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First episode of the year! The whole team is together and joined by official gringo ally, Matt K., to review the year just gone, from the Ecuador election to Boric's victory in Chile, and to also preview the consequential year ahead. We break down the evolving ramifications of 2021, touching on the effect MAS's retaking of power from the fascists i…
 
In a T-less comrade conversation, Austin and LeRoy sit down with and are blown away by Chilean Economist and red-diaper baby Diego Polanco! In this invaluable discussion, Diego shares a bit about his family's inspiring involvement in the Chilean and Latin American Left, stretching back to even Pre-Pinochet times, as well as his own personal backgro…
 
Full team this week to chat about Sunday's historic election in Chile that saw former Student Organizer Gabriel Boric defeat Nazi progeny and Pinochet fanboy Jose Antonio Kast. We break down the results themselves but more importantly how Chile got here and where they (need to) go from here. We talk about what this represents for not only Chile, bu…
 
In our current stage of capitalism very few things highlight our god-given blessing of democracy like the annual Spotify wrapped. Whomst among us will dare defy the invisible hand? In what will prove to be the hot girl dudes rockingest collab of the year, Hot Girl Agenda and Machete y Mate come together to navigate identity as both diaspora and hom…
 
Great news! All three homies are together this week. We start off by discussing the rollercoaster election in Chile pitting a Pinochet sycophant against a Leftist former student organizer in a rapidly approaching run-off election. We then break down the massive and surprisingly comfortable victory of Xiomara Castro in Honduras and what it means for…
 
Just LeRoy and T bringing you the current events this week. We talk a bit about the impending elections in Latin America coming up very soon, including the one just passed in Nicaragua and the latest things to look out for. We discuss the unmaterialized US sponsored anti-government protests in Cuba and how much we hate VICE. We finish off with Puer…
 
Jen Marley (@JenMarley1680) and Nick Estes (@nickwestes) of The Red Nation (The_Red_Nation) welcomed previous Machete y Mate guest and compa oficial Blanca Estévez as well as our very own Austin González on to their podcast for a conversation on anti-imperialism in Latin America, racist 'left' reactions to land back, and building working class powe…
 
The whole team is back this week for for your (ideally) weekly Latin America update. We start off talking about the struggle for reproductive rights in the face of the especially draconian laws in the Dominican Republic. Austin helps us work through and break down the ramifications of Salvador Nasralla aligning himself behind Xiomara Castro the Lef…
 
On Indigenous Peoples Day the whole team is together for another week in Latin America. Pedro Castillo has significantly reshuffled his cabinet and we try to make sense of what this means for Peru, for Peru Libre, and for the movement. We then discuss the increasing political violence In Honduras, including the attempted murder of the daughter of m…
 
The whole team is together and we welcome dear friend and comrade of the show former Independence party city council candidate for San Juan, Paul Figueroa! From class considerations to Union Colonialism, Paul walks us though the energy crisis, its affects and ramifications, and how decades of colonial and neoliberal policy has created the desperate…
 
Welcome back for a Current Events at 2/3 strength physically, but 100% spiritually. We start off by discussing the State violence against the Zapatistas in Chiapas and their strongly worded diplomatic response. If one thing is constant in the US it's the maintenance of a militarized Southern border and we talk about agents of violence playing out t…
 
With the absence of the self-proclaimed Messi, T & LeRoy are back with a Current Events episode. After a pretty robust and interesting intro chatting about labor law, Mexico abortion decrim, and CELAC, we kick off the main stories with an update on Yaku Perez and Ecuador since Lasso's victory in their election earlier this year. We then dive deep i…
 
The whole band is back together! The three of us analyze the calls to scrap the US department of the colonies, the OAS and the otherwise awakening of the players in the region. We discuss Bolsonaro's increasingly blatant and concerted effort to delegitimize next year's election and what it means for the country and region. We finish off with a disc…
 
With Austin on a post-DSA Convention life hiatus, LeRoy and T lay down an overdue current events episode! We talk about the resignation of newly appointed Peruvian Foreign MInister Hector Bejar, the first domino to fall in Peru's reactionary congress's war against Castillo. We optimistically break down the Maduro/Bolivarian government's recent talk…
 
In this Austin-less comrade conversation, we sit down with Cuban Cuba Historian Andrés Pertierra! We always appreciated the way he keeps it 100 and he did exactly that with us. From the great successes of the Revolution to the valid critiques of the post-1959 project to the present day, Andrés breaks down what we as "Leftists" should know and under…
 
All three homies are together for an important current events episode! We put on our tin-foil hats as we tackle the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and all the theories surrounding the circumstances and all the fallout. We discuss the protests in Cuba, why they've broken out and how they fit into the greater GN imperial system. We finish o…
 
Long overdue, we sit down with one of our dearest and most inspiring comrades, Fern. Fern takes us on a journey into his life as a working class immigrant organizer and father in the US and in Brazil. We delve into the complicated socio-political history of Brazil from decolonization to the military dictatorship to the present and his hopes and pla…
 
With Austin on assignment in Venezuela, it's just LeRoy and T this week. They talk about Luma Energy and the predictable disaster that's been the complete privatization of Puerto Rico's electrical grid, the latest regarding Peru's election fallout, and they dive into one of the worst characters you don't know, Carlos Slim. If you support what we do…
 
Austin is back from Peru after observing the election and he tells us all about it. The lead up and fuckery by the Electoral Commission, the militant comrades he met, meeting the man, Pedro Castillo, himself, the day and night of the election, the fall out. Everything! LeRoy and T also give their takes on the ramifications of a Castillo victory for…
 
The fellas are back from an unplanned hiatus with a current events episode. We kick it off with a recap and breakdown of the recent history of Chile leading to the massive protests, the vote to scrap the Pinochet constitution, the Left winning in the Constitutional Assembly and local/municipal elections and the forthcoming Presidential election. We…
 
On a very special episode, the Midwest Socialist crew is joined by Jake Flores of Pod Damn America and professor Ann Robertson from DSA SF and Red Star SF to discuss the Vladimir Lenin's seminal text 'State and Revolution.' Considered by many as one of the most important texts in leftist literature, 'State and Revolution' poses challenging consider…
 
Meant to be a comrade convo but change of plans. This is a sort of sneak peek into the After Dark format and style Compas Oficiales get access to, so if you like the more casual style consider donating to the Patreon to also help us bring attention to the struggle in Latin America. Here we talk Australian labor laws, the European Super League, the …
 
Back with a current events episode featuring friend of the show and MyM veteran Matt K. Matt helps us debrief and breakdown Ecuador's shock electoral result in which RW neoliberal banker Guillermo Lasso came out on top. On a similar note, we analyze the ramifications of Peru's first round of presidential elections, pitting Left-wing albeit socially…
 
Quick turnaround from Comrade Convo to Current Events this week. We break down the ramifications of Bolsonaro's biggest support base, the military, increasingly abandoning him as his Defense Minister and the top guys in three of the Armed Forces branches leave their jobs leaving Bolsonaro increasingly isolated. Austin then gives a really thorough r…
 
The band is back together this week to talk to a dear friend of the show about what's arguably the crown jewel in Puerto Rico's decolonial struggle. "Arepa Libre", as she is known to protect her identity, gives us a thorough breakdown of the history and struggle of her home island of Vieques. She goes into detail about the military occupation of th…
 
The homies are back this week with a LeRoy-less current events episode. Austin and T draw a line between the Argentine Junta responsible for the disappearance of tens of thousands of people and the the January 6 Capitol coup attempt by way of a participant, Trump State dept. official and nephew of the Junta's top Economist, Federico Klein. They go …
 
What are we fighting against if not the oppressive forces of Capital, particularly Capital in crisis? We sat down with Comrade Brendan O'Connor to talk about his amazing new book Blood Red Lines: How Nativism Fuels The Right. Brendan eloquently breaks down the concept of "Border Fascism", the behind the scenes history of the nascent Nativist Right …
 
Matt talked with Austin about his experience on DSA's National Political Committee, the International Committee, his hosting experience on Machete y Mate, and a shared identity over being Puerto Rican in the diaspora. A moving yet informative conversation!Join DSA: www.dsausa.org/joinFind Machete y Mate wherever you find podcastsFollow Machete y Ma…
 
Back with a current events wrap-up from around Latin America. Early but important, we discuss the polls showing Daniel Jadue and the Communist Party of Chile leading the field and what this means within the context of Chilean history, before talking about the protests in Paraguay, President Abdo, and covid vaccine corruption in the region and we fi…
 
This week MWS Producer Brynn is joined by Matthew C. from CDSA's Democratize ComEd campaign to talk about environmentalism in the US, the state of the campaign here in Illinois, and how the snowstorm and power grid failures went down in Texas.*One correction: The number of Americans who have public power today are 1 in 7, not 1 in 5.**Correction: T…
 
On the first day of Women's History Month and in the fallout of the legislative election in El Salvador, dear comrade Blanca Estévez graces the show with the detailing of her family's journey to Arkansas from El Salvador, her experience and struggle navigating and reconciling her identity and ideals in a society not constructed for "us", and her ta…
 
Zac & Gavin interview Thomas Frank, the author of "What's the Matter With Kansas", "Listen Liberal" and most recently, "The People, No". We discuss our shared Kansas roots, the controversy surrounding the term "populism", the modern day People's Party, newly-elected President Joe Biden, and much, much more. FOLLOW THE VANGUARD ON TWITTER @vanguard_…
 
Zac & Gavin sit down with NYT best selling author of “Crazy for God” and “Keeping Faith”, Frank Schaeffer for a conversation about growing up with and then working alongside his father Francis Schaeffer, one of the most influential figures of the evangelical movement, and how the work of this movement sowed the seeds for what we’re now seeing in Am…
 
Zac & Gavin interview Marianne Williamson - author, activist, and former presidential candidate. We get into the state of the anti-war movement, spirituality, and whether or not working from within the Democratic party is a more or less viable goal than working with the MPP / other third parties. Follow The Vanguard on Twitter: @vanguard_pod…
 
On a special episode Matt is joined by Ramsin and Jasson from CDSA to discuss the new film 'Judas and the Black Messiah', Fred Hampton, and the legacy of organizing from the Black Panthers to today.Follow Midwest Socialist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MWSocialistJoin DSA: www.dsausa.org/joinFollow Jasson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IolaEllaF…
 
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