857: Demolitionism Shows


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Gareth Porter: “The news media have gotten it wrong for so long – fundamentally wrong – and the Obama White House has bought into a set of false narratives around the Iran nuclear issue. They are not able to combat the extreme right-wing thinking and talk that dominates the discourse about Iran, and has dominated for years.”

Journalist Gareth Porter gives context and analysis to the Iran nuclear negotiations, from the non-state of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, to the roles of Israel, Saudi Arabia and American military interests, and explains why American media and politicians are so consistently, publicly wrong about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Gareth’s latest writing is the Middle East Eye article Iranian nuclear deal edges closer as main obstacles overcome: Sources.

Gareth Porter is a historian and independent investigative journalist.



Andrew Highsmith: “In the mid 1960s, when GM was earning record profits, you would think the city would be in a sound financial state. They actually had a financial crisis at several points, because they were keeping the tax rates in the city artificially low to support General Motors.”

Historian Andrew Highsmith surveys 70 years of Flint’s history to explain how urban renewal efforts and corporate influence of municipal policies gutted a thriving city and strengthened structural inequality.

Andrew is author of the new book Demolition Means Progress from University of Chicago Press.

Andrew R. Highsmith is assistant professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. 


Ed Sutton: “What I want out of an economy is the same thing I want out of society, which is the same thing I want out of life – some kind of meaning. Some kind of thing that I can call happiness. That often has to do with spending time with friends and family, building social connections, exploring, failing, finding things out – those are a lot of things you aren’t allowed to do on the job.”

Live from Switzerland, Ed Sutton examines life during worktime, takes a break from leftist daydreams of economic/environmental doomsday scenarios  and suggests a more productive and radical thought experiment: Everybody Quits Day.

Ed just published the AntiDote essay Strike Forever.

Ed Sutton is musical instrument builder by trade, lives in Switzerland and writes about radical urban and social justice movements at Antidote Zine.


Miranda Campbell: “There is something in art and creativity that is beyond market value. And that means we need to intervene, we need to make sure our systems support the creation of art and culture for all people, not just those people who are privileged with access to the time and means to make art.

Culture critic Miranda Campbell talks about the difficulties of making art and money in a cultural landscape dominated by corporate control, and ways to reclaim art for the commons, and pay artists for cultural work.

Miranda wrote the article Culture Isn’t Free for Jacobin.

Miranda Campbell is an assistant professor in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University.


Hristo Voynov: “For a long time, we have accepted the modern nation-state as the only kind of structure that you can have over a territory. I’d assume that many different intelligence agencies just did not see ISIS as a possibility because they were blindsided by their norms. However, Al Qaeda’s main ideology was focused on creating a caliphate, eventually.”

History scholar Hristo Voynov explains how American support of mujahedin fighters in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan sparked the modern foreign fighter movement we see in current day ISIS, and why an ideology links forces across decades and conflicts, from the Balkans to the Levant.

Hristo published the first installment in a two-part series for Vostokian – ISIS and the Balkans.

 Hristo Voynov is a writer studying at Hunter College.