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This podcast seeks to challenge the commonly held assumptions about Japan as harmonious, homogeneous, and traditional by recasting its history as a history of conflict and change, as the history of class struggles, from anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and intersectional perspectives.
 
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David McNeil joins Kota to discuss militant labour unionism and state repression in the Kansai region of southwestern Japan. We specifically discuss the struggle of truck drivers who work for small-to-medium ready-mix concrete companies, and whose job is to take dry concrete, water it, and deliver the wet concrete to various construction sites mana…
 
Setsu Shigematsu joins Kota to discuss the history of revolutionary feminism and women's liberation movement in Japan. We first discuss the history of feminists in pre-WWII Japan such as Kanno Sugako & Kaneko Fumiko who critiqued the family system and its link with the emperor system, as well as the reality of Japanese imperialism today, its oppres…
 
Tatiana Linkhoeva joins the show to discuss her book Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism. Some members of the Japanese ruling class reacted to the Russian Revolution with skepticism and hostility, culminating in the Siberian Expedition. Others saw opportunities in recognizing the Soviet Union and pursuing diplomatic relations,…
 
In this preview of a patron-exclusive episode, Ken Kawashima discusses intermediary exploitation (中間搾取, chūkan sakushu) as a form of capitalist exploitation that indirectly exploits the labour power of workers through various intermediaries such as sub-contractors, labour brokers, and temp agencies who pinch a portion of the workers' wage as fees f…
 
Kota is joined by Roger Raymundo of Migrante Japan, a regional chapter of Migrante International, a global alliance of grassroots migrant organizations of overseas Filipinos and their families. We begin our conversation with Roger’s own story of migration from the Philippines to Japan, and how the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during WWII …
 
Kota is joined by Ken Kawashima, author of The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan and translator of Theory of Crisis by Japanese Marxist economist Uno Kōzō. We begin the interview by discussing Uno’s methodology in analyzing capitalism called Sandankairon, or three-steps theory. The first step involves elucidating the fundamental …
 
Kota sits down with Max Ward to discuss his book about the Japanese state’s effort to suppress revolutionary movements and ideologically convert their participants through the Peace Preservation Law in the 1920s & 30s. We begin our interview by discussing the elusive concept of “Kokutai” (national polity or national essence) through a metaphor of G…
 
Kota sits down with a Palestinian-Japanese journalist Shigenobu May to talk about Palestine. May is the daughter of Shigenobu Fusako, a former member of the Japanese Red Army and a political prisoner in Japan. She is currently based in Lebanon, and since Lebanon is a country underdeveloped by imperialism, the availability of electricity and interne…
 
Kota is joined by Chelsea Szendi Schieder to discuss her latest book Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left. Women in the Japanese New Left played a vital role in building up the militant student movement against Japan’s new capitalist education system and its complicity with the US imperialist aggression in Southeast Asia. Ho…
 
Reading Group: Exploits On June 7th, Quiver considered the topic of “Exploits.” How should we respond to what we oppose? Quiver considered the technical dimension of what is intolerable about the world, and how to locate vulnerabilities within it. The first reading was from a book that sets out to imagine radical politics after Deleuze’s suggestion…
 
Group: Conspiracy On May 24th, Quiver continued with a discussion of “conspiracy.” In our disenchanted present, politicians boast about having the courage to speak truth while their opponents merely spread conspiracy. Quiver holds none of these pretentions. Its interests lie with myths, fictions, and conspiracies – not that they are all taken as go…
 
On May 3rd, Quiver discussed “Institutional Analysis.” Our conversation centered on the work of Frantz Fanon. We provided two readings. The first contextualizes the work of Fanon within social psychiatry, the institutional psychotherapy movement, and his historical context (Caribbean, French, and North African). The reading visits Fanon during his …
 
On April 19th, Quiver will discuss “Crowned Anarchy.” This session considers what anarchism can contribute to political thought. We open with a passage from Todd May’s book on “The Political Philosophy of Post-Structuralist Anarchism.” In just a few short pages, he brings up a number of concepts that continue to concern us to this day: economics, p…
 
On April 5th, Quiver will discuss “Becoming-Woman.” Rather than discuss the notorious section of A Thousand Plateaus on becoming-woman, we instead consider the woman as an escapee. Our conversation will begin with a portion of Hélène Cixous’s essay “The Laugh of the Medusa.” With it we consider the practice of writing, the insurgency of the feminin…
 
On March 22nd, Quiver hosts a conversation about “exhaustion.” Understanding that the unfolding crisis is a disaster long in the making, we invite participants to discussion exhaustion, stress, and burnout. Our two readings begin with a section of “How to Make Yourself a Body Without Organs” from A Thousand Plateaus. There we learn that the BwO is …
 
Quiver 3 was lost to the cloud. On March 1st, Quiver continued with a reading group on “Anti-Work.” We read two anti-work texts that spoke to our previous readings. If you are not familiar with the political tradition, we suggest you do a little background research (a decent reading list is available here: https://www.reddit.com/r/antiwork/wiki/lib…
 
Against Japanism presents Part 2 of an interview with Dr. Gavin Walker about the history of Marxism in Japan, focusing on the postwar period starting in the late 1940s. First, we discuss the reason behind the Japanese Communist Party’s re-emergence as a mass party in the immediate postwar period. As mentioned in Part 1, in the 1920s and 30s, the JC…
 
In this two part series, Kota sits down with Gavin Walker to discuss the history of Marxism in Japan. Instead of simply narrating the facts of this history chronologically, we focus on particular theoretical and political questions that animated the Japanese communist movement before and after the Second World War. We begin our conversation by disc…
 
This mini-episode features a message from Pat (also known as Pato-chan), a trans woman from the Philippines and a former migrant detainee living in Japan, who is raising funds to support herself during her "provisional release" (Karihoumen in Japanese) which prohibits her from working and accessing healthcare. Donate here or here. Sign this petitio…
 
In the second part of an interview with Robert Stolz, we continue our conversation about the affinity between fascism and liberalism, as well as the difference between idealist and materialist philosophies theorized by Tosaka Jun in his book The Japanese Ideology from 1935. According to Tosaka, idealist philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, Fredri…
 
In this two part series, Kota is joined by Robert Stolz to discuss the anti-fascist philosophy of Tosaka Jun, a Marxist philosopher and cultural critic active during the 1930s. Tosaka is often associated with the Kyoto School, a group of academics who studied together at Kyoto Imperial University, led by his academic advisor Nishida Kitaro, influen…
 
Kota is joined by Kazuma Hashimoto and Andrew Kiya to discuss the Ghost of Tsushima, its fetishization of the samurai through a misinterpretation of Kurosawa Akira's films, Cyberpunk 2077, how Orientalism and the idealization of Japan in these games (re-packaged and exported abroad through the Japanese state's "Cool Japan" initiative) enable the fa…
 
Warm and militant greetings! I'm your host Kota and welcome to the Against Japanism Podcast: Destabilizing Japanese History from the Left! In this introductory episode, I discuss the goals of this podcast and the principles behind it, and preview the upcoming episodes that I have already recorded and will be published here very soon. To sum up, thi…
 
On February 15th, Quiver convened its second reading group over Zoom. During that session, we explored the concept of “subjects.” We started with the infamous short excerpt on voluntary servitude and Reichian group fantasy from Anti-Oedipus. Then, we moved to the distinction between post-Althusserian social subjection and Mumford's machinic enslave…
 
On February 1st, Quiver convened its first reading group over Zoom. During that session, we explored the concept of “weapons.” We began by revisiting the dialogue between Deleuze and Foucault "Intellectuals and Power,” in which Deleuze suggests that theory should be understood as a toolbox. Our provocation: today, should it instead be a quiver? Fur…
 
Join David and Clifton as they discuss a broad range of topics as well as future guests. Our topics will include the recent FIASCO over propertarianism, recent personal developments and possible changes to our casting platform. As always we will be bringing you the most interesting topics regarding the Libertarian right and our in-depth analysis of…
 
Over the years Martin Luther Kings legacy has been inflated to epic proportions. In fact, there are many things about Martin Luther King that most people do not know and if they did might not consider him a great man at all. We will Discuss MLK otherwise known as Martin Luther King and other topics as we move through this episode of Punching Left! …
 
In this Episode, David and Clifton spend some time discussing the History of the Alt-Right and its genetic inheritance. As a part of the discussion an examination of the thinkers who brought it into existence. We think this will be an interesting discussion as the two hosts have a full-on debate about this topic and anything else that comes to thei…
 
The Punching Left! Crew welcomes the return of guest host Elliott Wilson as we examine the unjustifiable claims of oppression, alienation, and exploitation. In particular, the #METOO movement, Brett Kavanaugh, conservative politics, and critical theory. This week should be a lot of fun as the crew turns loose and let the conversation have a life of…
 
Punching Left! is extremely excited to be joined by Meta-Right godfather Kashif Vikaas for an important and educational show. Clifton and David will have a chance to discuss Kashif Vikaas' experiences with the Academic speech and thought police and his formulation of the Meta-Right which has been referred to as the "Alt" Alt-Right by some. With its…
 
In S02:02 The Punching Left! crew will take a look at Jordon Peterson and those like him who have been tagged by the left as the "Alt-Right." and by those in Alt Right as "Alt-Lite." Clifton and David have a theory that Peterson is actually a center-left person and that is the real issue. This will lead the two Punching Left! hosts on a twisting ro…
 
Sex scandals everywhere! Hollywood, and the Catholic church to name a few. Sexual assault, rape, and pedophilia is rampant. To make matters worse the academic left has seen fit to try and normalize pedophilia by portraying it as an illness or as a normal sexual persuasion. They have begun to use the "I was born this way" argument. Join David and Cl…
 
The Punching Left! crew returns for a special summer episode with Christopher Chase Rachels. We will be discussing Chase's recent book, "White, Right, and Libertarian," and his views on libertarians and the Alt-Right. Chase has made a very good case for an Alt-Right and Austrian economics fusion. We are very excited to have Chase on the show, and i…
 
On this episode of Punching Left! Clifton and David welcome Dr. Stephen Hicks. Dr. Hicks is a scholar on the subject of Nietzsche and his influence on the National Socialists. He has authored a book "Explaining Postmodernism," and is the author of the famous lecture, "Nietzsche and the Nazis." Dr. Hicks is also responsible for many other works. The…
 
This week Clifton and David are joined by Dr. David Gordon. Dr. Gordon is a distinguished philosopher and intellectual historian. He has authored many papers and books. He is also recognized as an authority on Murray Rothbard and his work. Dr. Gordon's interpretation of Rothbard and Mises works are considered authoritative. Dr. Gordon also brings e…
 
This episode on Punching Left!, David and Clifton are joined by Danny a competition shooter and fire arms afficiando. Danny has years of experience, and some very solid opinions around the topic of firearms an their proper usage. We will also discuss the media's insistence on making every shooting incident a topic for gun control and limiting the s…
 
Cliton and David take an hour to discuss the concept of the Rothbardian Covenant Community. This provides a way for people to live in societies which most closely match their preferences. Murray N. Rothbard initiated the idea of creating these communities and Hans Herman Hoppe has elaborated and fleshed out the overriding ideas in which such commun…
 
This week David, Clifton, and guest host Elliott discuss the Alt Right. In particular, is Punching Left! an Alt Right show? What does it mean to be Alt Right and is being Alt Right white supremacist? What are the goals of the Punching Left! crew and have we achieved any sort of success? This episode coincides with Punching Left's inclusion by FM.Pl…
 
Join David and Clifton as they host Dr. Bill Warner in an episode about The Crusades. We hope to learn a great deal from Dr. Warner. The general discussion will address misconceptions and out right fallacies portrayed in popular media and public school systems who represent interests that wish to downplay the violent and bloody history of Islam in …
 
Clifton and David are honored to have Stephan Kinsella on the show to discuss argumentation ethics and talk about his concept, "estoppel." We will get Stephan's full take on argumentation ethics and how it relates to libertarian arguments and principles such as the NAP. Stephan is also the author of the libertarian book, "Against Intellectual Prope…
 
This episode David and Clifton will have a discussion on Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas is both indispensable to the Catholic Church and Libertarianism. He is THE theologian-philosopher of Catholicism. He is also a primary source of influence for Murray Rothbard. Aquinas's largest contributions would be his approximation of Natural Law. There would after …
 
On tonight’s show, David, Clifton will discuss some very controversial topics. Race realism and white privilege are two of the most controversial topics out there. Both are incendiary but race realism is arguably more so by far. Join us for a very candid discussion about race, and power politics. We will most certainly be discuss8ng White guilt, et…
 
This episode Elliott Wilson returns with Clifton and David to discuss the problems in Syria, and South Africa. Both Russia and China have made it clear they will support each other against the United States. The United States and its allies in Europe and Israel maintain that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebel-held territory and launched …
 
After a short break, the Punching Left! Crew returns to weigh in on Trumps latest actions. Trump derangement syndrome is in a frenzy this week as Trump send the National Guard to the southern border, threatens 100 million dollars in tariffs against the Communist Chinese government. In other news, Andrew Anglin of the Daily Stormer disavows Chris Ca…
 
In this episode, we discuss common law and its application with western society. Clifton and David are joined by Rick Story who holds an advanced degree in law and legal systems. Join the gang as we explore common law and its strengths and weaknesses in an attempt to understand what non legislated law has to contribute to libertarian society and ho…
 
On this episode of Punching Left! Elliott Wilson returns to the studio to discuss transgenderism, gender fluidity, and gender roles with Clifton Knox, David German, Orwell & Goode, and Antony Sammeroff (Scottish Liberty Podcast). The gang will discuss transgenderism and the various oddities which surround it. Get your safe spaces ready, and prepare…
 
This episode the Punching Left! crew takes a look at the Flat Earth theory and conspiracy. How do everyday people take a step backward from the Newtonian Universe to the Flat Earth theory of the Ancients? There are many different groups who believe in the Flat Earth and even a Hollow Earth. Which is more incredible? The idea that we are on a flat e…
 
Punching Left! is celebrating its 10th episode! David and Clifton welcome Eli Harmon from the Propertarian Institute to discuss propertarianism and the Dark Enlightenment! AS always there is no telling where the conversation will take us! Please join Punching Left! for this very special episode and we pass a very important milestone.…
 
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