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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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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We sheepishly slink back online to give an update on our episode from 3 weeks ago, wherein we triumphantly claimed that the pigs had withdrawn from our city’s Pride parade. It turns out, fucking everybody else is pulling out alongside them!
None of us on the show have ever pulled out in our lives, but we do our best to give a socialist analysis of exactly what is going on in Auckland’s gay community right now. With the pigs, the military, and a bunch of banks cutting and running, Pride is in danger of not being fucking boring. We also answer a carefully-curated selection of questions about Pride, gay politics, and what you (YOU!) can do to make Pride communist.
We also open the show with our “The Labour Party is Not Your Friend” segment, thrashing the pathetic neoliberals in power for their attacks on union power.
We close up the show by reading an article criticising the Pride Parade by a guy who has, totally coincidentally, spent the last 30 years using his media platform to attack gay rights.
Either way, New Zealand’s interesting gays and our squad have raised more than $20,000 to put on our own Pride Parade if we have to, so we’ll see you all there.
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Ti and Emmy interview legendary prison abolitionist and socialist Angela Davis, as well as Debbie Kilroy an amazing prison abolitionist based in Brisbane. Don’t worry, we’re freaking out too.
The interview covers capitalism, prison abolitionist theory and day-to-day practice, socialism, and how to build the revolutionary left.
The interview took place at the Sisters Inside prison abolition conference in Brisbane. For that reason the sound quality is not as good as we would have hoped.
Please check out Sisters Inside here: sistersinside.com.au/
Also, at the conference, Emmy and Ti met a bunch of former prisoners running a podcast/radio show about prison and criminal justice issues, check it out here: www.facebook.com/radioseeds/
CONTENT WARNING: at the beginning of the episode, Debbie talks about an extremely violent event that sparked the formation of Sisters Inside.
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In this fortnight’s episode, we dive deep into the Politburo’s collective activist histories and talk about the fight to get Police and Corrections Officers out of the Auckland Pride Parade.
The episode starts with our regular discussion of why the Labour Party is Not Your Friend. This week, the NZ Labour Party decided to turn its KiwiBuild policy into naked welfare for housing speculators.
We then take your questions in our “Concerned Comrades” segment. If you want to submit a question anonymously, please do so through our curiouscat: curiouscat.me/pplspolitburo
In “Snitch the Sitch”, we reflect on our experiences organising around trying to get cops and screws out of the Auckland Pride Parade. Those experiences include a security guard breaking Emmy’s arm.
Finally, in “Come in my Library”, we read a blast from the past — a reading from one of our greatest class enemies.
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Emmy and Ti were in Palmerston North to protest the NZ Defence Industry Association Forum, also known as the weapons expo. The weapons expo is a gathering of arms and munitions dealers from around the world to sell their war merch. Emmy and Ti were there with Organise Aotearoa and People Against Prisons Aotearoa, with a principled opposition to the weapons industry and imperialism.
In this episode, Emmy and Ti debrief from the action on November 31. Some highlights include: Ti being followed by police for hours while driving and being pulled over without cause a bunch of times, weapons dealers shitting themselves and crying to the cops, and Emmy being arrested and concussed by cops.
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