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Interview Recorded at the 3rd annual Phoenix Anti-capitalist Conference
Fresh from reporting from inside the Oregon Militia standoff, Sole speaks with Alexander “Sasha” Reid Ross on his work. Sasha is a co-moderator for the Earth First! Newswire, author, and contributor to Counterpunch & Its Going Down. His most recent book “Grabbing Back,” out now on AK Press is about the battle over public space. Sole & Sasha have a critical discusson of the Oregon Militia Standoff, its wider implication for the right wing/ patriot movement in the states and tie it in with the struggle all over the world over public space.
Topics discussed include:
- Oregon Militia Stand-off and fascist elements that played a role in it
-The link between the so called “patriot” movement, their white supremacist roots and a brief but highly informative history of the modern movement.
- The long term implications of Donald Trump’s electoral bid & the origins of the racist language he uses
- “The Global Land Grab” and the battle over the commons and private property being waged all over the world.
- The interconnected-ness of the struggle between the global loss of urban and rural land public space.
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Solecast 21 is an interview with DePaul University adjunct Professor Brendan Mcquade. Brendan is a writer for Jacobin Magazine & Counterpunch, he is currently teaching a course at De Paul about “Post Work Politics, Digital Labor & Surveillance.” The conversation is a highly informative talk on what modern day labor struggles could look like in the wake of Black Lives Matter & Occupy.
Topics discussed include:
- The precarious class
- Basic income for all & moving beyond petty labor demands
- Building on the labor & income concepts put forth Martin Luther King & Black Power movements
- Digital labor
- Reproductive labor & womens rights
- Fusion centers as “urban pacification” & an in depth look at how that has played out in Camden, New Jersey
Rojava Special with Janet Biehl
A discussion with Janet Biehl on Rojava and the works of Murray Bookchin. We go in-depth on how people in Kurdish region are developing an autonomous, democratic, stateless society in the midst of a warzone. Popular for being the most effective fighting force standing up to ISIS/Daesh(see Kobane), what is really happening here has largely been ignored in the mainstream media. What do democratic institutions look like in the cantons? How do you create real feminist institutions in a traditionally male dominated society? What do alternatives to policing and jailing look like? How do you create a horizontal, liberated society while under siege?
The discussion is framed around the Murray Bookchin’s life-long critical exploration of revolutionary ideas and praxis. We talk about Murray's evolution from Marxism, to social ecology, to post-scarcity anarchism to communalism and how this constant exploration of ideas have helped form the basis for a revolutionary society in the heart of the Middle East.
Janet Biehl’s new book, “Ecology or Catastrophe” is available now through Oxford Books.
An in-depth interview with Cuban born director Vivien Weissman. We discuss the hacker ethic, the importance of whistelblowers & the confluence of hacking & leaking. Vivien talks in depth about the importance of "activist journalism" and her new film "The Hacker Wars." We spend a lot of time talking about Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Julien Assange, and the anonymous movement.
Watch the hacker wars on Netflix or youtube
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All music used was from Cars & Trains "Dust"
An interview with LA experimental rap artist; Mike Eagle. A wide ranging conversation on the artistic process, work, race, indie hip-hop, the rise of fascism in the states, widespread ignorance as a virtue, and Mike’s origins as a Chicago rapper. Mike talks about Black Lives Matter, class divisions in Los Angeles, his origins as a battle rapper and how that & comedy informs his take on rap music.
In collaboration w/ Unicorn Riot
A wide ranging conversation about music, autonomous zones, art, and anarchism. Topics of discussion include; DIY venues, revolutionary possibilities, Rojava, The Dadaists, technology, early industrial music and radical culture. Scott Crow is a long-time writer & anarchist organizer. Pictureplane is a musician & visual artist.
Scott Crow has a new anthology out called “Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams” here
Pictureplane’s new LP #TECHNOMANCER drops October 30th here
Scott Olsen is an organizer/activist with the Iraq Veterans Against The War. He was thrust into the spotlight when Oakland Police Department injured with a flash bang grenade, the severity of his wounds was one of the causes for Occupy Oakland to call for the first general strikes of our time. This event sent Scott on a lifelong course of revolutionary work.
In our interview we talk about militarism home and abroad, surveillance, ISIS, Kobane and the Kurdish autonomy movement, we talk about current movements against the police and have a general conversation about where things are going. We also talk about a new intentional community Scott is developing in Wisconsin based around permaculture & resistance.
For more info on Scott follow him on twitter @olsenvet
Randy Greenback is a game designer. He's worked on various games, from The Official American Army video game, to his most recent game "Fat Chicken." Randy helped launched Relevant Games, and is a video game designer concerned with creating ethical video games that can entertain and get people thinking differently about the world. Our interview mainly focuses on his experiences working with the American Army video game, Tom Clancy titles, and a lot of chilling behind the scenes information on how video games are actually made. We discuss his personal philosophy about gaming and we talk about games we like, specifically "This War of Mine" among others.
"Getting into game design has never been easier, everyone who is interested should at least try it!" - Randy Greenback
Join us for an in-depth discussion about homelessness, the criminalization of the poor, and the disappearance of public space with Terese Howard of Denver Homeless Out Loud. Terese is a long term anti-capitalist organizer in the city of Denver, she was one of the architects of the Occupy Denver teach ins and when the "urban camping ban" was passed in Denver she helped found Denver Homeless Out Loud. Beyond just building Tiny Homes and advocating for the homeless, the main project they are focusing on right now is the "Right To Rest Act" aka the "Homeless Bill of Rights" which is currently being pushed in Colorado, California and Oregon. For more information visit Denverhomelessoutloud.org.
Will Potter is an award-winning journalist, author, and TED Fellow based in Washington, D.C. who focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11. We talk about a ton of shit, from government repression, civil unrest, the animal rights movement, the precarious nature of being a writer/artist in the digital age, his use of drones to expose the environmental impact of factory farming and much much more.
Episode #11 is with Rap/Folk artist & Fake Four label head Ceschi Ramos. Ceschi is one of the most original and exciting "new" voices to emerge from the indie-rap scene. His music is a rare take on punk/hardcore/folk punk and experimental rap stylings. He runs Fake Four Inc, one of the last great record labels that puts out a wide range of music from rock, electronica to rap music. Fake Four put out 3 releases from Sole & The Skyrider Band; "Plastique," "Challenger EP," and "Hello Cruel World."
About a year ago he got out of prison for drug shit. In this interview we talk about running a record label in such fleeting times, his experience in prison, his thoughts on race today, vegetarianism, philosophy and everything else.
Episode 10 marks the official relaunch of the Solecast with my man Graham Clumpner of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Since returning from Afghanistan Graham has dedicated himself to ending US imperialism and has extended that work to a broader critique of our unsustainable society. Graham speaks in depth about the evolution of police, organizing, and the role war veterans can play in social movements. Much of Graham's current work is related to combatting climate change and environmental destruction; always pointing to the impact climate has on war and unrest.
Episode 9's guest is Scott Crow. Scott Crow is a long time community organizer, activist, and strategist. He was one of the core organizers for the Common Ground Collective; an anarchist inspired project to help rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Scott is a "U.S. terrorist watchlist alumni" who has continued to do amazing organizing work in the face of government surveillance & repression. Scott has a very human and honest anarchist perspective that we can all take away from.
Jared Paul is one of my biggest influences as far as combining art & "activism" goes. For years he toured as lead singer for Prayers For Athiests, and as an opening act with Sage Francis and participant in Strange Famous Records. J ared Paul is a national slam champion, vegan, anti-capitalist, and is one the realest cats in the game. Check out his music/poetry/activism at http://jaredpaul.org. This interview was conducted over skype and a few points there are minor glitches, for that i apologize, blame the NSA ;)
On the solecast #7 I speak with Jason Hribal… author of Fear Of The Animal Planet. Jason Hribal's work looks at the history of animals from the perspective that they are active participants in history, that they shape our world, are intelligent and emotional creatures capable of acts of compassion, joy and most importantly; resistance. Fear of The Animal Planet is for animal liberation what People's History of the United States is to US history. In this interview we talk a lot about an interview he did on "Animal Voices" about how animals are part of the working class, you can hear the interview with "Animal Voices" here. This isn't some preachy vegan shit, this is a very serious and new way of looking at animals. Anyone who lives with animals, visits zoos & forests, or lives in this world can benefit from taking in his work and reflecting on it. Towards the end of the interview Jason talks about how they've begun slaughtering wild horses in New Mexico, according to the Earth First! Newswire, on July 30th one of these slaughterhouses was burned to the ground.
Busdriver is a rapper from Los Angeles. He got his start with the Project Blowed / Good Life movement. For those who don't know what Project Blowed is, I would argue that it is the scene that paved the way for artists like early anticon & Bone thugs and Harmony. Busdriver epitomizes experimental rap crafstmanship, over the course of his career he has constantly pushed the envelope more then almost any other rapper. He has a ton of records out, his latest full length album; Beaus$eros is out on Fake Four Inc. We talked about Project blowed, experimentation within music, "The Feed," Los Angeles, Hollywood, perpetual war, Israel, file sharing, major label astroturfing ,the european and american cultural experience, music careers, the one man rap show, and the Hellfyre Club Collective.
Chad Kautzer is a philosophy professor at UC Denver, an activist that is deeply involved with class/justice/economic issues in Denver. We talk about conspiracies, economics, the financial crisis, the gold standard, libertarianism, and much more. For more information check out ChadKautzer.com or peep some of his lectures from his Occupy Denver Teach-Ins.