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Christine decides to take us off the rails a bit and we just chat. Topics include Mass Effect and transhumanism, leftist scolds, other leftist podcasts we like, the documentary Our Father, and some research tips. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitte…
 
What are the do’s and don’ts of leading a slave rebellion? How many sons does this guy have, anyway, and why is one of them named Salmon? What do trains have to do with Bleeding Kansas? Find out the answer to these questions and more! Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @t…
 
It’s another music episode! We chat about Paul Robeson, a way too talented guy who was a football player, actor, singer, civil rights activist, communist, and a correctly typed Aries. We also get into some rabbit holes about classical music and occult stuff because well, it's us. Link to the playlist for this episode is here.…
 
Despite the best efforts of Dave and Dan and our pesky cats, we manage to record an episode talking about the movie The Young Karl Marx. Marx is a wife guy. Engels has drip. Christine does a bad French accent. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: …
 
Who’s that guy who led Tanganyika, then Tanzania, then did some socialism, then got nominated for sainthood? Oh yeah, it’s Julius Nyerere, the subject of our podcast today! Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommuni…
 
This week, Grady tells us about the United States backed coup to takeover an independent kingdom, better known as the annexation of Hawaii. The characters in this tale include scammers, missionaries, sugar cane tycoons, and double crossing ambassadors. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=1…
 
Let’s talk more about food! We cover organic farming, grazing management, the ethics of eating animals, and wrap up with our overall thoughts on how capitalism affects our relationship with food and how we’d handle it instead. Christine dunks on philosophers a bit and we talk about the urban/rural divide. Check us out on social media: Merch: https:…
 
What does corn have to do with capitalism? A lot, apparently! Find out how this weird grass has taken over almost every aspect of agriculture. Hilariously enough, after this episode Christine came downstairs to find grilled corn had been prepared for dinner. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?re…
 
It’s our seasonal mailbag episode! We answer questions about aliens, Judas Iscariot, serial killers and the Smurfs? My Wikipedia search history is wild, ya’ll. We also take a leftist values quiz and discuss our results. Quiz is here if you want to see what you get! https://leftvalues.github.io/ Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepu…
 
This week, we apply our leftist lens to The Quiet Year, a collaborative map making game where you play as a community trying to survive and prep for the coming winter. Tales of ambitious projects, sun temples, and roving gangs of libertarians ensue! Be sure to check our social media for images of our map throughout the seasons. Check us out on soci…
 
Grady’s got a fierce competitor for Christine’s undivided attention this week: their adorable cat, Higgins. But the story of the British Labour Party is juuuust enough to pique their interest, what with its union roots, interesting strategy, and that inexplicable allure of the electoral horse race. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.t…
 
Today Christine is telling us about MOVE Philadelphia, a radical organization most known for its encounters with the Philadelphia Police Department in the 1970s and 1980s. We talk about just how far a city will go to get rid of an organization that doesn’t gel with their beliefs. Warning: This episode talks about a lot of police violence. Check us …
 
BOO! That’s the First Red Scare sneakin’ up on ya. Look, after a while it’s hard to write cool new episode descriptions. Anyway, we’re talking strike actions, propaganda of the deed and senate committees over here. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twit…
 
This week we’re reading Mao’s Combat Liberalism. We talk about the state of today’s left, how to respectfully disagree with others, what place identity has in our politics, and what would happen to the movement if we got healthcare, like, tomorrow. Find the reading here: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-2/mswv2_0…
 
Christine is painting their nails and Grady keeps them company by telling them all about the Chilean Coup of 1973. Our story has a socialist president, Star Trek aesthetics, a literal lady killer, and some good old fashioned U.S. trickery. We also spend a long time looking up how big a hectare is. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.te…
 
What do your technology hating relatives have to do with a revolutionary movement in the 1800s? How many secret meetings in Sherwood Forest does it take to make meaningful change? And will there be free t-shirts? We talk labor, tech, privacy, and our old pal Al Gore Rhythms (purposefully misspelled to please the tech overlords). Check us out on soc…
 
Today we go the Communist Movie Club to watch the much talked about film, Don’t Look Up. We talk about Leo’s beard, J Law’s cute alt look, and oh yeah, the actual themes of climate change, media, and capitalism. Does this film’s metaphor hold up? Listen and find out! Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-com…
 
We pick up right where we left off, with the Tito-Stalin split. How will Yugoslavia survive without its major trading partner? Well, they try some market socialism and it doesn’t go super well. And then our good pal the US of A shows up to uh… “fix things”. Also, when is a revolution helped or hindered by technology? Check us out on social media: M…
 
Today's topic is Yugoslavia, including its oddly named communist parties, a cool anthem, and its complicated relationship with the USSR. Part 1 covers the time period of the founding of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia to the start of the Informbiro period. Tune in next week for Part 2! Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores…
 
Christine’s the teacher this week, and they’re talking about the life and times of Ito Noe, Japanese feminist author and anarchist. We learn about the Meiji and Taisho eras of Japan as well as what happens when you mix an oppressive imperial state with a budding anarchist movement. Hint: it doesn't end well. Check us out on social media: Merch: htt…
 
It’s movie night and we’re talking about Warren Beatty’s Reds. Topics include the role of art and revolution, party infighting, and cute dogs. Christine is way too into young Edward Herrmann. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=10068 Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gm…
 
Let’s DIG IN to our series on Christian Socialism! Starting off with the Diggers, an agrarian socialist movement from the 1600s. Topics include geese, parsnips, dragons, and cheese. Jesus says ACAB and we decide which heretical society we would join. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-communism?ref_id=100…
 
We’re back, and this time, we’re trying to make heads or TAILS of George Orwell’s allegory for when communism goes wrong. Grady gives us some of Orwell’s background and clarifies the historical parallels made in the book. Christine hates a donkey and loves ribbons. Check us out on social media: Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/teach-me-commu…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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:…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Students, teachers, lends us your ears! We're talking education this week, as we read some theory, discuss previous socialist approaches, and imagine our own anarchist utopia of learning. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And li…
 
Would you live in an anarchist utopia if it also meant you had to live on a bleak desert moon with very little resources? This week we're discussing the sci-fi novel The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's about anarcho-syndicalism, imperialism, and physics! We also talk about gender, faster than light travel, climate change, and land otters. …
 
We return to Cuba this week to take a closer look at the CIA's fumbling, bumbling, very bad no good invasion. Topics include wacky assassination plots, bad plane disguises, and the astounding confidence of white men. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreo…
 
It's another biography this week, and this time we're talking about the socialist president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. His story has everything! Coups, colonialism, betrayal, and... starting a band? Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachm…
 
It's time for another art history episode! This time Christine is teaching us about the Federal Art Project, a division of the WPA. You can find the slideshow of artworks discussed on our social media. Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail: teachmecommunism@gmail.com Patreon: Patreon.com/teachmecommunism And like and subscribe…
 
We're finally tackling that war that always seems to pop up in our conversations: The Spanish Civil War. We talk leftist unity, mujeres libres, anarchism, the totally coincidental connections between the church and the military as repressive forces, and more. Check us out on social media: Instagram: @teachmecommunism Twitter: @teachcommunism Gmail:…
 
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