nsmsn / Nick Simson

Communication/web/graphic designer. Alive and at work in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

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  1. Class Reductionism vs. Marxism (Is there a difference?)

    This video is a response to Tatiana Cozzarelli’s essay "Class Reductionism Is Real, and It’s Coming from the Jacobin Wing of the DSA," and a defense of Class Reductionism as Tatiana defines it, namely that the transformation of the class relations that set up our economic or productive activity will be enough to resolve the problem of racism. More specifically the video argues that a Marxist conception of socialism does understand ethnic, religious, legal, and political conflicts as arising out of class relations. Along the way, an excerpt from an interview with Mark Fisher on the topic of his essay "Exiting the Vampire Castle" is revisited and his concept of Capitalist Realism is, perhaps, revised.

    Relevant Writings

    Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/capitalist-realism-mark-fisher/1112473996 https://www.waterstones.com/book/capitalist-realism/mark-fisher/9781846943171

    Class Reductionism Is Real, and It’s Coming from the Jacobin Wing of the DSA by Tatiana Cozzarelli https://www.leftvoice.org/class-reductionism-is-real-and-its-coming-from-the-jacobin-wing-of-the-dsa


    Tagged with education

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  2. Weekends with Ana Kasparian and Michael Brooks: June 27, 2020 (featuring: Julia Salazar)

    The guest today: Incumbent State Senator for the 18th district in New York who just won reelection this week, Julia Salazar.

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  3. Michael Brooks on Defending History

    Matthew McManus and Michael Brooks discuss Brooks recent book "Against the Web" in the context of the expanding crisis known as 2020. The conversation covers everything from Sam Harris, to the current massive global protests, to COVID 19, to the need for cosmopolitan socialism.

    Relevant Books Against the Web by Michael Brooks https://redemmas.org/titles/34612-against-the-web---a-cosmopolitan-answer-to-the-new-right


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  4. Fan is a Tool-Using Animal — dConstruct Audio Archive

    What happens when you build a nice website, and a real community shows up that doesn’t meet your expectations?


    Since the earliest days of Usenet, fandom has wandered the Internet, finding remarkable ways to assemble websites, plug-ins, and online forums into tools for sharing and organizing erotic fiction. Often ostracized and ridiculed for their hobby, this community of rather gentle people has learned to work with the materials at hand, building for themselves what they could not get from others, in the process creating a culture of collaboration and mutual respect other online projects can only envy.

    Fans are inveterate classifiers, and the story of how they have bent websites to their will (in a process reminiscent of their favorite works) may change the way you think about online communities, or at the very least, about librarians.

    Transcript of this talk (with slides): https://idlewords.com/talks/fan_is_a_tool_using_animal.htm

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  5. Nathan Robinson, Woke Scolds, and the Limits of Anarchism

    This Communist Study Questions video features interviews from Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (aka Capitol Hill’s Occupied Protest) along with commentary on Matt Taibbi. Nathan Robinson and the Left’s insanity. It also features a lesson on dialectical materialism and Marx’s critique of Proudhon.

    Relevant Essays

    The American Press Is Destroying Itself by Matt Taibbi https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-news-media-is-destroying-itself

    Has The American Left Lost It’s Mind by Nathan Robinson https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/06/has-the-american-left-lost-its-mind

    Zero Books Manifesto:

    The modern world is at an impasse. Disasters scroll across our smartphone screens and we’re invited to like, follow or upvote, but critical thinking is harder and harder to find. Rather than connecting us in common struggle and debate, the internet has sped up and deepened a long-standing process of alienation and atomization.

    Zer0 Books wants to work against this trend.

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  6. Black Marxism after George Floyd

    Cedric Johnson is associate professor of African American studies and political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and editor of The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

    In this live stream, we’ll be discussing the prospects for an emancipatory politics emerging from the death of George Floyd and how to understand the black politics alongside class politics.

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  7. Bill Fletcher Jr: Juneteenth and America’s Incomplete Emancipation

    Today we’re joined by talk show host, writer, activist, and trade unionist, Bill Fletcher Jr., to talk about the need for an American Emancipation Day, the 1998 Black Radical Congress, and the legacy of black radicalism.

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  8. Why Postmodernism Was a Huge Intellectual Step Back

    We’re joined by Catherine Liu, professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine and author of American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique, to talk about what postmodernism was, where it came from, and how it represented a degenerative left response to neoliberalism and labor defeat.

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  9. The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States

    Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU’s top racial justice expert, discusses the dark history of Confederate symbols across the country and outlines what we can do to learn from our past and combat systemic racism.

    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOPGpE-sXh0

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  10. Adolph Reed:  What We Learned From the Bernie Campaign

    Full Video: https://youtu.be/MDO6x6u9PlI

    Today we’re joined by professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Adolph Reed Jr., to talk about what materialist political history actually looks like and how the charge from liberals that socialists reduce everything to class is incoherent.


    Tagged with politics

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