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Updated December 2019
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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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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 effe ...…
 
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 s ...…
 
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…
 
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/By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
Today we are joined by editor of Rabble.ca Sophia Reuss to discuss her recent article in Briar Patch Magazine:https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/theres-no-journalism-on-a-dead-planetWe chat about the sate of Canadian media, journalism, climate change & activism.We also discuss corporate consolidation of media in our country, the clima ...…
 
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!By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
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 unp ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
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://li ...…
 
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 V ...…
 
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 Intern ...…
 
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 u ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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-chambersWe discuss how the struggles of ...…
 
For this weekend's double episode release we are joined by author & art curator Mike Watson to discuss his upcoming book: Can the Left Learn to Meme? We talk about the radicalisation and hopelessness of the millennial generation, the role that online discourse plays, the dominance of right wing figures like Steve Bannon & Jordan Peterson, the p ...…
 
We're back, folks, with a double release this weekend! Normally our Hop Takes episodes are for Patreon subscribers only but since there was a bit of a delay in our recent interview release we decided to release this into the wild.Today we start out by discussing some local politics and move onto talking about some recent news and events around ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 filte ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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.c ...…
 
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 en ...…
 
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 dis ...…
 
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 movem ...…
 
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.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
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 listenin ...…
 
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 listenin ...…
 
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 i ...…
 
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!…
 
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 ...…
 
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.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
Today we're joined by an activist with the Victoria Tenants Action Group to talk about the housing crisis in Victoria & other cities in this country and the world. Many locations are suffering from a chronic shortage of housing as well as sky high rents which affects every facet of people's lives. We discuss how tenants can fight back as well a ...…
 
With Donald Trump tearing up trade deals left right and centre around the world we thought we'd chime in with the Canadian perspective on what the hell is going on with NAFTA. It was a pretty crappy trade deal for workers from the beginning, but after several decades of economic restructuring what would its cancellation actually mean? More impo ...…
 
On today's episode we talk about Elon Musk and the shaky financial foundation of one of the world's most well known electric car manufacturers: Tesla. Joining us is a mysterious stranger from Reddit whose comment caught our attention some months ago:https://np.reddit.com/r/news/comments/8owkmg/tesla_shareholders_reject_bid_to_strip_musk_of/e06x ...…
 
With the referendum in British Columbia to ditch first past the post in favour of proportional representation just around the corner, we have on the show an activist from the prorep movement to talk about the topic. We discuss why FPTP needs to be replaced, some of the different systems being propsed as well as the limitations of reforming our ...…
 
Today on the show we have the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Mike Palecek! We talk about the future of Canada Post, why CUPW is such a radical and progressive organisation, the spectre of privatisation, the labour and class struggle in general and even the looming threat of anthropogenic climate change.Change the world, start ...…
 
As is tradition, the folks at Out of Left Field attended the yearly Miner's Memorial event up in Cumberland, British Columbia. Today we share with you the story of Ginger Goodwin, one of Canada's greatest labour heroes who helped shape the history of the union struggle in Canada for the rest of time. We share speeches from the weekend as well a ...…
 
Joining us today is Ian from the BC politics podcast Politicoast! We talk about the recent Ontario election and discuss why the NDP doesn't seem to be able to win elections in a meaningful way.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
On today's episode we turn our attention down South to Venezuela! With the amount of attention that the country is getting from both the mainstream press and right wing groups we decided to get the Socialist perspective on the crisis that the country is facing. Joining us today is an activist based in Caracas who explains to us the Venezuelan s ...…
 
An election in Ontario draws near! The polls are neck and neck between the Conservatives and the NDP. Is Doug Ford Canada's Trump? Would the NDP be able to fend off the challanges of free market capitalism? Should we put toddlers on power generating bicycles to solve both expensive daycare and unaffordable hydro rates in one fell swoop? Tune in ...…
 
Today we try something a little different with our first film review of Ready Player One! We compare the book (which was much better) to the film, the cyberpunk genre and how it relates to the post-Cold-War era of history, the inability of Hollywood to truly grasp the anti-capitalist nature of the novel as well as the slow trajectory of the Int ...…
 
Today we discuss the hot topic of freedom of speech. Do we give a platform to fascists? Does hate speech have a place? Is Ben a hypocrite for celebrating the takedown of The Daily Stormer while also celebrating the death of Antony Scalia? Tune in now to find out.If you want to read Leigh's article about free speech that was mentioned in the epi ...…
 
Come to Victoria! A city just for you!Music credit:"Presenterator" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
Today we have mental health & NDP activist Ryan on the show to talk about the work he does advocating for the rights and interests of those with mental health issues and needs. We also talk about the issues & challanges with the Canadian health care system in general and our proposed secret back-channel for doctors from Cuba to meet the burgeon ...…
 
What better way to enjoy the West Coast of Canada than reading verbatim a batshit insane hippie / conspiracy theory / "green left" newpaper? Welcome to Victoria and the Gulf islands. Enjoy a little piece of our home. Does anyone smell patchouli?By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
Totally normal and cool episode of the podcast.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
Today we talk about neoliberalism and the NGO "industrial complex". Can charities enact real substantive change? Have NGO's just been co-opted by "the system" or can they actually make the world a better place? We discuss this with our guest Dakota, and also talk briefly about whether or not Jagmeet Singh can answer a yes or no question (spoile ...…
 
So we started a little side project where we read articles from a hippie/conspiracy theorist newspaper called The New Agora. It's fun and irreverant and good.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
Today we have two special guests on the show to discuss the recent federal NDP convention. We discuss some of the highlights from the event, the state of internal democracy within the party and chat at length about the controversy surrounding the resolution regarding Israel/Palestine.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
Our comrade Avery is back on the show to discuss postmodernism and the modern right-wing backlash and co-opting of its ideas.By A Couple of Socialists with a Couple of Beers
 
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