/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: /95/ Three Articles

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-68vzv-c74c0e

This is a sample. Go to Patreon for the full episode. 

On Bolivia, Macron, Randian Chile.

In this month’s ‘Three Articles’ – in which we each bring to the table a key article to unpick and unpack – we discuss Bolivia’s coup and a left-wing argument against Morales; Macron’s big interview in the economist and his questionable ‘defence of sovereignty’; and a libertarian nutjob goes berserk in Chile.

/93/ Hot Chile and Other Neoliberal Failures ft. Pablo Pryluka

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-eeph3-c481cf

On Argentina’s elections and Chile & Ecuador’s revolts. 

Macri’s election was heralded by the right across the continent as the end to a sequence of centre-left governments in South America. Now only four years later, he is likely to be thrown out of office by the return of ‘Kirchnerismo’. Next door, the supposedly “stable and growing” Chile is in flames as protests and riots challenge the conservative Piñera administration and the country’s deep inequality. This follows on the heels of weeks of mobilisations in Ecuador against the ending of a fuel subsidy. What’s going on and what does it all signify?

[Chile & Ecuador discussion starts at 46mins]

Readings:

/51/ Oh, Brazil: What Now?

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7gtt8-9deaf4

In which we update the latest from Brazil, post-election. What will Bolsonaro’s government look like? We plot best & worst case scenarios and discuss how bad this really is (really, really bad). And is “fascism” the correct term to use? 

Readings:

Bolsonaro Rising (Alex) https://thebaffler.com/latest/bolsonaro-rising-hochuli 

Bolsonaro: more dangerous than Trump (Alex) https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/brazil-presidential-election-who-jair-bolsonaro-popular-candidate-more-dangerous-ncna925011 

What Bolsonaro’s election victory means (Ben) https://mg.co.za/article/2018-10-28-what-bolsonaros-election-victory-could-mean 

Fascism has arrived in Brazil (Ben) https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-election-results-president-fascism-far-right-fernando-haddad-a8606391.html 

Privilege vs Democracy in Brazil (Alfredo Saad-Filho) https://jacobinmag.com/2018/10/brazil-election-bolsonaro-haddad-lula-pt-democracy 

/48/ Ultra-Politics in Brazil ft. Sabrina Fernandes

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ikn28-9b76fc

In which we preview Brazil’s election in which democracy itself is at stake.

Who is Bolsonaro and why should Bolsonaro be understood as a neofascist? We discuss the #EleNão feminist resistance and the backdrop of ‘antipetismo’. How has the political centre and the middle class so easily swung over to vote for such an extremist? The notion of ‘ultra-politics’ is explained and we look forward to what might happen should Bolsonaro win – and should he lose. 

Readings:

Essential Chomsky article: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/02/lula-brazil-election-noam-chomsky/ 

Jacobin archive on Brazil: https://jacobinmag.com/location/brazil