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We Read Theory

We Read Theory

By We Read Theory
Mark and Alex take turns explaining famous works of Leftist political theory to each other and to their audience in simple, understandable terms
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Episode 26: Rudolf Rocker's Anarcho-Syndicalism
Theory is BACK! In this one, Alex leads Mark on a journey through the philosophy and practice of Anarcho-Syndicalism as told by Rudolf Rocker.
01:16:03
July 10, 2021
Episode 25: Socialist Leaders 1. Thomas Sankara
Mark and Alex investigate the first in a (non-continuous) series of socialist leaders from the 20th century and beyond. This week, Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso!
57:17
January 04, 2021
Episode 24: Kropotkin Returns!!! Human Nature is Good Actually
Mark and Alex celebrate a year of theory by returning to the bearded chad that started it all. In this second installment of the Kropotkin Saga, the boys discuss the various ways in which mutual aid, rather than competition, has defined our social lives throughout history. Follow us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod Subscribe to our Subreddit: r/wereadtheorypod Sources used in this episode: "Mutual Aid: a Factor of Evolution: by Petr Kropotkin
01:11:01
December 14, 2020
Episode 23: I Was NOT Impressed With Murray Rothbard
This time the boys don't just read theory, they roast it. Mark and Alex explore the need for material analysis, what it means for an ideology to be incoherent, and why many definitions of freedom are misleading. And what better ideology to examine for this purpose than Libertarianism?
54:03
November 29, 2020
Episode 22: Errico Malatesta, 19th Century Debate Bro
Mark and Alex run through Errico Malatesta's cafe dialogues, in which based and breadpilled anarchism enjoyer crushes small-brained conservatives in the arena of ideas Follow us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod Subscribe to our subreddit: r/wereadtheorypod Sources used in this episode: "At the Cafe" by Errico Malatesta https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/errico-malatesta-at-the-cafe
01:07:33
November 06, 2020
Episode 21: Why the Government Will Never Run out of Money
Mark and Alex embark on the perilous journey of attempting to talk about economics without boring everyone to death. In particular, the boys investigate Modern Monetary Theory, a radical and relatively new perspective on money and the state. Follow us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod Subscribe to our subreddit: r/wereadtheorypod Sources used in this episode From the State Theory of Money to Modern Money Theory: An Alternative to Economic Orthodoxy, By L. Randall Wray http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_792.pdf Understanding the Economic Fallacies of the Intergenerational Debate, by Bill Mitchel and Warren Mosler http://billmitchell.org/publications/journals/J51_2006.pdf My Response to a German Critic, by Bill Mitchel Part 1: http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=38964 Part 2: http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=38992 Part 3: http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=39022 A Skeptic’s Guide to Modern Monetary Theory, By N. Gregory Mankiw https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mankiw/files/skeptics_guide_to_modern_monetary_theory.pdf
01:08:40
October 23, 2020
Episode 20: I Hate Talking About the Soviet Union
Mark and Alex take a look at Michael Parenti's "Blackshirts and Reds" Follow us on Twitter : @wereadtheorypod Reach out to us on Reddit: r/wereadtheorypod Sources Referenced in this episode: "Blackshirts and Reds" by Michael Parenti "How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler" by John Broich https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-journalists-covered-rise-mussolini-hitler-180961407/ "Confidence in Democracy and Capitalism Wanes in Former Soviet Union" from Pew Research https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2011/12/05/confidence-in-democracy-and-capitalism-wanes-in-former-soviet-union/
01:07:58
October 09, 2020
Episode 19: Gramsci, the Political Party, and the Relevance of Machiavelli in the Modern Day
Mark and Alex cover Antonio Gramsci's advice for political parties and defend the legacy of Machiavelli Follow us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod Come chat with us at r/wereadtheorypod Works referenced in this episode: All by Antonio Gramsci "Brief Notes on Machiavelli’s Politics" "Machiavelli and Marx" "Politics as an Autonomous Science" "Elements of Politics" "The Political Party" "Conceptions of the World and Practical Stances: Global and Partial" "Some Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Economism" "Prediction and Perspective" "Analysis of Situations: Relations of Force" "On Bureaucracy" "The Theorem of Fixed Proportions" "Number and Quality in Representative Systems of Government" "Continuity and Tradition" "Spontaneity and Conscious Leadership" "Against Byzantinism" "The Collective Worker" "Voluntarism and Social Masses"
45:27
September 23, 2020
Episode 18: Mental Health and Colonialism
Mark and Alex take a look at some of the ways in which our mainstream understanding of mental health fails to combat the legacy of colonialism and its effects on the mental health of Indigenous communities Follow us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod Talk with us about the Episode at r/wereadtheorypod Sources discussed in this episode: "Patients' Diversity is Often Discounted" by Shankar Vedantam "The Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon "Challenging Hidden Assumptions: Colonial Norms as Determinants of Aboriginal Mental Health" by Sarah Nelson "Piblokto and European-Inuit Relations" by Lyle Dick
42:40
September 09, 2020
Episode 17: Frantz Fanon's "The Wretched of the Earth"
Mark and Alex follow Fanon through a decolonial dialectic Follow us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod
36:50
August 24, 2020
Episode 16: Angela Davis' "Lectures on Liberation"
Alex stops shitposting for a while to read and discuss Angela Davis' thoughts on freedom with Mark.  Twitter: @WeReadTheoryPod Link to literature: https://archive.org/details/AngelaDavis-LecturesOnLiberation/page/n1/mode/2up
38:55
August 19, 2020
Episode 15: WTF is Dialectical Materialism?
Mark and Alex attempt at great pain to explain one of the most opaque concepts in Marxism and its implications Follow us on Twitter @wereadtheorypod Works Referenced in this Episode: Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, Frederick Engels Dialectics of Nature, Frederick Engels Dialectical and Historical Materialism, J V Stalin The Materialist Conception of History, Karl Kautsky
58:26
August 07, 2020
Episode 14: J Sakai's "Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat"
Mark and Alex take a walk through American history and learn some interesting lessons about race and class along the way. Follow us on Twitter @wereadtheorypod
53:44
July 22, 2020
Episode 13.2: Alex Vitale's "The End of Policing" Part 2
Mark and Alex finish their discussion of Alex Vitale's "The End of Policing," covering the drug war, gang suppression, border policing, and political policing. Follow us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod
01:03:42
June 25, 2020
Episode 13.1: Alex Vitale's "The End of Policing" Part 1
Mark and Alex begin their discussion of defunding police, covering the policing of schools, mental illness, homelessness, and sex work GO FUND ME LINK: gofundme.com/f/heritagetonsorial Follow us on Twitter @wereadtheorypod
43:15
June 17, 2020
Episode (Fuck) 12: Abdullah Öcalan's "Democratic Confederalism"
Mark and Alex examine the goals and expectations of a communal society as described by Abdullah Öcalan
43:16
May 30, 2020
Episode 11: Murray Bookchin's "The Ecology of Freedom"
Mark and Alex discuss how our worldview affects our ability to build fair institutions and combat climate catastrophe. Later, the boys put forth a mildly passionate defense of astrology.
54:03
May 18, 2020
Episode 10: Michel Foucault's "Discipline and Punish"
Mark and Alex discuss the disciplinary society described by Michel Foucault and explore its implications. Contact us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod Listen to our shows on Youtube: wereadtheorypod
36:11
May 04, 2020
Episode 9: Karl Marx's "Critique of the Gotha Programme"
Picking up where they left off last time, Mark and Alex explore Marx's famous critique step by step Contact us on Twitter: @wereadtheorypod Listen to our shows on Youtube: wereadtheorypod
36:53
April 21, 2020
Episode 8: A (Very) Brief Overview of Marxism
We all know Marxism is a thing and it's important but what is it exactly? Mark and Alex attempt to answer this question as concisely as possible. Follow us on Twitter @wereadtheorypod
40:07
April 15, 2020
Manufacturing Consent Bonus: The KGB Bulgarian Plot to Kill the Pope
Mark explores the 1981 attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II and the media narratives that formed around it.
17:32
April 02, 2020
Episode 7: Rosa Luxemburg's "Reform or Revolution?"
Mark and Alex bridge the social distance to discuss the various shortcomings of a reform-based approach to Socialism.
42:40
March 26, 2020
Episode 6: Various Definitions of Fascism
Mark and Alex explore a number of ways Fascism has been defined over time and consider each definition's usefulness in describing and combating Fascism Follow us on Twitter @wereadtheorypod
41:57
March 05, 2020
Episode 5: Edward S Herman and Noam Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent"
Mark takes Alex through the first half of Herman and Chomsky's analysis of the mass media, covering the five filters of media content and their effect on coverage of Latin American elections in the 1980s.
43:43
February 07, 2020
Episode 4: Mark Fischer's "Capitalist Realism"
Mark and Alex discuss the various methods by which Capitalism asserts itself as fact rather than ideology and the effects of those methods on our mental well-being.
29:16
January 24, 2020
Episode 3: Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Mark teaches Alex about the stages of non-violent resistance and white moderates using one of Martin Luther King Jr's most famous texts
20:18
January 17, 2020
Episode 2: Vladimir Lenin's "The State and Revolution"
Mark teaches Alex about the role of the state in the revolution.
23:11
December 13, 2019
We Read Theory Trailer
Introducing We Read Theory, a new podcast for anyone interested in gaining familiarity with the most famous and somewhat niche voices of leftist theory across the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
02:07
December 06, 2019
Episode 1: Peter Kropotkin's "A Conquest of Bread"
Mark reads "A Conquest of Bread" to teach Alex about Anarcho-Communism.
42:23
December 06, 2019