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Episode 161 Interview with Indian Marxist historian Vijay Prashad –looking at today’s environmental problems through a Marxist lens.shad

The Sustainability Agenda

In this wide-ranging, hard hitting discussion, Vijay Prashad explores the environmental crises we are facing today through a Marxist lens. At the heart of this discussion, Vijay highlights the failings of capitalism, with a particular focus on environmental externalities, and also critiques capitalism’s impact on the development of the global south. Vijay believes a continuing colonial mindset is undermining the commitment to the “common but differentiated responsibilities” embedded in the Rio conference –-- and the subsequent stalling of the Green Climate Fund. Vijay takes inspiration from peoples’ environmental summits such as the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (2010), the People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life (2015), and the People’s Nature Forum (2020). As an activist, Vijay is inspired by the growing number of movements who are standing up for environmental and human rights –in South Africa, Chile, Columbia, in India—struggles that he hopes can be replicated in other parts of the world. Vijay Prashad is an Indian Marxist historian and commentator. He's an executive director of the Tri Continental Institute for Social Research, the chief editor of Left World Books, and a senior non-resident Fellow at Chongyang, Institute for financial studies in China. He has written more than 20 books, including "The Darker Nations" and "The Poorer Nations."


25 Sep 2022

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Imperialism and the Responsibility of Intellectuals with Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad

Millennials Are Killing Capitalism

For this episode we welcome Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad back to the podcast. This is our second conversation on The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power (Part 1 is here) As we noted in our previous conversation we weren’t able to get to all of our questions in the first discussion, but Noam and Vijay were generous enough to agree to record a part 2. We recorded this conversation on September 2nd, which is interesting because some information on the war in Ukraine had been revealed between our two conversations and we get into that in discussion. We will link the article they reference in the show notes. This conversation, begins with discussion of the Tet Offensive and Noam facing potential trial for his resistance during the US war in Vietnam. Vijay talks about Noam’s piece “The Responsibility of Intellectuals.”  From there we get into discussion about “the Pentagon System,” and the military industrial complex.  They both share some thoughts on Manufacturing Consent and the role of the media, and discuss a few examples of how this functions. Talk about imperialism with regards to resources and power. And Noam discusses how NATO and the Pentagon rebranded their purposes after the Cold War. From there we get into the invention of “humanitarian intervention,” and how concepts of human rights and genocide have been manipulated by the US despite US’s total lack of accountability within the frameworks of international law.  We close with some discussion on how to recompose and reconstitute movements in the imperial core, against imperialism and toward better horizons. Both this conversation and our previous conversation with Noam and Vijay are based on questions developed on their book The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power. Which is on sale now and we definitely recommend it. We will also link the previous discussion the authors had with Guerrilla History that we reference in the episode. If you don’t listen to Guerrilla History check them out, we really like the work they do and hopefully you will as well. We’re down a few patrons this month. We’re working to maintain the sustainability of the podcast in these difficult times. To that end we have a goal of adding 25 patrons this month. You can become one for as little as $1 a month or $10.80 per year. All support, adds up and makes this show possible and keeps us completely independent, ad free, and able to bring you conversations like this every week. So head over to patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism and help out if you can. The Hill and Stent article (the one that references the April peace agreement) Reflections on a Political Trial The Responsibility of Intellectuals 

1hr 51mins

7 Sep 2022

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"The Hollow Crown" - Noam Chomsky & Vijay Prashad on The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power

Millennials Are Killing Capitalism

In this episode we are honored to host a conversation with Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad, to discuss their brand new book The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power.  Part 2 of the conversaiton can be found here. Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historical essayist, social critic and political activist. While we couldn’t find a complete bibliography, from what we could gather, it seems that at this point he has written over 100 books, on a wide range of topics.  Vijay Prashad is an executive director of Tricontinental: institute of Social Research, the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, and a senior non-resident fellow at Chonyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. He is also the author of over 20 books and a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). In this conversation we talk about the recent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the so-called “China threat,” The Godfather attitude of U.S. imperialism, the war in Ukraine, sanctions, and international law. We also question whether we should look at the U.S. as a declining power or just an empire in transition. As you will see we were not able to get through all of our questions in this conversation, but Noam and Vijay were kind enough to record a part 2 with us as well, which we will release in the coming days. This part of the conversation was recorded on August 30th. We want to thank all of our patrons for making our show possible. It’s a new month and we have a new goal to add 25 patrons again this month. You can become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month. All of the support for our show comes from listeners like you as we have no grant funding and we don’t sell any ads. You can become a patron by signing up at patreon.com/millennialsarekillingcapitalism And be on the look out for part 2 of this conversation in the coming days.

1hr 34mins

5 Sep 2022

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Vijay Prashad: Is Ukraine a pawn in a much bigger game?

Elevate with Dan Astin-Gregory

Vijay Prashad, executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, joins for me an in-depth look at the bigger picture around the circumstances surrounding the conflict and we inquire whether the conflict in Ukraine is part of a much bigger geopolitical battle. A day after the escalation of violence in Ukraine Vijay addressed the Belmarsh Tribunal in New York City to shine a light on the crimes of war globally.    Join us as we take a historical perspective to better understand solutions and more broadly ask, how we can pursue a world free from violent conflict?  The Elevate with Dan Astin-Gregory podcast is also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DanAstinGregory/ Join our movement at http://www.wearelevate.org--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elevate-podcast/message


14 Apr 2022

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(Preview) Bonus Episode 131 - Hybrid warfare and sanctions w/ Vijay Prashad

The East is a Podcast

*You're gonna be noticing more paywalled content going forward. As much as I want more people to listen for free, recent changes in my life require me to start pushing the Patreon more. Unfortunately, this means  the occasional passive aggressive addenda like this one reminding you, dear listener, that I have been doing this show alone for almost 4 years and I get no sponsorships or outside help.  I rely on normal people like you to keep going so if you can donate, please do! It will make a big difference for me and let me keep making this content.* A preview of the latest bonus episode. Get access to it and hours and hours of bonus content by signing up at the $5 level.   You can also help keep the show going by donating directly via GoFundMe, Paypal, or Venmo.  Links available at eastpodcast.com Vijay Prashad (@vijayprashad) is Director of the Tricontinental Institute (@tri_continental) Co-hosted with Nick Estes (@nickwestes) Sign up here https://www.patreon.com/posts/64736055


5 Apr 2022

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"#UkraineCrisis: Building a Just and Peaceful World" with Vijay Prashad & Lyle Goldstein

Just World Podcasts

The first session of "#UkraineCrisis: Building a Just and Peaceful World," a biweekly series of online convos hosted by JWE Pres. Helena Cobban and Board Member Richard Falk, joined this week by guests Vijay Prashad and Lyle Goldstein. For full bios and more info, please visit bit.ly/Ukr-UpdatesSupport the show (http://justworldeducational.org/donate/)

1hr 1min

7 Mar 2022

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#251 - Capitalism Is Cannibalizing Imagination with Vijay Prashad

Taboo Table Talk with Krish Mohan

Journalist Vijay Prashad discusses how Neoliberalism has not only controlled politics, but even our day to day lives and how we choose to treat our fellow neighbors. He also breaks down how phrases like “Greed Is Good” & “Dog Eat Dog” are used to promote a callous lifestyles. Vijay also addresses how nations like China are taking a stand against neoliberalism as well as the restraint Capitalism puts on the growth of art itself.  Follow his work here: https://thetricontinental.org Krish’s episode on China: https://ffonkrishmohan.libsyn.com/imperialism-ego-got-in-the-way-of-chinas-socialist-construction-ffon-253 https://ffonkrishmohan.libsyn.com/debunking-western-medias-propaganda-about-chinas-socialist-construction-ffon-254 https://ffonkrishmohan.libsyn.com/is-china-socialist-or-capitalist-ffon-255 Follow, Donate & Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/KrishMohanHaha

1hr 38mins

3 Feb 2022

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(Preview) AER 101: China and Imperialist Media Strategies with Vijay Prashad

The East is a Podcast

An excerpt from the latest episode of The Anti Empire Project hosted by friend of the show, Justin Podur Subscribe on your podcatcher or listen on his website


14 Jan 2022

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VIJAY PRASHAD on Capitalism’s Erosion of Morality [ENCORE] /268

For The Wild

This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Vijay Prashad, originally aired in February of 2021. Emboldened by the rapid development of technology, a cultural ethos of rugged individualism, globalization, and the monopolization of our media, the era of efficiency in the so-called Global North has significantly altered our communal symbiosis. For many, acts of service that would have once been fulfilled by neighbors and community have now been replaced by apps and gig workers, ultimately commodifying most of our social relations in one form or another. This week on the podcast, we are joined by guest Vijay Prashad to explore how societies take care of themselves, what true public action looks like in crisis, and how movements across the world have resisted the privatization of life and the devaluation of care that we have become accustomed to. Vijay Prashad is the Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor at LeftWord Books and Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter. His most recent book is Washington Bullets, just out from Monthly Review Press with a preface by Evo Morales Ayma. Music by Nathan Keck, Lizabett Russo, Sidi Touré, and Jon Yonts. Visit our website at forthewild.world for the full episode description, references, and action points.Support the show


12 Jan 2022

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Clown Politics w/ Vijay Prashad

Pod Damn America

Director of the Tricontinental Institute For Social Research, author of Washington Bullets, and trained mime Vijay Prashad joins the boys to talk mass movements in India and how to find hope in your politics. We also listen to that Madison Cawthorn abortion speech everyone was so mad about.MERCHpoddamnamerica.bigcartel.comPATREONpatreon.com/poddamnamericaCOME TO PAID PROTEST ON 12/10: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paid-protest-comedy-show-dsa-fundraiser-tickets-214770322817

1hr 13mins

5 Dec 2021