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Cocktails & Capitalism is a podcast that pairs crafted beverages with stories distilled from our capitalist hellscape. We highlight shameless profiteers, destructive industries, and anticapitalists working to create a better world. The topics we explore can be dark and depressing, so buckle up and grab a drink! Our crafted cocktails help us tap into the gallows humor necessary for surviving late stage capitalism. While we slip into drunken hysterics at times, our episodes rely on extensive, ...
 
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This week, we discuss the power of agitprop with prolific memelord @radleftdad. In-keeping with his persona, he joins us in a pink ski mask and a sprinkle doughnut bucket hat. As a father of two toddlers, he manages to produce radical content during nap time. He describes how inequality, the pandemic, and fatherhood all contributed to his decision …
 
We’re joined by comedian and historian Nash Flynn, who had us laughing hysterically throughout this dark story about funeral rituals. She tells us how Victorian capitalism ruined funerals by magnifying social inequality even after death. We discuss poorhouses and the poor laws of 17th Century London before examining death rituals from the Victorian…
 
This week, we dive into Chevron’s corporate prosecution of lawyer Steven Donziger with Paul Paz y Miño – the associate director of Amazon Watch. Defending farmers and Indigenous folks who have been poisoned by ChevronTexaco’s pollution, Donziger helped to win a $9.5 billion judgment against the company for the devastation it caused in Ecuador. Inst…
 
Have you heard of the Amazon Chernobyl? To save money, ChevronTexaco deliberately caused the largest oil disaster in history. They dumped over 16 billion gallons of toxic oil waste into open pits in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. They poisoned rivers, streams, peasant farmers, and Indigenous communities living in the rainforest. Their cost cutti…
 
This week, Eli of Modern Cinderellas ITALIA explains how love kills capitalism. We continue our previous discussion of the nuclear family and its relationship to capitalism, but this time we dive into the ways that friendship and other forms of community help us combat the kind of isolation that capitalism feeds and thrives upon. Eli is a relations…
 
In this episode, we explore why romantic love and the nuclear family are essential to the workings of capitalism. We are joined by Eli of Modern Cinderella ITALIA. Eli is a relationship anarchist and intersectional feminist who explains her decision to remain child-free and single. Eli shares part of her personal story to ground our discussion of l…
 
What is anarcho-capitalism??? In this minisode, I speak with Jordon of 805UNCENSORED about this bizarre ideology and how it fundamentally differs from anarchism. We dive much more deeply into these political systems on the upcoming episode of Jordon's podcast titled "What the Fuck is Anarcho-capitalism?" Don't miss it! 805UNCENSORED is a podcast of…
 
This week, Christa and I discuss the winners and losers of cannabis legalization. While people of color suffered most from the criminalization of marijuana in the US, the plant’s legalization for medical and recreational use has deprived these same people of the opportunity to participate in this newly-legalized industry. Instead, rich capitalists …
 
This week, we speak with Neka Savage – a member of the Sovereign Nation of Chitimacha. Like her mother, who did much to revitalize the Chitimacha language, Neka has been working to reclaim the last remaining traditional art form of her tribe: the practice of river cane basket weaving. These baskets were once used in nearly every aspect of daily lif…
 
In this episode, Alex Zambito tells the twisted story of the FBI’s efforts to infiltrate and dismantle leftist movements in America. COINTELPRO campaigns began in the 50s, targeting communists, anti-war activists, and black leaders of the civil rights movement. Alex Zambito is on the editorial board for Midwestern Marx – a website and journal offer…
 
This week, I speak with Mikey Inouye and Aedyn-Rhys King -- two community organizers who have been fighting to shut down the Navy’s massive Red Hill fuel storage facility next to Pearl Harbor. This facility leaked thousands of gallons of toxic fuel into O’ahu’s sole source aquifer, poisoning Aedyn, his family, and thousands of others who have relie…
 
We’re joined by climate justice activist and former mayor Heidi Harmon. Heidi served as mayor of San Luis Obispo before becoming the Senior Public Affairs Director for the Romero Institute’s Let’s Green CA Initiative. In this role, she works to get fossil fuel money out of California politics and pressures governor Newsom to declare a state of emer…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Rathbone – an anticapitalist musician, producer, and multimedia artist living in New Orleans. Rathbone writes songs with political lyrics that highlight American war crimes and the evils of imperialism and capitalism. We discuss his music and the process of his evolution into an anarcho-syndicalist. Rathbone describ…
 
In this episode, I speak with author, artist, and freelance creative director Steven Vogel. Steven is the creator of Black Lodges – an add-free online zine offering Marxist commentary about politics, music, culture, and art. I was thrilled to discover that this project has come to include a communist drinking club! According to Steven, this club is…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Ayesha Khan (aka @wokescientist) who discusses the process of dismantling internalized capitalism. She exposes the psychologically detrimental effects of our economic system that are often overlooked, including the isolating, traumatic nature of capitalist individualism and competition. While recognizing that the roo…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Prepper Pig, who shares practical lessons from his broad experience as a community organizer and environmental justice activist. He tells his personal story, beginning with his first experience of spontaneous mutual aid in the wake of Hurricane Hugo that left his community without water or electricity. This event w…
 
In this episode, Leeh tells the story of Palestine from the 50's to the present, completing our trilogy about the struggles of the indigenous Palestinians who have lived and died under brutal Israeli occupation. In addition to providing a clear overview of recent history, this episode highlights the role that capitalism has played in this ongoing h…
 
Continuing the story of Palestine, Leeh outlines the Great Arab Revolt and the events leading up to the 1948 Nakba. Known to the Palestinians as “The Catastrophe”, the Nakba was an ethnic cleansing campaign that destroyed over 500 villages and displaced 700,000 Palestinian refugees. This violence was spearheaded by Zionist David Ben-Gurion, who wou…
 
In this episode, Leeh begins the story of Palestine. She describes the origins of Zionism and the influence of Theodor Herzl, explaining the settler colonial scheme to establish a Jewish state in the home of the Palestinian people. You’ll also hear about: How the British seized control of Palestine The Balfour Declaration Beginning of settlement Pa…
 
In this episode, we share a few stories from listeners about the experiences that drove them to become anticapitalists. Since this is the first episode of this type, both Erika and Ben (who joined us for the Orwell trilogy) share a bit about their own anticapitalist journeys. Tune in to discover the many ways that folks on the left are being galvan…
 
In this episode, Andy – host of The Poor Prole's Almanac & Tomorrow, Today – tells the story of the sheep craze that decimated the northeastern US in the early 1800s. The introduction of this industry has long-lasting negative consequences for the environment and the farmers whose livelihoods are quickly transformed and left in ruins. The Poor Prol…
 
This week we’re joined by Jordon of the 805UNCENSORED podcast, who tells the story of media mogul William Randolph Hearst. After inheriting wealth and a newspaper from his father, Hearst builds a ruthless media empire. He comes to own a quarter of the newspapers in America, reaching 20 million readers daily. Popularizing the term “Yellow Journalism…
 
This week, we’re joined by stand-up comedian, filmmaker, and activist Toni Nagy! She explains how her dream to start a green fast food company was crushed as she became too familiar with our toxic capitalist patriarchy. Tune in to hear Toni discuss the nonprofit industrial complex, the psychology of wealth, and the kind of rape culture that is perp…
 
Continuing the story of the Peasant Revolt of 1381, Lauren B details the demands that the rebels make of 14 year old King Richard II. They demand an end to serfdom, rent reduction, the freedom to trade, and freedom from any punishments for their uprising. Tune in to hear the conclusion of this true tale of blood, guts, and betrayal. Huge thanks to …
 
In this episode, Lauren B continues the story of the Peasant Revolt of 1381. After the Black Death and a subsequent famine, the surviving peasants face artificially suppressed wages at the same time that they are being taxed to fund a foreign war. In response, they organize and carry out a country-wide uprising. Heads roll in this episode, so brace…
 
This week, Lauren B. tells us about the horrors and injustices experienced by the peasants in medieval England. By fleshing out the effects of the plague and the oppressive measures that colonial rulers forced upon the surfs, Lauren lays the groundwork for the story of the Peasant Revolt of 1381. Tune in next week to hear the rest! Lauren B is an i…
 
Joined by John and Ben once again, Erika completes the story of George Orwell’s life. This episode outlines Orwell’s efforts to combat the totalitarian influence of Stalin, whom he feared would forever stain the name of socialism. We also address “Orwell’s list” -- a controversy that has tarnished Orwell’s reputation amongst many leftists. Since 19…
 
In this episode, Erika continues to tell the story of George Orwell’s life to her friends Ben and John. We discuss Orwell’s time fighting fascists in the Spanish Civil War, during which he is shot in the neck while fighting alongside trade union members, Marxists, and anarchists. He is amazed by the anarcho-communes that crop up in Catalonia. When …
 
George Orwell offered so much political insight, but his writings and views are widely misinterpreted by conservatives and leftists alike. We begin season 2 of Cocktails & Capitalism by telling the story of George Orwell’s evolution into an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist democratic socialists who would risk his life to fight fascism. The first c…
 
Season 2 of Cocktails & Capitalism starts Tuesday, October 26! We'll be dropping three episodes about the coolest anticapitalist who ever got shot in the neck by fascists - George Orwell. Featuring my dear friends Ben and John, with voiceover work by Mike Fiore. We plan to released weekly episodes every Tuesday. Don’t forget to tune in! Cheers! 🍸 S…
 
In this episode, Erika and Christa tackle the infrastructure bill while sipping on a custom cocktail: the Bipartisan Breeze. You’ll hear us discuss key aspects of this huge bill as we play a drinking game that we’ve created especially for this episode topic. Tune in to hear these ladies explain this potentially transformative legislation, including…
 
In this episode, Ahyoka Atali tells her personal story as an MMIWG2S survivor. If you've ever wondered about the stories behind the countless photos of missing and murdered Indigenous women, this episode offers a window into the dark reality of this ongoing crisis. Because the MMIW epidemic takes many different forms, Ahyoka's story is quite differ…
 
In this episode, we dive into the ways that extractive capitalist industries have fueled the MMIW crisis. MMIWG2S survivor Ahyoka Atali joins me in discussing sex trafficking, pipelines, man camps, fisheries, and the ways that these profit-driven projects have magnified the violence perpetuated against Indigenous women, children, and 2 Spirit 🌹 Bec…
 
In this episode, survivor Ahyoka Atali help us connect the dots between the factors that place Indigenous women at risk of abuse, abduction, trafficking, and murder. Here are some of the main topics we cover: Land back Residential schools Generational trauma, Lack of cultural / religious freedom, Stereotypes, Cultural appropriation, Mascots, Costum…
 
In the first part of this episode series, Ahyoka Atali introduces some of the biggest issues that fuel the MMIW epidemic in so-called Canada and America. Ahyoka is a MMIWG2S survivor -- which stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit. We discuss decolonization, blood quantum, poverty in Native communities, epidemics on…
 
In addition to hosting the podcast, Erika works to raise funds for a nonprofit. For years, she's wanted to understand why the wealthy give less than the poor. Throughout her research, she had continuously stumbled upon assertions that the rich tend to give a much smaller portion of their wealth than those with much less. This is deeply concerning b…
 
In this episode, we read our very first story from a boozarino! I purchased two beautifully crafted masks from @made.by.lauren.b (IG), and when they arrived I discovered a lengthy hand-written letter from Lauren. Her letter quickly opened our eyes to the horrors of the textile and fashion industries, and Hillary and I soon found ourselves deep down…
 
The pink tax refers to the extra amount of money women pay for specific products or services. In this episode, Hillary and Erika discuss what the pink tax is and disect the retail analytics of why it even exists. Tune in until the very end to hear how you can fight the pink tax! Episode Cocktail: Pretty in Pink 3 oz vodka 1.5 oz of St. Germain elde…
 
Released only 3 days before Trump's impeachment trial for his incitement of the Capitol Riot, this episode shines light on Hitler's failed coup of 1924: The Beer Hall Putsch. While he was a little-known political figure in prior years, this coup attempt would skyrocket Hitler to a position of fame across Germany and around the globe. His subsequent…
 
Environmental consciousness has grounded and fueled the work of Jason Mark in so many different arenas. Jason is the editor of Sierra Magazine (as in the Sierra Club), former editor of Earth Island Journal, and the author of Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man. He's even helped to revive the largest urban farm i…
 
Consumer activism is when a person attempts to reinforce their moral callings through their consumption. They don’t just consider the good by itself, they take into consideration where their money is going, who it supports, and how it is used. It comes in the forms of buying from brands that you agree with or boycotting the ones you don’t. In this …
 
After toiling as a "two-legged work beastie" in too many soul-sucking jobs, Jack London traveled to the Yukon in search of gold. Rather than discovering precious metals, he discovered the camaraderie of his fellow miners, who shared the wealth in drunken celebrations every time one miner struck gold. In addition, he unearthed a wealth of materials …
 
The idea of student loan forgiveness has widespread bipartisan support. But is it actually a good idea? And what could happen if we did go through with it? Could it lead to other economic problems? Or is it just the solution that millions of Americans need to move forward with their lives? In this episode, Hillary and Erika dissect all of those que…
 
In this episode, we discuss Jack London's evolution into a socialist. After living the rough life of a sailor, London once again found himself forced into wage slavery to feed his family. Having toiled for long, tedious hours in a jute mill, London left his job and began shoveling coal for a railway company. With two sprained wrists, London continu…
 
One of the ugliest faces of capitalism is big pharma. Pharmaceuticual companies rake in more profits every year and hurt everyday people. In this episode, Hillary and Erika discuss the top companies, notable big pharma scandals, and price gouging of prescription drugs. Episode Cocktail: The Painkiller 2 oz spiced rum 4 oz pineapple juice 1 oz orang…
 
In this episode, we begin to tell the story of Jack London's crazy life--a story that shows his evolution into a socialist. Along the way, we introduce some of the concepts that are fundamental to the political economic views of both Jack London and Karl Marx. Born to spiritualist parents who had less to do with his upbringing than the ex-slave who…
 
Sustainable agriculture should be the ultimate goal in American farming. It is necessary to consider how to meet our current society's food and textile needs without compromising the ability of future generation's ability to meet their needs. In this episode, we discuss methods and goals of sustainable agriculture, introduce the topic of soil healt…
 
John Muir was a writer, an inventor, a naturalist, and a fierce conservationist. Had it not been for his strategic campaigns to protect Yosemite Valley and so many other natural wonders, we might have lost these areas of sublime wilderness that are so vital to the health and wealth of our species and the world. Episode Cocktail: THE JOHN MUIR 2 oz …
 
The pandemic is upending people's lives, and leaving several without jobs. For many, financial security is unattainable. Join Hillary and Erika as they discuss how a universal basic income might be a feasible solution for America. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cocktailsandcapitalism)Autor: Cocktails & Capitalism
 
Homelessness is an ongoing crisis in America, and it's about to get so much worse. In this episode, Erika tells the story of Dorthea Lange's iconic 1936 photograph of Florence Owens Thompson's impoverished family. We discuss extreme American poverty, the Covid-19 pandemic, and it's devastating effects on the 99%. With an eviction crisis on the hori…
 
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