Uncategorized

Elon Musk’s Wild Ride

On today’s episode we talk about Elon Musk and the shaky financial foundation of one of the world’s most well known electric car manufacturers: Tesla. Joining us is a mysterious stranger from Reddit whose comment caught our attention some months ago:

np.reddit.com/r/news/comments/8o…p_musk_of/e06xe3v/

We talk about the recent news surrounding Elon Musk & the financials of Tesla, the feasability of electric cars to actually make a dent in global warming, the lack of a left wing alternative to individualistic/consumer driven solutions to the climate crisis (a massive expansion of public transportation would obviously be better) and how living on a SpaceX owned Mars colony would not be unlike the distopian company housing of 19th century industrial Britain.

Fair Vote BC

With the referendum in British Columbia to ditch first past the post in favour of proportional representation just around the corner, we have on the show an activist from the prorep movement to talk about the topic. We discuss why FPTP needs to be replaced, some of the different systems being propsed as well as the limitations of reforming our voting system.

Party in the DSA

The Democratic Socialists of America are growing strong but who exactly are they and what does this mean? On the show today is our friend from the CPC to discuss the rise of a new socialist political movement in America, a short history of the DSA as well as a debate on the way forward for the American left.

Save Canada Post feat. CUPW Pres. Mike Palecek

Today on the show we have the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Mike Palecek! We talk about the future of Canada Post, why CUPW is such a radical and progressive organisation, the spectre of privatisation, the labour and class struggle in general and even the looming threat of anthropogenic climate change.

Change the world, start with your workplace!

Photo credit: Christopher Cotrell/flickr

Ginger Goodwin was Good and Cool

As is tradition, the folks at Out of Left Field attended the yearly Miner’s Memorial event up in Cumberland, British Columbia. Today we share with you the story of Ginger Goodwin, one of Canada’s greatest labour heroes who helped shape the history of the union struggle in Canada for the rest of time. We share speeches from the weekend as well as some good ole’ labour songs from the West Coast.

Also, everybody please go buy Laura Ellyn’s graphic novel about Ginger Goodwin:

www.goodreads.com/book/show/273950…4-ginger-goodwin

Dude Where’s My NDP

Joining us today is Ian from the BC politics podcast Politicoast! We talk about the recent Ontario election and discuss why the NDP doesn’t seem to be able to win elections in a meaningful way.

The Venezuelan Situation feat. Elias

On today’s episode we turn our attention down South to Venezuela! With the amount of attention that the country is getting from both the mainstream press and right wing groups we decided to get the Socialist perspective on the crisis that the country is facing. Joining us today is an activist based in Caracas who explains to us the Venezuelan situation.

Ontario Votes 2018

An election in Ontario draws near! The polls are neck and neck between the Conservatives and the NDP. Is Doug Ford Canada’s Trump? Would the NDP be able to fend off the challanges of free market capitalism? Should we put toddlers on power generating bicycles to solve both expensive daycare and unaffordable hydro rates in one fell swoop? Tune in now to find out.

Ready Player One (a review)

Today we try something a little different with our first film review of Ready Player One! We compare the book (which was much better) to the film, the cyberpunk genre and how it relates to the post-Cold-War era of history, the inability of Hollywood to truly grasp the anti-capitalist nature of the novel as well as the slow trajectory of the Internet towards commercialisation and commodification.

Freeze Peach feat. Leigh Phillips

Today we discuss the hot topic of freedom of speech. Do we give a platform to fascists? Does hate speech have a place? Is Ben a hypocrite for celebrating the takedown of The Daily Stormer while also celebrating the death of Antony Scalia? Tune in now to find out.

If you want to read Leigh’s article about free speech that was mentioned in the episode here’s a link:

ricochet.media/en/292/lost-in-tr…e-unilingual-left