EP4: The Conquest of Bread [Rebroadcast]

EP4: The Conquest of Bread [Rebroadcast]

Note: Hey all, We’re on break this week as we rest up and prepare for more top-notch programming, so this week’s episode is a rebroadcast of one of our favourites. You know McKinsey and Co. They worked for a company that was fixing the price of bread in Canada.  They helped on Trump’s immigration policies, …

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EP9: The Founding Grift [Rebroadcast]

EP9: The Founding Grift [Rebroadcast]

Note: Hey all, We’re on break this week as we rest up and prepare for more top-notch programming, so this week’s episode is a rebroadcast of one of our favourites. Lately, things have been a little too heavy on this show. Insurrections, fascism, proto-fascism, weird apocalyptic visions. That stuff is important, but let’s get serious. …

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EP30: Summer in the City (ft. Sandra Fairbank & Daniel Aldana Cohen)

EP30: Summer in the City (ft. Sandra Fairbank & Daniel Aldana Cohen)

In late June, the Pacific Northwest experienced extreme weather by way of a heat dome that settled over the region, driving up temperatures, and setting heat records. In Portland, the temperature reached 112F (44C) while Lytton, B.C. broke Canada’s heat record three days in a row before burning to the ground on the fourth day. …

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EP29: Vote for Pedro (ft. Natalia Sobrevilla & Aldo Madariaga)

EP29: Vote for Pedro (ft. Natalia Sobrevilla & Aldo Madariaga)

This week, Darts and Letters looks to Peru and the election victory of peasant school teacher and socialist Pedro Castillo. He won a close race against Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori. His campaign slogan was simple and powerful: “No more poor people in a rich country.” Of course, the right is …

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EP28: Mission Critical (ft. Robert Greene II & Nick from Fred Hampton Leftists)

EP28: Mission Critical (ft. Robert Greene II & Nick from Fred Hampton Leftists)

It’s time to go war! Culture war, that is. This time, over critical race theory. Conservatives have mobilized an attack on CRT, and Democrats have defended a defanged version of these radical ideas. Even the military, by way of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley, has weighed in. He’s all for reading …

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EP27: Proud to be Canadian (ft. Leigh Phillips, Samantha Kutner, & Barbara Perry)

EP27: Proud to be Canadian (ft. Leigh Phillips, Samantha Kutner, & Barbara Perry)

Happy Canada Day to our Canadian listeners! But actually, we are not celebrating here. Instead, we lament our country’s decay. In particular, our intellectual decay. We were a nation known for such pre-eminent intellectuals like Erving Goffman, Marshall McLuhan, and Charles Taylor. Now, we’re known for a decidedly more right-wing bunch of scholars and online …

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Don’t be fooled by the European New Right’s Quasi-Left Rebrand 

Don’t be fooled by the European New Right’s Quasi-Left Rebrand 

By Timothy Berk, University of Toronto Editor’s Note: This is a companion piece to our episode on the French New Right, #26: “the French Connection.” Tim Berk provided research for that episode, which is synthesized here. If you haven’t already hear that episode, give it a listen. The political resurgence of the far right in …

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EP26: The French Connection (ft. Jean-Yves Camus, Matt McManus, & Joe Mullhall)

EP26: The French Connection (ft. Jean-Yves Camus, Matt McManus, & Joe Mullhall)

The national security state is alive, well, and growing. By weaponizing the threat of right-wing extremism, governments are building out their post-9/11 securitization projects. The far-right, however, is dangerous and does need to be stopped. But not with old strategies and tactics that have failed in the past and will fail again. Doing better means …

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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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