Episode #23: Talking Capital Gain$ with our Swoletariat Friends

This fortnight we have a special guest host Ricardo Mendendez-March (@RMarchNZ on twitter). Ricardo is a returning friend of the show from episode two. Ricardo is the coordinator at Auckland Action Against Poverty. You can find out more about AAAP here: www.aaap.org.nz/

We got Ricardo on especially to talk about the capital gains tax and the Labour Party’s treasonous refusal to implement one. In this fortnight’s segment of “the Labour Party is not your Friend”, we’re spitting fire, talking serious sheet about the Labour party’s latest betrayals.

In “Concerned Comrades”, we talk about the budget responsibility rules, Stuart McCutcheon, and organising through burnout.

Ricardo snitches the sitch with us, letting us know what’s happening with AAAP.

Finally, we read a truly incredible piece about the human rights commission. Enjoy comrades!

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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 #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 #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 #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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