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James Loewen: “Manitowoc, Wisconsin actually had a sign at their city limits saying – and yes I have to use the word – ‘Nigger don’t let the sun go down on you in Manitowoc.’ They didn’t have to have a sign to be a sundown town, most of them didn’t have a sign, they just had to have a policy that back folks are not allowed to live there. “

All white towns didn’t become all white by accident, and they definitely stayed all white on purpose. The signs of racism are everywhere in the history of America’s towns, including on actual signs. Sociologist and Lies My Teacher Told Me author James Loewen uncovers the history of civic discrimination in his book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. James talks with Chuck about how white flight and systematic racism created all-white spaces, why second generation Sundown policies are currently boiling over in towns like Ferguson, Missouri, and what white people could gain by learning to just relax around everyone else.

James W. Loewen is an author and taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. In 2012 the American Sociological Association gave Jim its Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, for “scholarship in service to social justice.”

 James on Twitter / James’s website



Ole Bjerg: “If you start looking at the relationship between debtors and creditors, then you have a whole new political view where it’s not one half against the other. It’s the 99% against a small fraction.”

What is money? Like actually is money? Yes, obviously it’s complicated. That such a simple question is so hard to answer reveals not only the complicated status of money in the 21st century, but also that most of what we’ve been taught about wealth, credit and debt is totally wrong. In this wide-ranging, philosophical interview, Ole Bjerg, author of Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism, explores how money enters the modern world, why emerging alternative currencies like Bitcoin are inevitable reactions against modern banking, and whether the debtor’s chains can unite the 99%. This is the kind of interview you will hear on NPR’s Marketplace after the revolution.

Olje Bjerg is an Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School. His previous works include 2011′s Poker – The Parody of Capitalism.



Philip Mirowski: “That’s one of the great weaknesses of the left – trying to use neoclassical economics to undo the neoliberal trend – it actually just ends up with the left shooting itself in the foot.”

The problem with being on the left is that we are much more certain about what went wrong in the past than what to do in the present, but the rise and endurance of neoliberalist policies might signal we are less right than we think about the present, and that’s stopping us from fighting austerity, inequality and greed in future.

In his book Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown, historian Philip Mirowski explains why the financial elite have enjoyed success after success, despite failure after failure, and why the left offers so little resistance. Naturally, Chuck has a ton of questions about this and Philip has a ton of thoughts. Listen to this if it feels to you like being on the left is like being left out of American politics.

Philip Mirowski is a historian and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Philip is author of 2002′s Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science and 1999′s More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature’s Economics.



Slavoj Žižek: “We live in a strange period where we have this personal freedom – yes you can do whatever you want – but at the same time, and this is not an illusion, we know very well that the context in which we exercise our freedoms is predetermined in a very non-transparent way.”

Slavoj Zizek talks about a lot of things in this interview. Here are some of them: Scottish independence, global decentralization, the rise of trans-national political units, casual sex, contingent encounters, love, dating agencies, controlled hedonism, James Bond, sexual harassment, typical liberal racism, the civil rights of smokers, Stephen Hawking’s vulgar philosophy, bureaucratic madness in Vichy France, freedom, non-freedom, Wikileaks, the Trade in Services Agreement, chocolate cake, ideology in everyday life, unfreedom, global capitalism, the end of global capitalism, banking, intellectual property, biogenetics, Hollywood’s apocalyptic visions, old Communists, neo-Keynesians, Noam Chomsky’s hazy future,  Occupy’s hazy utopianism, the Cold War’s end, Coca Cola quality control, diseventalization, melodramatic torture, the rise of the European right, the death of democracy, post-vulgarity embraces, fly-swatting penises, friendship through the exchange of obscenities, Zero Dark Thirty, San Francisco’s low level authoritarianism, and so on and so on…

Zižek’s new book is Event: A Philosophical Journey Through A Concept.

Slavoj Zižek is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Jeff Dorchen: “They could be selling commemorative pizza ovens at a Holocaust Museum gift shop and their right to operate a business would trump their violation of decency and judgment and taste.”

Jeff Dorchen makes up a lot of crap but a cheese board in the shape of America with hearts cut out marking the sites of 9/11 terror attacks is beyond his powers of imagination. It isn’t beyond the power of America to make a buck off any person, place, thing, animal, vegetable or mineral. Jeff divides America in chumps and con-men, and if you have to ask which one you are, then enjoy the cheese.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.