Strunk, Cypheroftyr & T.L. Taylor)

It was billed as “the biggest event in the history of the terminally online.” A debate: socialism vs. capitalism. On your left side, the esteemed Marxist economist Richard Wolff. On your right, a StarCraft player-turned-Twitch intellectual: Steven Bonnel II, better known as Destiny. We dissect the debate, and its limitations. But more broadly, we ask, …

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