Do big corporate social media platforms need open-source, community review? Matt and Adriel discuss this and listen to Sasha Baron Cohen's scathing critique of Facebook. Also: Adriel explains how to massively increase your Twitter reach. Amnesty International's Secretary General sounds off on Facebook here. The Really Online Lefty League's video of Sasha Baron Cohen is here. And here is Adriel's advice on getting millions of hits on Twitter.
Adriel Hampton and Matt Stannard discuss the Democratic debates, Mark Zuckerberg's secret dinner with Peter Thiel and Donald Trump, Google's new restrictions on political advertising, and Adriel's work helping Democrats win in the recent Virginia elections.
Warning: spoilers and really really explicit content. KC and Matt sit in the Solidarity Collective Library and talk about The Lighthouse, labor, industrialization, sea serpents, and examining capitalism through horror.
Cowboys on the Commons #14 — Armenian Genocide Political & Personal feat. Rev. Eric Atcheson (11/13/2019)
Rev. Eric Atcheson discusses his great grandparents' escape from the Turkish genocide of Armenians, the recent U.S. House Resolution condemning Turkey's genocide against Armenians, Rep. Ilhan Omar's "present" vote on the Resolution, and the position of the left on anticolonialism and genocide recognition. Rev. Atcheson is a Disciples of Christ pastor, Armenian-American, and author of Oregon Trail Theology and On Earth as It Is in Heaven (forthcoming). Please support us at patreon.com/solidarityhouse.
The collective works on decreasing plastics use and building a greenhouse. Yana and Matt discuss Yana's Senate campaign her multimillionaire opponent, and classism in electoral politics. The collective hosts a Solidarity Brunch where guests and hosts discuss anti-capitalism (the full discussion will soon available to subscribers at patreon.com/solidarityhouse).
After a shout out to the Chicago public school teachers about to go on strike, Matt talks with progressive digital politics strategist Adriel Hampton about Bernie, the Squad endorsements, digital campaigning, socialism, impeachment, direct action, and the coming left swing in the United States.
Solidarity Wyoming #11 — The Endangered Species Act, Cattle & Carbon in Wyoming feat. Erik Molvar (9/27/2019)
Erik Molvar of Western Watersheds Project on Trump's assault on the Endangered Species Act, why ranching is unnatural in the Mountain West, and his vision of a post-carbon, post-cattle Wyoming.
Cowboys on the Commons #12 — Materializing Justice feat. Anthony Rogers Wright & Michael Albert (9/15/2019)
Anthony Rogers Wright, policy coordinator at Climate Justice Alliance (https://climatejusticealliance.org) and leading voice on climate and racial justice, talks about Tom Perez and DNC suppression of climate debate, Elizabeth Warren's "compassionate capitalism," and the necessity of centering front line communities and systemic questions in climate policy. Michael Albert, co-founder of participatory economics and Z Magazine, and a brand new member of the Democratic Socialists of America, talks about his engagement with DSA discussions on workplace democracy and overcoming professionalism-as-classism. Interlude music by Dick Wright and the Wright Trio, "On a Picket Line" (c1950). Michael Albert's letter to DSA is at https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/an-open-letter-to-dsa/.
The house comrades and a guest talk about the 10-participant Democratic debate of September 12, which candidates performed especially well, health care reform, and the limits of bourgeois politics. The discussion ends with a musical piece by Luigi Russolo, "100 Years of Government Corruption." Warnings: lots of explicit language, and the houseguest was a fan of Joe Biden.
Matt invites Jeff Lockwood to look back at the two years since he published Behind the Carbon Curtain, chronicling Wyoming's fossil fuel authoritarianism, and to look forward and describe a viable, sustainable post-carbon future for Wyoming. We also have an update on police accountability activism in Albany County, where, in the wake of further disturbing revelations about the Albany County Sheriff's Department, ACOPP is pushing for a community review board to oversee policing. You can learn more at ACOPP.org