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Nate is a co-host on the “Arsenal For Democracy” show. He was previously the co-founder of an earlier political blog with Bill in 2008.

July 2021 – Sacco and Vanzetti Conviction Centennial – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 388

Description: One hundred years ago this week, Sacco and Vanzetti were unjustly convicted on first-degree murder charges in Massachusetts. We discuss the centennial and re-air part of a 2019 episode exploring the misunderstood context of Italian-American anarchism in 1921.

Links and notes (Ep. 388): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-388-Links-and-Notes-Sacco-Vanzetti-2nd-Conviction-Centennial.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Apr 11, 2021 – The Race for Rubber – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 364

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Nate discuss the industrialization of natural rubber use and its consequences for people in the global south.

Links and notes for Ep. 364 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AFD-Ep-364-The-Race-for-Rubber.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Mar 14, 2021 – The Cotton Gin and Southern Capitalism – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 358

Description: Nate and Bill discuss how the Southern US slave economy was fully integrated into, not distinct from, global capitalism and industrialization, especially through the lens of the 2014 Sven Beckert book “Empire of Cotton.”

Notes and links for Ep. 358 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AFD-Ep-358-The-Cotton-Gin-and-Southern-Capitalism.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Feb 17, 2021 – The Natural Ice Trade – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 351

This week’s bonus episode on Patreon: In the early 19th century, the New England region of the United States emerged as the global leader of a lucrative new industry that would change the world: Harvesting and transporting ice from ponds and rivers. Nate and Bill discuss.

[Unlocked] Jan 6, 2021 – The Future of Planned Obsolescence (feat Patrick from CYCBI) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 339

Unlocked bonus episode: Patrick from “Conspiracy You Can Believe In” joins Bill and Nate to talk about planned obsolescence, the interwar Phoebus Cartel, the “right to repair” movement, and the ecological peril of a wasteful economy. Subscribe at Patreon for more bonus episodes.

Links for Ep. 339 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bonus-AFD-Ep-339-Links-and-Notes-The-Future-of-Planned-Obsolescence-feat-Patrick.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Dec 13, 2020 – Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 337

Description: Nate read the highly influential but now largely forgotten 1888 utopian futurism novel “Looking Backward” by Edward Bellamy, and he discusses it with Bill.

Links and notes for Ep. 337 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AFD-Ep-337-Links-and-Notes-Edward-Bellamy’s-“Looking-Backward”.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Nov 1, 2020 – Gaspar Yanga – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 331

Description: In the late 1500s, a slave in Mexico led a guerrilla slave rebellion into the mountains of Veracruz that proved so durable that Spanish authorities had to recognize a peace treaty by the 1610s. Bill and Nate discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 331 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AFD-Ep-331-Links-and-Notes-Gaspar-Yanga.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.