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Feb 9, 2020 – A Farewell to Caucuses – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 295

Description: Despite the recent fiasco of the Iowa 2020 Democratic Caucuses, there aren’t many caucuses left due to post-2016 changes in the nomination process that also included reducing the power of super-delegates. Rachel, Bill, Nate.

Links and notes for ep. 295 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AFD-295-Links-and-Notes-After-Iowa.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Feb 2, 2020 – French Strikes – AFD 294

Description: Back on the air at WVUD, we discuss recent French strikes over reactionary pension reforms and what lessons it holds for the rising American left. Bill, Rachel, Nate.

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Links and notes (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Ep.-294-Notes-and-Links-French-Strikes.pdf

Lend Lease 21 – Oppression and Resistance in India – Jan 26, 2020

Description: Nate, Rachel, and Bill discuss the Modi government’s exclusionary citizenship law, internet blackouts, and Kashmir occupation, and how the people of India have responded, including a general strike.

Links and Notes Ep 21 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Lend-Lease-21-India-Jan-26-2020.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird. Regular radio episodes return Feb 4.

Lend Lease 20 – Climate Change and the End of the Liberal World as We Know It – Jan 19, 2020

Description: The Australian fires have shown definitively that liberal democracy cannot handle climate emergency and that liberals and conservatives are prepared to hand control to unelected regimes or “disaster supremos.” Can the left provide an alternative in time? Bill, Rachel, Nate.

Notes and links for ep 20 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Lend-Lease-20-Notes-and-Links-Climate-Change-and-The-End-of-the-Liberal-World-As-We-Know-It-Jan-19-2020.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Lend Lease 19 – Why Sanctions are Bad – Jan 12, 2020

Description: Nate, Rachel, and Bill recap recent events between the US and Iran to springboard a discussion of why sanctions are a failed, morally bad policy tool.

Links and notes for ep 19 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Lend-Lease-19-Notes-and-Links-Why-Sanctions-are-Bad.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Lend Lease 17 – 2010s Decade in Review – Dec 29, 2019

Description: Bill and Rachel recap some of the most influential domestic political events or developments of the 2010s for the US left and progressives: Reproductive freedom battles, Senate climate failures, Manning leaks, Senate rules reform failure, Wisconsin protests, Occupy movement, the rise of rank-and-file teacher unionism, Snowden leaks, Black Lives Matter movement, marriage equality, Bernie Sanders, the airport protests, the climate strikes, the flight attendants union.

Notes and links (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Arsenal-For-Democracy’s-Decade-in-Review-of-The-American-Left-2010-2019.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Lend Lease 16 – UK and Ireland – Dec 15, 2019

Description: Bill notes in the aftermath of UK Labour’s election defeat that there is still no alternative to fighting for a leftist way forward on the climate crisis. Rachel and Nate discuss Ireland’s constitutional convention as a possible model for future reform.

Ep 16 Links and Notes (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Lend-Lease-16-Notes-and-Links-Constitutional-Conventions-of-Ireland-and-Iceland.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.