Renegade Paradise

Renegade Paradise

By Charleston DSA
The official podcast of the Charleston South Carolina Democratic Socialists of America.
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Episode 10 - Interview With Writer & Activist Max Elbaum, Author of "Revolution In The Air"

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Episode 12 - Medicare For All: Critical For An Empowered Working Class
In conjunction with our 2020 Medicare For All action week, we're talking about the nitty gritty details of Medicare For All. We go over most of the usual questions (who supports it, how it compares to a private, multipayer system, how it'll be paid for, etc...) but we also talk a little bit about the intersectional nature of fighting for a universal, single payer healthcare system, and how it will help folks here in the Lowcountry. For further reading: Economic Analysis of Medicare For All: https://www.peri.umass.edu/publication/item/1127-economic-analysis-of-medicare-for-all Physician Satisfaction with Practicing Medicine: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/chart/physician-satisfaction-practicing-medicine Americans Rate Their Healthcare: https://news.gallup.com/poll/245195/americans-rate-healthcare-quite-positively.aspx DSA for Medicare For All: https://medicareforall.dsausa.org/ DJD Institute: https://www.djdinstitute.org/ Physicians for a National Health Program South Carolina: http://www.pnhpsc.org/ To contact the DJD Institute, email them at: m4asc@djdinstitute.org
1:00:40
January 9, 2020
Episode 11 - Max Elbaum's Talk at the ILA Local 422 Hall
Recently, writer and activist Max Elbaum was in Charleston to discuss his book, Revolution In The Air. The book chronicles the rise of the New Communist Movement in the United States in the 60s and 70s, and it’s subsequent decline in the 80s. It also examines what organizations like DSA can learn from the legacies of Vladimir Lenin, Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara, and from the various tendencies and organizations of the New Communist Movement operating at the time. This episode is a followup to the previous episode in which we interviewed Max about his book. He offers up some valuable insights about what it was like to be on the forefront of the socialist movement back then, and chats with the audience about organizing in 2019.
37:24
December 6, 2019
Episode 10 - Interview With Writer & Activist Max Elbaum, Author of "Revolution In The Air"
Recently, writer and activist Max Elbaum was in Charleston to discuss his book, Revolution In The Air. The book chronicles the rise of the New Communist Movement in the United States in the 60s and 70s, and it’s subsequent decline in the 80s. It also examines what organizations like DSA can learn from the legacies of Vladimir Lenin, Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara, and from the various tendencies and organizations of the New Communist Movement operating at the time. In this episode, we ask Max some questions about the book, and get his take on applying lessons learned from the activists that came before us in an age of rising inequality, fascism, and looming environmental destruction on the horizon.
51:49
November 15, 2019
Episode 9 - ICE & Border Imperialism
This episode provides additional analysis on ICE at the organizational level, discussing what role they play in US imperialism and white supremacy here at home. We also spend some time taking a broad view of border imperialism, and how it restricts and marginalizes people while capital is free to cross borders with relative ease. It's important to understand that if the working class is seeking the abolition of capitalism and a permanent transition to a socialist society, all national borders must ultimately be eliminated. We touch on that too towards the end of the episode. - You can find a link to the ICE statistics, a PDF of their arrest and removal operations for 2018 is linked in the first paragraph on their website at: https://www.ice.gov/statistics - To find information on the TRAC program we used to compare Obama's first six years of deportations to Trump's: https://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/517/ - A link Harsha Walia's book at AK Press:  https://www.akpress.org/undoing-border-imperialism.html - Some information about migration patters and population trends were pulled from the American Immigration Council's "Immigration 101" page: https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/topics/immigration-101 - A link to reports of abuse and trauma suffered by people imprisoned in ICE concntration camps: https://theintercept.com/2018/04/11/immigration-detention-sexual-abuse-ice-dhs/ Music by Pudge, Eddy, and Yung Kartz
57:25
October 18, 2019
Episode 8 - Our First Mini-Episode AKA "A Little Slice Of Paradise"
Not long ago, the Coastal Conservation League hosted a forum with several mayoral candidates here in Charleston. The candidates discussed the massive problem this city has with flooding, and proposed some technocratic, mediocre solutions for moving forward. We were able to score an interview with a real bonafide, flesh-and-blood candidate, Ricky Teckwhite, who is definitely not someone we just made up for laughs. We also propose some very brief solutions of our own that we'll come back to in future episodes. If you have a masochistic streak, you can watch the glorious discussion in it's entirety on Facebook. Don't say we didn't warn ya. Meanwhile, folks are doing real work here on the ground. October is looking busy as the local Fight For 15 group is hosting a "Unions For All Solidarity Day" on October 5th. Space is limited, so sign up here! The Charleston Immigrant Coalition is hosting an Immigrant Forum on the same day at the Circular Congregational Church. Make sure you get your ticket over at Eventbrite! CHS DSA comrades plan to attend both. If you wanna learn more about what we do, let's chat! Music by Yung Kartz and John Phillips Sousa. Bet you didn't expect that combination, did ya?
17:02
September 30, 2019
Episode 7 - Interview With Fernando Soto From Recursos Estatales
In this episode, we interview Fernando Soto, founder of Recursos Estatales, an online news portal for Spanish-speaking readers. Recursos Estatales' mission is to close the gap in local communities where Spanish resources are not offered to the Hispanic community. Recursos Estatales also provides news coverage in the state of South Carolina. Likewise, it is working on expansion to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, broadening their reach to a regional audience. Fernando recently spoke at the Lights For Liberty rally in North Charleston discussing the struggles of local immigrant communities under attack from a newly-empowered and increasingly fascist Immigrations & Customs Enforcement department, also known as ICE. Fernando also shares some observations about ICE both on a local and national level, as well as some suggestions on how we can fight for the rights of immigrants here in the Lowcountry. In the interview, we reference a video by leftist history YouTube channel Three Arrows connecting the concentration camps at the border with concentration camps liberated at the end of World War II. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8UzmLsXGRU To find out more about Recursos Estatales, check them out at http://recursosestatales.com/ Music by: Mama Sun System
1:01:19
September 2, 2019
Episode 6 - DSA National Convention 2019 Analysis
Earlier this month, delegates from our chapter hit the road for the 2019 National DSA Convention. In this episode, we discuss some of the experiences we had at the convention, a broad view of how the voting process worked, and a deeper dive on a few interesting resolutions and proposed bylaw changes. Did you attend the convention? Have something to add? Email us at info@charlestondsa.org. We might read your response on a future episode! If you didn't make it to the convention but would like to hear some of the speakers and review the resolutions and bylaws yourself, check out the official DSA website: https://www.dsausa.org/2019-convention-a-world-to-win/ Music by Dot Dash, The Spin Wires, and The Dread
1:07:29
August 29, 2019
Episode 5 - Interview With Charleston Food Not Bombs
In this episode, we interview local comrades Alex and Sam who are stalwart supporters of the local Food Not Bombs chapter. Food Not Bombs is a loose-knit group of independent anarchist collectives around the world who share free meals in an ongoing effort to build solidarity with local folks struggling with food insecurity. Food Not Bombs believes that corporate and government priorities are skewed to allow hunger to persist in what should be post-scarcity society. To demonstrate this in practice (and to reduce costs), a large amount of the food served by the group is surplus food or donations from local stores, restaurants, food trucks, bakeries and markets that would otherwise go to waste. To learn more about the organization as a whole, check out their website at http://foodnotbombs.net To learn more about the Charleston chapter, or to make a food or cash donation, find them on Facebook, Instagram, or visit their website at http://charlestonfoodnotbombs.org Please note: The interview mentions a serving location that is no longer active due to construction. Please visit Charleston Food Not Bombs' social media accounts for updated serving info. Music by: SatanasiA
36:10
July 31, 2019
Episode 4 - The Green New Deal vs. Universal Basic Income
Democrats have had their first primary debates of the election cycle, and it's definitely a crowded field at this point, but one candidate in particular has caught our attention: Silicon Valley entrepreneur and former corporate attorney Andrew Yang. Over the past few months, Yang has rose to prominence promoting a Universal Basic Income plan that he calls the "Freedom Dividend", which guarantees every American a monthly stipend of $1000. But what are the drawbacks of this plan, and how does it compare to the vastly superior Green New Deal put forward recently by Senator Edward Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Will it help workers gain back control of their economy and their workplaces, or is it a simple bait-and-switch tactic? In this episode, we compare and contrast the Green New Deal and the so-called "Freedom Dividend", provide some analysis on how these plans might look on a local level, and present both strategies within the concept of a socialist economy, framing the argument as a battle between the needs of labor vs. the whims of capital. The Lowcountry is on the front lines of both climate change and a shifting economy in favor of predatory capitalists. Understanding how these two very different approaches tackle these issues is critical. For further critical analysis on Andrew Yang and the "Freedom Dividend" 1. "Why is Andrew Yang Running for President?" by Mehdi Hassan: https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/deconstructed?selected=FLM7275244952 2. "The Case Against a Basic Income" by Daniel Zamora: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/12/universal-basic-income-inequality-work 3. "Universal Basic Income: Ruling class scam or step toward socialism?" by Tim Libretti: https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/universal-basic-income-ruling-class-scam-or-step-toward-socialism/ 4. "On The Politics of Basic Income" by Peter Frase: http://www.peterfrase.com/2018/07/on-the-politics-of-basic-income/ Music by: Peg & The Rejected, Defy The Mall, KIRK, The Dubbstyle, and Regular Gonzalez
49:21
July 4, 2019
Episode 3 - Abortion Rights Under Attack
Recently, a series of so-called "fetal heartbeat" bills have been circulating in various state legislatures. These bills are a extreme form of abortion restriction legislation which makes abortions illegal as soon as the so-called "embryonic or fetal heartbeat" can be detected, which is typically six weeks into the pregnancy and before most folks are certain that they're pregnant. Charleston DSA unequivocally rejects any attempt to restrict abortion rights and bodily autonomy. In the first segment, we analyze the difference between the various bills in different states, and how they compare and contrast to South Carolina's own so-called "fetal heartbeat" bill. In the second segment, we provide a socialist analysis of abortion rights and bodily autonomy, and explain how these bills are yet another example of class warfare. We highlight how these bills have nothing to do with “protecting life”, but are just another tool used by the predatory capitalist class to enslave us. We wrap up the episode by giving some examples of mutual aid and direct action that our comrades can use to push back against this latest push to eradicate the most fundamental of our rights: the right to control our own bodies. This episode was recorded when the state legislature was still in session. Since then, South Carolina's so-called "fetal heartbeat" bill has passed the house and moved on to the Senate. We have updated the list of resources to include contact information for South Carolina state senators. Contact your state representative: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=H Contact your state senator: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S If you need an abortion here in the southeast, there are many groups across dedicated to raising funds or providing resources to help you. The National Network Of Abortion Funds: https://abortionfunds.org/ Richmond Reproductive Freedom Projects: http://www.rrfp.net/ Blue Ridge Abortion Fund: https://blueridgeabortionfund.org/ Carolina Abortion Fund: http://carolinaabortionfund.org/ Tennessee Reproductive Action Fund: https://sisterreach.org/ Access Reproductive Care — Southeast: http://www.arc-southeast.org/ Yellowhammer Fund: https://yellowhammerfund.org/ Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund: https://msreprofreedomfund.org/ New Orleans Abortion Fund: http://neworleansabortionfund.org/ North Florida Justice Fund: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-south-east-north-florida Central Florida Women's Emergency Fund: http://cflwef.org/ W.O.M.E.N.: https://abortionfunds.org/fund/w-o-m-e-n/ Emergency Medical Assistance Inc.: http://www.emawpb.org/ Women's Emergency Network: http://www.wen-online.org/ Music by David Rovics, Peg & The Rejected, Neil Cross, and 27 Hearts Beats
52:30
June 15, 2019
Episode 2: #AllOutMay1 South Carolina Teacher Walkout & South Carolina Labor Struggles Throughout History
In the spirit of May Day, this episode discusses the recent #AllOutMay1 statewide teacher walkout from a socialist perspective. We also suggest some ways in which comrades might support our teachers and fellow workers, as well as how to encourage a culture of vigorously defending the right to a free, high-quality public education via direct action. We also spend a little time towards the end of the episode talking about labor history here in the region and how it connects to the current struggles within the South Carolina education system, which currently sits among the worst-ranked in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. Additional background music from https://www.zapsplat.com
41:47
May 23, 2019
Episode 1: We Want The World
The debut episode of Renegade Paradise, in which we discuss how capitalism and socialism are talked about in popular political discourse, and why this popular discourse is inaccurate and problematic. We also present a brief summary of Charleston DSA’s interpretation and definition of socialism.
19:50
May 7, 2019