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Podcasting from the Gulag Arcipeligo of Soviet Canuckistan, otherwise known as beautiful Vancouver Island.We are a left wing, socialist podcast based out of Victoria, BC. We discuss politics & current events in Canada and around the world.

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Podcasting from the Gulag Arcipeligo of Soviet Canuckistan, otherwise known as beautiful Vancouver Island.We are a left wing, socialist podcast based out of Victoria, BC. We discuss politics & current events in Canada and around the world.

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Out of Left Field

Latest release on May 26, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: No War With Iran feat. Derek Davison

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With us today to talk about the recent brinkmanship between Iran and USA is Derek Davison, foreign policy analyst & publisher of the Foreign Exchanges newsletter. We discuss situation in the Middle East, the recent downing of a Boeing airliner with many Canadians on board, Trump's foreign policy and more.

Read the full article here:
https://fx.substack.com/p/well-that-escalated-quickly

Big ups to Win Without War:
https://winwithoutwar.org/

Jan 10 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: Gather Your Memes While Ye May feat. Cory Doctorow

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Articles 13 & 11 pertaining to copyright reform recently passed by the European Parliament pose an existential threat to the free and open Internet as we know it. On the show today we are very happy to have renowned journalist, author, blogger & activist Cory Doctorow! We discuss the terrifying details of the so-called link tax and upload filters as well as the broader implications from this both in Europe and across the globe. Cory also gives us a run-down on his new book Radicalized, a collection of four very awesome sounding novellas. Enjoy!

Apr 07 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #3: Welcome To Gilead! Please Enjoy Your Stay feat. Dorothy Woodend

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On today's show we are joined by culture editor of The Tyee Dorothy Woodend to discuss the recent anti-abortion legislation taking hold across the United States and the implication for women's rights and access to reproductive healthcare here in Canada. You can read her article in full here:

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/05/15/War-On-Women-New-Phase/

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Rachel Maddow, MSNBC:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BTGwICuYAE

March For Life 2019, Ottawa:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxrSB1AknM

Amy Goodman from DemocracyNow!
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/17/what_does_a_post_roe_america

"how is prangent formed" by J.T. Sexkik:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EShUeudtaFg

George Carlin on pro-life conservatives:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmMvsAjCkog

Jun 09 2019

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Rank #4: The Long Road To Ottawa feat. Laurel Collins

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Today we are joined by Victoria city councilor & upcoming federal NDP candidate Laurel Collins! We discuss the NDP's New Deal for the People platform as well as the climate crisis and how we can respond to it. We also touch on the lack of affordable housing, some things we can do to help alleviate that issue, the Green party making inroads on Vancouver island, and lots more!

Jul 07 2019

54mins

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Rank #5: Students As Workers

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On our back to school special episode with speak with PHD student & activist Jonathan Turcotte-Summers about his recent article at activisthistory.com about the student struggle in Canada. We discuss the student protests/strikes in Quebec, debate the merits of decentralised organising structures, the notion of student labour vis a vis other unpaid labour, as well as the emergence of fascist groups on university campuses in recent years.

Check out his article here:

https://activisthistory.com/2019/08/26/students-as-workers-and-the-2019-quebec-student-strike/?fbclid=IwAR0G5rtbYCv4WFWxJct_aHM5pY1RyS7_nFOoR3CFS_xev6A4eywxERQnQ0U

The anti-fascist Students Against Bigotry group page can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/ubcsab/

Sep 11 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: My Boy Evo feat. Ben Norton

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There's an old joke in Latin America: Why are there never any coups in the United States?

Because there's no American embassy there to organise them.

Today we're joined by journalist from www.thegrayzone.com Ben Norton to discuss the recent right-wing coup in Bolivia and the greater context of socialist experiments throughout South America. The so-called "Pink Tide" has been receding in recent years with the right wing claiming victory in a number of formerly socialist or social democratic countries. We also discuss Venezuela, Ecuador, how Bolivia's massive lithium deposits relates to the Green New Deal, the history of American military and CIA involvement in the region and more.

You can read some recent articles about the Bolivian coup from The Gray Zone here:

https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/11/bolivia-coup-fascist-foreign-support-fernando-camacho/ https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/13/bolivian-coup-plotters-school-of-the-americas-fbi-police-programs/

As I type this, there are reports of a massive march of protestors from El Alto heading down to La Paz, a police weapons depot that was taken over by anti-coup protestors, and the military using live ammunition on protestors in Cochabamba.

Nov 15 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #7: Democratic Party Clown Car

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On our third installment of HOP TAKES we discuss the very crowded field of candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination & the importance of on-the-ground social movements that support them.

During the full episode we also discuss pride, some local Victoria political controversy, the upcoming Canadian election & why the idea of breaking up Facebook is bad.

Sign up to our Patreon to hear the whole episode as well as more HOP TAKES and other goodies.

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos Getty

Jun 16 2019

25mins

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Rank #8: The Lorax and the AK - 47 feat. Leigh Phillips

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Today we are joined by one of our favourite guests, journalist and author Leigh Phillips! In the wake of multiple & tragic mass shootings by self-proclaimed "eco-fascists" in Christchurch NZ and El Paso USA, we take a close look at the origins of this worldview and the interconnections between modern day environmentalism, de-growth / austerity economics and radical, neo-Malthusian politics.

Aug 22 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #9: Meme-makers & System-Shakers

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On today's episode we have the masterminds behind the /r/canadaleft subreddit on our show to discuss the state of online discourse about Canadian politics.

https://www.reddit.com/r/canadaleft/

Oct 23 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: Watching The Watchers feat. Bryan Carney

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On today's show we have Bryan Carney, journalist & director of web production at The Tyee. We discuss with him his recent article describing a newly unearthed surveillance programme titled Project Wide Awake which involves a more active role by the RCMP in monitoring social media.

We discuss how he came to find out about this new programme, the implications of it, whether or not some degree of surveillance has its place and the probability of a total lack of oversight of this programme (we really just don't know).

You can read Bryan's article here:

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/03/25/Project-Wide-Awake/

Photo credit: Shutterstock

Apr 21 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #11: Hellections Canada 2019

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The writ has been dropped! Today the socialist crew discusses the Canadian federal election, the first debate (sans Trudeau), how all the parties seem to be doing, the we're-all-going-to-boil-alive climate crisis, the almost-reopened abortion debate and more!

Sep 22 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: Singh-in In The Rain

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Today we discuss the latest federal election results with friend of the show and temporary NDP candidate from Kamloops Dock Currie.

We discuss how the NDP did, the utter nonsense which is #WEXIT and what the next four years (or four weeks) may hold in store for Canada.

You can follow Dock on twitter @DockCurrie

Nov 03 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #13: Block Sidewalk feat. Cory Doctorow

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One of our favourite guests is back on the show! Renowned author, journalist, blogger and activist Cory Doctorow joins us to discuss the recently approved "smart city" development in Toronto by Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company.

We talk about the prospects of technologically integrated cities, democracy, whether the market can really be an effective tool in meeting human needs and the vision for the future.

Read the full article here:
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/30/citizen-scores-eh.html

Dec 01 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #14: Reading Series: Late Capitalist Lawnmower Hellscape

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Today's episode marks our second installment of the Out of Left Field reading series! Today we read through Ben's favourite article ever: Why Even Driving Through Suburbia is Soul Crushing. It goes into the nitty gritty details of exactly HOW and WHY suburbia is a hostile environment to human beings.

Original article can be found here:
https://likewise.am/2016/05/08/why-suburbia-sucks/

Image credit:
https://qz.com/698928/why-suburbia-sucks/

Music credit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLaLv-jPQU

Jul 21 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #15: The Students Strike Back

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On today's show we take a deep look at the recent and radical student activism going down at the University of Victoria and how activists across the country and around the world can learn from their experiences. Read more here:

https://www.martlet.ca/the-students-strike-back-uvic-students-take-over-senate-chambers

We discuss how the struggles of students more and more intersect with those of the working class and residents of the city, the ongoing predatory nature of profit-seeking post-secondary institutions, as well as some ways to get involved.

The list of demands can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/divestuvic/photos/pcb.1921409207962889/1921404997963310/?type=3&theater

If you're a local comrade and want to get involved with the Tiny House project check this out:

https://chuffed.org/project/tiny-house-warriors-resistance-edition

Photo by Mike Graeme, Senior Staff Writer at the Martlet

May 26 2019

58mins

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Rank #16: The Kafka Primary

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We're back! Today we discuss the ongoing democratic primary as well as the ongoing protests surrounding the LNG project in northern BC. We chat about the insane & kafkaesque primary system in the USA, the democratic party manipulation of votes, and the widespread revolt & struggle against the Canadian petrostate.

Mar 08 2020

59mins

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Rank #17: Better Call Adler

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Today we're joined by a Marxist law student and comrade of ours to discuss the law, it's theoretical underpinnings and ways that we can re-imagine its role in society.

Aug 04 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: Diagnosing Canadian Healthcare Feat. Andrew MacLeod

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All too often the discussion on Canadian health care starts and ends at "At least we aren't America." but our system deserves a critical look. Joining us in the midst of a global pandemic is The Tyee’s legislative bureau chief Andrew MacLeod. We talk about how our public health care system isn't really a system at all, could use some improvements, and that privatisation is still bad.

Mar 22 2020

1hr 5mins

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Rank #19: Act Local feat. Jeremy Loveday

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Today we're joined by progressive Victoria city councilor Jeremy Loveday! We discuss the role that municipal politics plays in the broader context, the housing crisis that many cities across the world face, public transportation, bike lanes and more.

Feb 09 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: Cautious Administrators: The BC NDP Story

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Today the crew talks about BC politics and reviews the performance of the milquetoast BC NDP / Green Party government. We discuss their overall failure to deliver social democracy, dragging their feet on a $15/hour minimum wage, the LNG development up north that will annihilate our greenhouse gas emissions targets, the Unist'ot'en blockade and other protests, the implementation of ride sharing scabs in BC, their mistreatment of the BC Teachers Union, the legacy of the Dave Barrett government of the 1970's and more.

Jan 26 2020

1hr 5mins

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