/121/ Those Murdering Bastards ft. Vincent Bevins

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yxyew-daf362

On The Jakarta Method.

We’re joined by Vincent Bevins to discuss his new book on the 1965-66 mass killings in Indonesia, Cold War anti-communism, and the destruction it wrought around the world. The mid-60s proved pivotal, with US-backed coups in Indonesia and Brazil setting the template. What was their effect on the Left worldwide? How did it alter developmental trajectories across the Third World? What lessons can we take from these historical experiences?

Running Order:

  • Indonesia – (10:43)
  • Brazil & application of Jakarta Method – (36:14)
  • Themes of anticommunism – (43:55)
  • Global consequences – (53:03)
  • Anticommunism today – (01:14:39)
  • Bonus stuff – (1:21:18)

Reading:
The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World

/121/ Those Murdering Bastards ft. Vincent Bevins

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yxyew-daf362

On The Jakarta Method.

We’re joined by Vincent Bevins to discuss his new book on the 1965-66 mass killings in Indonesia, Cold War anti-communism, and the destruction it wrought around the world. The mid-60s proved pivotal, with US-backed coups in Indonesia and Brazil setting the template. What was their effect on the Left worldwide? How did it alter developmental trajectories across the Third World? What lessons can we take from these historical experiences?

Running Order:

  • Indonesia – (10:43)
  • Brazil & application of Jakarta Method – (36:14)
  • Themes of anticommunism – (43:55)
  • Global consequences – (53:03)
  • Anticommunism today – (01:14:39)
  • Bonus stuff – (1:21:18)

Reading:
The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World

Excerpt: /115/ Singapore Shangri-La ft. Lee Jones

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ccqxm-d7a248

Singapore is held up as a free-market utopia: rich, orderly and clean. But the reality is quite different. Why does Singapore exert such a magnetism for neoliberals, when its reality strays from orthodox prescriptions? What and who made this model ‘global city’, and how does its communist and anti-colonial past lead to its hyper-capitalist present?

/108/ Coronageddon? ft. Mark Honigsbaum / Lee Jones

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3ykyc-d31239

On pandemics, panics, and China.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is yet another new epidemic to appear on the scene this century. What accounts for their increasing frequency, and who decides if an epidemic is classed as a pandemic? More importantly, what governs that choice? The WHO and the whole intergovernmental management of health has ‘securitised’ these questions. Are they privileging the free flow of capital over public health? And what of China’s draconian response and lockdown of Wuhan – is it effective? And who will bear the blame if things go wrong? Might Coronavirus become a threat to Xi Jingping and the Chinese regime?

Readings

Guests’ books:

Mark Honigsbaum: The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris

Lee Jones (& Shahar Hameiri): Governing Borderless Threats: Non-Traditional Security and the Politics of State Transformation

Running order:

  • (00:44) Introduction
  • (06:21) Mark Honigsbaum
  • (38:48) Lee Jones

 

 

/100/ What Was the End of History? ft. Many Guests

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-wpwsf-cac164

On the 30 years since 1989.

For our 100th episode, we invited our favourite guests to reflect on the question: “What one event, personal or political, most captures for you the past thirty years, since 1989?”

Are we still living in the death throes of the 20th century, or is something new emerging?

Guests:

  • 00:07:42 – Maren Thom
  • 00:14:14 – David Broder
  • 00:21:33 – Ashley Frawley
  • 00:26:11 – Catherine Liu
  • 00:33:05 – Angela Nagle
  • 00:40:49 – Benjamin Fogel
  • 00:46:25 – Alex Gourevitch 
  • 00:51:31 – BungaCast hosts
  • 00:59:22 – David Adler
  • 01:04:05 – Amber A’Lee Frost
  • 01:08:48 – James Heartfield
  • 01:16:17 – Anton Jaeger
  • 01:23:24 – Leigh Phillips
  • 01:30:25 – Lee Jones
  • 01:36:03 – Karl Sharro

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/89/ On the Lam: Hong Kong Rebels ft. Toby Carroll

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gud7e-c0ec36

On the Hong Kong rebellion. Four months of protests is forcing a confrontation with the Hong Kong authorities and the Chinese state. The demands are for civil liberties and some more democracy – but what are the social conditions underlying the protests? How important is colonial nostalgia and Hong Konger chauvinism? How is this playing with mainland Chinese – and what will be the CCP’s response?

 

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/52/ Duterte’s Despotism ft. Nicole Curato

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-8wqay-9e8a75

In which we learn of Duterte’s promises of blood and how he’s lived up to those promises. Is massacring drug user, dealers and anyone caught in the crossfire actually popular? How does violence fit in with his development model? Do elites back his rule – and which elites? And how does he compare to other far-right authoritarians? 

Readings:

The Duterte Reader (ed. Nicole Curato)

Nicole Curato in the NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/opinion/philippines-rodrigo-duterte.html?smid=fb-share&referer=http://m.facebook.com