Episode #22: Should Academics be Activists?

This fortnight’s episode is another in the more reflective genre. Justine and Ti talk on the themes of building left organisations in Aotearoa, as well as specifically whether academics should be activists.

In concerned comrades, the Politburo answers questions about rural socialist organising, making concessions to build mass power, and the tensions between combating climate change and other political necessities.

We introduce a new segment of “Theory Faeries” (Ti can’t pronounce it properly). This segments is going to be where we talk ideas in hopefully a funny, informative, and entertaining way. Sometimes we’ll have interviews, sometimes we’ll read a book, and sometimes we’ll just talk nonsense. This fortnight, we unpack whether academics should be activists.

If you came for the memes, however, this episode isn’t all dry analysis. We’ve got you covered in our reading of a truly incredible Newstalk ZB article. You’re so welcome.

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Episode #21: The Christchurch Mosque Attacks – Mourning, Reflection, Organising

In this episode, we reflect on the Christchurch Mosque Attacks. We talk about the context of Islamophobia in which the attack occurred, the responses to it, and what it means for our organising going forward. This is not a usual episode of the podcast. Don’t expect jokes. We simply provide our open and honest reflection on the most horrific terrorist attack in modern New Zealand history.

Episode #20: The Union Train’s A-Comin’ Comin’ Comin’

Hey babe, it’s time to get aboard this union train. This episode of SHPP, in the tradition of Pete Seeger (the grandaddy of weed and union songs), we talking unions.

The episode starts out with some important self-crit from Comrades Emmy and Ti before quickly moving on to a denunciation of their employers.

Then, in “Concerned Comrades”, Emmy proudly tells on herself while Ti provide nuanced analysis of the differences between being horny, being a leftist, and being a horny leftist. You better be ready to get neck-deep in scientific socialism, comrades.

This fortnight, we “Snitch the Sitch” with Ben Peterson from FIRST Union and Unions Wellington. Ben is a formidable socialist union organiser who has made bosses tremble at his feet. He spills the tea with Justine and Ti about the future of unionism in Aotearoa, its relationship to social movements and how you unionise your workforce.

Finally, we invite you to cum in our library. This fortnight we read another incredible piece by friend-of-the-show, Kate Hawkesby. You’re welcome.

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Episode #19: A Very Kosher Episode

This fortnight, Justine and Ti were freed from the authoritarian grips of the Shot Hot People’s President for Life, Emmy. To celebrate, we briefly discuss the political implications of the Season 4 Finale of Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars — so SPOILERS AHEAD.

In concerned comrades, we talk about left unity, bratty bottoms, and the relationship between class, identity, and becoming a communist.

We’ve also introduced a new segment this week: “kvetching corner”. This segment is for our panelists to get whatever’s bothering them at that moment off their chests.

Finally, we return to a friend of the show when we invite you to come in my library. We destroy this conservatoid so hard we make Charlie Kirk look like a soggy biscuit.

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Episode #18: Gameshow of Thrones

This week, the Politburo try out a new segment! In “The Great Proletarian Pub Quiz”, Quizmistress Emmy interrogates Ti and Justine on socialist trivia. The prize? Mostly mockery.

Last week was Waitangi Day! On the anniversary of the day on which Emmy’s indigenous ancestors got scammed by the Yakubian White Devils, our “The Labour Party is Not Your Friend” segment discusses the Labour government’s betrayal of Māori. The Treaty of Waitangi was a lie in 1840, and it’s a lie in 2019. We need communism babey!

In “Concerned Comrades” we welcome our new nazi listeners from Reddit! Also, Ti discloses their sexual fixation on the Grinch.

We “Snitch the Sitch” on Aotearoa’s left this fortnight. The United States and the international imperialist bloc are trying to prop up an unelected rightist leader as “president” of Venezuela. Organise Aotearoa is rallying outside the Amerikkkan consulate in Auckland to show there is a groundswell of opposition to US regime change wars.

We finish up with “Cum in my Library”, settling down with friend of the show Kate Hawkesby. Just to keep our listeners on their toes, Emmy ends up emphatically agreeing with every word our reactionary friend utters.

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Episode #17: There is Power in a Tech Union

After a much-needed summer break, the Politburo is back! Unfortunately, the feudal tradition of knights and dames is also back, with the NZ Labour Party once again name more knights and dames in the latest New Years Honours List. We add yet more evidence to our file on why the Labour Party is not your friend.

In “Concerned Comrades” we answer your burning questions about talking politics with whānau, building a united left front, and the political importance of the big cow.

This fortnight, Justine sat down with Jess from Aotearoa Tech Union for “Snitch the Sitch”. The full interview will be available on our patreon shortly.

Finally, the politburo dissects a truly incredible take from NZ First MP Darroch Ball about Police car chases. You’re welcome.

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Episode #15: Justine has fleas (year in review)

The politburo came together for one final full episode before the summer holiday break in Aotearoa.

Like the year of our lord 2018 itself, this episode was filled with conflict and in-fighting on the left. A psyop “listener” sowed the seeds of division by asking us in #ConcernedComrades what we disagree on. That led to the very clear demarcation of the podcast on the left-to-right spectrum. Who’s the filthy socdem? Who’s the murderous tankie? And who’s the treacherous trot? The answers might surprise you.

For this fortnight’s segment of Snitch the Sitch, we provide you with our year in review. We talk about the achievements of the left in Aotearoa and abroad and the things that got us excited.

In Cum into My Library, we are happy to read for you another of Mike Hosking’s truly marvelous think-pieces for the NZHerald. Hosko, once again, brings galaxy-brain realness to the runway.

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