The Movements: A Podcast History of the Masses

The Movements: A Podcast History of the Masses

The Movements is a podcast history of the working class, anti-fascists, revolutionaries, women, people of color, and liberation movements. My history shows are narrative driven and audiobook style, with a focus on serious historical and materialist analysis. In between history shows, please enjoy our regular discussion show, “Stallin’ For Time”. Support the show by donating at https://www.patreon.com/movementspod... Show More

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The Great War is winding down, but new wars break out throughout Europe and beyond. A year of siege from the right-wing, foriegn armies and leftist rivals fails to dislodge the Bolsheviks from power, but famine and civil war have taken their toll. The revolutionaries struggle to fight a vicious civil war as corruption and bureaucracy creep into the Soviet government. Revolution breaks out in Germany, offering a glimmer of hope t... Read more

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It's going to be a heavy one. Adam returns to discuss his latest piece on the mounting warning signs that the far-right is preparing for a wider atrocity, citing pre-genocide historical conditions in Rwanda, Nazi Germany, British South Africa,  and other examples. Featuring a very brief special guest appearance from my cat. Read Adam's work at napalminthemorning.com



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Manuel returns to the show to provide context and explain the protests that toppled Ricardo Rossello in Puerto Rico.



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Adam returns to discuss what a war with Iran would look like, with a focus on the resourcefulness and strength of the revolutionary guards. Followed by a discussion on Venezuela and the possibility of civil war with US backing.

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Featuring "Break The State" by Time. Find Time on Read more

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Stallin' For Time is back! Judy Cotter (Twitter @UnionSaltBae) joins the show to discuss labor struggle and how to improve the US Constitution. I'd rather replace it entirely, but this is a big tent podcast. Also, and update on the Russian Revolution and some thoughts about mental health. Support the show at Read more

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February 1, 2019 75 min

The Russian Revolution enters a new phase as the Bolsheviks successfully take power and form a coalition with the Left SRs. A new Constituent Assembly is elected, but out of date candidate lists leave the results in question. The Reds seek to make peace with the Germans without leverage, while facing off coup plots and military threats from the Right SRs and White forces. As the isolated revolutionaries wait for the German Revol... Read more

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October 28, 2018 68 min

Dual power is falling apart. After the uprising of the July Days and the disastrous Kerensky offensive, the Provisional Government looks to the military for help against the Soviet. The new Prime Minister Kerensky appoints a right-wing general as Commander-in-Chief and enters negotiations for an alliance against the left. Talks break down, and the masses are armed in response to a right-wing threat. Kerensky’s popularity plummet... Read more

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The Tsar has fallen, but The Provisional Government and Petrograd Soviet struggle over the future of the revolution. Crisis after crisis reveal the instability of Dual Power, as the masses grow increasingly distrustful of of both. The masses refuse to lay down their arms and submit to a bourgeois government, while growing frustrated with the collaboration between the Soviet leaders and bourgeois government, the latter of which inte... Read more

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A heavy episode on the common trends that lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide, as well as forms of denial during and after. Ask yourself if any of these sound familiar. Adam returns to the show where we examine the Armenian Genocide, the Nakba, and other similar events. We end with a silly bit, completely unrelated to anything, because we're all gunna need a laugh. Read Adam's latest piece on what a genocide in the near ... Read more

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Reform has failed and the Social Democratic Parties of Europe have failed to stop the war. As the European war grinds the working class and peasantry like meat, a demonstration by proletarian women revives the Russian Revolution. The Tsar orders a brutal suppression of the uprisings just as he did during the 1905 Revolution. This time, however, the soldiers of Petrograd turn their guns towards the regime and engage in pitched battl... Read more

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Janis Luna stops joins the show to talk about sex worker resistance against the new laws, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). We also discuss the history of sex workers within the larger feminist and queer movements. Janis Luna is a stripper, writer, sex educator, and social work student. Follow Janis on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/janisxluna... Read more

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Adam returns to provide an update on the Syrian Civil War, focusing on the Turkish occupation of Afrin, the future of salafist jihadism, and Assad's brutal progress taking rebel territory, with apologies to dentists. Plus, some raw thoughts on Israel's murder of Palestinians during the Great Return March demonstrations. Recorded April 1, 2018 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play. Find us on facebook and tw... Read more

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February 10, 2018 57 min

The first Russian Revolution has failed. The Tsar dissolves the Duma at will and refuses to make concessions to the liberal parties of the Duma. The socialists are driven underground, imprisoned or exiled in large numbers. As the Social Democratic Parties of Europe grow in power and influence. Mensheviks and Bolsheviks look to their comrades for support and example, particularly the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Meanwhile, th... Read more

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December 31, 2017 61 min

The Russian Empire is a century behind the rest of Europe. Serfdom is abolished, but the free peasantry is forced to pay exorbitant prices to their former lords for inferior land. New classes of the industrial working class and middle class liberals pose a threat to the absolute monarchy of the Tsar. Jews and other ethnicities are suffering and organizing under the "Prison of Nations". Decades of political tensions and cris... Read more

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December 30, 2017 41 min

Special bonus NYE Stallin' For Time just for fun! Miranda joins the show to talk Star Wars and capitalism, plus silliness on New Year's Eve.

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Jonelle tells us about her favorite liberators and resistance movements. We discuss the guerilla tactics used by Harriet Tubman. It gets real. The Movements is a leftist history and politics podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play. Find us on facebook and twitter @movementspod and support the show by donating at https://www.patreon.com/movementspod

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The Palestine national movement is left reeling after the rebellion is crushed by the British and Yishuv. The Zionist movements strategy of simultaneously collaborating with and subverting the British is paying off, as the British provide training and combat experience to the same militias that will soon wage war to drive them out. Meanwhile, Middle Eastern Jews are failing in their decades long effort to mediate peace between the ... Read more

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Palestine is erupting and the British struggle to maintain control. While the Jewish economy rapidly develops, the fellahin move to the cities as wage laborers in greater numbers. Working class Palestinians and Middle Eastern Jews co-habitate in mixed cities, but the political struggle between the Zionist settlers and the Palestinian masses is becoming increasingly vicious. The efforts to mediate between European Jews and the non-J... Read more

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Army veteran and comrade Manuel Venero explains the Puerto Rican Debt crisis and the colonial relationship between the Island and the Empire. Also, Puppets.

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Adam joins the show to discuss the emergence of small salafist militant groups in Gaza and their ongoing conflict with Hamas. Adam explains the difference between Sunni Islamist politics and salafist jihadism in the context of the Israeli government's policy of targeting Hamas for any actions taken by other Gazan factions. The Movements is a leftist history and politics podcast. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. ... Read more

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