Jan 17, 2021 – The West Coast Ports Lockout of 2002 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 342

Description: It’s October 2002. Congress is debating the Iraq War Resolution. George W. Bush invokes the Taft-Hartley Act for the first time in decades to halt a lockout of West Coast longshoremen in a contract dispute over future automation. Bill, Rachel, Kelley.

Links and notes for Ep. 342 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/AFD-Ep-342-Links-and-Notes-The-West-Coast-Ports-Lockout-of-2002.pdf

[Unlocked] Jan 13, 2021 – Charles Joseph Bonaparte (feat. Age of Napoleon) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 341

Description: The host of the “Age of Napoleon” podcast joins Bill to talk about fascinating Progressive Era reformer and US Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte, the Baltimore-based grandson of Napoleon’s youngest brother. Subscribe to our Patreon.

Links and notes for Ep. 341 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bonus-AFD-Ep-341-Links-and-Notes-Charles-Joseph-Bonaparte-feat-Age-of-Napoleon.pdf

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Jan 10, 2021 – Taft-Hartley – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 340

Description: Rachel, Kelley, and Bill discuss the passage of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act and its effects against US labor unions, as well as the potential role of white-collar workers in organized labor’s future.

Links and notes for Ep. 340 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/AFD-Ep-340-Links-and-Notes-Taft-Hartley.pdf

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[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

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Dec 20, 2020 – Toledo Auto-Lite Strike of 1934 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 338

Description: In 1934, an army of the unemployed rallied to the defense of a new labor union in one of the hardest-hit cities of the Great Depression, facing down the Ohio National Guard. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 338 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AFD-Ep-338-Links-and-Notes-The-Toledo-Auto-Lite-Strike-of-1934.pdf

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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

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Dec 6, 2020 – Brady Lists – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 336

Description: The US criminal justice system depends heavily on the presumed credibility of police testimony. Prosecutors not only regularly fail to tell defendants an officer witness has a credibility problem but often don’t keep track themselves. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 336 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AFD-Ep-336-Links-and-Notes-Brady-Lists.pdf

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