Henry Giroux on His Latest Book — The Terror of the Unforeseen — and How Neoliberal Capitalism Sets the Stage for Fascism

We spoke with cultural critic and one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy, Henry Giroux, about his latest book, The Terror of the Unforeseen, in which he warns that the economic tyranny of neoliberal capitalism and a culture of cruelty and objectification set the stage for Trump’s rise and the emergence of fascism.

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Hawaii's Kaniela Ing on Colonialism and the Mauna Kea Protectors

We spoke with Kaniela Ing, the native Hawaiian and democratic socialist who served for six years in the state’s House of Representatives and whose 2018 bid for Congress was endorsed by leading progressive voices and organizations like Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Ing shared his insights on the movement of Hawaiians rising up to prevent the construction of a giant $1.4 billion telescope on their most sacred mountain, Mauna Kea.

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Kelly Wilkins
District Attorney Candidate Chesa Boudin on His Plans to Reform San Francisco's Criminal Justice System

We spoke with Chesa Boudin, the progressive public defender running to become San Francisco’s next District Attorney. He is backed by Angela Davis, Shaun King, and other leaders in prison reform and is a part of a nationwide movement working to elect progressive prosecutors, like Larry Krasner and Rachael Rollins. Chesa discussed how his experience growing up with incarcerated parents shaped his views on criminal justice, why he believes our system needs reforming, and the importance of the District Attorney position.

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Cat Brooks on the Abolition of Police, Police Brutality, and Her Oakland Mayoral Campaign

We spoke with anti-police brutality organizer and KPFA’s Upfront co-host, Cat Brooks, about her 2018 mayoral race in Oakland, California. Brooks received the most votes of any challenger on the left and says that it is “very likely” she will run for mayor again. In the meantime she is working to “harness the energy of the base” that her campaign mobilized in order to tackle the issues that concern them.

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Kelly Wilkins
Geographer Richard Walker Discusses the Dark Side of San Francisco's Prosperous Tech Boom

UC Berkeley geography professor Richard Walker spoke with us about his latest book, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area, which examines the Bay Area’s economic history and the social costs of the region’s latest tech boom. Walker’s past books include The Capitalist Imperative: Territory, Technology and Industrial Growth, one of the most cited books in the field of economic geography, and The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Philosopher Timothy Morton Says There's a Bug in Marxist Theory — Solidarity Should Include the Nonhuman

Timothy Morton is a leading philosopher in the object-oriented ontology movement and a professor of English at Rice University. He became well-known for challenging the ways in which we think of nature as separate from ourselves, and by introducing his work in nonacademic spaces (collaborating with artists like Björk and Pharrell Williams) he has redefined how society interacts with philosophy. We spoke with him about his latest book Humankind, wherein he argues anthropocentrism is a bug in Marxist theory.

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Divestment Activists in San Francisco are Fighting to Establish a Public Bank that will Invest in Their Community

We spoke with Jackie Fielder, the indigenous organizer for the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition who was moved to work on establishing a public bank after Wall Street banks funded the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through her community’s territory. She discussed how public banks can strengthen local economies and allow for communities to control their tax revenue and invest in projects that benefit them.

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Professor Richard D. Wolff on the Historical Significance of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) Movement

We spoke with professor Richard D. Wolff on the historical significance of the Gilets Jaunes movement in France and how it parallels the growing civil unrest and labor strikes in the US. Wolff is the host of the weekly radio program Economic Update and the co-founder of Democracy at Work, a non-profit organization advocating for the democratization of workspaces.

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Political Philosopher Michael Hardt on the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) Movement

Michael Hardt shared some of his thoughts on the leaderless Gilets Jaunes movement, a workers’ movement which began in France in November of last year and has since spread to other countries. Hardt is a political philosopher, literary theorist, and the coauthor of Assembly, a book which discusses the rise of leaderless movements throughout the world and proposes strategies for successfully organizing them.

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The Making of a Green New Deal—A Discussion with the Sunrise Movement’s Jeremy Ornstein

We spoke with climate activist and organizer Jeremy Ornstein about his work with the Sunrise Movement and its push for a select committee on a Green New Deal, a proposed economic stimulus plan to combat climate change that has gained bipartisan support from registered voters and the endorsement of thirty-eight members of congress after weeks of public demonstrations.

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Kelly Wilkins
Michael Hardt on Leaderless Movements and Organizing The Multitude

We spoke with political philosopher and literary theorist Michael Hardt about his latest book Assembly, wherein he and Antonio Negri argue that three paths—exodus, antagonistic reformism, and hegemonic transformation—can work hand in hand to empower the working class, and that in a time of the decentralization of leadership new forms of collective organization and decision-making are needed to achieve democracy.

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Bernie-backed Candidate Jovanka Beckles Talks About Her Race Against “the Bernie Slayer”

We spoke with community leader, Democratic Socialist, and Bernie-endorsed candidate, Jovanka Beckles, about her long history of progressive victories in the Bay Area and the stark differences between her and her opponent’s platforms, funding sources, and connections to their community. Beckles is running in the Assembly District 15 election to represent Berkeley, North Oakland, and Richmond, California.

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