Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Malaika Jabali, senior news and politics editor at Essence Magazine, to discuss her recent book It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism: Why It’s Time to Break Up and How to Move On. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s siege of Shifa Hospital in Gaza, the continuing international backlash against Israel’s ethnic cleansing as officials call for a “Second Nakba,” the House GOP’s continuing struggle against governance, Tim Scott’s presidential campaign, and Big Tech and labor, also touching on the US Media’s continuing double standards towards Israel’s war crimes. Malaika Jabali then joins, diving right into the purpose behind her project to open up socialist and anti-capitalist critiques to a US population that’s been immersed in propaganda since birth, first diving into the particular role of capitalist media in obscuring the institutional and systemic roots of major political issues in favor of individualist and behavioral explanations. Jabali walks Sam and Emma through the role of the Great Recession, in particular, in waking her and many others up to the economic and political roots of so many social struggles, an awakening furthered just a decade later with the COVID Pandemic providing proof of these political and economic systems’ capability to support the public on a much broader level. After briefly running through the drastically different material impacts that come from electoral versus community organizing, they walk through the importance of social policy in bolstering the freedom of the public and undermining the leverage from the private sector, and parse through the importance of acknowledging the role race plays in class politics. Wrapping up, Malaika Jabali reaffirms the central role of community organizing in providing tangible results for the success of socialism and the failure of capitalism’s lens on humanity.
And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma celebrate the human drive to spite your boss, watch Greta Thunberg perfectly respond to complaints of her injecting “politics” into climate activism, and discuss the harrowing footage coming out of Brandeis University’s crackdown on student protest. Tim Scott drops out, Okajic from New York reflects on Vivek’s campaign, and Kowalski from Nebraska gives his agriculture report. Mike from Minneapolis on midwest politics, Tim from Michigan, Pat from Ft. Liberty, and Marcos from Texas on Israel-Palestine discourse. Plus, Rob Schmidt gives the Newsmax audience a wake-up call to the threat of democracy, plus, your calls and IMs!
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