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This tale has it all: mysterious bandits, betrayals and DRAMA! Plus, land reform and American imperialism. Join us as we learn about this very long and twisting tale of revolution. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like and …
 
This week we're watching a 1976 documentary about a coal miner strike in Kentucky. Honestly, the title says it all with this one, I just feel weird having a one sentence description. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like an…
 
Students, teachers, lends us your ears! We're talking education this week, as we read some theory, discuss previous socialist approaches, and imagine our own anarchist utopia of learning. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And li…
 
Would you live in an anarchist utopia if it also meant you had to live on a bleak desert moon with very little resources? This week we're discussing the sci-fi novel The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's about anarcho-syndicalism, imperialism, and physics! We also talk about gender, faster than light travel, climate change, and land otters. …
 
We return to Cuba this week to take a closer look at the CIA's fumbling, bumbling, very bad no good invasion. Topics include wacky assassination plots, bad plane disguises, and the astounding confidence of white men. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreo…
 
It's another biography this week, and this time we're talking about the socialist president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. His story has everything! Coups, colonialism, betrayal, and... starting a band? Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachm…
 
It's time for another art history episode! This time Christine is teaching us about the Federal Art Project, a division of the WPA. You can find the slideshow of artworks discussed on our social media. Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like and subscribe…
 
We're finally tackling that war that always seems to pop up in our conversations: The Spanish Civil War. We talk leftist unity, mujeres libres, anarchism, the totally coincidental connections between the church and the military as repressive forces, and more. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail:…
 
Back to the mailbag! This week’s topics: an addendum on Ireland, a definition for liberalism, healthcare, L3Cs, tips for young communists, and children’s rights in a communist society. And in our intro segment, Christine gives us the horoscopes of famous commies. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gm…
 
Communist Movie Night is back and this time, we brought a friend: Noam Chomsky! Well, not literally. We’re just watching a movie about him, Manufacturing Consent, which explores the bias in the media and how it plays into capitalism and imperialism. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmeco…
 
Time to check back on the fight for a unified Ireland. This episode covers events following the Easter Rising up to the Good Friday agreement. We talk about imperialism and the fracturing of the left, so like, the usual topics. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patr…
 
This week's biography is of abolitionist academic Angela Davis, including her early travels, the Soledad brothers, the People's Park, and more. Reagan accidentally makes UC Berkeley sound super cool. We also look at readings from Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @tea…
 
We have a dark tale from Latin America this week, full of spies, murder, kidnapping, and lots of weirdly named clandestine organizations. Spoiler: our old pals the CIA are heavily involved. Shocking, we know. Get out your red string, thumbtacks, and bulletin boards, it's gonna be a lot! Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twi…
 
The title kinda says it all for this one! Christine has been a long-time advocate for fat folks, so they take the lead on debunking some myths, explaining the effects of fat bias, and why this important for the left. Grady once again longs for an android body. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail…
 
Vive la commune! Today we're revisiting the Paris Commune, first mentioned in our episode on Lenin's The State and Revolution. Now that we've got the analysis, let's take a deeper look into the events leading up to the commune, their policies, their downfall, and how the world responded to it all. Christine sings a bit of Les Mis at one point. Chec…
 
This week we're reading one of Vladimir Lenin's premier texts, The State and Revolution. We talk about smashing, organizing, withering, oh my! Sound note: there were some loud dogs in the background, along with a very squeaky door letting them in and out of the house. Apologies for the noise! You can access this text for free at marxists.org, or ge…
 
While a real-life megacorporation tries to crush its workers' attempts to unionize, we watch a sci-fi version of our world that's sadly not too far off the mark: the 2018 film Sorry to Bother You, directed by Boots Riley. We bemoan corporate nonsense, crush on various actors, yap about art, and there's a horse, of course. Check us out on social med…
 
From anarcho-communism to transhumanism, we go through the many types of anarchism out there, giving brief definitions, explanations, and of course, some opinions. And for our bonus segment, we talk about the board game Monopoly. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Pa…
 
In today's episode, we continue our biography of Mao Zedong, starting from the Proclamation of the People's Republic of China and ending with, surprisingly, Mao's death. We'll discuss things like land reform, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution, and of course we'll wrap up with our own conclusions and analysis at the end. Because Ma…
 
Another biography, and this time it's a long one! In part 1 we cover Mao's early life, his beginnings as a communist leader, the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese Civil War, and up to the declaration of the People's Republic of China. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gma…
 
Over the months of doing this show we’ve gotten lots of questions in the vein of “how do I spread the good news of communism”?So in this episode we talk about tips, strategies, and comebacks for converting the liberal in your life. Go forth and proselytize! Apologies for the audio quality on this one; there was construction going on outside. Check …
 
It's movie night again! We're watching the new film about the Black Panthers, Judas and the Black Messiah, directed by Shaka King. We talk about how the film covers the Panthers, how to spot a bad liar, and of course, we bemoan the current state of our revolution (or lack thereof). Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter:…
 
We're starting a new series on the revolutionary movement in Ireland. Part 1 covers the initial imperial subjugation of Ireland, the Easter Rising, and all the way through to the Election of 1918. In particular we focus in on James Connolly, and how his socialist ideals affected the revolution. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommu…
 
In today's episode, we talk communes in the most unlikely of places: Texas. From early utopian socialist projects and their many struggles to more modern day attempts to build a life off the grid, Christine leads our discussion of the cool (and not so cool) features of Texas communes and their place in the leftist movement. Check us out on social m…
 
It’s time to talk about Christine’s “favorite” thing: charity. We start with a reading from Andrew Carnegie, who has some... ideas. Then we talk about how charity isn’t the solution and do a lot of yelling about rich people. Classic stuff. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gm…
 
We dive back into the troubled waters of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America. Of course there's imperialism and exploitation, but this time we learn about foreign "aid" and why there should always be quotation marks around that phrase. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommun…
 
This week we dive into the brutalization and imperialism of Latin America by reading Eduardo Galeano’s preeminent book on the subject. From conquest to resource extraction to puppet dictators, we learn how and why this continent has been pillaged for profit. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: …
 
For this mailbag episode, we tackle prison abolition, study tips, Marxist theory, India's general strike, a cool Milwaukee mayor, meditation, landlords, and the fact that Christine is, in fact, smart. And hot. Yes, they're writing the episode notes this week, how could you tell? Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @t…
 
In today's episode, we learn about Vladimir Lenin, a guy who actually knew how to violently seize power... and a guy that got things done. Whether that's for good or for ill is for you to decide. We'll discuss the good and the bad, the feuds and the theoretical developments, and of course, that revolution. Enjoy! Check us out on social media! Insta…
 
To round out 2020 and ring in a new year, we’re finishing up a two-part reading series on Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels. We’re covering the last section, which is all about how capitalism is pretty much doomed. Will we all go down with the ship, or will we free ourselves and finally leave behind the struggle for survival as …
 
This holiday season, we’re starting a two-part reading series on Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx’s BFF. We’re covering the first two sections, which are all about how utopianism isn’t great, how idealism isn’t either, and how dialectics are the best (even if they mean everything is always dying). Enjoy! Be a nerd an…
 
In today’s episode, we’re talking trains and revolution in our discussion of Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 dystopian sci-fi film Snowpiercer. Tune in to hear about the perils of eco-fascism, Christine’s Rules for Revolution, and to finally figure out once and for all… what was up with the fish? Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitt…
 
On today’s episode, Christine delivers a report on the government of Kerala in India! They’ll teach you all about the origins of the leftist parties there, what the Kerala model is, and how the people of Kerala have created a better world for themselves by focusing on human needs rather than GDP. Sounds great, right? Check us out on social media! I…
 
This week we get a brief history of the Black Panther Party. We go over their key players, goals, mutual aid programs, and their interest in solidarity. And of course, we talk about how our "good friends" at the FBI tried to stop all this! Ugh, THOSE guys. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: te…
 
This Thanksgiving, we’re talking small businesses. Why do capitalist societies hold them up as the best thing since union busting? Are they actually any better than big corporations? Should leftists try to “shop small” or does that actually do any good at all? And in our second segment, we give you a holiday gift guide for the leftist in your life.…
 
This week, we’re here, we’re queer (well, one of us is), and ready to cheer (for the fall of capitalism). We talk queer theory, a brief history of LBTQ+ movements in leftist spaces, and what we can do now to better support the community. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmai…
 
Today we talk about the troubling, tenuous, and at times terrifying transition of power… in the Soviet Union in 1953. That’s right, we’re watching the 2017 film The Death of Stalin by Armando Iannucci. What’d we like? What could’ve been better? What actually happened? We discuss. Check us out on social media!Instagram: @teachmecommunismTwitter: @te…
 
Well, that was weird. Join Christine and Grady for their morning after Election Day takes. We bemoan the electoral hellscape of the United States, make fun of pundits, and think about how to move forward in this totally normal country of ours. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunis…
 
On this week’s episode, we learn about more socialist and communist parties! Picking up from where we left off in Episode 17, we trace the history of the Socialist Party of America, the Communist Party USA, and the Democratic Socialists of America (among others) from the 20th century to today. We even form our own parties! Kinda. Check us out on so…
 
Real gamerz only!!1! This week, we discuss video games that have some commie stuff in them, including: Papers Please, Democratic Socialist Simulator, Democracy 4, Stellaris, Tonight We Riot, Tropico 6, Hearts of Iron 4, and Disco Elysium. Also I hope you didn't take the real gamers only thing seriously, please tell everyone you know to listen to us…
 
It's a mailbag episode! Join Christine and Grady as they answer questions from their awesome listeners, spanning such topics as RBG, China, patents, and more. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like and subscribe to us at Tea…
 
In this episode, we learn about the life and times of that famous communist guy from the t-shirts and posters. That's right, it's Che Guevara! We look at the good and the bad from a leftist perspective, plus: we reveal the results of our cat poll. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecomm…
 
EARLY EPISODE! Well, we barely survived, but we actually watched the debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. We give our condolences to the moderator, guess about Trump’s favorite Star Trek captain, and overall laugh/cry at the despair-filled wasteland that is this election. But, uh, enjoy, I guess! Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teac…
 
Should people get a universal basic income? Is UBI good? Who came up with it? And why the heck are so many dang tech bros into it? We tackle these questions and more, including whose cat is best (VOTE FOR REMY, THE ORANGE TABBY AND PRINCE OF ALL). Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecomm…
 
In today’s episode, the tables are turned as art history expert Christine teaches Grady about Russian Constructivism! What was it? Where did it come from? How did it influence and how was it influenced by communism? Tune in to find out! Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail…
 
REUPLOAD: apparently I didn't upload the whole file last time. Thanks for catching that, faithful listeners! Where did all this communist stuff come from, anyway? Russia, right? Well, maybe not. This week we look into the history of early socialist and communist parties in the United States up to the Russian Revolution. Turns out we were here all a…
 
In this special alcohol-induced episode, we talk about everyone's favorite old linguist! We also ramble quite a bit, covering topics such as food history, race, gender, Mario Kart, cats, and World of Warcraft. Hey, we had wine, remember? Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmai…
 
In this episode, we open up the show to more listener questions! Among other things, we talk teaching, Lisa Ben, professional sports, David Harvey, Iowa, and Soviet symbolism. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like and subsc…
 
Communist Movie Night returns! Join us as we chat about the surprisingly rich world of 1987’s Robocop. What can this film teach us about the perils of capitalism, authoritarianism, and gentrification? Plus there’s car chases, guns, baby food, and even some homoeroticism. Check us out on social media! Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcomm…
 
In today’s episode, we discuss about anarchist thinker and activist Emma Goldman. As we talk about Goldman’s biography, we’ll look at the philosophy of anarchism, propaganda of the deed, the Homestead Strike, the McKinley Assassination, Sacco and Vanzetti, the Spanish Civil War, anti-militarism, anti-imperialism, and the patriarchy. And in our orga…
 
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