March 11, 2019
In this episode of Living the Dream Feargal and Bill report from the campsite out at Deebing Creek. They have a chat with Shale and James about what is going on, the nature of the struggle, the relationships of solidarity that are being built and what they think will happen next.
Follow the struggle at Deebing Creek here:
Yuggera Ugarapul Tribal Elders
Save Deebing Creek Mission
Sign the petition for a Commission of Inquiry
Music by A.B. Original (feat. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu)
March 3, 2019
In this episode Dave (@withsobersenses) chats with Elena Jeffreys (@ElenaJeffrys) from the sex worker organisation Respect Inc. Elena talks about the history of sex worker self-organisation, the conditions of sex workers in Australia today and the importance of the struggle to decriminalise sex work to improving the working conditions and lives of sex workers. Elena digs into the what is wrong with the ‘Swedish Model’, the negative and violent impact it has had on peoples’ lives, and the role that section of feminism and the Left have played in instituting it. Content Warning – the episode mentions violence against women.
Music by Goran Bregovic – (with possibly ambiguous lyrics)
February 17, 2019
In this episode Dave (@withsobersenses) chats with excellent comrade Alexander Brown about the anti-nuclear movement in Japan. Alexander talks about the role nuclear power plays in Japanese society, the pre-Fukushima influence of the New Left, the freeter movement and alter-globalisation struggles, the impact the Fukushima disaster had, the tactics and strategy of the movement, its links with the global wave of ‘squares’ and ‘Occupys’, what’s happening now and the increasingly importance of solidarity in East Asia. Alexander really digs into the thought, concepts and understandings of the movement.
You can find Alexander’s book, thesis and blog below.
Anti-nuclear Protest in Post-Fukushima Tokyo
Power struggles: the strategies and tactics of the anti-nuclear movement in contemporary Tokyo
Love From Tokyo
February 10, 2019
In this episode Jon (@JonPiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) review ACTU Secretary Sally McManus’ book On Fairness.We try to dig in to how McManus fails to understand the actual dynamics of capitalism – rather blaming bad people and bad ideas for the problems we face. This means the book points us in the wrong direction. Rather we need to address the core dynamics in our society if we want to fight exploitation and oppression today and struggle for and create a society where we can live lives worth living.
You can find Jon’s article on Labor, Trade Unions and the White Australia Policy here:
A White Working Man’s Country
January 8, 2019
2019! Wooooo! In this episode of Living The Dream Jon (@jonpiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) take off the party-hats, pick the streamers from their shoulders of their tuxedo jackets, set aside the Champagne flutes and have a chat about what 2018 was all about what we think is going to happen in 2019. Climate Change, fascism, #libspill, disaster communism, power prices, radical social democracy, #changetherules, #metoo, book recommendations and angry clowns air boxing whilst riding unicycles – this episode has it all!
Some stuff we talk about includes:
Cronulla 2.0? : Racist assembly @ St Kilda Beach, Saturday, January 5, 2019
Stephen Wertheim – Return of the Neocons
Keir Milburn and Bertie Russell - What can an institution do? Towards Public-Common partnerships and a new common-sense
Cinzia Arruzza - From Women’s Strikes to a New Class Movement: The Third Feminist Wave
Endnotes – The Holding Pattern
Salvage Editorial Collective - Salvage Perspectives #6: Evidence of Things Not Seen
Out of the Woods - The Uses of Disaster
The Dig - The Green New Deal with Kate Aronoff
Madeline Lane-McKinley - #MeToo From Below
What’s going on with Change the Rules? A report from the Melbourne Delegates Meeting 25th September
Jobs You Can Count On – a secure work future for Australia
Class War #73 Class War is Dead…Lone Live the Class War
The Universalism Debate
September 16, 2018
In this episode Dave (@withsobersenses) and Jon (@jonpiccini) catch up with Simon Copland (@SimonCopland) again. We talk about how despite the plebiscite being a fantastic victory the Left (for lack of a better term) seems determined to see it as a defeat and what the impact of this is. Simon also talks about going to, live tweeting from and then writing about a recent Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux talk and his thoughts about how the struggle against reaction can be renovated.
Things we mention include:
Simon Copland - Racists on speaking tour: rethinking our response
Alison Pennington - On the Plebiscite: Beyond Defeatism, Moralism and the Politics of Scarcity
Red Action - Declaration Of Independence
You can find Simon’s work here and our older episode with him here .
September 5, 2018
In this episode Dave (@withsobersenses) chats with friend of the show Michael. Michael talks about how the NDIS has changed the experience of those that work in care and community services, how it has impacted work conditions and how it has undermined the kind of care that those on the NDIS receive. We also talk about what does this mean for struggle around these issues? What are the unions doing? What are the workers doing? How does this impact with a larger question about the struggle against poverty in Australian society?
This is the second show we have done on the NDIS. Our first episode can be found here