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A couple of socialists with a couple of beers! 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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A couple of socialists with a couple of beers! 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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A couple of socialists with a couple of beers! A left wing, socialist podcast based out of Victoria, BC. We discuss politics & current events in Canada and around the world.

Rank #1: For A Progressive International: An Interview With Niki Ashton

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On today's show we are happy to announce that Canada's most progressive politician Niki Ashton is our guest! We discuss the newly formed Progressive International: A cross-border effort to unify left wing political parties and movements from across the globe to help counter-act the rise of the right wing. We talk with Niki about what this movement is all about, what Canada can contribute to the global progressive movement and the importance that international solidarity plays in both political and labour movements across the globe.

Also, we have a brand new theme song now! Let us know what you think!

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Progressive International "teaser trailer"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6f_EEtdTwM

The full hour long launch video conference for PI featuring Niki Ashton, Bernie Sanders, Yanis Varoufakis and others:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4757NVsUp3c

Jan 27 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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

1hr

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Rank #5: Fascism With Chicken Fucker Characteristics feat. Fabio Durao

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We continue our Latin American tour of 2019 and focus our attention on the new fascistic government of Bolsonaro in Brazil. Joining us is Fabio Durao, professor of Literary Theory from the University of Campinas in Sao Paulo! We go over the modern political history of Brazil, the recent elections, the endless absurdities of Bolsonaro vis a vis other authoritarian and right-wing governments like Trump and Duterte, the uselessness of Liberal moral outrage as well as the true agenda of this government to annihilate social security and bring Brazil back into a destitute, 19th century economy and culture.

For a quick and quite hilarious take, check out this extensive summary of recent Brazilian political history:

http://web.archive.org/web/20180804032713/http://buttons15.tumblr.com/post/172727989148/brazil-crisis-guide-for-gringos

Audio credit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuQeKzWVZFQ https://www.democracynow.org/2018/10/29/glenn_greenwald_on_election_of_bolsonaro https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/19/exclusive_brazilian_presidential_candidate_lula_on

Photo credit: https://www.teepublic.com/user/jeffbartels

Mar 24 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #6: 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 #7: A Green New Deal For Canada feat. Leigh Phillips

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Back on the show is our good friend & comrade Leigh Phillips to discuss with us the prospect of a Canadian Green New Deal! With the looming threat of climate catastrophe we talk about some possible solutions to the crisis at hand and the inability of the capitalist system to solve this calamity.

We touch on a lot of things ranging from clean energy, the shortcomings of modern day environmentalism, FernGully, a working class solution to global warming, the opening skirmishes of decarbonisation versus decolonisation, the absolute necessity of a massive public sector solution to the climate crisis that we face, and the fact that the climate crisis is completely within our ability to solve using actually-existing technologies but that it requires a massive mobilisation of the working class and revolutionary politics to do so.

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http://www.couragecoalition.ca/a-green-new-deal-of-the-north/ http://theclimateexaminer.ca/2017/03/15/membrane-tech-help-decarbonise-oil-sector-wins-3m-alberta-grant/?fbclid=IwAR0lRnPrvADw3cXVbtXfWK7goFc1e2SIsjAY6qYPq713tSysqR9iF0GWXGs http://theclimateexaminer.ca/2018/06/27/can-there-really-be-carbon-neutral-gasoline-a-bc-firm-reckons-it-might-arrive-sooner-rather-than-later/?fbclid=IwAR14f2LWR9SI7A8QGNnMOKvqR8-qUfDhEpmpy3hZaG4gxJ2gx1Myh7uKVQ4

Feb 24 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: Guaidó Morning, Venezuela!

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Back on the pod is our Senior Venezuelan Correspondent Elias, joining us from Caracas! Active in the Hands Off Venezuela campaign as well as the Marxist left opposition within the PSUV he brings us up to speed on the ongoing political & economic crisis facing the country & ongoing attempt by imperialist forces to oust Maduro as president.

We discuss the changing political landscape within South America, the context of the imperialist coup attempt, the recent elections that were held, the state of the economy & the evolution of the Maduro government from revolutionary left to bureaucratic administrators of the crisis.

We're also happy to announce a new partnership with Ricochet Media! We've got a new home with them on their kick ass podcast network. Check it out!

Feb 10 2019

56mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: My Way or the Huawei

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On today's show we are joined by a computer security researcher and friend of the show to discuss the latest controversy surrounding the Chinese telecommunications juggernaut Huawei. We chat about the recent trade war and ban on its technology being used in the American government, the detainment of one of its executives at the Vancouver International Airport some months ago and whether or not the paranoia surrounding the company is more about preserving the existing economic model and Western imperialist domination rather than a real security threat.

Audio credit:

AlJazeera:
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/03/huawei-controversial-190307181920819.html

ABC News:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXhnvp8PT7c

FactPointVideo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H05UJtb5d84

How to pronounce Huawei:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LsWyL5DKAY

Jun 23 2019

54mins

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Rank #12: Colonial Pipedreams & Unist'ot'en Feat. Zoe Ducklow

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Today on the show we have independent journalist Zoe Ducklow to talk about the Unistoten pipeline blockade up north here in British Columbia. We discuss indigenous rights & land claims, climate change, the role of activists in the struggle for a better world & reconciliation with indigenous peoples.

Check out Zoe's article here:

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/01/08/LNG-Pipeline-Unistoten-Blockade/

Photo by Jeffrey Nicholls

Mar 10 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #13: 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 #14: Nicaragua, Memes And The New Media Landscape

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On today's show we have as our guest Abel, an activist from Montreal, born in Nicaragua to talk about socialist governments and movements in Latin America as well as new forms of media and communication and how they intersect with politics and social movements.

Jan 15 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: Out Of Left Field Podcast - 2018 A Shit Year In Review (part 1)

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As is tradition the Out of Left Field crew got together for our customary year-in-review episode! We talk about what happened in Canada and the world over: Some good, some neutral, and of course mostly bad things that happened over the year. Since so much stuff went on this past year we've separated the episode into two halves for your listening pleasure. And yes, we realise that we forgot to include the Ontario and Quebec elections but hey, we did a couple episodes on those already. Thanks to all our listeners for tuning in and an extra special shout out to our patrons for supporting the show. We'll see you in 2019!

Dec 29 2018

56mins

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Rank #16: Out Of Left Field Podcast - 2018 A Shit Year In Review (part 2)

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As is tradition the Out of Left Field crew got together for our customary year-in-review episode! We talk about what happened in Canada and the world over: Some good, some neutral, and of course mostly bad things that happened over the year. Since so much stuff went on this past year we've separated the episode into two halves for your listening pleasure. And yes, we realise that we forgot to include the Ontario and Quebec elections but hey, we did a couple episodes on those already. Thanks to all our listeners for tuning in and an extra special shout out to our patrons for supporting the show. We'll see you in 2019!

Dec 29 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: The Last Liberals

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Out of Left Field is expanding and on the move! Today on the show we inaugurate our newest, freshest and third co-host Avery Forrester! We discuss the Canada Post CUPW strike and compare it to the unrest under Macron in France. Can the Liberalism of Trudeau and Macron survive against the contradictions of capitalism and the new right wing, or is it simply a vestige of a previous era? What is to be done to move past this neoliberal hellscape? Let's find out!!!

Dec 16 2018

1hr

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Rank #18: Let's Talk About Dog Whistles

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We're back! With another new episode! Sorry for the delay comrades. Today we have our friend Avery back on the show to discuss "dog whistles" and coded langugage in politics. Does the alt-right & their memes compare to the old "states rights" politics of yesterday? Or is it an entirely different beast altogether? Tune in now to find out!

Dec 02 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #19: Quebec Election 2018: Anglo-splain it to Me

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The Quebec election was a sea change in the province and us anglophones discuss what went on there, with guest Gabe to help us navigate the political landscape. Quebec Solidaire made big gains, but the sitting government of the CAQ is reactionary and right-wing as ever. We discuss the history of Quebec politics to give us a little context, and chat about what the QS needs to do to fight austerity and make more inroads in the province.

Oct 21 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #20: Municipal Bike Lane Showdown Extravaganza feat. Ian from Politicoast

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Ian from the BC politics podcast Politicoast was in town so we took the opportunity to have him on our show! We talk everything from the municipal elections to bike lanes, the provincial and federal NDP, and everything in between.

Oct 15 2018

1hr 7mins

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