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Alberta Advantage Podcast
39 minutes | 4 days ago
Nuking the Oilsands: Project Cauldron (featuring Bigfoot)
Support this podcast Have you ever considered using nuclear explosions for fun and profit? Team Advantage explores a strange collision of two worlds: the children's movie Bigfoot Family, which recently roused the ire of Jason Kenney's War Room, and a 1950's plot to use nuclear explosions to mine Alberta's oil sands. Project Cauldron, later renamed Project Oilsand was a real, genuine plan to nuke Alberta's oilsands that almost happened.
58 minutes | 17 days ago
Starting a Party? The Origins of the CCF
What went into starting the CCF— the precursor to today's NDP? What was the working-class and socialist response to the deep depression and government inaction of the 1930s? How did prior struggles and experiences contribute to the formation of this new party, and how did they envision changing the world? Nashwa Khan of Habibti Please joins Team Advantage to discuss this fascinating historical moment. Follow Nashwa and HP @habibtiblease.
76 minutes | 25 days ago
Against Corporate Feminism: Less Lean In, More Lenin
Support this podcast We live in a sexist, patriarchal, and capitalist society— but is the solution to these problems simply to diversify the administration of sexist, patriarchal capitalism? Will more women in corporate leadership help abolish gendered oppression? Team Advantage convenes to discuss the growth of corporate feminism, explore its weaknesses, and consider how socialist feminism might present a more tenable solution. Visit albertaadvantagepod.com for suggested readings!
48 minutes | a month ago
Alberta's War on Rats
Support this podcast The global rat population features a strange Alberta-shaped rat-free zone. What's behind Alberta's rat-free jurisdiction? What economic and political forces shaped this policy, and how does Alberta's rat-free status contribute to its self-image as uniquely different from other regions of Canada? What are the consequences of this kind of ecosystem management, and who stands to benefit from it?
60 minutes | a month ago
Canada's National Energy Program, 1980-1985
Support this podcast As oil and gas producers practically beg, plead, and bribe the Canadian government into building and planning pipelines and developing a national energy strategy, Team Advantage asks: whatever happened to the National Energy Program? Yes, that NEP: conceived of by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the bane of Alberta's oil industry, that endless source of western alienation, the biggest power grab in history— what was it really about? Journalist Taylor C. Noakes joins Team Advantage to discuss the genesis and legacy of the NEP, while pondering the state of the fossil fuel industry today. Could it be that some sort of economic planning could have resolved the problems we encounter today? Follow Taylor @TaylorNoakes and read his CBC piece, It's time to reconsider the NEP.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Universal Basic Income: Utopian, or Not Bold Enough?
Support this podcast Team Advantage convenes to discuss Universal Basic Income. Why is it, and why has it gained such popularity over the last few years? What's so appealing about the proposal, and how does this appeal relate to left-wing politics and strategy more generally? What might be the benefits and drawbacks of such a program? What kind of social and political forces would be needed to mobilize for a program of this kind? Further reading: Dan Darrah in Canadian Dimension Paris Marx in Tribune Daniel Zamora in Jacobin The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries by Kathi Weeks Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
50 minutes | 2 months ago
BONUS: Victor's Children
Kate was recently on Victor's Children, a podcast hosted by David Camfield, to discuss class struggle in the past, present and future. Kate was joined on the panel by John Clarke, a writer and retired organizer for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP). Subscribe to Victor's Children here: https://pod.link/1556511995
70 minutes | 2 months ago
Workers Fighting and Winning in Post-Secondary Education
Support this podcast Can workers fight a university administration dead-set on busting the union? The Athabasca University Faculty Association did exactly that— and won. AUFA President Dave Powell and AUFA Chair of Membership Engagement Committee Rhiannon Rutherford join Team Advantage to explain how organizing and engaging union membership helped stave off an effort by university administration to cripple the union. Read more at http://aufa.ca/archive and follow them on twitter @AUFacultyAssoc.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
"Progressives Aren't Going to Stand for Mediocrity:" Niki Ashton on the Progressive International and Jeremy Corbyn
Support this podcast What can be learned from the Corbyn project in the U.K. and the opposition it encountered, from both Conservatives outside the Labour party as well as Labour's own right wing? What do recent attacks on the left of the NDP mean for the state of bold policy in Canada? Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, joins Team Advantage to discuss the Progressive International and her upcoming event, a conversation with Jeremy Corbyn. Purchase event tickets here through Eventbrite, and learn more at progressive.international.
66 minutes | 3 months ago
Are the NDP Liberals in a Hurry?
Support this podcast Are the NDP merely liberals in a bit of a rush? Team Advantage examines Gary Teeple's 1972 essay, 'Liberals in a hurry': socialism and the CCF-NDP. What role does the Fabian Society have in shaping the thought of the CCF, and later, the NDP? Can real socialist change be made through technocratic changes or parliamentary methods? Is moralizing about capitalism's ill effects a useful way of bringing about political change? Sweater Weather is a video & audio podcast about Canadian culture, politics & economics from a socialist perspective, hosted & produced by Aaron Giovannone. Follow Aaron on Twitter @SincerityCity, and follow the Sweater Weather series @canadiansweater and sweaterweatherpod.com. Further reading: Teeple, Gary. "'Liberals in a hurry': socialism and the CCF-NDP." Capitalism and the National Question in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 1972. 229-250.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
The State: Seize It? Smash It? Take a Long March Through It?
Support this podcast What is to be done with the state? How does one's assessment of the state relate to socialist strategy? Is the state merely a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie? Is it entirely captured by industry, or factions of capital, or does it operate independently? Team Advantage convenes to discuss theories of the state, and explains how state theory ultimately informs the approach one takes to social transformation. Further reading: Ralph Miliband, The State in Capitalist Society. 1969. Ralph Miliband, The Coup in Chile. October 1973. Miliband, Ralph. "Poulantzas and the capitalist state." New Left Review 82.1 (1973): 83-93. Rooksby, Ed. "‘Structural Reform’ and the Problem of Socialist Strategy Today." Critique 46.1 (2018): 27-48.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Small Businesses Are Capitalism
Support this podcast Are small businesses really the backbone of our economy? Team Advantage examines the realities of small businesses in our society. How do big corporations benefit from small businesses being the front-facing, friendly face of modern capitalism? What do Marx and Engels have to say about "small capitalists?" How do working conditions fare in a small business environment? Will socially progressive small businesses usher in an era of social change? Want to replace every mention of "small business" in your browser with "small capitalist?" Install the Tampermonkey extension, and add the small capitalists script.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Farm Crisis, Climate Crisis
Support this podcast How can we reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by half by mid-century? And how can steps to do so help strengthen and safeguard family farms? Darrin Qualman, director of Climate Crisis Policy and Action for the National Farmers Union and author of Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farms and Food Systems joins Team Advantage to discuss farms, food, and the climate crisis.
67 minutes | 4 months ago
A New Party? The NDP and the 2001 New Politics Initiative
Support this podcast In 2001, a campaign to reconstitute the NDP into a new party emerged, calling itself the New Politics Initiative. It proposed a party with stronger links with social movements and the anti-globalization campaigns that had been growing over the previous years, and had some high-profile spokespeople. What happened with this initiative? What was the response from within the NDP? Can anything be learned from this effort to reshape the NDP towards a more explicitly left-wing vision?
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Expand Medicare to Include Dentalcare
Support this podcast While Canada's medicare system was launched in the 1960s, some notable exclusions remain. Vision, pharmaceuticals, mental health, and dental care are all aspects of health that remain largely uncovered by our public health system. Brandon Doucet, dentist and member of the Coalition for Dentalcare, and Thomas Lange, health economist and research coordinator at the University of Calgary, join Team Advantage to discuss the potential ways health coverage could be expanded to include dentalcare. Follow the Coalition for Dentalcare on Twitter @for_dentalcare, and follow Tom Lange @TomLangeYYC. Read Brandon's piece in Passage on the topic here: https://readpassage.com/as-a-dentist-i-know-canada-needs-universal-public-dental-care/ Read Tom's research papers here: https://www.policyschool.ca/authors/thomas-christopher-lange/
60 minutes | 4 months ago
The Klan in Alberta
Did you know that the Ku Klux Klan operated in Alberta— with thousands of members, a newspaper published out of downtown Edmonton, and regular picnics, parades and marches? Anti-racist activist Jason Devine joins Team Advantage to explore the strange history of the KKK in Alberta, and discuss how these historical forms of white supremacy have contributed to implicit and explicit forms of white supremacy today.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Waffles, Trots, and the 1971 Takeover of the New Brunswick NDP
Support this podcast New Brunswick, home to one of Canada's wealthiest families, is far from a nexus of left-wing political culture— yet in 1971, a small group of Waffle-aligned activists managed to briefly take over the New Brunswick NDP, before the federal party intervened. Who was involved in this radical takeover of the provincial party, and how did it happen? New Brunswick correspondent Abram Lutes joins Team Advantage to discuss this strange tale involving Trotskyites, entryism, and dueling conventions. Follow Abram on Twitter @abramxlutes.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Corporate Subsidy Sponges and Handout Hogs
Support this podcast What is the employer-friendly CEWS, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and how is it funneling public funds to big businesses? Doug Nesbitt joins Team Advantage to discuss the generosity of the Canadian state with regards to employers, and how this differs substantially from the approach taken towards workers. Why did the NDP and major labour leaders support a program that is essentially trickle-down economics on steroids? Who benefits from this program? And how will the costs it creates be used against working people in the future? Follow Doug Nesbitt on Twitter @StandingTheGaff, and read his work at rankandfile.ca.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
Alberta's Abstinence-Only "Recovery" Model
The opioid crisis is killing more Albertans than the COVID-19 crisis— but Jason Kenney's UCP government is intent on pursuing an abstinence-only model that rejects harm-reduction approaches. Joining Team Advantage are Garth Mullins, host of the CRACKDOWN podcast, and Jeremy Appel, author of a recent Progress Report piece titled The Alberta Model: Who benefits from the Alberta government’s shift away from harm reduction to abstinence-only recovery. Follow Jeremy Appel on Twitter @JeremyAppel1025, and follow Garth Mullins on Twitter @garthmullins. Listeners may also be interested in the work of @momsstoptheharm and @HIVCommLink.
65 minutes | 5 months ago
Operation Solidarity, 1983: An (Almost) B.C. General Strike
Support this podcast What happens when a government adopts the Fraser Institute's policies wholesale, pushing cutbacks, austerity and a rollback of rights? How does labour leadership respond to widespread discontent with a government— and how does it act to contain this discontent? Team Advantage explores Operation Solidarity, one of the largest political protests in British Columbia's history. Historical audio clips are sourced from Common Cause: The Story of the Operation Solidarity Coalition.
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