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This Proletarian Life

This Proletarian Life

By alekxandria
This Proletarian Life is an audio project exploring the lives and topics from leftist and Marxist spaces.
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Revolutionary Poetry #2
Hi. Welcome back to This Proletarian Life, our second Revolutionary Poetry episode! Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope you enjoy all of these poems as much as I do! Thank you a ton to all of our comrades who performed these excellent pieces to share. Also thank you everyone for your patience as I edited this. Works Performed: Self written piece by Banks A quote about poetry by Connoly (performed by Banks; @Banksy1917) “Conversation with Comrade Lenin” - Vladamir Mayakovsky “Yuri Gagarin” - Tahir Ghani “The Ballad for the Death of Gagarin” - Nicholas Guillen (Performed by J Martel) “Resistance in the Ghetto” - Jacob Glatshteyn (Performed by Talia; @Leela1917) “The Lead Plates at the Rom Press” - Avrom Sutzkever (Performed by Avrom Sutzkever in Yiddish;  translation performed by Jake Edgar; @Challah_Comrade) “Good Morning Revolution” - Langston Hughes (Performed by Ethan; @Utopologist) “Here Lies a Communist Soldier” - Suh Ji-moon (Performed by John; @Commissartist) “El Chino” - Lisa Yun (Performed by Hannah Tiên; IG @hihannahtien) “Old Hannah” & “Western Plains” by Lead Belly (Performed by Ian; @Chairmandedede) “My Samchun in the Grocery Store” - Ishle Park (Performed by Alekx) “September” - Geo Milev (Performed by Aleks; @AleksKrasnaya; translation: Music included: “Saturday Morning” - Joep Beving “Between the Buttons” -French79 “Dana, Dana,” “Shma Israel” - Pavel Levin “Mrs. Ho” - Onra “Midwayer” - Joep Beving “Technicolor” - kudasai “Good Morning” - Coubo “Light (Instrumental)” - Odesza “Reflection #2,” “Wanderlust” - Joep Beving “Kunasagi” - Odesza
April 26, 2020
Leftist Origins Story 7: Talia (is da best)
HI! Welcome back to This Proletarian Life! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy -- maybe this will be something to help with the boredom that some of y'all are facing due to self-isolating and quarantine. This episode is a conversation with our great friend and comrade, Talia (twitter: @Leela1337; instagram: TaliaLux1917) from Minyan and Tolerant Left! Please enjoy the origins story of this amazing and wonderful comrade. :) As always, solidarity forever! Music: "So Whatcha Want" - The Beastie Boys "Dotara Song" - Coubo "Drugs" - Coubo "Still Sleeping" - Oddisee "Long" - Molife "Double Dare Ya" - Bikini Kill
March 25, 2020
Leftist Origins Story 6: J & Jose
Hi friends and comrade! Thanks for tuning back into This Proletarian Life. Hey, we made it on the other end of this wacky month. Today we have two stores, from J and Jose -- both comrades who I met on discord through podcast projects! I hope y'all enjoy this episode and are off to a healthy start to 2020.  Music: "Internationale" ( "I Wanna Go Back" - Onra "Etude" - Joep Beving "Between the Buttons" - French 79 "Joeira" - Kurup "Kerala" - Bonobo "The Light She Brings" - Joep Beving "Where Is My Mind?" - Maxence Cyrin "TBH" - bonjr
February 28, 2020
Revolutionary Poetry
Greetings friends and comrades! Happy New Year! On this episode, we listen to some revolutionary poetry to inspire us at the beginning of 2020. Big thanks to each of my comrades for contributing to this episode -- it wouldn't have been possible without them. I hope you all enjoy this one and thank you for listening! Hasta Siempre, Comandante - Carlos Puebla [] Song of the Revolution - Langston Hughes (Read by Andria) [background music: "Polyushka Polye" - Russian Balalaika Orchestra, A. Bochesky] Ballads of Lenin - Langston Hughes (Read by Alekx) To Those Who Come After - Bertolt Brecht (Read by Ethan) [background music: "Day Dream" - Joep Beving] Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsmen - Yu Wen [] Fourth Declaration of the Zapatistas - (Read by Marcos; [background music: "Sol" - Alef] And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You - Jo Carrillo (Read by Savanah) [background music: "Joeira" - Kurup] What is Violence? - Ricardo Santuario (Read by Eilex; poet's twitter: [backgroud music: "Kusanagi" - Odesza] The Rhythm of Time - Bobby Sands (Read by Grant) Poetry is Not a Luxury - Audre Lorde (Read by Alekx - extra thanks to Savanah for suggesting this essay!) [background music: "Reflection #2" - Joep Beving] Song of the Plains -  Paul Robeson I tried to edit this one a bit quicker than I normally would, so please lemme know if you find any errors that I can fix in the audio that may come up.
January 21, 2020
Leftist Origins Story 5: Grant
Howdy friends! It's been another minute since I've uploaded an episode. Whew, I was able to get through the school semester and holiday season!  Hope you all enjoy this episode with our friend and comrade Grant -- revolutionary parent, organizer for the Korean Friendship Association Scotland (, and musician! You can find Grant on twitter with the handle @ScotStalinist! It was a lovely time speaking with Grant. I actually had to edit a lot out because we had such a fun time and kept going off on little tangents. :P Also tiny shoutout to @BarxistLemonist on this episode, lol. Music included in this episode: "New Years in Guang Zhou" -- Onra "Middlesex Times" -- Michael Andrews "Zoetrope" -- Joep Beving "USSR Anthem Trap Remix" -- Aylo "Memories From 1968" -- Onra "Sleeping Lotus" -- Joep Beving "Summer 78" -- Yann Tiersen "The United States Has No Conscience" -- Bamboo Spine (Grant) Hope y'all have a happy new year! Stay well and solidarity forever
December 29, 2019
Leftist Origins Story 4: Andria
Hi friends! Here is a shorter episode starring our comrade Andria! I hope you enjoy her story as much as I have. It was great to meet my internet twin and have her share her story! You can find her online here: Thank you for listening. :) Songs:  XXYXX -- "About You" Aphex Twin -- "Avril 14th" El Buho -- "Picaflor" Onra -- "Mai's Theme" Harald Kinseth -- "Kefi" Odesza -- "Always This Late"
November 23, 2019
Leftist Origins Stories 3: Johnny
HI FRIENDS! It's been a minute. This episode is a little longer. Because of time constraints with school and work, I left it mostly unedited and it has remained in a more classic interview style podcast form. However, luckily, Johnny is a great storyteller and person to converse with so it's fun listening to him! Find him on twitter at @MLNJGANGGANG and on the podcast Comradical (@Comradicalpod)! Give Johnny some love and check out his podcast -- it was a blast speaking with him.
October 22, 2019
Leftist Origins Stories 2: Ben & Micah
Hi, hi, hi, hi! We have another two set of leftist origins stories on This Proletarian Life. Today we have Ben and Micah on to share their stories about how they both escaped reactionary and fascist thinking, then became Marxists. On this episode, I played around a bit with the format and mixed both stories together throughout. ALSO I tried to mute a bunch of my laughing in the background, but there's only so much editing that can be done, haha. Ben and Micah were both great to talk to! Let me know what you think about it in my DMs on twitter (@neuralekx)! Thank you for listening. :) Find Ben at and @nordic_mlm on Instagram. Find Micah at Music included in this episode: "Where I'm From" -- Onra "Middlesex Times" -- Michael Andrews "Dream of Her" -- Kudasai "Napoleon Hangs Up The Phone" -- John Swihart "Sway, Sway" -- Heinali "Myrrh" -- Coubo "New Year's in Guang Zhou" -- Onra "Stay With Me" -- Onra "Intro" -- The xx "You" -- Gold Panda
August 29, 2019
Leftist Origins Stories 1: Jules & Justin
Hello, and welcome to the first episode of the leftist origins stories series for This Proletarian Life! This time around we have Jules Taylor and Justin here to share their stories of how they became Marxists. Jules Taylor is a music artist living in NY.  You can find his music on Spotify / Apple Music, and his website is    Follow his music here:   Facebook | Instagram | Listen Now  Follow his politics at @revolutionaryliterature (instagram)  Justin is a Coloradan Marxist-Leninist and podcaster. You can find Justin on Proles of the Round Table at, on facebook, and @prolespod on Twitter.  Music included in this episode: "Mai's Theme" -- Onra "Alberto Balsalm" -- Aphex Twin "Where is My Mind?" -- Maxence Cyrin "Cumbia del Olvido" -- Nicola Cruz "Autumn Moon Shining over the Calm Lake" -- Onra "Bus Rider" -- John Swihart "Memories from 1968" -- Onra "Awake" -- Tycho "Universe" -- Coubo "Moscow Nights" -- Vladimir Troshin Thank you for listening! Please send me any feedback you can. :) 
August 19, 2019
Preview of Leftist Origins Stories
Here's a preview and introduction to the Leftist Origins series I'm working on for This Proletarian Life! I'm excited to share all of these stories with everyone.  I've been working hard on these in my spare time, along with everything else on my plate.  Comrade sneak peaks included in this preview -- Johnny, Andria, Jose, Micah, and Ben. Music is "Cumbia de Tototl" by El Buho -- check out their work, it's amazing. Thanks for listening and hope you'll come back to hear the first episode (starring Justin & Jules) of this series -- coming soon. 
August 16, 2019
Problematic Weeaboos
This is the first episode of This Proletarian Life, where your host, Alekx, narrates an essay they wrote about why weeaboos are problematic. Please forgive the poor microphone situation on this episode. Thank you! Songs included are purely for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.  If you enjoyed any of the music included in this audio essay, please go support the artists themselves -- each of them are amazing and have some great materials!  Songs included:  "Loyalty" -- Onra  "Kawaii" -- Bad Snacks  "Shibuya" -- Bad Snacks  "Technicolor" -- Kudasai  "Kefi" -- Harald Kindseth  "Mrs. Ho" -- Onra  "Hide and Seek" -- Onra  "Tea Vendor On The Street" -- Onra  "Kaneda's Theme" -- Geinoh Yamashirogum
August 9, 2019