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Invent The Future

Invent The Future

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A group of Marxist-Leninists discussing history, culture, politics, and the way forward.
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9 - Conservation and Capitalism
We interview conservationist Jules Jackson about the field of conservation, its relationship with corporations and its use in global capital, the narratives involved in eco-tourism, and how solving environmental problems is framed as an individual responsibility. [EDITOR'S NOTES: 1. To supplement the recommendations at the end, we would also suggest participating in mass organizations and/or socialist parties and either finding what they're already doing related to the environment or finding new ways to do that work in those organizations. 2. Jules let us know afterwards that Jeremy Davidson was three years old, and the company was A&G Coal Corporation.] You can reach Jules at for comments or further questions! Outro: "4 Degrees," ANOHNI Suggested reading: Brockington & Duffy, ed. Capitalism and Conservation. Graf von Hardenberg, Kelly, Leal, & Walkild. ed. The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation Scott, James C. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance Examples of bad things:
June 13, 2021
8 - A Brief History of Medical Racism
Savanah and Alekx cover a bit of the history of racism within the US medical field. A LOT is covered here, from medical training to prejudice in doctors to the concept of IQ and much more. This gets graphic at points, so please use caution.  Related/Suggested Reading: Even the Rat Was White: A Historical View of Psychology - Robert V. Guthrie Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions - Morgan Medlock, Derri Shtasel, Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, and David Williams US Surgeons’ Perceptions of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care - Britton, et al Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present - Harriet A. Washington Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites - Hoffman, et al "Microaggressions in Everyday Life" by Derald Wing Sue "Racism and Psychological and Emotional Injury: Recognizing and Assessing Race-Based Traumatic Stress" by R. Carter (2007) "Stigma, Prejudice, Discrimination, and Health" J. Stuber, I. Meyer, & B. Link (2008) "Cognitive and Affective Expectation of Stigma, Coping Efficacy, and Psychological Distress Among Sexual Minority People of Color" by Ouch & Moradi (2019) Putting Mendel in His Place: How Curriculum Reform in Genetics and Counterfactual History of Science Can Work Together - Jamieson and Radick Learned Inequality: Racial Labels in the Biology Curriculum Can Affect Racial Prejudice - Donovan Podcast Episodes: "Racism in Medicine and the Covid-19 Vaccine"- We the (Black) People "Racism in Medicine & Healthcare: Dr. Callistus Ditah" - From Where Does it STEM? "Antiracism in Medicine Series Episode 2: Dismantling Race-Based Medicine Part 1"- The Clinical Problem Solvers
April 17, 2021
Episode 7 - Cowboys
In this free-ranging and discursive discussion, Alekx, Eilex, and Ethan talk about Western films (cowboy movies, not the whole capitalist cultural category) and how they portray Mexico and Mexicans, how the films launder settler Manifest Destiny and settler-colonialism, how gender is depicted and reified through the films, and US perceptions of citizenry, property, and morality are all mixed in with the ideas they contain. It goes all over the place. Yee haw. Suggested reading/viewing: Black, Liza. Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960. Hernández, Kelly Lytle. Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol Molina, Natalia. How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts Diamond, Neil & Bainbridge, Catherine & Hayes, Jeremiah. dirs. Reel Injun: On The Trail of the Hollywood Indian. 2009. Ford, John. dir. Stagecoach. 1939 Leone, Sergio. dir. Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars). 1964 McLagen, Andrew. dir. The Shadow Riders. 1982 Peckinpah, Sam. dir. The Wild Bunch. 1969 Sturges, John. dir. The Magnificent Seven. 1960
March 1, 2021
Episode 6 - Laos
Ethan goes over the history of the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic from French colonization up until about present day, and Alekx describes modern Laos and its struggles and achievements.
January 30, 2021
Episode 5 - Horror
In this collaboration with The Tolerant Left, we're in full cultural theory mode to talk about all manner of spooky topics: the nature of where many fears come from, the gendered and racialized aspects of fear, portrayals of mental illness in horror films, and a long discussion of the history and portrayal of witches and witchcraft! Outro: Talking Heads, "Psycho Killer" For comments or questions, send an email to or hit us up on twitter!
October 16, 2020
Episode 4 - Carbon, pt. 1
In this wide-ranging episode first part of a two-part series, Ethan talks about the history of fossil fuel extraction and how it has shaped global capitalism. Outro: "III. Speech" from Anthracite Fields, Julia Wolfe Suggested reading: Andrews, Thomas G. Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War Malm, Andreas. Fossil Capital Mitchell, Timothy. Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil
September 14, 2020
Episode 3 - Interkosmos
William and Ethan explain the history and various missions of Interkosmos, the program that sent socialist cosmonauts from all over the world into space on Soviet ships. Outro: Sun Ra, "Interstellar Low Ways" Further Reading:  Burgess, Colin & Bert Vis. Interkosmos: The Eastern Bloc's Early Space Program Caswell, Kurt. Laika's Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog. Petrov, G.I. (Ed.), Conquest of Outer Space in the USSR
August 18, 2020
June Update
No June episode! Instead, enjoy this talk from Angela Davis in 1972: "Oppression and Repression in the US" at California State University - Fullerton.
June 26, 2020
Episode 2 - Creation
In this wide-ranging episode, we talk about some specific examples of art used in a communist and/or revolutionary setting throughout history.
May 17, 2020
Episode 1 - Pandemic
We discuss what's on everyone's mind: COVID-19 and the various responses to it around the world. We talk about the current timeline, talk about how states deal with pandemics, go over some some historical responses of socialist countries to various plagues and pandemics, and discuss a number of other plague-related topics. Someday we'll all record in the same room, which will change the interpersonal dynamics and the audio quality, but until then, come along with us as we figure out this new project.
April 12, 2020