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Episode 23: Special – The Texasode

Episode 23: Special – The Texasode
In this special episode of Discourse Collective, Sergey (@NovemberBrav0) hosts a round table discussion with some of our MENA leftist friends who live in Texas. Hejab (@prettiestthings), Dema (@superior_olive), and Yussef (@dadballoons) dive into the issues they face being of middle-eastern decent in the American south and offer a view of the cultural landscape through their perspectives.
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Episode 22: Culture – Exiting The Haunted Mall, With Grafton Tanner

Episode 22: Culture – Exiting The Haunted Mall, With Grafton Tanner
On this special episode of Discourse Collective, Hunter (@copcemetary), Malloy (@mmaloyboy) and Sergey (@NovemberBrav0) interview Grafton Tanner about his book “Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave And The Commodification Of Ghosts”, examining vapor as a phenomenon and an aesthetic, how it reflects the haunted culture we live in, and what it says about our politics and philosophy.

Babbling Corpse is available for purchase on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Babbling-Corpse-Vaporwave-Commodification-Ghosts-ebook/dp/B01G2M4LV8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492610703&sr=8-1&keywords=babbling+corpse
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Episode 20: Current Events – American Wasteland

Episode 20: Current Events – American Wasteland
Hosts Sid Hatfield (@geckofantasies), Malloy (@mmalloyboy) and Markus (@RIPMarkusJ), discuss the various issues oppressing and exploiting the poor and vulnerable in America, institutional poverty, unsafe working conditions, and drug epidemics.

While doing research for this pod, the gang uncovered an interesting link; a doctor and chairperson of a landmark panel from 1992 that roundly called for an increase in the use of opiates in care for trauma victims and post-surgery patients was made President of an interdisciplinary society called “The American Academy Of Pain Medicine” that seeks to guarantee patient access to opiate based pain relief while now acknowledging the dangerously addictive nature of this practice.

The AAPM’s positions are largely couched in a “hands off doctors” posture, however, they present an authoritative appeal to keep the prescribing of opiates ‘business as usual’ despite institutional attempts to recognize the nature of the opioid addiction problem and attempt measures to remedy it.

1. Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, Panel Co-chairs: Daniel B. Carr, M.D. (https://archive.ahrq.gov/clinic/medtep/acute.htm)
“Fears of postsurgical addiction to opioids are generally groundless.”

2. AAPM website, board (http://www.painmed.org/membercenter/board-of-directors/)
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Episode 20: Theory – Ideology And Class Consciousness

Episode 20: Theory – Ideology And Class Consciousness
In today’s Theory episode, @Comrade_Celery, @RIPMarkusJ, and @mmalloyboy discuss ideology, class consciousness, and the base/superstructure dynamic.

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We would also encourage everyone to check out the good work being done by the folks at http://prisonlit.org

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This week’s readings:

Friedrich Engels, Letter to Mehring, 1893
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1893/letters/93_07_14.htm

Georg Lukacs, Class Consciousness, 1920
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/lukacs3.htm

Introduction to Louis Althusser on Ideology
https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/theory/marxism/modules/althusserideology.html

Althusser on the Superstructure and False Consciousness
http://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2013/03/althusser-on-the-superstructure-false-consciousness-2514126.html

Antonio Gramsci, Selections from Prison Notebooks, “Structure and Superstructure” page 689 and “The Concept of Ideology” page 704)
http://abahlali.org/files/gramsci.pdf

Introduction to the Sublime Object of Ideology, Slavoj Zizek, 1989, page xxiii (page 22 of the PDF)
https://joaocamillopenna.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/zizek-the-sublime-object-of-ideology.pdf
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Episode 19: Special Episode – Hands Off Syria

Episode 19: Special Episode – Hands Off Syria
In light of insane recent events, we decided to do an impromptu show with special guest Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton on twitter, http://bennorton.com/). We discuss/scream about American Imperialism, who supports what and why in Syria, break down some myths and explain the situation with Assad, the “moderate” rebels, and the Kurds, and what this means for American leftists. This episode features @mmalloyboy, @RIPmarkusJ and @geckofantasies.

Related links:
The Wikileaks Files – https://www.versobooks.com/books/2260-the-wikileaks-files
Ben’s writing – http://www.alternet.org/authors/ben-norton
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Episode 17: Current Events – Putting Out Fire with Gasoline Feat. Chris Wright

Episode 17: Current Events – Putting Out Fire with Gasoline Feat. Chris Wright
In A Very Special Episode, The Gang talks to Dr. Christopher Wright, a Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney who co-authored the book “Climate Change, Capitalism, & Corporations”, an unflinching, academic, exhaustively cited, no nonsense look at the interrelational nature of the progress of global capitalism, and the looming climate crisis.

The Discourse Collective highly recommends this book, and more information about it is available here:
<em>Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction<em />

More information about Dr. Wright can be found on this website that he is a contributor to:
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Intro Music:
David Bowie – Cat People

Outro:
Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again

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Episode 16: Theory – Ladies Of The Revolution

Episode 16: Theory – Ladies Of The Revolution
The Gang talks heroes of revolutionary movements. Hosts Celery (@comrade_celery), Markus (@RIPMarkusJ), Amanda (@scavengingooze), and Allison take turns discussing the various women from history who helped drive and shape revolutions.

Relevant links:
The Prisoners Literature Project
http://www.prisonlit.org/

Spanish Anarchist Song – A Las Barricadas

Outro Clip: Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N.

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Episode 14: Current Events – Ecuador, Italian Referendum, Left Coalitions. Guest: Larry Website!

Episode 14: Current Events – Ecuador, Italian Referendum, Left Coalitions. Guest: Larry Website!
The Gang discusses the run-off election in Ecuador, the “Pink Tide” movement in South America, the Italian referendum, Italian socialism, and leftist coalition building. We have a very special guest DSA organizer and Mr. Socialism Larry Website (@larrywebsite)! Join Malloy (@mmalloyboy), Markus (@ripmarkusj), and Sam (@cuckymcfucky) for this whirlwind info packed show!
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