Living the Dream has an #altright time in Melbourne

December 7, 2016

In this episode of Living the Dream Dave (@withsobersenses) chats with Kieran (@Kieran Bennett) about a recent Melbourne counter-rally to a Trump celebration rally  ostensibly organised by #altright types and attended by local fascists and neo-Nazis. From here Kieran lets us know who is who in the fascist zoo in Australia, the social phenomena behind the far-right and we discuss what a relevant anti-capitalist practice might be that can defeat the fascists and offer a genuine emancipatory alternative to the issues that we all face.

Kieran blogs at Kieran’s Review and is a member (of the perhaps soon to be rebranded) Anarchist Affinity

Articles and things  we refer to include:

Angry Workers of the World

Ghassan Hage – Recalling Anti-racism

Ben Hillier –  ‘All that is holy was profaned’: the year that was, and the politics we need (Ben recommends you also read ‘Post-truth politics’ isn’t peak populism, it’s peak liberal capitalism and suggests that my read of his argument is wrong.)

Campaign Against Racism and Fascism


Do We Need To Talk About Donald? Living the Dream on the US Election

November 2, 2016

In this episode of Living The Dream Jon (@jonpiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) talk about the US Election and the phenomenon of Donald Trump. We aren’t interest so much is speculations about what is going on in the US but rather what the different ways Trump and Clinton are talked about in Australia tells us about what is going on in Australia.


Articles we refer to include:


Debating Deplorables: How the Left Can (and Cannot) Win Trump Voters


 Sympathy for the Devil?


Theses on the New European Fascism


Time to hail Hillary Clinton – and face down the testosterone left


How the working class became white


Queer Kids for Full Communism: Living the Dream with the Queer Liberation Front

September 20, 2016

In this episode of Living the Dream Dave (@withsobersenses) chats with Angus from the Queer Liberation Front. Angus lets us know what the QLF are all about, what they have been doing and what they are up to. Angus talks about the QLF's praxis and how this collective of young queer people are attempting to generate a radical anticapitalist politics, how hegemony and aesthetics fit together and how this all relates to the current "Brisbane Moment' that is going on. And then we finish it all off with a track from Los Crudos


On dissolving the people: Living the Dream on #ausvotes2016

July 14, 2016

In this episode of LivingThe Dream Jon (@jonpiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) have a chat aboutthe recent election. It isn’t a chat about if the result is ‘good’ or ‘bad’but rather how does it fit into, and what does it tell us, about the current momentin capitalism in Australia and class struggle?We also try to work out therelationship between the electoral return of Pauline Hanson and the deepcurrent of racism in Australia. 

These articles are some we either mention or are on topic


TheElection That Solved Nothing – Tad Tietze


TheAnti–Industrial Relations Club – Frank Bongiorno


The Greens are aparty of the affluent middle classes – Ben Hillier


Howwe stopped Pauline Hanson last time – Tess Lee Ack


TheyDon’t Represent Us: The Populist Moment – Richard Seymour


Crisisand the Return to the Nation: Dismantling the Right Ecology in Germany –Ben L


Fourwomen arrested in WestConnex protest – Wendy Bacon


Watch Ask Sarkar's 

The Unbearable Whiteness of Brexit - Race, class & the EU Referendum on the streets of Barking.


Colgan, Paul. 2016. Australian Voters Just Put The EntirePolitical Establishment On Notice. Business Insider [cited 14th July 2016].Available from

Phillips, Ben. 2016. Trends in Household Living Standards in Australia: 1990 to 2016.ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods [cited 14th July 2016]. Availablefrom



#SandersofSthBrisbane ? Council elections, social movements & the #RighttotheCity

June 16, 2016

In this episode of Living the Dream Jon (@JonPiccini ) andDave (@withsobersenses) chat with Anna – all-round good egg and comrade pivotalto Radio Reversal and Brisbane Free University –about the successful Brisbane City Council election campaign of Jonathan Sri , the opposition to the WestVillage development and the emergence of struggles around the Right to theCity. What’s going on, how do all these pieces fit together and what do theytell us about struggles within-against-and-beyond capitalism for lives ofdignity?


Related Reading

David Harvey – The Rightto The City

The Economics ofWest Village


Living the Dream - Last Drinks in (the workers) Paradise?

March 14, 2016

In this episode of Living the Dream Jon (@JonPiccini) and Dave( @withsobersenses) talk about the meltdown of politics in Queensland and the failure of the ALP government to carry out a coherent plan to address the decline in capital accumulation and facilitate social reproduction.  Rob Pyne resigning from Labor(#corbynofcairns ?), candidates sending dicks pics and the shared anti-political language of both sides of the referendum campaign show a political class in freefall and deeply out of touch with the concerns of everyday people.

Should we care? Or just point and laugh? What is the relationship of the political to capitalism on a whole and to our struggle against it? How much of this is this a broader and global phenomenon and what can it tell us about life in Queensland?

Articles we refer to include:

The State Infrastructure Plan

Humphrey McQueen - Queensland: a state of mind

Kathleen McLeod  -  “I Will Protect You With My Body” The Case For A Radical Sanctuary Movement To Protect Asylum Seekers In Australia

Andy Paine - Rewriting the political script

Chris O’Kane - State Violence, State Control: Marxist State Theory and the Critique of Political Economy

Mario Tronti – The Political (1979)

Left Flank and An Integral State


Living The Dream ‘Dominant Society Needs A Slap in the Face’: Sovereignty Solidarity & Decolonisation

February 9, 2016

In this episode of Living the Dream Dave (@withsobersenses) chats with Camilla and Eliza from Sovereignty Solidarity.

Sovereignty Solidarity describes their Facebook page as follows:

‘We aim to support First Nations(FN) initiatives for self determination, sovereignty, treaties, and moving forward. We take action based on our understanding of these perspectives and aim to concretely support FN initiatives. We are a non-FN specific page because we believe non-FN  peoples have specific de-colonisation work that we need to do, and that the burden for this should be placed on FN peoples. We welcome input, criticism and support from FN people’

Camilla and Eliza have provided the following relevant links:

Decolonizing Solidarity

First Nations

brisbane aboriginal-sovereign embassy

voices of the 3


black nations rising


Non-First Nations

not our call facebook

allies decolonising

unsettling minnesota


Eliza would like the following qualification added to the title and the podcast: ‘sometimes dominant society needs a slap in the face, like on the 26th January, but sometimes dominant society needs a more gentle-gentle approach. Learning about the history of this country, the legacy of colonialism and our transplanted

place on this land can be a hard journey and if people need empathy through this process it is other non FN people who should do this work.’


Living the Dream: Welfare, Social Reproduction and Social Impact Bonds

January 24, 2016

Living the Dream: Welfare, Social Reproduction and Social Impact Bonds


In this episode Dave (@withsobersenses) and Rob talk about how the provision of welfare and social services are changing. We chat about the concept of social reproduction, the welfare state and its evolution and critically investigate new developments. As the mining boom ends, the world teeters on a the edge of another economic meltdown and states struggle with increasing amounts of debt we ask what’s going on with welfare and how can we struggle on this terrain in ways that point to a better life and a better society.



Material referred to includes:

Multi-million dollar 'green bonds' could fund Qld's climate change strategy


Competition Policy Review


Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group


Delivering On Impact: The Australian Advisory Board Breakthrough Strategy To Catalyse Impact Investment


Back ground on Debt and Social Reproduction can be found at Australia you’re standing in it part 2: Debt & Social Reproduction


Everyone should read this issue of Viewpoint on Social Reproduction.


For an inspiring historical of the unemployed struggling over the conditions of welfare see The WOW factor: Wollongong’s unemployed and the dispossession of class and history


And listen to this killer track by Mutant Death (which features an on air argument between the scumbag Bob Hawke and dear comrade and friend  Nick)


Living the Dream: Climate, Capitalism & Crisis

January 12, 2016

In this episode Jon (@jonpiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) chat with Jackson who has been an organiser with AYCC and for the Peoples Climate March in Brisbane . We talk about the opposition to the Adani mine project, the PCM, some of the experiences and developments within the climate justice movement, the role NGOs play and how this fits together with a broader understanding of capitalism and our struggles for lives of dignity and justice

Some of the material referred directly, indirectly, in a sly implied way or are kind of relevant are:

George Caffentzis The work/energy crisis and the apocalypse

Nicholas Beuret & Gareth Brown Dancing on the Grave: Salvage, The Walking Dead, and the End of Days

Andrew X Give up activism

Naomi Klein Canada's New Climate Movement

Naomi Klein: Capitalism and the Climate, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015

Jacobin on Naomi Klein and the Left

Ellen Evans & Jon Moses Interview With David Graeber

The work of Hayek & Keynes can be found in libraries everywhere.


New Year’s Thoughts - Prospects, Predictions, Postulations

January 7, 2016

In this episode Dave (@withsobersenses) and Jon (@jonpiccini) take some time to reflect on 2015 and go through the entrails to make some predictions about 2016. What happened in 2015 and what does it tell us about capitalism and the struggle against it? And how do we even try to make sense of it all?

Articles and writers mentioned are:

A panel on the work of Lisa Vogel’s  Marxism and The Oppression of Women

Prabhat Patnaik on Capitalism and Its Current Crisis

Dave’s previous writing on #TURC can be found here and here

Lara Tingle on POLITICAL AMNESIA How We Forgot How To Govern

Doug Henwood on Age of the Unicorn: How the Fed Tried to Fix the Recession, and Created the Tech Bubble

Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron on the Californian Ideology

Nick Southall on Getting the Gong – A Tale of Two Cities

Angela Mitropoulo’s work can be found at s0metim3s

Music by Dilemmas