Just wanted to let people know of some things going on here at Black Sheep recently. First, we’ve published a number of new episodes the last month and a half that you should be sure to check out if you haven’t already.
Episode 23 is a two-part interview with Canadian scholar-activist David McNally. The first part talks about what’s happening in capitalism since the onset of the crisis seven years ago and what we can expect out of this prolonged slump. The second part talks about his book Monsters of the Market as a way of discussing how we perceive living under decades of neoliberal capitalism and the effect that’s had on our social-psyche. The transcripts to those episodes are up on this website, but many thanks to New Politics for publishing them initially. Socialist Worker also recirculated the interview.
Episode 24 is a live interview we did with Alan Sears about his new book The Next New Left. Tessa and I are substitute hosts for WORT-FM‘s news and affairs program “A Public Affair”, so we invited Alan to be our guest. The format is slightly different in that there are some call-ins and we try to broaden our discussion somewhat, but its very much worth checking out.
I just put up Episode 25 this last weekend, which is an interview with Lauren Corman, who hosted the radio program Animal Voices in Toronto for roughly ten years. Lauren talks about fitting animal issues into our radical politics.
For the future we have a lot still on the queue. Episode 26 is another live WORT program, this time with guest Teddy Shibabaw, a member of Socialist Alternative and organizer with 15 Now. We talk to Teddy about the minimum wage and a local debate about an incremental reform posed by the SEIU-backed Raise Wisconsin for a $10.10 minimum wage rather than the initial $15. Very pleased with the show and grateful to Teddy, who did a fantastic job explaining everything. (The radio archive is linked here, and I’ll post our cleaned up version on the podcast this weekend.)
We’ll be trying a few experiments: Friend of the show Alan Sears will be doing a reverse interview, where he interviews Tessa and I. Another friend, Lenora, will be contributing her own interview from Italy with workerist activists there.
Lastly, look forward to a set of interviews regarding the position of the left presently. David Camfield, an editor at New Socialist, interviewed about the very big picture of the international left, the collapse of politics to the left of social-liberalism (think Democrats in the US) and where that puts us. He was very cautious in this discussion, given how tough it is to find a balance between the big trends and the important distinctions. We’ll be doing an interview about youth and the organized left with a couple of activists soon as well.
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