#172 | No Justice On Stolen Land: Uniting Indigenous Resistance & Anticapitalist Revolt w/ Gord Hill

In this episode, I speak with Gord Hill (also known as Zig Zag) — Indigenous artist, activist, and the author of numerous books/graphic novels, including ‘500 Years of Indigenous Resistance,’ ‘The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book,’ ‘The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book,’ and 'The Antifa Comic Book.’ A major theme that runs through this discussion with Gord is the recognition that there is currently a growing intersection between what can be defined as traditionally Eurocentric Leftist political theory and practice with anti-colonial Indigenous resistance, throughout the so-called American continents, from North to South.

At the beginning of this discussion, I ask Gord to provide some examples of Indigenous resistance to colonialist expansion throughout the so-called Americas over the past 500 years, from the earliest forms of resistance in the earliest days of European colonial expansion, up to the present day. Gord, having one foot in indigenous resistance movements and the other in anarchist/anti-capitalist/anti-fascist organizing, provides much needed context on how radical Leftist theory and practice (for the most part, European in origin) increasingly works in tandem with anti-colonial Indigenous resistance movements. As Gord lays out in this episode, various strains of resistance — anti-colonial, ecological, anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, egalitarian — stand to benefit from learning and working with each other -- and in great part, this is already happening. We also discuss that while different, each of these respective strains of resistance utilize a similar diversity of tactics in resistance to the State, the logic of Capital, and the Settler-Colonial culture that dominates the land up to the present moment. We discuss these subjects, and more, in this episode.

Gord Hill, who also goes under the pen name Zig Zag, is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation along the Northwest Coast. Lord is an indigenous activist, anarchist, and artist, and is the author and illustrator of numerous books/graphic novels, including ‘500 Years of Indigenous Resistance,’ ‘The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book,’ ‘The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book,’ and ‘The Antifa Comic Book.’

Episode Notes:

- Stay up to date with indigenous, anti-capitalist, and anti-fascist resistance -- as well as all the work Gord is doing -- on his website: https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com

- Purchase ‘500 Years of Indigenous Resistance’ at PM Press: http://bit.ly/500yearsPM

- Purchase ‘The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book,’ ‘The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book,’ and ‘The Antifa Comic Book.’ at Arsenal Pulp Press: http://bit.ly/GHArsenalP

- Read Gord’s interview on anti-fascism in Time: http://bit.ly/2RBKedu

- The songs featured in this episode are “Sila (feat. Tanya Tagaq)” and “JHD (feat. Junior Ottawa)” by A Tribe Called Red from the album We Are the Halluci Nation.

#112 | Good Night Alt-Right : Fascism Today & How To Stop It w/ Shane Burley

In this episode, I speak with Shane Burley, author of "Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It." In the beginning of this interview, Shane provides a precise description of what fascism is, the historical context in which it first emerged, as well what fascist organizing in modern American society looks like. We discuss and break down the pseudo-scientific claims espoused by many of these groups regarding the concepts of race, as well as the reasons as to why and how these widely dismissed pseudo-scientific claims still exist and continue to spread among the far-right.

Shane also responds to a recent statement by Richard Spencer, the poster boy of the Alt-Right, in which he states that speaking at events to promote his views is no longer "fun" due to the fact that “Antifa [anti-fascist resistance] is winning."* Shane also describes the varied tactics used by anti-fascists that successfully undermine the ability of fascists groups to promote their ideology to the broader public, as well as their ability to effectively organize in the public sphere, as well as online. 

Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon, who regularly reports on far-right movements in the US, as well as anti-fascist resistance.

*Source: https://wapo.st/2EGpWt3


Episode Notes:

- Learn more about and purchase Shane's book "Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It" here: https://bit.ly/2JHcs3B

- Learn more about Shane and his work at his website: https://www.shaneburley.net

- Keep up to date on Shane's work by following him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shane_burley1

- Read an excerpt of his book "Fascism Today" here: https://bit.ly/2HiftsU

- The music featured in this episode is "Ooh Baby I Like To Draw" by Mux Mool.

#78 | A Gettysburg Moment: Charlottesville, Antifa, & The Future Of Resistance w/ Spencer Sunshine

Spencer Sunshine, our guest for this episode, is a researcher, journalist, activist, and political consultant regarding Far Right movements. He holds a PhD in Sociology and has been an activist for over 25 years. 

Spencer and I discuss the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a collection of various loosely affiliated white nationalist groups, along with elements of the so-called "Alt-Right," attempted to produce a cohesive platform to unite under. Spencer was on the ground in Charlottesville, and he elaborates on what took place during the Unite The Right rally, as well as it's counter-protest, which he was apart of. 

Spencer puts the events in Charlottesville and its fallout in context, elaborating on the points brought up in his recent piece "Has the "Alt-Right" Met Its Gettysburg?" recently published in Truth-Out.  Spencer also goes over the much maligned and misunderstood Antifa, or anti-fascist movement, and provides much needed context on what the movement really is and does as a movement.


Episode Notes:

- Read "Alt-Right" Met Its Gettysburg?" here: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41736-has-the-alt-right-met-its-gettysburg

- Follow up on Spencer's work: https://spencersunshine.com

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/transform6789

- The songs featured in this episode are "The Night Bell With Lighting," "I Know," and "Good Day Today" by David Lynch, from the album Crazy Clown Time.