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836: Circular Movement Shows
- Jesús Castillo of the Podemos party lays out an alternate future for Spanish democracy.
- Keller Easterling explores the new dimension of political power beyond the state’s reach.
- Live from Seoul, Marc Flury explains how the Korean Supreme Court made a left-wing party disappear.
- Live from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier puts down his beer and gives us an insider’s tour of Carnival.
- Kevan Harris profiles the history and future of Iran’s new environmental movement.
- Jeff Dorchen delivers an Oscar speech for all the outcasts, from Selma to Mars.
Jesús Castillo: “And then we thought – what if we can do this in our neighborhoods, what if we can do this in our cities, what if we can do this in our country? We realized that democracy from below was something real.”
Parliamentary candidate Jesús Castillo connects the rise of Podemos to the lessons learned by the Indignados, and talks about building a new political future for everyday Spaniards tired of the ‘same shit’ offered by the mainstream left.
The origins of Podemos are covered by Luke Stobart in a must-read, three-part series at Left Flank.
Jesús Castillo is a Professor of Ecology at the University of Seville and a parliamentary candidate for Podemos.
Marc Flury: “It’s certainly an undemocratic move, and a lot of people say it’s Korean-style McCarthyism. This national security law has been a problem forever. Even the two liberal presidents in the 90s failed to overturn the law because there were things they found convenient about it.”
Live from Seoul, Marc Flury explains why American journalism gets so much wrong about the Koreas, then dives into a major story involving a disallowed political party, charges of rebellion and the limits of democracy in South Korea.
Marc also talks about THUMPER, his upcoming video game, which promises space beetles, unified gameplay and soundtrack, and rhythm violence.
With limited Korean language ability, Marc Flury consistently out-scoops the US media by translating and re-reporting Korean headline news. He is also a video game creator, currently working on THUMPER, the world’s most psychedelic survival rhythm game.
Brian Mier: “It’s mostly about getting drunk with your friends and family, getting crazy and taking the streets over from the cars, creating a critical mass of people, playing drums and creating trance-like rhythms that gets everyone into this zone where you can just dance behind a group playing the same song over and over again for four hours.”
Life from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier puts down his beer just long enough to explain why the real Carnival is a loud, crazy celebration of fun, friendship and Afro-Brazilian culture.
Brian wrote the piece Into the Heart of Carnaval for the India Gazette London.
Brian Mier is the social media director for the Brazilian National Urban Reform Forum, and a freelance writer and producer.
Kevan Harris: “The irony here is that the environmental catastrophes that are occurring in Iran now are not happening because the Islamic Republic is anti-modern, but because it’s actually too modern.”
Kevan Harris reports on two big stories – the nearing completion (96.5%) of a US-Iran nuclear deal, and a growing civil movement focusing on addressing Iran’s environmental degradation.
Kevan Harris is a sociologist, a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and radical pessimist.
Keller Easterling: “The nation-state can still proclaim all its old principles about being a nation, but it now has a number of other partners in which it can double itself. It has a new set of pirates, a new set of doppelgangers, a new set of shadow agents than can work on behalf of the nation in the global market.”
Architect Keller Easterling defines the concept of Extrastatecraft – where the formulas and networks of global capitalism forge new political realities between states and non-state actors.
Keller is the author of the new book Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, which is sort of hard to describe, but amazing.
Keller Easterling is a writer, architect and Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.
Jeff Dorchen: “Ladies and gentlemen, members of the academy – I think it was some Taoist scholar who said ‘to be honored in a corrupt society is a disgrace.’ And tonight is the greatest disgrace of my life.”
Self-plagiarizing Taoist philosopher Jeff Dorchen accepts the Academy award on behalf of the snubbed, the ignored, the non-white, and his favorite Martian.
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.