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Gay Space Communism pulls at the brightly colored threads of Gene Roddenberry's utopian vision, dares to ask if Star Trek is West Wing for Commies, and exposes Risa as Starfleet's Horny Jail. Cory, Rachel, Amy, Paul, and guests explore The TRUE Final Frontier: post-capitalism. Engage! [with this content every Thursday on the NSFWonks network.]
 
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Stories of Communism

Erik Seligman and Manuel Castaneda

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Welcome to Stories of Communusm, a podcast for people of all ages where we explore the realities of life under Communism, as described in the memoirs, stories, and novels created by those suffering under this system over the past century. (Feedback email erik@storiesofcommunism.com).
 
Hello! If you are a Srsly Wrong listener, we recommend starting with Episode 1, since that's where we directly address Srsly Wrong. Episodes 1, 2, and 3 have Srsly-Wrong style skits. Episodes 4 and 5 are rather quote-heavy. In the future, we plan to experiment with limiting the number of quotes we include and doing more discussion, doing different types of discussion, different types of skits, and different editing decisions (e.g., music)! If you have any feedback, please email srslyleft@gma ...
 
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The pandemic's "worker shortage" has given us a lot to think about with regards to labor, our desires, and communism. So in the Star Trek future, how do we reckon with the amount of work that needs to be done? And who does that work? In this episode, we are doing a deep dive into the Trek workforce and its allegories to the real world. Tune into: I…
 
What do Medievalism, wallpapers, and socialism have in common? They were all interests of one William Morris, noted British designer and activist. We talk art, religion, environmentalism, and of course, leftist drama. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @teachmecommunism T…
 
Jamie and Jorge conclude their mini-series on the Paris Commune, explaining why the Paris Commune mattered, how women were an integral part of it, and how the Commune got crushed by the French government. Tune in to our next episode for the reason we are making you learn this history: Chapter 3 of Lenin's "The State and Revolution." Stay tuned for …
 
Updated version! Christine accidentally uploaded the raw cut of this, so here's the actual finished version without bathroom breaks and bad audio quality. Sorry ya'll! Join us for a piece of leftist Americana as Grady and Christine learn about and listen to The Almanac Singers, including greats like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and more. We also hav…
 
We talk all the time about what it would be like to live in the utopia that is the Star Trek universe. The opposite is less spoken of - what about dying in Trek? Today we're sitting down to discuss various deaths in Star Trek, death rituals, and Rachel gets into their personal story. Let's do it: Where do you go when you die in space? Humans are fa…
 
Join us for a tale of socialist reform, betrayal, and interventionism as we discuss the long and complicated conflict between the USSR and rebel forces in Afghanistan. We learn about the healing properties of Coca-Cola. Christine has an epiphany about the Taliban. We look up cool flag designs and Olympic mascots. Check us out on social media: Merch…
 
In the inaugural episode of their pop culture series, Jamie and Jorge take a break from the history books to discuss the hit HBO show "Succession." Why do communists love a show about the haute bourgeoisie? The crew breaks down how this dark family drama reflects our late capitalist reality. (Contains spoilers up through season 3, episode 3.) Note:…
 
Everyone's got them, you can spread them, and they're kinda gross. That's right, today we're talking about feelings. We're looking at those in Trek who have feelings and those who don't. Maybe even delving into our own feelings a bit. Okay, gross. Let's just get into it. Mental health/care in Starfleet Social norms vs. emotions Emotional intelligen…
 
Another trip to the mailbag to answer some questions about: the spectrum between workers and bosses, another interpretation of the Borg, vaccine mandates, a closer look at the Hue Massacre, veganism, and when to fully devote yourself to the cause. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 …
 
Jamie and Jorge continue their mini-series on the Paris Commune, recounting events up until the communards expelled the national government's army from the city. Tune in next week for the thrilling conclusion, and the week after next for the reason we are making you learn this history: Chapter 3 of Lenin's "The State and Revolution." For something …
 
While the #IATSE strike is still tentatively taking place, we're disconnecting our streaming services and talking about some more offline media. In this case, Amy is bringing out an erotic Star Trek novel she's been reading and listening to. The audiobook is narrated by Johnathan Frakes, the actor who plays Commander William Riker in Trek. It gets …
 
Co-ops: What are they, how are they structured, how do they work? What's the difference between a consumer-owned or worker-owned co-op? Are they good for the cause? We answer these questions and more. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcom…
 
Jamie and Jorge begin their mini-series on the Paris Commune. They start by recapping the events leading up to the Franco-Prussian War and explain what life was like during the Second French Empire. Tune in to to this mini-series to understand this history and why Lenin thought it was so important to address in Chapter Three of The State and Revolu…
 
Star Trek brings us the future we want to have in our real lives. Socialism, technology, the whole nine yards. But where does Trek, or our current reality, fall short? Today we're sitting down with our friend Troy, to talk all things Artificial Intelligence. Listen as we get into: Where do we see AI in Trek? How does AI in Trek and real life fall s…
 
The title sounds like a setup for a bad Halloween joke, but in this episode, we're taking a look at a Philosophy Tube video called Witchraft, Gender, and Marxism. If this sounds like the perfect combination of topics for Christine to sink their teeth into, you are correct. Happy Halloween! (^w^) That is a pumpkin emoticon. Check us out on social me…
 
Over the past month, we've seen #Striketober take form. Workers all over the United States are forming unions, going on strike, and demanding better working conditions from their employers. One such movement is the #IATSE strike, or The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. These workers produce all of the TV, movies, and other on-s…
 
Another biography, and this time, it's that guy with the cool hair and glasses. We talk about Trotsky's many contributions (and machinations) in the Soviet Union, which include a ton of newspapers, party in-fighting, an affair with hottie Mexican painters, and assassination plots. Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=24…
 
Welcome back to another episode of Gay Space Communism! Today we're welcoming back our good friend Will, AKA The Star Trek Communist, to dive into everything Maquis and Marxism. Tune in with us for: How are the Maquis written? The potential for the Maquis - and the Galaxy Is something rotten in Starfleet? &MORE More about Will: https://twitter.com/…
 
More space communism! This episode covers Deep Space 9 and Voyager, as well as many other topics because honestly this was a 4 hour recording session and it was a doozy. But a fun doozy. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=24617&utm_campaign=24617&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Teach%2BMe…
 
Content warning: This episode contains heavy discussion of bodies, human or otherwise. We discuss weight in detail, and one of the central premises of this episode is the question "Why is no one in Star Trek fat?" Please feel free to skip this episode and use the transporter to get to another one if this one would make you uncomfortable. Bodies. We…
 
It’s time for one of our favorite topics: Fully-Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism! But what does that have to do with Star Trek? Maybe more than you think. Plus, we’re joined by our first EVER guest, our dear friend, Kenny! Part 1 covers some basic world building, The Original Series, and The Next Generation. Check us out on social media: Merch:…
 
Episode Notes Star Trek is an infamously unfunny show, but today, join us as we pick apart some of the funnier moments in Trek. Kick back, grab a Slug-o-Cola, and try not to do a spit take as we get into: Situational comedy vs comedy comedy Which characters are actually funny Comedic relief Star Trek is an anime &MORE Connect with us: https://twitt…
 
We’re back for part 2 of the bread book! Topics include hobbit houses, bad art takes, lifeboats, zoos, and grapes. Oh and like, anarchism, obviously. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=24617&utm_campaign=24617&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Teach%2BMe%2BCommunism Instagram: @teachmecommu…
 
Jamie and Jorge discuss the second chapter of Lenin's The State and Revolution titled "The Experience of 1848-51." How did Marx and Engels conceive of the State before the February Revolution of 1848? How does the bourgeois State operate? How did their conception of the State change over time? What is the Dictatorship of the Proletariat? Why must i…
 
Episode Notes Star Trek: Lower Decks has given Trek fans an insight into how a ship runs on the day-to-day. But in this episode, we dive into how tech support has shown its face in other Star Trek series. Joined by our special guest and tech support professional, Robby Poole, listen as we talk about: Who do you call?? The engineers, apparently Repl…
 
We’re putting on our anarchy-communist hats this week as we look at Peter Kropotkin’s seminal work, The Conquest of Bread. This covers chapters 1-5. Join us next week for part 2! Find the reading here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/petr-kropotkin-the-conquest-of-bread Buy a shirt here: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?r…
 
Jamie and Jorge recap the events leading up to the French Revolution of 1848 that informed Marx's analysis in works like "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte" (1852). Lenin drew heavily from these works in Chapter Two of "The State and Revolution," which the crew will be delving into next week. Please welcome Paul Channelstrip as the show's …
 
Episode Notes Spoiler warning: This episode contains light spoilers for season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery. The discussion is roughly from 13:00 to 15:00. Welcome to another episode of Gay Space Communism! In this special episode, we're getting into transgender representation in Star Trek, or more accurately, the lack of it. Join us as we get into hi…
 
We’re back for part 2 of the history of the socialist republic of Vietnam! This time: war, atrocities, and scandals. Plus, what’s an economy to do when they’re recovering from a war and have no trade partners? Is it still socialist? Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com…
 
Episode Notes Suit up rangers! Wait, wrong show... or is it? Today we're hanging out with our good friends Kennedy and GRAV, the hosts of Sentai Truther Club. Our mission today: get GRAV into Trek. Listen along as we attempt to do just that and more: Space Italians Kirk vs. Picard vs. Sisko Political cringe in Trek Trek's portrayal of religion and …
 
Where does Labor Day come from? What's up with that other holiday in May? The answers to these questions and more include a case of mistaken identity, a parade, and unions! Plus, we answer a listener question about how to avoid burnout to stay radical as you age. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gm…
 
Episode Notes Content Warning: This episode contains discussion about the recent developments in Afghanistan as well as the history of the war. There is heavy discussion of imperialism, death, and other sensitive topics surrounding war. If these make you uncomfortable or are triggering, please be advised that you may want to skip this episode. It's…
 
Sorry, no new episode this week! Grady is out sick (don't worry, it's not covid-related). We'll be back next week with a new episode! In the meantime, Christine is hard at work on t-shirt designs! So if there's any request for cool show quotes let us know. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: te…
 
Episode Notes Content Warning: This episode contains discussion about the recent developments in Afghanistan as well as the history of the war. There is heavy discussion of imperialism, death, and other sensitive topics surrounding war. If these make you uncomfortable or are triggering, please be advised that you may want to skip this episode. It's…
 
This week, we're learning about the history of Vietnam, from its origins as a French colony all the way up to its partition in 1954. Christine plans the heroic arc of the podcast. We talk brand recognition for communists. T-shirts are finally hinted at. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teach…
 
Episode Notes We're always talking about how Star Trek is the model for the gay space communist future we want, but Trek also models how to behave in other important aspects of our life. Today we're hanging out with the incredible political activist and podcast host Ben Dixon, to talk all things parenthood. We get into: Is Star Trek interesting eno…
 
We talk about the fascist dystopia presented in Terry Gilliam's 1985 movie Brazil, featuring lots dream sequences, retrofuturist technology, and characters as metaphors. Christine is a bit of a grouch in this one. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.c…
 
Episode Notes Strap into your spaceships, because we're back with a special guest! Today we're chatting with Will Nguyen, better known online as The Star Trek Communist. Will's here to teach us all about marxism, why Trek is actually sorta kinda maybe lib, and everything in between. Plug your ear holes with all of this: What is revolutionary Marxis…
 
Christine's teaching us all about Huey Long, aka the Kingfish, Louisiana's wheelin' and dealin' bad boy. We talk demagogues, populism, fascism, and scheming! Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like and subscribe to us at Teac…
 
Jamie and Aaron begin their discussion of Vladimir Lenin’s 1917 book The State and Revolution with “Chapter I: Class Society and the State.” What is the Marxist conception of the state? How does the bourgeois state oppress the working class, and how can the proletariat seize power? And what does it mean for the state to “wither away”? After histori…
 
Episode Notes Welcome back space travelers! It's been a long 3 weeks since we delivered an episode to your listening devices. Our editor is back and ready to give you all the Trek content you so deserve. Joining us today is our good friend Adriel Hampton, a California-based political activist and 2022 gubernatorial candidate. It's a real good one t…
 
Another Q&A! This time we cover: political charts and how they relate to communism, artisan goods in the utopia, the October 15 general strike, a brief aside about Blizzard's union-busting, Democratic Centralism, Stalin and Lenin's relationship, and third-worldism/Maoism-Third worldism. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twi…
 
Join us as we discuss a selection from Disability and Capitalism by Marta Russell. Plus: a brief discussion on Cuba, by popular request. Other topics include charity, rights vs justice, marriage equality, the value of labor/bodies, and Star Trek. Find the reading here: https://socialistregister.com/index.php/srv/article/view/5784 Additional resourc…
 
Jamie and Aaron are joined by teacher, writer, and researcher Jasper Bernes (@outsidadgitator) for further discussion of Marx's "Critique of the Gotha Program." What does Marx mean by "lower-stage communism" and how does it track with state socialism? The pitfalls of "equality." Troubleshooting labor vouchers. What kinds of domination pass the test…
 
This tale has it all: mysterious bandits, betrayals and DRAMA! Plus, land reform and American imperialism. Join us as we learn about this very long and twisting tale of revolution. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like and …
 
Jamie and Aaron go over Marx's 1875 essay "Critique of the Gotha Program," in which he gives some spicy takes on the platform proposed by the Social Democratic Workers' Party of Germany (SDAP) and the General German Workers' Association (ADAV) as they prepared to unite into one party at a conference held in the city of Gotha. In it, he warns agains…
 
This week we're watching a 1976 documentary about a coal miner strike in Kentucky. Honestly, the title says it all with this one, I just feel weird having a one sentence description. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like an…
 
Jamie and Aaron finish out their discussion of "The Communist Manifesto," covering 'Chapter 3: Socialist and Communist Literature,' and 'Chapter 4: Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties.' They also discuss the pamphlet's relevance to modern day organizing. "The Communist Manifesto": https://www.marxists.o…
 
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