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A Time Of Revelations
A Time Of Revelations
As the Russian forces continue to encircle Artymovsk/Bakhmut and the Zelensky regime starts dragooning the blind and disabled into the Ukrainian army we look at what the Nato gang might be trying to achieve.   We then turn to the most recent revelations from former Israeli PM Naftali Bennett regarding who made sure that the peace talks in March of last year did not succeed.  Be sure to check out the latest on the Marx-Engels Institute site If you want to support the programme you can do so on our patreon page Episode Artwork is 'After Shift' by the Soviet Russian Artist Nikolai Ponomarev
58:20
February 05, 2023
Interview With Joti Brar
Interview With Joti Brar
In this episode I speak to Joti Brar, Vice Chair Communist Party of Great Britain - Marxist Leninist.  In this interview we speak about the World Anti Imperialist Platform and the US imperialists plans for war with China, the war against Russia and the failure of anti war movements in the west.  This will go out for public release on Friday.   Be sure to check out the CPGB-ML website  Here is the link to Joti's telegram channel 
01:09:13
February 03, 2023
The Dead End Of Labourism - Red Star Bulletin #35
The Dead End Of Labourism - Red Star Bulletin #35
In a break to our regularly schedule programmes on the Ukraine war I take a look at why the Labour Party does not deserve one single vote at the next British elections.  I also argue why Starmer is absolutely within the tradition of labour party leaders and why parliamentarism is absolutley fatal to Communist Parties.   Be sure to check out more of our episodes on patreon Be sure to visit the Marx-Engels Institute website Outro Music is "The Molly Maguires" by Luke Kelly Episode Artwork is 'The Storming Of The Winter Palace' by the Soviet Russian Artist Vasily Svarog
59:45
January 28, 2023
World Of Tanks - Red Star Bulletin #34
World Of Tanks - Red Star Bulletin #34
As the Russian armed forces cointinue their advances across Donetsk and Zaporozhye we ask if the promises of new tanks from Germany, Britain and the US will actually make all that much difference in the war.  We also examine a speech given by prominent expenses fiddler David Lammy, the next British foreign minister no less, and argue that he's fully in line with the imperialist traditions of the Labour Party.  Be sure to check out the latest article on the Marx-Engels Institute website You can support our work on patreon and find more programmes for subscribers there. Episode Outro is 'High Germany' performed by Martin Carthy Episode Artwork is 'We Are A Peaceful People' by the Soviet Ukrainian artist Vasily Hitrikov
01:12:14
January 26, 2023
The Davos Men Cometh - Red Star Bulletin #33
The Davos Men Cometh - Red Star Bulletin #33
In tonights bulletin we look at the recent purges in the Ukrainian government and ask what the hell the Americans are up to?  The tank based hysteria continues, largely fuelled by journalists who've never even played 'World Of Tanks'.  And we finally look at the bizarre and crazy world of Davos, Greta Thunberg and Keir Starmer.   Outro Music is 'Plastic Man' by The Kinks
45:50
January 24, 2023
Dangerous Assumptions - Red Star Bulletin #32
Dangerous Assumptions - Red Star Bulletin #32
In this episode of the bulletin we look at the latest from the frontlines in Ukraine.  This includes the fall of Soledar and the encirclement of Artymovsk, the role of the Wagner group and the new Russian offensive in the Zaporozyhe region.  From there we look at the latest Ukrainian conscription drive and the likelihood of a Ukrainian offensive.  We also consider the resignation of Zelenskys chief spin doctor Arestovich and what his revelations can tell us about the war.   Episode Outro is a revolutionary hymn from the Russian revolution period Episode Artwork is 'Hunter With Golden Eagle' (1938) by the Soviet Kyrgyz artist Semyon Chuikov Be sure to check out the Marx-Engels Institute website Support us on patreon
01:02:26
January 22, 2023
The Fraud of "Anti Fascism"
The Fraud of "Anti Fascism"
I start off this episode by talking about the launch of the Marx Engels Institute which is now the home of this podcast.  As I say on the episode there will be an essay accompanying this epiosde published on the site in the next few days. For the bulk of the episode I examine how did the concept of anti facsism change from being a socialist force driven by the working class to being a laundry service for the reputations of imperialist politicians?  In this episode I explore the historical changes that generated this and why it has proven to be such a poisonous development that leads to strengthening of anti-working class actions from the capitalist state. Outro Music Is the Italian version of the Song of the United Front
01:12:23
January 20, 2023
Interview With Dr Bob Gill
Interview With Dr Bob Gill
In this episode I speak with Dr Bob Gill. He is a medical doctor working within the British National Health Service and long time campaigner against health service privatisation.  In the hour he talks about media decepitons over health policy, the treacherous role of the health union leaders and the identical nature of the NHS policies promoted by both labour and conservative parties. Be sure to follow Dr Gill on twitter @drbobgill
54:52
January 14, 2023
Biden, Britain and Ukraine
Biden, Britain and Ukraine
Will the classified documents stashed in his corvette's glove box spell the end for Joe Biden?  Have the Russians sacked their commander? Is British capitalism actually capable of waging a real war?  All these questions and more will be answered in tonights Red Star Radio bulletin!  Episode Artwork is 'The First Red Army Soldiers in 1918' by the Soviet Russian Artist Ivan Georgievich Drozdov (1924)
59:58
January 13, 2023
The Brasilia Riot
The Brasilia Riot
What are the reasons behind the recent riot of Bolsonaro supporters in Brazil? What does this tell us about the nature of capitalist democracy in Brazil? Are there any comparisons to be made to the January 6th events in the USA? Or is such a comparison facile nonsense peddled by instagram influencers?   Outro music is the anthem of the landless workers movement of Brazil 
48:33
January 09, 2023
Sunak, Starmer and the Unbearable Self Deception of the British Empire
Sunak, Starmer and the Unbearable Self Deception of the British Empire
In this special episode I look at the two speeches given by the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour Party leader Keir Starmer.  By reading through we can tell much about British capitalism and how the priorities of the ruling class are expressed by the politicians within the bourgeois state.   Episode Outro is 'High Germany' by Martin Carthy
01:02:09
January 08, 2023
Washington Bullets - Red Star Bulletin #32
Washington Bullets - Red Star Bulletin #32
In this episode I look at the real meaning of Zelenskys Christmas in Washington, the sheer brute cynicism of the likes of Lindsay Graham and the return of Oliver North.  I then turn to domestic British politics and Rishi Sunaks proposed attacks on the right to strike.  I conclude by looking at the long term rates of poverty in Britain and why they never actually reduce over the last 30 years.  Outro Music is 'Washington Bullets' by The Clash from the album 'Sandinista' (1980)  Episode artwork is 'Winter Evening' by the Soviet Russian artist Viktor Bibikov (1971)
58:60
January 07, 2023
The Starmer Redundancy - Red Star Bulletin #32
The Starmer Redundancy - Red Star Bulletin #32
I star the bulletin tonight by looking at the latest from the war in Ukraine, including Putin visiting Minsk and the possible implcations of it. The bulk of the episode thought is taken up with an examination of the strikes going on in Britain and why the labour party offers no way out for the working class. Outro is 'The Red Flag'
57:00
December 20, 2022
The Holodomor Mythology - Interview With Comrade Slava
The Holodomor Mythology - Interview With Comrade Slava
With the German parliament recently passing a resolution proclaiming that the Soviet leadership in the ealry 1930's engaged in a deliberate policy of starvation in Ukraine it was clearly time to look at the mythology this resolution is based on.  Comrade Slava from the Chicago Workers School joins me for this episode where we examine why the 'holodomr' is a myth created by a combination of the Nazi regime, Ukrainian fascists, the Hearst press and reactionary British historian Robert Conquest.  We also examine why this myth has been sustained and how it is used by Ukrainian fascists to this day.  We also look at the role played by Trotsky in all this (and it's not a good one).  The final part of the episode deals with the reality of collectivisation, crop failures and the actual actions of the Soviet government in Ukraine and Moscow.   Sources used in this episode: Fraud, Famine and Fascism - Douglas Tottle The 1932 Harvest and the Famine of 1933 - Mark Tauger Natural Disaster and Human Actions in the Soviet Famine of 1931-1933 - Mark Tauger Another View of Stalin - Ludo Martens Blood Lies - Grover Furr Stalin-History and Critique of a Black Legend - Domenico Losurdo  Stalin The Temporary Holder of Ukraine - Leon Trotsky  Outro music is 'You Glorious Soviet Ukraine'  Episode Artwork is 'Sunny Day Before Spring' by the Soviet Ukrainian artist Victor Puzrykov
01:03:46
December 16, 2022
The Enemies Messengers - Media and the Class War
The Enemies Messengers - Media and the Class War
In this episode of the bulletin  I look at the role of the press in maintaining the rule of the capitalist class.  This is after a brief overview of the latest from the frontlines in Ukraine and the always revolting role being played by a certain Boris Johnson.  Outro music is 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' by Gil Scott Heron Intro is Malcolm X speaking on the power of the press Episode image is from 'Citizen Kane' by Orson Welles If you liked this then be sure to check out the content over on the patreon page
01:05:50
December 14, 2022
Waiting for the Fall - Red Star Bulletin #30
Waiting for the Fall - Red Star Bulletin #30
As the Kiev regime prepares another doomed offensive in Zaporozhye I ask what, what the hell are they doing?  The Saudis realign but remain the same collection of ultra reactionaries they always have been. The Serbian ruling class wait and watch whilst trying to avoid a shooting war with NATO over Kosovo but the wars fuelled by US imperialism in the former Yugoslavia cannot remain frozen for too much longer as the American empire visibly falls apart.  And finally a look at why the British trade union leaders are paying Keir Starmer to kick them in the balls.  Outro Music is 'The Future' by Leonard Cohen Episode Artwork is the work 'Paratroopers' by the Soviet Russian Artist Pyotr Tarasovich Maltsev
01:00:22
December 12, 2022
Mere Anarchy Is Loosed Upon The World - Red Star Bulletin #29
Mere Anarchy Is Loosed Upon The World - Red Star Bulletin #29
In this episode of the bulletin I consider the latest discussion around the potential end point for the Russia-NATO war in Ukraine that have emerged recently.  I then look at the farcical "coup" that was reported to have been foiled in Germany this week, how there's always a pro-fascist section of the bourgeoisie and how the secret services of captialist states always play a role in the running of reactionary organisations.  I conclude by looking at the recent comments from Olaf Scholz regarding Germany as a guarantor of European "peace and stability".  Episode artwork is the work 'Kiev 1942' by the Soviet Ukrainian artist Viktor Puzrykov Episode Outro is 'Trans-Europe Express' by Kraftwerk
58:13
December 10, 2022
Anglo Ruses - Red Star Daily #28
Anglo Ruses - Red Star Daily #28
In this episode of the bulletin I look at the likely effects of the G7 oil "price cap" and how it isn't likely to lead to the results it's originators desire.  I also look at the drone attack on airfields inside Russia and how this is being played out as a propaganda operation in the British bourgeois press.   In the final part of the programme I look at how the government and security services have been using the clowns from Extinction Rebelliona and Just Stop Oil to soften up public opinion for more repressive measures to be taken against the working class.   Outro Music is "American Ruse" by The MC5 Episode Artwork is the work 'Into the Night' by the Soviet Russian artist Vladimir Alexeyvich Vasin
50:42
December 05, 2022
Men Out Of Time - Red Stay Daily #27
Men Out Of Time - Red Stay Daily #27
In this episode I examine the latest from the Russia-NATO war and other related stories.  As the Russian armed forces reach almost full strength the NATO "allies" plot to dismember Ukraine and Moldova.  Meanwhile both Angela Merkel and Oscar Lafontaine have given interviews recently which both demonstrate the stagnation and decay of German capitalism.   Outro Music is 'A Man Out Of Time' by Elvis Costello & The Attractions Episode Artwork is 'The Storming of the Reichstag' by the Soviet Russian Artist Mikhail Ananievich Ananiev
56:08
December 01, 2022
Unholy Empires - Red Star Daily #26
Unholy Empires - Red Star Daily #26
In this episode I look at the latest news from the ongoing battles around Artemovsk/Balhmut and the rumours of it's imminent fall to the Russian forces.  I then look at the latest comments from a western official who's been revealed to be a fool, this time it's the Pope revealing himself to be in the Josep Borrel school of thought.  I then turn to look at the various displays of idiocy over the protests in China and how the schemes of imperialism fit into this.   Episode Outro is 'If I Should Fall From the Grace of God' by The Pogues Episode Artwork is 'Short Break From The War' by the Soviet Ukrainian Artist Viktor Ivanovich Tolochko
48:40
November 30, 2022
Interview With Carlos Garrido
Interview With Carlos Garrido
I recently spoke with Carlos Garrido, co-founder and editor of Midwestern Marx, about his new book 'Marxism and the Dialectical Materialist Worldview'.  Our discussion covers the themes of the book, the importance of Hegel, Soviet Marxism, the wretchedness of the Frankfurt School and the disconnect betwteen workers and the left.  
01:01:27
November 25, 2022
Pawns In The Game - Red Star Daily #25
Pawns In The Game - Red Star Daily #25
In this episode I look at the fate that has befallen those who have provided themselves and their movements as allies to the US imperialists.  This is relevant not only to the fate of Zelensky but also to the latest selling out of the Kurds in Syria by the US.  It is also something that has relevance to the current violence in Iran that is taking place in Iranian Kurdistan and the Balochi region in South East Iran, on the border with Pakistan.  I also discuss the Soviet policy on national minorities and defend it against the misrepresentations of it that have come from Russian nationalists and western "marxists".   Episode Artwork is the work 'Marshal Georgy Zhukov' by the Soviet Russia artist Vasily Nikolayevich Yakovlev Episode Outro is 'Theme from the Long Good Friday' by Francis Monkman
48:13
November 24, 2022
The Revelations of Boris Johnson - Red Star Daily #24
The Revelations of Boris Johnson - Red Star Daily #24
In this episode I look at the latest from the Russia-NATO war before turning to related issues including Boris Johnsons recent interview on CNN.  I then exa,ine why the European nations were so weak and how Borish Johnson's interview confirmed much about this.  I also look at the falling apart of Moldova and the risks of the Romanian intervention there before concluding by looking at the latest from the CSTO summit in Yerevan.  Episode Artwork is 'Burning Berlin' by the Soviet Russian artist Boris Mikhailovich Nemensky Episode Outro is 'Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time' by Gang Of Four
01:03:20
November 23, 2022
The Centre Cannot Hold - Red Star Bulletin #23
The Centre Cannot Hold - Red Star Bulletin #23
In this episode of the bulletin I look at the latest complaints from Macron and Habeck about the US "stealing" European industry.   I then examine the latest Russian statements on the potential end point for the war and look at the growing protest waves across Europe.  Episode Outro Music is "Aux Armes Et Caetera" by Serge Gainsbourg Episode Artwork is the work "Letter" by the Soviet Russian artist Viktor Konstantinovich Dmitrievsky
55:49
November 22, 2022
Castillo, Peru and Questions of Sovereignty - Interview With Alejo Schizo
Castillo, Peru and Questions of Sovereignty - Interview With Alejo Schizo
In this episode I speak to Peruvian nationalist Alejo who talks us through the various different contradictions inside his nation.   We speak about the troubles facing the left reformist government of Castillo, the role of the US empire and the actions of the numerous NGOs in nations like Peru.  It's a really interesting discussion about an area of the world we hear very little of in the bourgeois press.  
01:06:38
November 18, 2022
Scams Within Scams - Red Star Daily #22
Scams Within Scams - Red Star Daily #22
In this episode I look at the latest Ukrainian attempt to secure NATO ground forces involvement in the war via the missile strike on Polish territory.  This leads into a discussion of the FTX scam collapse and it's links to the Ukrainian regime. Finally, I look at the recent comments made by Chuck Schumer were he called for an urgent expansion of the American labour force.   Outro Music is 'Shot by Both Sides' by Magazine Episode Artwork is 'The Shooting of the Railwaymen by Kolchak' by the Soviet Artist Georgi Mikhailovich Shegal (1935)
41:14
November 17, 2022
The Contradictions Pile Up - Red Star Daily #20
The Contradictions Pile Up - Red Star Daily #20
In this episode I look at the latest talk of a potential peace deal between the Russians and Americans regarding the war in Ukraine and why this is not likely to happen now.   I also examine the recent bombing in Istanbul and the claims that the US had some role to play in this plot. In the final section I look at a recent speech given by Ukrainian Communist Leader Pyotr Simonenko about the development of lumpenisation and the emergence of banderism. I also examine remarks made recently by the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov, regarding the attitude of the Russian capitalist class towards the war. Outro Music is 'March of Stalins Artillery' by the Red Army Choir Episode Artwork is 'The First Decree of the Soviet Government on Peace and Land' by the Soviet Artist Akhmed Kitayev
55:13
November 15, 2022
The Reluctance of the Bourgeoisie - Red Star Daily #20
The Reluctance of the Bourgeoisie - Red Star Daily #20
In this episode of the bulleting I look at the rotten propagandistic coverage of the Russian withdrawal from Kherson and the perpetual role of ex-Trotskyites as neo-cons and pet empire intellectuals.   The bulk of the episode though is taken up with an examination of the way in which the Russian bourgeoisie are acting bears some similarities to the reluctance of the English bourgeoisie to actually take the war against the king seriously.  I also discuss the similar process that went on in the American civil war with the refusal of the US capitalists to commit seriously to the war against the Confederacy until 3 years of war had gone by.   Outro Music is 'One of These Days' by Pink Floyd Episode Artwork is 'Voroshilov and Members of the Revolutionary Military Council' by the Soviet Artist Gennady Ivanovich Prokopinsky
01:00:02
November 12, 2022
The Coming Class Wars - Red Star Daily #19
The Coming Class Wars - Red Star Daily #19
In this episode we look at further developments regarding the Russian withdrawal from Kherson.  Is there a deal with the US?  Or is it actually the case that this war will grind onwards as the US itself is not capable of agreeing on a way forward within the Biden administration?   We also look at the latest fall out from the midterms and ask would a Theodore Roosevelt type figure be able to emerge with the state of US capitalism today?  In the concluding part I take a question form a listener regarding why western militaries have shrunk as they have since the 1990s.  Outro Music is 'Life During Wartime' by Talking Heads  Episode Artwork is the work 'Hunters' by the Soviet Latvian artist Karlis Dobrais (1973)
01:00:40
November 11, 2022
The Kherson Withdrawal - Red Star Daily #18
The Kherson Withdrawal - Red Star Daily #18
What should we make of the Russian withdrawal from Kherson city?  Is there a deal on the cards between the US and Russia?  Is Ukraine going to be partitioned?   I'll be looking at all of this then turning to examine the US midterms and the continuity that exists from Obama to Trump to Biden.  Outro Music is 'Slow Train Coming' by Bob Dylan Episode Artwork is 'The Shift Is Over' by the Soviet Azerbaijani artist Tahir Salakhov
01:03:08
November 10, 2022
Delusions of a Decaying Empire - Interview With Kit Klarenberg
Delusions of a Decaying Empire - Interview With Kit Klarenberg
In this episode I speak to investigative journalist Kit Klarenberg about his latest work on the machinations of British intelligence in the Ukraine war.   We also cover the decline of British imperialism and get into some details over the latest flare up regarding Kosovo.   Be sure to check out Kits writing for The Grayzone
01:18:18
November 08, 2022
The German Dilemma - Red Star Daily #17
The German Dilemma - Red Star Daily #17
In this latest bulletin we look at the latest news from the frontlines in Ukraine/Southern Russia including developments in Kherson, Ugeldar and Bakhmut.  We then consider the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's recent visit to Beijing, the comments made by President Xi Jinping and the wider context of German deindustrialisation.   In the final part of the programme we take a question from a listener regarding the potential choices facing the Russian government earlier this year and whether war was the only option open to them. Outro music for this episode is the track 'Master of Sensation' by Eloy from the 1979 album 'Silent Cries and Might Echoes' Episode Artwork is the work 'In New China' by the Soviet Artist Konstantin Finogenov 
57:05
November 07, 2022
The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917
The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917
In this special episode I look at the event that defined the last 105 years, that October Revolution of 1917.  In doing so I trace the origins of the Bolsheviks victory back to the early days of Russian Marxism, the role played by Plekhanov, the development of Russian capitalism and the birth of the Bolshevik Party.  Particularly important is the development of the Bolshevik relationship with the masses and how this developed over time to reach it's apex in the revolutionary period of 1917-1922.   Here are some links to further reading on the subject: The April Theses - Lenin The State and Revolution - Lenin History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union - Chapter 7 by J.V.Stalin The History of the Russian Revolution - L.D. Trotsky 10 Days That Shook The World - John Reed The Russian Revolution - William Z Foster Episode art is the work 'Lenin in October' by the Soviet Artist Igor Reznik Episode Music is 'The International' performed by the Red Army Choir
01:08:56
November 05, 2022
On Bourgeois Catastrophism - Red Star Daily #16
On Bourgeois Catastrophism - Red Star Daily #16
In this episode of the Red Star bulletin I look at the latest news from Ukraine, the developments in Iran and the threats of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  I then look at the confused world of the MMT theorists and conclude with a consideration of the role of bourgeois catastrophism in the covid hysteria.   Episode Music is 'The End' by The Doors (Lyrics by Morrison)  Episode Artwork is 'Baltic, Human Bridge' by the Soviet Artist N Prisekin
01:07:24
November 03, 2022
The Bosphorus Connection - Red Star Daily #15
The Bosphorus Connection - Red Star Daily #15
In this episode of the bulleting I look at the renewed Ukrainian grain deal and who really benefits from it.   I then examine how this is connected to Putins meeting with Pashinyan and Aliyev, the Iranian connection to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict,  more US terrorism against Iran and finally the cucking of Elon Musk.   Outro Music is 'Everybody Knows' by Leonard Cohen (1989) Episode Artwork is 'Here The Soldiers Go' by the Soviet Artist Yuri Mikhailovich Neprintsev (1970)
59:13
November 02, 2022
Lulas Comeback and Truss Hacked! - Red Star Daily #14
Lulas Comeback and Truss Hacked! - Red Star Daily #14
In this episode of the daily bulletin I look at the latest from the frontlines in Ukraine including some fresh advances made by the Russian forces before turning to look at the new mass attacks on the Ukrainian energy grid.  I also examine the claims regarding the hacking of Liz Truss's phone and what it could tell us about the Nord Stream pipeline attacks.   The programme concludes with an examination of Lulas big comeback in Brazil and why a lot of policy won't actually change that much despite the differences between Lula and Bolsonaro.  Episode Outro is the Brazilian Portuguese version of 'The International' Episode Artwork is a photo of a demonstration by the Brazilian landless workers movement in 1996. 
54:43
October 31, 2022
The Empire of Self Deceptions - Red Star Daily #13
The Empire of Self Deceptions - Red Star Daily #13
In this episode I look at the latest from the frontlines in Ukraine.  I then examine the attack on the Russian naval base in Sevastopol and ask what the British involvement may have taken the form of.  There is also the question of the infinite self deception engaged in by the EU over the sanctions on Russian energy.  In the concluding part of the episode I examine a question about last nights episode on the nature of fascism taking into consideration the example of the Spanish regime of Franco and the pre war Nazi regime.   You can find more content on our patreon page for subscribers Outro Music is 'Cancion del Frente Popular' (the Spanish version of Song of the United Front) by Bertolt Brecht Episode Artwork is 'The Birth of the Red Army' by the Soviet Artist Gennady Ivanovich Prokpinsky
59:59
October 29, 2022
Imperialism, Fascism and War - Red Star Daily #13
Imperialism, Fascism and War - Red Star Daily #13
In this episode of Red Star Daily I look at the nature of fascism, what constitutes a fascist regime and what does not and why we should avoid applying the term too hastily.   Outro is 'Partisans Song' by The Red Army Choir Episode Artwork is 'Shooting the Fascist Vultures' by the Soviet Artist Viktor Kiselev
01:05:32
October 28, 2022
The Enlightenment Moves East? - Red Star Daily #12
The Enlightenment Moves East? - Red Star Daily #12
In this episode of the daily bulletin I examine: 1) The latest from the frontlines 2) Chinese continue to expand their activity in European economies  The bulk of the episode though consists of an examination of the speech and Q&A given by Putin at the Valdai Club today.   Outro Music is 'This Is The Day' by The The Episode Artwork is 'Winter Forest' by the Soviet Latvian artist Yanis Paulyuks
01:00:12
October 27, 2022
The Dangers of Decaying Imperialism - Red Star Daily #11
The Dangers of Decaying Imperialism - Red Star Daily #11
In this episode of the daily bulleting I look at the latest from the frontlines in Ukraine.  I then turn to comments made by Putin recently at a meeting of CIS security officials regarding the sovereignty (or lack thereof) of Ukraine.  I also consider the devastating effects on population size and birth rates that the collapse of the socialist system had on places like Latvia.   In the final part of the programme I look at the chances of the peace deal that was almost signed back in March actually working.   Musical outro is 'Rising of the Moon' sung by Luke Kelly with lyrics by James Larkin Episode artwork is 'The Year 1919' by the Soviet Artist Fyodor Shurpin
01:04:33
October 26, 2022
The Incapacities of Europe - Red Star Daily #10
The Incapacities of Europe - Red Star Daily #10
In this episode of the bulletin I look at the latest updates from the frontlines in Ukraine/South West Russia before turning to the overhyping of US deployments done by CBS news.  I then look at the latest developments on the "dirty bomb" story including an interesting article on this from Scott Ritter.  I conclude by looking at Rishi Sunak and his continuity cabinet.  One thing is certain and that is there'll be no change from this government of the bond holders.  Outro music is 'Everything Counts' by Depeche Mode Episode Artwork is 'Landing on the Kurile Islands' by the Soviet Artist Andrei Ivanovich Plotnov
39:38
October 25, 2022
Dirty Bombs and Tapped Phones - Red Star Daily #9
Dirty Bombs and Tapped Phones - Red Star Daily #9
In this episode of the daily bulletin I look at the latest from the frontlines in the Russia-Ukraine war.  This then leads onto a discussion of the allegations made by the Russian MoD that the Ukrainians are preparing to detonate some kind of dirty bomb or low yield nuclear device and how this has been reacted to.   I then look at an interesting Wall Street Journal article covering the fall of Liz Truss and how this will impact upon the new Rishi Sunak administration.  Outro Music is the song 'Suspect Device' by Stiff Little Fingers  Episode Artwork is the work 'Bird in Alert' by the Soviet Moldavian Artist Igor Vieru
55:01
October 24, 2022
Propaganda, Slander and NATO's War - Red Star Daily
Propaganda, Slander and NATO's War - Red Star Daily
In this episode of Red Star Daily I look at the latest from the frontline including the stories coming out of Kherson.  I then look at the deployment of Russian forces to Belarus and how they may be potentially used.  I then look at the propaganda stories regarding the Novaya Khakovka damn and how believing this story depends upon a decade of British/US propaganda regarding the the nature of the Russian government.   Episode outro is 'Somebody Got Murdered' by The Clash form the 'Sandinista' album (1980) Episode Artwork is 'Winter In Andrichevo' by the Soviet Artist Aleksei Gritsai
35:17
October 23, 2022
The Struggles of Haiti - Interview With Dan Cohen
The Struggles of Haiti - Interview With Dan Cohen
In this episode I speak to the journalist Dan Cohen about his recent article on political crises afflicting Haiti.  We discuss the many invasions suffered by Haiti led by US and French imperialism, the role of the liberal opposition as tools of the US, the tactics the Biden regime is pursuing and the man emerging as a new leader of Haitian resistance Jimmy Cherizier.  It's a fascinating interview and be sure to keep an eye out for Dan's upcoming documentary on the issue.  Be sure to follow Dan on twitter @dancohen3000 Also check out the Haiti Liberte website for the latest independent journalism covering Haiti.  Episode image is a portrait of Jean Jacques Dessalines the founder of Haiti as an independent state 
01:11:21
October 21, 2022
Red Star Daily #7
Red Star Daily #7
In this episode of Red Star Daily I look at the following events in the light of the Ukraine war * The fall of Liz Truss * The recent leaked audio of the candid comments of Silvio Berlusconi * The evolving Russian plans for the war * The failure of the US plans at each turn * The disintegration of NATO and the EU  The outro music is the song 'Marie Douceur Marie Coleur' by Marie Laforet The episode artwork is entitled 'Mist' by the Soviet Artist Victor Harlov (1978)
46:45
October 20, 2022
Red Star Daily #6
Red Star Daily #6
In this episode of the daily update I look at the latest decisions made by the Russian Security Council including the imposition of martial law in the four new regions of Russia, the potential for Ukrainian assaults in Kherson and the evacuation of the civilian population from there and the continued attempts by Ukraine to retake the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.   I also consider the cliches indulged in by western intellectuals when it comes to the Russian Army, the wretched propaganda of Anthony Beevor and the desperate projection of NATO propagandists.   Episode Outro is "Stand Up For The Revolution" a song of the Palestinian resistance Episode Artwork is Etude to the diorama The Battle of Poltava by the Soviet artist Pyotr Ivanovich Zhigimont (1958)
35:40
October 19, 2022
Red Star Daily #5
Red Star Daily #5
In this latest edition of Red Star Daily I look at the latest stories from the front line in the Russia-Ukraine war, an interview given today by the new commander of the Russian operation General Surovikin and look at the potential for the splitting apart of Ukraine when the war comes to it's conclusion.   Episode music is 'Downpresser Man' by Peter Tosh
30:31
October 18, 2022
Red Star Daily #4
Red Star Daily #4
In the latest Red Star Daily I look at the most recent developments on the frontline in Ukraine before turning to a discussion of the comments made by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.   I then turn to look at the reality of the EU as opposed to the fantasies of it's leaders such as Borrell and Ursula Von Der Leyen. Intro and outro music for this episode is from the album Jazz Kolem Karla Krautgartnera by the Czechoslovak artist Karel Krautgartner (1965)
41:07
October 17, 2022
Ukraine War Bulletin #3
Ukraine War Bulletin #3
In this episode of our daily bulletins on the Ukraine war I examine the latest updates from the frontline before turning to look at Putins comments at the recent CIS meeting held in Astana.   Intro and outro music for this episode is from the album Jazz Kolem Karla Krautgartnera by the Czechoslovak artist Karel Krautgartner (1965)
27:34
October 14, 2022
Ukraine War Bulletin #2
Ukraine War Bulletin #2
In this edition of the bulletin I look at the latest from the frontlines in the war, the recent comments made of Olaf Scholz and Josep Borrell and the state of the Russian economy according to the Economist magazine.  There is also a song dedicated to the Irish womens football team.   Episode music is "Join the British Army" by the late great Luke Kelly. 
34:04
October 13, 2022
Ukraine War Daily Bulletin #1
Ukraine War Daily Bulletin #1
This is the first of what will be daily updates on the latest situation in the Russia-Ukraine war.   In these bulletins I'll be looking at the latest from the frontlines as well as the wider stories in the economic and political sphere.   You can find an up to date map of the current positions on the frontlin on Southfront
30:17
October 12, 2022
Interview with Ukrainian Marxist
Interview with Ukrainian Marxist
This week I speak to Slava, a comrade from the Chicago Workers School.  We cover a lot about recent Ukrainian history, the role of anti-communist propaganda and the actions of US imperialism.  
01:13:28
September 28, 2022
Interview With Thomas Fazi
Interview With Thomas Fazi
In this episode I speak to the Italian political analyst Thomas Fazi regarding the upcoming Italian elections. In this interview we cover why membership of the Euro has rendered Italian democratic institutions irrelevant, the failure and collapse of the Italian left, the lies and deceptions of the populists and the role of the German banks. Be sure to follow Thomas Fazi on twitter @battleforeurope You can also find more of his writing here Outro music - La Canzone Del Fronte Unito (Song Of The United Front) - Original Germany Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
01:17:24
September 22, 2022
In Defence of Communism - Interview With Nikos Mottas
In Defence of Communism - Interview With Nikos Mottas
Recently I spoke to the Editor in Chief and founder of the In Defence of Communism website, Nikos Mottas. We covered a number of issues including the death of the arch traitor Gorbachev, the decline of the USSR and the failure of the left in Greece during the Syriza government. Be sure to check out the In Defence of Communism webiste for more details on Communist Parties and workers actions globally.
01:00:14
September 14, 2022
Battlefields of Empire - Interview With Steve Sweeney
Battlefields of Empire - Interview With Steve Sweeney
Last week I spoke to Steve Sweeney, formerly of the Morning Star now with Russia Today.  We covered a lot of ground from the death of  Gorbachev and it's impact to the reporting Steve has done from the  Syrian war and its many knock on effects around the region and the  world.   Be sure to follow Steve on twitter Episode image is of a US armoured column moving through US occupied Norther Syria
01:17:12
September 06, 2022
Gorbachev - A Political Obituary
Gorbachev - A Political Obituary
In light of the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the USSR,  I attempt to evaluate the life and legacy of the man and ask whether  things could have been any different.   I argue that Gorbachev  was more of a fool than anything else, a product of a bureaucracy that  had become an active enemy of socialism and who triggered a collapse by  pursuing policies he didn't fully understand.  He's still a wretched  traitor though.
01:05:14
August 31, 2022
Interview With Chris Williamson
Interview With Chris Williamson
In this episode I interview prominent former Corbyn supporter and Labour MP  Chris Williamson.   We discuss his new book entitled "10 Years Hard Labour" and his experiences of being witch hunted out of the Labour Party, the failings of the Labour left, the McCarthyite expulsions of anti-imperialists and the capitulation of Corbyn.   Be sure to follow Chris on twitter @derbychrisw
01:30:33
August 16, 2022
Introduction To Marxist-Leninism - Part 1 - The Historical Process
Introduction To Marxist-Leninism - Part 1 - The Historical Process
This is an early release of what will be a 15 part publicly released  series covering an introduction to Marxism-Leninism.  The aim of this  will be to explain the fundamentals of scientific socialism.   This first episode covers the basics of Marxist view of how human societies develop throughout the different periods of history.   This will be a weekly show and you can find more details of it and a reading on our patreon page.
27:34
August 11, 2022
The Rise of Trauma Politics - Interview With Ashley Frawley
The Rise of Trauma Politics - Interview With Ashley Frawley
I recently spoke to the Sociologist Dr Ashley Frawley regarding her latest article in Compact Magazine in which she argues that the triumph of "trauma politics" is an anti working class phenomenon.   The conversation went to a number of interesting places including how we should all read more Hegel.  Be sure to read Ashley's article https://compactmag.com/article/how-trauma-politics-hurts-the-poor
01:00:47
August 07, 2022
Q&A and The A Curtain Call
Q&A and The A Curtain Call
In Leilas final appearance on the show we tackle listeners questions on the Bilderberg group, the WEF, abortion, female emancipation and the life & crimes of George H W Bush.
01:00:14
July 29, 2022
Trucking, Recession and Climate Change w/ Gord Magill
Trucking, Recession and Climate Change w/ Gord Magill
Gord Magill returns to discuss his recent piece in Newsweek on the Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act, a bill which seeks to remove overtime pay exemptions for truckers. We also speak about the state of the economy and the effects of climate change policy on the trucking industry and beyond. Read Gord's piece here:  Republicans: Want to Support the Working Class? Vote for Andy Levin's Trucker Bill
01:03:42
July 20, 2022
*Unlocked* Weberian Bureaucracy
*Unlocked* Weberian Bureaucracy
This was originally released as part of our reading group series, which you can access by becoming a Patron : https://www.patreon.com/red_star_radio We review Weber's section on Bureaucracy included his seminal work (and foundational sociological text) Economy and society:  An outline of interpretive sociology.
01:22:08
July 15, 2022
Gotterdammerung - The Fall of Boris Johnson
Gotterdammerung - The Fall of Boris Johnson
As Boris Johnson is finally deposed we pay tribute to the fallen leader of the British Tories.  We look at Brexit, covid, the state of the Conservatie & Unionist Party and examine the reasons for the ruling class disposing of Boris Johnson.  We also issue a poetic tribute to our departed hero. 
01:03:31
July 09, 2022
A Very British Coup w/ Kit Klarenberg
A Very British Coup w/ Kit Klarenberg
We welcome back investigative Kit Klarenberg to speak about his series of articles on Grayzone outlining the latest slew of intelligence operations around Brexit and Ukraine, prominently involving Sir Richard Dearlove and Paul Mason. You can find Kit's reporting here: https://thegrayzone.com/author/kit-klarenberg/ You can also follow him on Twitter here: Kit Klarenberg
01:26:35
June 30, 2022
Temperance and the Working Class Part 1
Temperance and the Working Class Part 1
We look at the history and politics of the temperance movement, a major alcohol moderation turned teetotalist social movement with international reach. Check out Alex's article on the topic here: https://www.thebellows.org/temperance/
53:57
June 18, 2022
Literacy in Crisis
Literacy in Crisis
We talk about the reasons for low literacy in advanced capitalist nations, the degradation of the arts, and the role of schools and education in capitalism.  Article mentioned: The Crisis of Low Literacy by Peter Kerek
58:59
June 11, 2022
Mass Shootings and Marxist Criminology
Mass Shootings and Marxist Criminology
We look at prominent liberal explanations for the recent mass shooting in Texas, and offer up another perspective, that from Marxist Criminology. Painting: Alex Colville, Pacific, 1967
01:20:25
May 28, 2022
Understanding The Putin Era with Natylie Baldwin
Understanding The Putin Era with Natylie Baldwin
In this episode Alex speaks to Natylie Baldwin who is the author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations.  The discussion goes into the chaos in Russia in the 1990s, Putins economic and legal reforms & how these are not understood in US government  Natylie has written for outlets such as The Grayzone, Consortium News, RT, OpEd News, The Globe Post, Antiwar.com, The New York Journal of Books, and Dissident Voice.  Be sure to visit her website and follow her on twitter
57:02
May 20, 2022
Stagflation Nation!
Stagflation Nation!
We review the state of the economy and give our thoughts about the latest market drama and the newest economic phrase to bubble back up into popular consciousness: stagflation. We then reflect on how much an economic crisis actually matters. 
59:16
May 15, 2022
The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
We review Adam Curtis' documentary film, "The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts", and explore the limits of mathematical modelling, the tyranny of consensus-based decision-making, and why hippies are the worst.
01:12:15
May 08, 2022
*Unlocked* Abortion, Ethics and Class Politics
*Unlocked* Abortion, Ethics and Class Politics
In this episode we examine the recently passed Texas anti-abortion law. We look at the history of laws regarding abortion since the beginning of the capitalist period, how the christian churches have actually changed their line on it over time, the beginning of the modern anti-abortion movement in the US and how the politics of this differes with Britain and Canada.
01:13:45
May 04, 2022
Interview With Michael Tracey Part 1
Interview With Michael Tracey Part 1
In this weekend edition we speak to American journalist Michael Tracey  regarding his recent reporting from Poland and his encounter with the  pro-NATO left in London.  Part 2 will be released for patrons next Tuesday.
50:17
April 30, 2022
Emergency in the Troposphere! Pt. 2 w/ Ben Pile
Emergency in the Troposphere! Pt. 2 w/ Ben Pile
The second part of our talk with climate change skeptic Ben Pile. We speak about the politics and economics of the hydrocarbon industry, and we ask Ben what we REALLY should be worrying about. Find more of Ben's work here: https://www.climate-resistance.org/ Ben's Twitter: @clim8resistance
53:52
April 22, 2022
Emergency in the Troposphere! Pt. 1 w/ Ben Pile
Emergency in the Troposphere! Pt. 1 w/ Ben Pile
We talk with climate change skeptic Ben Pile to get his critical view on climate science and the politics undergirding it (Twitter: @clim8resistance). Part 2 will be coming out next week. Find more of Ben's work here: https://www.climate-resistance.org/
44:29
April 16, 2022
*Unlocked* Interview with James A Smith
*Unlocked* Interview with James A Smith
We've unlocked the second part of our interview with James Smith, of The Popular Show, in which we look at the use and abuses of the term "fascism", the position of the petit bourgeoisie and the usefulness of the "left-right" distinction in today's politics. Check out The Popular Show on twitter @thepopularpod
53:48
April 08, 2022
Plastic Surgery and the Bottomless Pit of Alienation
Plastic Surgery and the Bottomless Pit of Alienation
In the weekend edition we look at the history of plastic surgery, why it developed, which layers in society have embraced it the most and why it has become ever more popular.  The answer as to why it has become ever more popular are disturbing and afford us an insight into the atomised, alienated and constantly marketised nature of certain areas of life in the western world today. Episode Image is from Brazil - Directed by Terry Gilliam (1985)
01:13:01
March 26, 2022
Inflation, Long Depression and P&O Workers Struggle
Inflation, Long Depression and P&O Workers Struggle
In this episode we start off by examining the P&O Ferries dispute before turning to look at the latest on inflation and the idea that we are in a "long depression" since 2008. You can find out more about the P&O workers dispute on the link below. https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/pando-crisis/
01:01:49
March 18, 2022
*Unlocked* October 'Ask Us Anything'
*Unlocked* October 'Ask Us Anything'
We are unlocking one of our regular 'Ask Us Anything' episodes from October last year where we take questions from subscribers and from twitter. If you like this content you may want to subscribe for a whole lot more of it over on our patreon page.
59:11
March 11, 2022
The End of the New World Order? with Tara McCormack
The End of the New World Order? with Tara McCormack
Is the "rules based" international order collapsing? Has the Russian action in Ukraine ended for good the period of the unipolar world? What are we to make of President Vladimir Putin adopting the rhetoric of "responsibility to protect" arguments previously so beloved of US and British politiacal leaders?  All this and much more are subjects of our discussion with Tara McCormack who is a lecturer in international relations, sovereignty, security, intervention and the relationship between foreign policy and the structure of the state at the University of Leicester.  Be sure to follow Tara on twitter - @McCormack_Tara 
01:01:09
March 05, 2022
Propaganda Wars in Ukraine w/ Kit Klarenburg
Propaganda Wars in Ukraine w/ Kit Klarenburg
We talk about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine with investigative journalist Kit Klarenburg, with an emphasis on the use of the media in shaping the stunning pro-war unanimity. We also touch on the weaponization of propaganda against the Canadian trucker protest movement. 
01:06:33
February 26, 2022
*Unlocked* "As Workers Resist, the Left Recoils" w/ Edwin Aponte
*Unlocked* "As Workers Resist, the Left Recoils" w/ Edwin Aponte
We speak with the founder and editor of The Bellows, Edwin Aponte, about his piece analyzing the Left's failure to support or even commend the worker resistance against Covid vaccine mandates and Covid protocols across the globe. Find the article here: https://www.thebellows.org/as-workers-resist-the-left-recoils/
01:07:44
February 24, 2022
Interview With James Smith Part 1
Interview With James Smith Part 1
In which we speak to James Smith from @thepopularshow on everything from Covid to the Corbyn period.  This is part one of the interview, part 2 will be out for patrons next week.   Be sure to check out The Popular Show and their work 
59:12
February 19, 2022
Canadian Border Blockade
Canadian Border Blockade
We talk through some initial musings about the quickly-developing situation at the US-Canadian border with respect to the anti-mandate activists blockading the Ambassador Bridge, a key border crossing.
01:01:19
February 12, 2022
A Honking Good Time! w/ Gord Magill
A Honking Good Time! w/ Gord Magill
We have Canadian trucker and political commentator Gord Magill on to discuss the ongoing trucker protest in Canada. Check out Gord' latest piece in Newsweek: https://www.newsweek.com/elites-are-smearing-truckers-because-were-doing-their-job-representing-people-opinion-1675022
01:04:29
February 03, 2022
The Origins of Complicity w/ Denis Rancourt
The Origins of Complicity w/ Denis Rancourt
We speak with Canadian physicist and social theorist Denis Rancourt about the lack of critical thinking in the general population, what's up with COVID "modelling" and more! You can find Denis Rancourt's writing and research here: https://denisrancourt.ca/
01:23:32
January 28, 2022
Ukraine & The Fall of NATO *Preview*
Ukraine & The Fall of NATO *Preview*
The full version of this episode is available for subscribers In this episode we reflect on the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis.  To understand things further we look back over the period since the collapse of the USSR taking in the Kosovo war, the fall of Milosevic, the war on terror, the role of Yeltsin, the rise of Putin and why the US trying to make this into Cold War Part 2 is doomed to failure. 
03:09
January 26, 2022
Russia Invades Ukraine? w/ Scott Ritter
Russia Invades Ukraine? w/ Scott Ritter
We sit with military analyst Scott Ritter to understand the whys and hows of a possible Russian offensive into Ukraine, and to understand the role of US and NATO in this quickly-escalating situation.
56:34
January 21, 2022
The Great Reset - Book Review
The Great Reset - Book Review
*We're releasing this episode recorded for our monthly reading group due to the large amount of interest in the subject.*   Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret have been accused of being globalists and supervillians . We investigate the charge by carefully reviewing their book "COVID-19: The Great Reset" (i.e. Exhibit A) The truth will shock you...
01:52:26
January 13, 2022
Post Pandemic Leninism?
Post Pandemic Leninism?
In this, the final episode of the year, we take at this article from the Morning Star and ask whether it represents a reflection of Lenin's thought?   Thanks to all listeners for supporting the show over the last year!  We'll back week beginning January 10th! 
01:31:56
December 31, 2021
COVID in Paris w/ Dr. Laurent Mucchielli
COVID in Paris w/ Dr. Laurent Mucchielli
We speak with sociologist and research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the largest basic research institute in Europe. Dr. Mucchielli has been critical of France's COVID authoritarianism since the start of the pandemic, and has written and co-signed numerous open letters denouncing the unnecessary and repressive nature of the COVID protocols in France and beyond. He also has co-authored an analysis of deaths as reported by various countries' drug surveillance organizations. This analysis, entitled "An Unprecedented Mortality" led him and his co-authors to call for a moratorium of the vaccination campaign. This article was censored, but you can find an archived version here (in French): https://archive.ph/qDAvp We speak to him about his view of the pandemic, the French protest movement, his political analysis of the situation, and more.
01:15:20
December 24, 2021
Interview with Poligraf Red
Interview with Poligraf Red
We sat down with Tania and Anton from the Belarusian Marxist organisation Poligraf Red to discuss both historical and current events in their country and the former wider ex Soviet states.  Our discussion covers everything from the Gorbachev years, the role of the intellectuals in the counter revolution, the restoration of capitalism in Belarus, the nature of the Lukashenko regime and much more.  You can find more details about Poligraf Red on their website and you can also find them on youtube
01:10:15
December 17, 2021
End of Year Q&A Part 1
End of Year Q&A Part 1
Full episode available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/end-of-year-q-1-59947648 We talk about the recent British vote to implement vaccine passes, the Trotsky vs Stalin debate, "patriotic socialism" and more.
08:10
December 15, 2021
Major Workers' Struggle in Spain w/ Jorge Martin
Major Workers' Struggle in Spain w/ Jorge Martin
We sit with Jorge Martin of marxist.com to learn about the recent metalworkers' strike in Cadiz, and why it is a pivotal moment for the Spanish working class.  An article with more information about this here: https://www.marxist.com/cadiz-metalworkers-strike-a-pivotal-struggle-for-the-spanish-working-class.htm Another perspective: https://en.communia.blog/end-of-cadiz-strike-what-can-we-learn/
51:10
December 10, 2021
Questions of Data - Interview with Norman Fenton
Questions of Data - Interview with Norman Fenton
This week we spoke with Professor Norman Fenton of Queen Mary University, London, to discuss the use and misuse of statistics by governments during the last two years.  We cover the tricks governments have pulled over the presentation of data of infections, the farce regarding testing and vaccine efficacy.  It's a very interesting discussion and we encourage listeners to read the articles mentioned in the interview which are linked to below. Episode image is from the 1985 film 'Brazil' Directed by Terry Gilliam http://probabilityandlaw.blogspot.com/2021/12/possible-systematic-miscategorisation.html?m=1 http://probabilityandlaw.blogspot.com/2021/11/is-vaccine-efficacy-statistical-illusion.html?m=1
58:29
December 03, 2021
*Preview* The Trade Unions and Critical Race Theory
*Preview* The Trade Unions and Critical Race Theory
We look at a recent decision by a local of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (a high school teachers' union in Ontario, Canada) which implemented weighted voted system based on race categories. Some news coverage here: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/ontario-teachers-union-implements-controversial-weighted-voting-system-to-increase-minority-representation
03:01
December 01, 2021
Climate Change (Part 2) *Unlocked*
Climate Change (Part 2) *Unlocked*
In this second part of our climate change episode (now unocked for general release) we look at the dubious origins of "green" policy such as "cap  & trade", why so many Marxists have bought into the climate change  narrative and conclude by examining Marx & Engels views on humans  place within nature.
58:29
November 26, 2021
Climate Change (Part 1)
Climate Change (Part 1)
This is the part one of what will be a two part episode on the science, politics and political economy of climate change.  In this episode we look at the questions regarding the conventional narrative on climate change, the problems with "the science" and why this has come to be adopted by the advanced captialist nations.   Part 2 will be released next week. 
57:32
November 20, 2021
*Preview* The Supply Chains
*Preview* The Supply Chains
Full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/supply-chains-58821794 Supply chains are undergoing a well-publicized shock right now. But the root of the crisis goes much further than the current pandemic. The structure and functioning of supply chains was *as a result of* a search for lower costs. This led capitalists to shift much of production to developing countries. The inevitable result is a complex and long supply chain system which is sensitive to sudden shocks. This does not mean, however, that the entire system will be brought down. In fact, even accounting for regular crisis like the current one, the way supply chains are structured have more advantages for capitalism than drawbacks.
03:08
November 17, 2021
The Rittenhouse Trial & A Question on Socially Necessary Labor
The Rittenhouse Trial & A Question on Socially Necessary Labor
We look at the bourgeois media circus surrounding the Rittenhouse trial and ask, why the concept of a fair trial is so alien to many these days? Why are liberals so keen to jettison universalist standards? And who bares responsibility for the riots last year? On side 2 we take a question of socially necessary labor from a listener and look at how the employers manipulate conscientious workers.
01:04:45
November 13, 2021
Inflation! Or The Economic Consequences of Mr Biden.
Inflation! Or The Economic Consequences of Mr Biden.
Is inflation back?  Is the solution spending more or less? Why are  leftist influencers invested in denying it? What are Hayek &  Friedman right about? What is the point of Kyle Kulinski? All of this  and more will be explained as we dive into the questions of inlfation,  what causes it and what can the Marxist method teach us about it?
01:07:45
November 06, 2021
*Preview* An Evergrande Old Time
*Preview* An Evergrande Old Time
Full episode available to patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/evergrande-old-58269048 We cover the drama happening around the Evergrande developer group in China, and give our two cents as to whether this spells the end of capitalism in China as we know it.
06:17
November 03, 2021
Interview with Angela Nagle Part 2 *Unlocked*
Interview with Angela Nagle Part 2 *Unlocked*
We're releasing the second part of our discussion with Angela Nagle from back in May of this year.  In the second part of our interview with Angela we discuss the stunted development of Irish capitalism, the inter-imperialist rivalry between the USA and China as well as the impact of the Covid year on art and culture. Be sure to subscribe to Angela's substack page: https://angelanagle.substack.com/
57:40
October 28, 2021
*Preview* - October AMA Part 2
*Preview* - October AMA Part 2
Here's a preview of part 2 of our AMA episode.  In this one we go everywhere from how "cultural appropriation" is bull shit to the role of the petit bourgeoisie to our favourite tobacco.  Enjoy!
02:20
October 26, 2021
Election Fever! German Edition
Election Fever! German Edition
Following the recent Federal elections in Germany Michael Burkhardt returned to Red Star Radio to discuss the results.  We talk about the legacy of Merkel, the Greens, the fall of Die Linke, the German version of Tony Blair and the covid regime.  
01:17:14
October 22, 2021
October AMA *Preview*
October AMA *Preview*
This is a preview of Part 1 of our October AMA.  For the full episode subscribe at our patreon page
02:57
October 19, 2021
Australia's Crazy COVID-19 Response w/ Nicolas Hausdorf
Australia's Crazy COVID-19 Response w/ Nicolas Hausdorf
Nicolas Hausdorf, writer and resident of Melbourne, joins us to give us the inside scoop on Australia's COVID-19 response. Are things as bad as they seem? Listen to find out. Mentioned in the show: Nicolas' review of Benjamin Bratton's book, Revenge of the Unreal
01:21:24
October 15, 2021
*Preview* "Postmodern" Nationalisms
*Preview* "Postmodern" Nationalisms
Full episode available to Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/postmodern-57364680 We use the sub-nationalisms of Quebec and Scotland to understand nationalism theory and nation-building in the postmodern era. We contend that nationalisms in our current postmodern period are predominantly led by the petite bourgeoisie, in contrast to the ones of the past led by the bourgeoisie. We ask: Can a nation-building projects led by the petite bourgeoisie be successful? What value do they have to an internationalist socialist project? Mentioned in the show: Imagined Communities, book by Benedict Anderson Show on Aufhebunga Bunga podcast on Scottish independence: https://aufhebungabunga.podbean.com/e/181-juche-in-north-britain-ft-cat-boyd-david-jamieson/ 
08:38
October 13, 2021
Party Conference Spectacular!
Party Conference Spectacular!
We attempt to analyse the unholy circus that is the party conference  season in Britain!  We ask if Boris has run out of slogans? Has Keir  Starmer run out of time? Does anyone in the cabint have a brain? What is  the mythical beast known as the "Socialist Campaign Group"? And what do  you call a reformist without reforms? All this and more!    The article referenced regarding the governments NHS "reforms" can be found here
01:19:02
October 08, 2021
*Preview* The Slow Death of the American Labor Movement
*Preview* The Slow Death of the American Labor Movement
Full episode available for patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/slow-death-of-57099684 We investigate the reasons why the American labour movement is so disorganized, with a particular focus on the McCarthyist attacks on working class militants during the post-WWII period.
05:40
October 07, 2021
The Great Gramscian Moments of Brexit and COVID w/ George Hoare
The Great Gramscian Moments of Brexit and COVID w/ George Hoare
We sat down with George Hoare, co-host of the Aufhebunga bunga podcast, to look at Brexit and COVID-19 using Gramsci's concepts of historic bloc and hegemony as guides.  Check out George's first book: An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy And his latest book: The End of the End of History: Politics in the Twenty-First Century Mentioned in the show: The Full Brexit Blog
01:17:43
October 01, 2021
The 2021 Canadian Federal Elections
The 2021 Canadian Federal Elections
Leila and Alex review the 2021 re-election of a Canadian minority Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau and take a look at the broader political economy of Canada.
01:11:04
September 24, 2021
*Preview* The Great Miners' Strike of 1984/5 (Part 3)
*Preview* The Great Miners' Strike of 1984/5 (Part 3)
Access this episode and the previous two available to Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-miners-of-56438229 Part 1 Part 2 In this final instalment, we speak about the strike itself, the events that surrounded it and the final fall of the Great Strike in 1985.
05:05
September 21, 2021
*Unlocked* The Real Face of the FDA
*Unlocked* The Real Face of the FDA
We are unlocking this episode recently released to patrons as it contains a lot of useful information on the role regulatory bodies actually play under state monopoly capitalism.   What role does a regulator like the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)  actually play?  In this episode we examine the FDA, it's capture and  control by the pharmaceutical industry and how this fits into US  state-monopoly capitalism. Be sure to read the full article we are discussing Episode image is taken from the Lindsay Anderson film "Britannia Hospital" (1982)
01:17:11
September 17, 2021
Abortion, Ethics and Class Politics
Abortion, Ethics and Class Politics
This is a preview of our latest patreon episode where we discuss the ethics around the latest Texas anti-abortion bill.  
03:59
September 14, 2021
From War Propaganda to Corona Realism w/ Max Blumenthal
From War Propaganda to Corona Realism w/ Max Blumenthal
Max Blumenthal, journalist and founder of The Grayzone, joins us to discuss war propaganda as used in Afghanistan, Syria, and beyond. The discussion is also includes analysis of the current wave of propaganda promoting the COVID-19 health protocols. Be sure to check out Max Blumenthals Rokfin channel https://rokfin.com/MaxBlumenthal Also check out Max's latest book, The Management of Savagery.
01:40:44
September 09, 2021
Vax Pass Madness!
Vax Pass Madness!
In this episode Alex & Leila address accusations made on tweetsphere, were they wrong on the vaccine passport? Is the thing that dwells in the Edinburgh lego set a government? Is Nicola Sturgeon even real or a fictional character? What the hell is the ruling class up to? All these questions and more will be addressed in this episode!
51:47
September 03, 2021
"The Revenge of the Real" Book Review w/ Elena Lange
"The Revenge of the Real" Book Review w/ Elena Lange
Elena Lange returns to review self-proclaimed "globalist" Benjamin Bratton's newest book "The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World". Articles mentioned during the show: "Basic fucking common sense" by Elena Lange "Revenge of the Unreal" by Nicolas Hausdorf Elena's recent book "Value without Fetish" is available here as a free PDF download: https://brill.com/view/title/31889?language=en
01:09:54
August 26, 2021
*Preview* The Great Miners' Strike of 1984/5 (Part 2)
*Preview* The Great Miners' Strike of 1984/5 (Part 2)
Full episode available to Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-miners-of-55295480 In this three-part episode, we look at one of the most significant work stoppages of the modern era: the UK Miners' strike of 1984-1985. In this second episode, we speak about the first wave of major miners' strikes in the post-war era, starting with the stunning and heroic industrial actions of 1972 to 1974. Arthur Scargill, the Yorkshire Miners and the famous Battle of Saltley Gate come onto the scene.
07:49
August 24, 2021
The Afghan Debacle
The Afghan Debacle
Following the US pullout and the Taliban taking control of the entirety of Afghanistan we examine the reasons for this latest imperial debacle. We look at the history, the role of British imperialism, the Saur Revolution, Operation Cyclone, 9/11 and the 20 years of US failure.
01:29:06
August 20, 2021
*Preview* The Great Miners' Strike of 1984/5 (Part 1)
*Preview* The Great Miners' Strike of 1984/5 (Part 1)
Full episode available to subscribers over Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-miners-of-55047749 In this three-part episode, we look at one of the most significant work stoppages of the modern era: the UK Miners' strike of 1984-1985. In this first episode, we survey the political economy leading up to these stunning events.
08:30
August 18, 2021
*Preview* Q&A Time! (Part 2)
*Preview* Q&A Time! (Part 2)
Full episode available to Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/q-time-part-2-54432833 We go on to answer questions about whether clients of sex workers should be criminalized, what relevance do gender and LGBT+ ideology have to Marxist theory, Scottish independence, the Canadian Indigenous question, and whether Ireland will ever see a workers' uprising.
06:46
August 03, 2021
Nixon 1995 Film Review
Nixon 1995 Film Review
We talk through the politics and history surrounding Oliver Stone's 1995 movie Nixon. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/red_star_radio
01:30:13
July 30, 2021
*Preview* Q&A Time! (Part 1)
*Preview* Q&A Time! (Part 1)
Full episode available for Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/q-time-54194652 It's the first "ask us anything" episode!  We asked for questions and you, good listeners, delivered! So much so in fact that this will be a two-part episode with the second out next Tuesday.  So enjoy this first part where we answer your questions on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Stalin and the decline of the British and Canadian Communist Parties. Enjoy!
07:46
July 28, 2021
South Africa - A Revolution Betrayed
South Africa - A Revolution Betrayed
The riots that broke out in South Africa brought back into the focus the nature of the post apartheid era.  In this episode we look at the nature of the deal that ended apartheid, the strength and sacrifices of the South African working class and the political trajectory of the ANC.  We also draw on Lenin's analysis of "spontaneity" and Trotsky's concept of "permanent revolution" to shed light on the class struggle within South Africa. For further information on the situation in South Africa check out this article
01:25:00
July 23, 2021
*Preview* Is "sex work" really work?
*Preview* Is "sex work" really work?
Full episode available to patrons: https://www.patreon.com/posts/is-sex-work-work-53926889 We look at the claim that prostitution is wage labour like any other, and decide whether or not the claim stands up to Marxist scrutiny. Articles mentioned: Prostitution and ways of fighting it (Kollontai) Lenin on the Women’s Question (Zetkin) Socialists Should Support Sex Workers’ Rights (Liza Featherstone for Jacobin Magazine) Leila's article on the topic in the Bellows: The Folly of Sex Work Advocacy
06:11
July 21, 2021
Ghosts of the Recent Past
Ghosts of the Recent Past
In this episode we cover a lot of ground!  We mark the passing of the  career of Matt Hancock, the demise of the Donald Rumsfeld and the  failures of "entryist" tactics that Alex pursued in the Labour Party under Corbyn.
01:15:57
July 09, 2021
The Great CRT Scam!
The Great CRT Scam!
So just what the hell is "Critical Race Theory"?  In this episode Alex and Leila take a dive into the murky waters of post-modernism, the epic fails of Herbert Marcuse and the racket that is academia to find out what the hell this is all about. The answer may just surprise you.  
01:27:14
July 02, 2021
*Preview* Che Guevera on socialism and man in Cuba
*Preview* Che Guevera on socialism and man in Cuba
Full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/che-guevera-on-53079523 We look at the history of the Cuban revolution through Che Guevera's essay " Socialism and man in Cuba", wherein Che theorizes how to create the new man and woman as communism is built in Cuba. Our discussion touches on the role of love and leadership in communist revolution and governance. The essay: https://www.marxists.org/archive/guevara/1965/03/man-socialism.htm
06:20
June 29, 2021
*Unlocked* - The Fall of the Labour Party
*Unlocked* - The Fall of the Labour Party
With the Batley & Spen by-election set to deliver yet more defeat and disaster for Keith Starmers Labour Party we are releasing our patrons only episode recorded just after the Labour defeat in Hartlepool.  
01:24:04
June 25, 2021
*Preview* What is Imperialism? Part 2 of 2
*Preview* What is Imperialism? Part 2 of 2
Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/what-is-part-2-2-52762824 In part 2 of a 2 part episode, we review Greg Albo's article "The Old and New Economics of Imperialism" to assess the strength of Poulantza's versus Lenin's theory of imperialism. We talk about signs of American decay and China's rise as the next leading imperialist power. Albo's article here [this is a link to the PDF]: https://socialistregister.com/index.php/srv/article/download/5812/2708/ Part 1: https://anchor.fm/red-star-radio/episodes/What-is-Imperialism--Part-1-of-2-e131dvd 
06:40
June 21, 2021
What is Imperialism? Part 1 of 2
What is Imperialism? Part 1 of 2
In part 1 of a 2 part episode, we review the major theories of imperialism as derived by intellectuals including Hobson, Hilferding, Luxemburg, Bukharin, Lenin, Kautsky, Poulantzas and more. This episode is heavy on the theory, but we hope we've included enough humour and interesting historical tidbits to make it go down easier.  The second part will be available for Patrons here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/what-is-part-2-2-52762824
01:04:59
June 18, 2021
The Future of German Politics w/ Elena Lange and Michael Burkhart
The Future of German Politics w/ Elena Lange and Michael Burkhart
German elections are on Sunday, September 26th, 2021. These will be the first election in 17 years without Angela Merkel at the fore, who is stepping down. This is shaping up to be an election with historic shifts in power amongst the German political parties, with large gains predicted for the German Green party. These shifts are significant given the importance of Germany as the imperialist pole in Europe, and perhaps serve as a harbinger for politics in the rest of the Western world. To discuss, we are joined by Michael Burkhart, a writer based in Berlin, and Elena Lange, who is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer of Japanese Studies at the University of Zurich and author of the recently published book “Value without Fetish” Check out Elena's book here: https://brill.com/view/title/31889, and find her on Twitter @ELLange6 You can follow Michael Burkhart on Twitter: @michiburkhardt
01:38:33
June 11, 2021
*Unlocked* - The Communist Manifesto (Part 1 of 2)
*Unlocked* - The Communist Manifesto (Part 1 of 2)
Part 2 available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/reading-group-2-51481687 Reading notes to follow along here: https://red519.substack.com/p/notes-for-communist-manifesto-chapters Recorded as part of our two-part Reading Group for May, where we read the Communist Manifesto. We review the first two chapters of the Manifesto, exploring the major themes highlighted throughout, including historical materialism, class warfare, the advent of capitalism, the family, modernism, and more.
01:43:49
June 04, 2021
*Preview* Police And Thieves
*Preview* Police And Thieves
Full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/police-and-51978611 In this episode Alex and Leila the emergence of the police under capitalism.  From their beginning as a semi-military force to "manage" the industrial working class and how the role has evolved but also remained the same.  They also look at the contradictions of policing and how the police are actually managers of crime. Episode image is from the 1984-85 miners strike in Britain.
08:32
June 01, 2021
*Preview* Interview With Angela Nagle - Part 2
*Preview* Interview With Angela Nagle - Part 2
Listen to the full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/interview-with-2-51677876 In the second part of our interview with Angela Nagle, we discuss the stunted development of Irish capitalism, the inter-imperialist rivalry between the USA and China as well as the impact of the Covid year on art and culture. 
06:34
May 25, 2021
Interview With Angela Nagle - Part 1
Interview With Angela Nagle - Part 1
Part 2: https://www.patreon.com/posts/interview-with-2-51677876 We sat down last week for an extensive discussion with Angela Nagle to discuss her latest writings on her new substack page, the Blair/third way phenomena, the death of academia and the virtues of going independent.   Be sure to check out Angela's writing on substack - https://angelanagle.substack.com/
01:00:00
May 21, 2021
*Preview* Capitalism with "Chinese" Characteristics
*Preview* Capitalism with "Chinese" Characteristics
Listen to the full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-only-with-51439398 We speak about China under Mao, and China's transition back into capitalism under Deng and subsequent leaders. We also speak about China's role as a rising imperialist leader.
07:47
May 19, 2021
Palestine and the Occupation
Palestine and the Occupation
In this episode we look at the developing war between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli state, dive into the history of the region and explore how zionism has always been a tool of imperialism both British and American.  We start the episode though by examining the growing panic over inflation and the Biden administrations economic contradictions.  A slight amendment to one detail in the episode, at one point we cite an inflation rate of 4.9% when the CPI rate for April was actually 4.2%
01:11:21
May 14, 2021
*Preview* The Fall of the Labour Party
*Preview* The Fall of the Labour Party
Subscribe to our Patreon to get access to the full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/fall-of-labour-51169851 Can Labour be saved? Is it worth saving? The Labour Party's recent loss in Hartlepool has reignited the debate about whether the Labour Party can still be understood as the UK's workers' party. We talk about why the Labour party lost its recent by-election in Hartlepool, the class composition of Labour politicians, Labour's uneven and contradictory history, and the pressure-group called 'Blue Labour'. 
16:19
May 12, 2021
Conspiracies & Class Plus Interview with Dr Martin Kulldorff
Conspiracies & Class Plus Interview with Dr Martin Kulldorff
In this episode we speak to Dr Martin Kulldorff of Harvard Medical School on the dubious nature of lockdowns as public health policy.  We begin the episode by reflecting on the nature of conspiracy theories and why Marxists reject them as a way of understanding the world.  Read Dr Kulldorff's article in the Daily Telegraph Music in this episode is taken from the track "Red Square" by The Durutti Column which can be found on the album "Vini Reilly"
01:11:22
May 07, 2021
*Preview* Reading Group on the Communist Manifesto (Part 1 of 2)
*Preview* Reading Group on the Communist Manifesto (Part 1 of 2)
Hear the full conversation:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/reading-group-1-50889434 We review the first two chapters of the Communist Manifesto, exploring the major themes highlighted throughout -- historical materialism, class warfare, the advent of capitalism, the family, modernism, and more.
09:12
May 05, 2021
*Preview* It's Just a Bad Flu (Part 2 of 2)
*Preview* It's Just a Bad Flu (Part 2 of 2)
Listen to the full episode by subscribing to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/its-just-bad-flu-50787969 We round off our discussion from part one by talking about the impact of covid-19 on health care capacity, covid-19 vaccinations, the class warfare that has been the lockdowns, the horrible effects of the bureaucratisation of science, how a communist society would handle covid-19 and more! Part 1 of 2: https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/evvqdr
04:56
May 03, 2021
It's Just a Bad Flu (Part 1 of 2)
It's Just a Bad Flu (Part 1 of 2)
We speak about India's COVID "disaster", outline the grand COVID-19 narratives framing this "pandemic", and give our final verdicts on COVID-19 lethality, its effect on health care capacity, and lockdowns. Part 1 of 2. Part 2 of 2: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-only-its-50787969 Some studies mentioned: John Ioannidis meta-analysis showing a 0.15% IFR: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/eci.13554 March 19th cohort study on COVID lethality: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32201354/ Briand's working paper on USA death rates: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349925425_COVID-19_Deaths_A_Look_at_US_Data_FEB_2021_WORKING_PAPER_Genevieve_Briand 
01:01:57
April 30, 2021
*Preview* Housing and the Housing Bubble
*Preview* Housing and the Housing Bubble
Listen to the entire episode by subscribing to our Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/housing-and-50561293 We take a look at the housing bubbles ballooning across the world, investigate the contradictions which give rise to housing bubbles under capitalism and make some predictions of how the whole thing will come tumbling down. Correction: Leila ~@2:00 says residential homes in Japan declined to less than a tenth of their peak -- this is not for *all* of Japan, only for Tokyo at the time of the crash.
07:21
April 27, 2021
The USSR - Part 2 - The Fall
The USSR - Part 2 - The Fall
In this episode we discuss the contradictions of the USSR, it's status as an economy and society at a transitional point between capitalism and socialism, it's contradictions and it's eventual fall.  
01:02:38
April 26, 2021
*Preview* The Covid Archives
*Preview* The Covid Archives
For our first piece of content for patrons, we are putting out an unaired portion of the first interview between co-hosts Alexander McKay and Leila Mechoui from back in January of this year.  We talk covid-19, unions, automation, the dumb state of the Left "intellectuals" and more. We also have recorded a new introduction to it where we reflect on what we were right about and how everyone must read Lenin.  We hope you enjoy the programme. Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/red_star_radio You can find Lenin's "Imperialism-The Highest Stage of Capitalism" on the link below: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/index.htm
07:21
April 25, 2021
Failed Amazon Union Drive, Welfare and UBI
Failed Amazon Union Drive, Welfare and UBI
We analyze the reasons for the failure of the Amazon union drive in Alabama. We then discuss the significance of welfare under capitalism, and what's really behind the so-called Universal Basic Income (UBI).
01:04:16
April 20, 2021
The Problem with the Left w/ Elena Lange and Joshua Depaolis
The Problem with the Left w/ Elena Lange and Joshua Depaolis
We are joined by Dr. Elena Lange and Joshua Depaolis. Our interview covers COVID-19 (of course), the problem with modern Left politics, and possible ways forward out of this colossal mess. Their article: https://crisiscritique.org/uploads/24-11-2020/elena-louisa-lange-and-joshua-pickett-depaolis.pdf  Dr. Lange's upcoming book: https://brill.com/view/title/31889
01:33:57
April 16, 2021
Escalation of Conflict in the Ukraine
Escalation of Conflict in the Ukraine
Putin is moving troops to the Ukrainian border and calling in army reserves. Ukraine's comedian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stopped with the jokes and says that he is going to "recover" Crimea for real this time. Biden has put Russia on notice. We look at the recent escalation of aggression in Ukraine and answer the question on everyone's mind: Is WWIII finally going to start? The article we are reviewing: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/russian-tanks-move-toward-ukraine-globe-braces-world-war-3
01:03:39
April 07, 2021
Family Matters? Featuring @default_friend
Family Matters? Featuring @default_friend
In a special episode @default_friend joins to discuss the family, relationships, trads and the dating world.   Follow @default_friend and be sure to subscribe to her substack Outro music - "If You Want Me To Stay" by Sly and the Family Stone
01:39:38
April 02, 2021
Bitcoin versus Central Bank Digital Currencies: Who will win?
Bitcoin versus Central Bank Digital Currencies: Who will win?
Financial Times has published an opinion piece "Central bankers’ crypto experiments should put investors on alert". We explain what Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are, why they are definitely going to happen and overtake other digital currencies including Bitcoin, and how the banking system is a huge scam (like the rest of capitalism). Article: https://www.ft.com/content/8356521a-0bb1-4a80-973b-a9c6d60a0f19
01:04:49
March 30, 2021
Lenin, the State & Revolution
Lenin, the State & Revolution
In episode we start with a look at the (wildly overhyped) Pro Act. We then move to a detailed discussion of the major themes of Lenins' "State and Revolution" and talk about why it's an essential work.
01:36:60
March 26, 2021
The Japanification of Finance Capital
The Japanification of Finance Capital
We speak about a recent article published in the Financial Times entitled "Bank of Japan wrestles with never-ending stimulus". Our discussion looks at the role of Central Banks in propping up decaying monopoly capitalism, why the Japanese working class has not fought back, the effects that hyper-financialization on Japanese society, and explain in detail how states, monopoly capitalism, and finance capital have completely melded to maintain the exploitation of the working-class. Some articles mentioned in the show: Bank of Japan wrestles with never-ending stimulus: https://www.ft.com/content/60c50f7e-b5df-4df3-9481-6159ca405865 Free access to article copied in a comment on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/finance/comments/m650g6/bank_of_japan_wrestles_with_neverending_stimulus/gr48rbi/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 The Class War in Japan: https://www.marxists.org/history/international/comintern/sections/britain/periodicals/communist_review/1922/08/class_war_japan.htm What’s the Fed doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis? What more could it do?: https://www.brookings.edu/research/fed-response-to-covid19/
01:48:06
March 24, 2021
Open or Closed Borders? Feat. NAFTA and the EU
Open or Closed Borders? Feat. NAFTA and the EU
We look at the issue of borders, using how capitalists use borders within the context of monopoly capitalism. We demonstrate how the contending bourgeois stances of "open" or "restricted" border control makes no sense. 
01:19:30
March 19, 2021
Capitals Gains - The Biden Stimulus
Capitals Gains - The Biden Stimulus
Has Biden reinstituted the New Deal? Social Democracy? Hoxhaism USA?  Or has the much heralded stimulus bill really just another example of the needs of capital being addressed and the left playing salesman for it?  Alex & Leila dive into this and why this has to be seen as another example of dominance of finance capital and the need for the state to act as it's stabiliser.   Outro Music - Ewan Maccoll - The Ballad of Accounting 
59:43
March 14, 2021
Imperialism and the Hollow Crown
Imperialism and the Hollow Crown
In this episode our hosts delve into the Meghan Markle scandal and see it as one more piece of evidence of bourgeois decline and degeneracy.  They then turn to an analysis of the seminal work by Lenin "Imperialism - The Highest Stage of Capitalism" and use it's method to analyse our curretn situation.   Outro Music - Ewan Maccoll - The Ballad of Accounting 
01:37:60
March 11, 2021
The Curtain Falls on Covid
The Curtain Falls on Covid
With Wall Street declaring that they want Covid over and done with by April Alex & Leila examine the states in the US reopening.  They reiterate the case against lockdowns, talk about the gigantic amount of bad science created in the last year and examine the "great reset" theory.   Outro music is "The Ballad of Accounting" - Written by Ewan Maccoll and performed by Maccoll and Peggy Seeger 
01:01:01
March 06, 2021
Computer World!
Computer World!
Are we all all going to be replaced by artificial intelligence? Is the proletariat doomed to be consigned to history and replaced by the robot worker? What is the true state of automation and should we worry about it?  In this episode Alex & Leila dive into the world of capitalist innovation and explain why capitalism for all it's creative powers can never escape the need for workers.   Intro is taken from AT&T Archives - Seeing the Digital Future (1961)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avHo0-qU8xo Outro music is "Computer World" by Kraftwerk form the 1981 album "Computer World" - Composers - Hutter, Schneider, Hult & Bartos
01:24:31
March 04, 2021
Washington Bullets - Bidens War on Syria
Washington Bullets - Bidens War on Syria
In a special episode Alex & Leila look at the US bombing raid on Syria and examine the history of the war on Syria.  Including a look at the main factions, the history of US and British involvement and pro-imperialist stance taken by much of the US and British left.  
01:11:17
February 27, 2021
The Union Forever?
The Union Forever?
In this weeks episode Alex and Leila look at the role of labour unions under captialism, the contraditions that define them, their inherent limitations and why they are still crucial vehicles for class struggle.   The intro and outro to this episode features clips from the Thames Televisions documentary "Arthurs Scargill - Miners" from 1974.  The documentary can be viewed here
01:51:36
February 25, 2021
Culture, Degeneration and Capital
Culture, Degeneration and Capital
In this weeks episode Alex & Leila examine the parlous and decaying state of culture under capitalism in a discussion that ranges from a defence of brutalist acrhitecture to the novels of Isaac Asimov and the cultural demands of the workers movement.  
01:39:07
February 19, 2021
Covid Class Wars (Real & Imagined)
Covid Class Wars (Real & Imagined)
In this weeks episode Alex & Leila examine the reaction of teachers unions in the US, Britain and Canada.  We also look at the class position of teachers with regard to the wider working class, why the teachers unions reactions on school closures have been so wrong and represent a betrayal of working class families.  
01:20:14
February 11, 2021
The Trump Paradox
The Trump Paradox
In this weeks episode we look at the 5 year long meltdown of the US bourgeoisie over Donald Trump and ask whether any of their assertions of him being a "fascist" are valid.   Articles Referenced in the Discussion. Robert Paxton from 2021 Paxton from 2017
01:19:30
February 05, 2021
The Covid Files Part 3 - We (don't) F*****G L*ve Science
The Covid Files Part 3 - We (don't) F*****G L*ve Science
In this episode Alex & Leila examine the state of science under capitalism, it's place within the capitalist relations of production and how this has led the scientific method to become corrupted.  We also take a brief moment to consider whether Boris Johnson is the greatest leader of our time and explore new business opportunities for us in the stock predictions business.  
01:13:13
January 30, 2021
The Covid Files Part 2 - No Lockdown No Problem
The Covid Files Part 2 - No Lockdown No Problem
In this episode Alex & Leila look at the "Biden Plan" and what affect the new administration may have and the potential for Covid case numbers to have been wildly inflated by inaccurate testing.  For the main part of the episode we make the case that the lockdown policy was always wrong and has done active harm to the working class.  We conclude by examining other options that could have been used.  
01:38:12
January 23, 2021
The Covid Files Part 1
The Covid Files Part 1
Leila Mechoui returns for what will be the first in a series of programmes where we look at political-economy of the Covid outbreak. In this episode we examine the questionnable evidence for the lockdowns, why the US ruling class became so wildly hostile to Trump and make a few predictions on class struggle coming out of the pandemic.   Outro music - Capital (It Fails US Now) by Gang of Four
02:16:08
January 18, 2021
Olympus Has Covid? - Interview with Leila Mechoui Part 1
Olympus Has Covid? - Interview with Leila Mechoui Part 1
In the aftermath of the Capitol Hill events I spoke to Leila Mechoui on the subjects of protests in the modern era and the meaning of the Covid crisis. Part 2 will be out for subscribers in the early part of next week.  Be sure to subscribe to Leila's substack - https://leilamechoui.substack.com/
01:38:25
January 14, 2021
We Don't Need No (Zoom class) Education - Interview with Alexandra @galexybrane
We Don't Need No (Zoom class) Education - Interview with Alexandra @galexybrane
In the mad world of Covid lockdowns what does it mean when children are restricted to 90 minutes of zoom classes a day?  Who benefits from the shift to online teaching?  What is the state of the class war in US society that has been revealed by the Covid lockdowns?  These are all questions I talk through with this weeks guest Alexandra Gutentag (@galexybrane) who has written two articles on these matters for the The Bellows.  You can find the articles on the links below: The Great Covid Class War  https://www.thebellows.org/the-great-covid-class-war/   The Virtual Education Shock Doctrine https://www.thebellows.org/the-virtual-education-shock-doctrine/ This epsiode features a guest appearance from an Am*zon AI that may well be based on Hugh Grant as well as a clip from an archive interview with Jeff Bezos and material from George Carlin and Public Enemy. 
02:04:25
January 01, 2021
Covid College featuring Dr Tara McCormack
Covid College featuring Dr Tara McCormack
What has been the impact of the Covid inspired lockdowns and restrictions on universities and how should the trade union movement repsond?  To look at this I am joined by Dr Tara McCormack from the University of Leicester for a discussion of what trade union demands should be in this time.  
57:13
December 31, 2020
Back Once Again With Aimee Terese
Back Once Again With Aimee Terese
Aimee Terese of the "What's Left" podcast returns to Red Star Radio to talk about the left being all Democrats, the financial intervention of Soros and his fellow oligarchs in favour of "racial justice" and the nature of imperialism.  This show also features an exclusive extract from a little heard collaboration between Jacobin magazine, the Biden campaign and Keith Olbermann.  Stay tuned! 
02:23:26
October 11, 2020
Deceptions of Empire
Deceptions of Empire
In this episode I interview Dr Tara McCormack, lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester.  We discuss the ongoing wars waged by the British government in Libya and Syria, the gigantic propaganda operation run to manufacture consent for them and the scandal at the OPCW.   Music in the Intro - Fortress Europe by Asian Dub Foundation  Music in the Outro - Masters of War performed by Eddie Vedder and written by Bob Dylan Excerpts included from "Going Underground with Afshin Rattansi" Interview with former Libyan government Chief Spokesman Moussa Ibrahim 
01:21:16
June 08, 2020
The Enduring Strength of the Cuban Revolution
The Enduring Strength of the Cuban Revolution
As the Cuban revolution enters it's eighth decade we look at the reasons for it's continuing strength in the face of the unending aggression from the US empire.  Our guest today is Bernard Regan, National Secretary of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and we spoke about the legacy of colonialism, the rooting of socialism in the Cuban working class and the international solidarity work of the Cuban revolutionary government.   To find out more abut the Cuba Solidarity Campaign be sure to visit their website.   https://cuba-solidarity.org.uk/ Intro - Fidel Castro addresses a congress of anti colonial revolutionaries in 1966 Outro - Carlos Pueblo - Y En Eso Llego Fidel
01:35:57
May 27, 2020
Surveying the Wreckage Featuring Aimee Terese
Surveying the Wreckage Featuring Aimee Terese
This week I am joined by Aimee Terese of the "What's Left" podcast  and we sift through the wreckage of the Corbyn and Sanders campaigns.  Why did both men lose so badly from what appeared to be promising positions?  What role did the socialist revival have? Is there any kind of future for social democracy?  We cover all that and more in this episode so be sure to listen at least twice!   You can find Aimee's podast on the link below: https://soundcloud.com/whatisleftpod
01:41:49
May 27, 2020
The DPRK - Beyond the Latest Slanders
The DPRK - Beyond the Latest Slanders
Not a week goes by without a hyperventilating article in the New York Times, Washington Post or Guardian about how either Kim Jong Un is dead or is working on a Bond villain style death ray.  Everything you read, hear or see in the capitalist media regarding the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea is either an outright lie or wild exaggeration.  How to find truth in such a media landscape?  In this episode I speak to Dr Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association to find the reality of the history of the DPRK and how they are continuing to build their own socialist system.   You can find more information on the work of the KFA on the link below: http://www.korea-dpr.com/kfa.html
02:11:03
May 27, 2020
The Brexit Club
The Brexit Club
This is an episode of the show from 2019 where I analysed why Communists must support leaving the European Union.  
01:09:49
May 27, 2020
By Way Of Introduction
By Way Of Introduction
Welcome to Red Star Radio.  This introduction is from back when the show was named "Partizan Stockport".  Despite the name change this still gives you a good flavour what the show is all about.  
01:43
May 27, 2020