Maximillian Alvarez is a writer and podcaster. He received his BA and graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2009, then received an M.Phil at the University of Bristol in the UK in 2011. He is currently a dual-PhD candidate in the departments of History and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. He’s unapologetically socialist and obsessed with his cats. He is the author of a regular column titled “The Poverty of Theory” in The Baffler. His writing has been featured in a number of publications, including the Times Higher Education, the Los Angeles Review of Books, ROAR magazine, and Electric Literature. His focus is bringing the basic skills of literary and historical study to bear on the weird contradictions of the the world of politics.
We talk to Hamilton Nolan, labor reporter for In These Times, about reporting on the Trump  re-election campaign during a pandemic and seeing up close the rotting core of America.   Additional links/info below... Hamilton's author page and Twitter page Hamilton Nolan, In These Times, "Risking Your Life For a Trump Rally Means There's Nothing Left to Lose"   Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: Edith Frost, "Temporary Loan"
We're back with another installment of our ongoing series Working-Class Politics, where we talk to working-class folks and advocates who are running for office. We sit down with two members of California's Labor Slate, Eduardo Torres (running for Ambrose Recreation and Parks Board) and Gaelan Ash (communications director for Labor Slate).   Additional links/info below... Labor Slate's website, Facebook page, and Twitter page Eduardo's candidate page  Hamilton Nolan, In These Times, "In California, a “Labor Slate” Aims to Redefine the Relationship Between Unions and Politics"   Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: Lobo Loco, "Malte Junior - Hall"
Everyone who is a worker or who cares about workers should pay attention to Prop 22 in California and understand the potentially devastating impact it could have. Professor Veena Dubal joins us on the show to talk about why.    Additional links/info below... Veena's faculty page and Twitter page Sarah Ashley O'Brien, CNN Business, "The $185 Million Campaign to Keep Uber and Lyft Drivers as Contractors in California" Alexander Sammon, The American Prospect, "How Uber and Lyft Are Buying Labor Laws" Edward Ongweso Jr., Vice, "Uber, Lyft Give California GOP Millions While Fighting Driver Reclassification" Veena Dubal, Dissent, "Digital Piecework" Veena Dubal, Berkley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, "The Drive to Precarity: A Political History of Work, Regulation, & Labor Advocacy in San Francisco's Taxi & Uber Economies"   Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: Lobo Loco, "Malte Junior - Hall"
We talk with Amanda Yee for this urgent mini-cast on the deliberate and terrifying persecution of leftist organizers and activists by the state, including members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) in Denver.     Additional links/info below... Amanda's Twitter page PSL website, Twitter page, and Facebook page  PSL Legal Fund: Donate to the legal and political support campaign for arrested Denver organizers  PSL Petition: Drop All the Charges on Anti-Racist Organizers in the Denver Area!  PSL Solidarity Statement: Sign-On Statement: Drop the Charges on Denver Anti-Racist Organizers  Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Protesters, Demonstration Leaders Arrested in Connection to Rallies in Aurora" Maximillian Alvarez, The Baffler, "The Whimper of Democracy" Maximillian Alvarez, The Baffler, "A Show Trial That No One Watched"   Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: Lobo Loco, "Malte Junior - Hall"
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