May 24, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 5 (Modern Tech Industry Parallels) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 309

Description: It’s the Second Gilded Age and the technology monopolies are back in full force. What is to be done? Kelley returns to the show to join Bill and Rachel for a discussion.

Links and notes for ep. 309 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AFD-Ep-309-Links-and-Notes-Part-5_-The-Early-US-Oil-Industry-Modern-Parallels-to-the-Rise-of-Gilded-Age-Monopolism.pdf

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See also: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

May 17, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 4 (Are Monopolies Bad?) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 308

Description: Beyond “natural monopolies,” the second industrial revolution beginning in the 1870s probably required the formation of monopolies like Standard Oil, but did those monopolies have to be in private hands? Bill and Rachel investigate.

Links and notes for ep. 308 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AFD-308-Links-Notes-Part-4_-The-Early-US-Oil-Industry-Part-4-Are-Monopolies-Bad_.pdf

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See also: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Lend Lease 11 – American Anarchy Part 2: The Extremism Debate and State Violence

Description: Part 2 of 2. A discussion of US government repression of anarchism and revolutionary syndicalism from the 1880s to the first Red Scare of the 1920s, as well as the controversial Propaganda of the Deed theory of violence, the role of immigrants in the movement, and the Sacco and Vanzetti trials. From your host Bill Humphrey and co-hosts Rachel and Nate.

Notes for both parts (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Lend-Lease-Episodes-10-11-American-Anarchy-Anarchist-and-Syndicalist-Movements-of-the-late-19th-and-early-20th-centuries-in-the-United-States.pdf

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Lend Lease 10 – American Anarchy Part 1: Syndicalist Theory and IWW Practice

Description: Part 1 of 2. A historical overview of American anarchism and revolutionary syndicalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a focus on theory and the IWW. From your host Bill Humphrey and co-hosts Rachel and Nate. (Part 2 link)

Notes for both parts (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Lend-Lease-Episodes-10-11-American-Anarchy-Anarchist-and-Syndicalist-Movements-of-the-late-19th-and-early-20th-centuries-in-the-United-States.pdf

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April 3, 2018 – Arsenal for Democracy Ep. 220

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Topics: Radical unions and liberal conservationists in Idaho history; Voting reforms in Washington and felon disenfranchisement in Texas. People: Bill, Rachel. Produced: April 1st, 2018.

Episode 220 (53 min):
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March 27, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 219

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Topics: Demonstrations for gun control in Boston and Springfield at the Smith and Wesson factory; Historical radicalism in New England and what old-school anarchist labor organizing might teach us today. People: Bill, Nate. Produced: Mar 24th, 2018.

Episode 219 (54 min):
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Pre-release clarification: The IWW was established in 1905. Late 19th century efforts along similar lines were of course not IWW, but undertaken by other organizers. I can’t remember if I muddled it a bit while speaking off the cuff. -Bill

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