Episode #14: Three socialists on how we accidentally started a corporate boycott of Auckland Pride

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slink back online to give an update on our episode from 3 weeks ago, wherein we triumphantly claimed that the pigs had withdrawn from our city’s Pride parade.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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Episode #13: Interview with Angela Davis and Debbie Kilroy. No Biggie.

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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Episode #12: All Cops Are Banned (from the Pride Parade)

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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Episode #11: (TEASER) A funny thing happened on the way to the Weapons Expo

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Show description:
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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Episode #10: The Chilling Adventures of Wellington Communists

This fortnight Emmy and Ti traveled to Wellington to meet with some local revolutionaries, while Justine stayed in Auckland to be with her gf. She has been purged.

This episode has very special guests from Left Hook Media, a new podcast about leftist organising in Wellington. We were joined by Mirky and Kate, who told us about their organising with Wellington Socialists, Organise Aotearoa, and People Against Prisons Aotearoa. You can check out their podcast here.

Our segment “The Labour Party is not Your Friend” returned this week with an acidic reading of Jacinda Ardern’s latest PR nonsense. We then take your questions in “Concerned Comrades”. We’re now taking anonymous questions through our curious cat here.

We then have a chat with Kate and Mirky about their organising in “Snitch the Sitch”. If you’re keen to get involved with PAPA or OA, check out their websites here:
organiseaotearoa.nz/
papa.org.nz

Finally, we read an incredible piece from the NewConservatives about abortion law reform. They have truly reached galaxy-brain genius analysis.

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Episode #9: Fuck You From Israel!

E hoa mā, nau mai haere mai ki another episode of Shit Hot People’s Politburo! This fortnight we all piled up in Emmy’s bedroom to record another intimate episode of your favourite communist podcast.

We start off talking about the big splash Justine has made on the international stage, being sued by an Israeli “NGO” for the emotional harm her letter to teen heart-throb Lorde caused a handful of Israeli fans. Israel reckons she owes them $19,000. Justine and her co-author Nadia have requested you to support the fundraiser they’re running to support mental health services in Gaza instead: givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-justi…money-for-mental

We have a new segment of the show, The Labour Party Is Not Your Friend, where we talk over the New Zealand centre-left’s repeated betrayals of the working class. This week: petrol taxes and budget surpluses!

We also bring our intellectual might to bear on your personal problems. Are your children exhibiting liberal tendencies? We’ll fix them right up after a brief, ten-hour long session of brutally-enforced self-criticism. This fortnight we absolutely fucking self-destruct arguing over a listener’s question concerning Harry Potter. As always, DMs are open on our Twitter account: twitter.com/pplspolitburo

At the end of this month, the forces of reaction and imperialism are descending on New Zealand for the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association weapons expo, for a bonanza of weapons wheeling and dealing. Members of YOUR politburo will be going down to the expo, to gawk at the carnage and put our bodies on the line to bully arms dealers. We fill you in on what the Wexpo is and how you can help fuck it up. If you want to come along to Wexpo, check our the APA (aucklandpeaceaction.wordpress.com/) and PAW (peaceactionwellington.wordpress.com/) websites and facebook pages for more info.

Finally, we poison our already internet-rotten brains in our Cum In My Library segment, by reading an article from the bottom of the barrel, the WhaleOil blog. This week, some fuckwit argues that climate change doesn’t exist, does exist but we should ignore it, or does exist and we can’t do anything about it anyway so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. This podcast, for one, doesn’t intend to drown in boiling water, so join the revolution comrades.

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Episode #8: Get in Kids We’re Building Socialism – Introducing Organise Aotearoa

Comrades, welcome to another session of Shit Hot People’s Politburo. This fortnight we’re thrilled to be part of the launch of Organise Aotearoa, a new socialist organisation for New Zealand. We’re joined by James Roberts, one of the people who helped put Organise Aotearoa together.

First, however, it’s Concerned Comrades, where we use the immortal revolutionary science to answer your questions. If you have a quandary and you think we, your best friends, can answer it, our DMs are open on the pplspolitburo Twitter account.

The questions this week led quite easily into a discussion with James about Organise Aotearoa — what it is, why it needs to exist, and how people can get involved. Organise Aotearoa has come from a recognition that traditional political structures are incapable of resolving the crises of capitalism. At the same time, socialist reading groups and online posturing (apart from this podcast) have achieved nothing for working class people. By building a mass-base among the working class, Organise Aotearoa hopes it will be capable of exercising political power as workers. We are unironically extremely enthusiastic about this project, and we hope you will be too. You can read more about Organise Aotearoa, and join it, on its website here.

We close the show by reading Kate Hawkesby, a pundit married to Mike Hosking and now stooping literally to the level of bullying high schoolers. We hope the racism energy radiating out of Mike’s body reaches a terminal level soon and we’re all spared any more of these columns.

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