Bill Humphrey

About Bill Humphrey

Bill Humphrey is the primary host of WVUD's Arsenal For Democracy talk radio show and a local elected official. Follow him @BillHumphreyMA on twitter.

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.

[Preview] Apr 6, 2021 – General Averell’s Asphalt Empire – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 363

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel learn what asphalt is and how failed Civil War General William Woods Averell became an asphalt paving magnate by the end of the 19th century.

Apr 4, 2021 – Project Cybersyn in Allende’s Chile – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 362

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss the book “Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile” by Eden Medina (MIT Press, 2011) on the unfinished democratic socialist computer system “Project Cybersyn.”

Links and notes for Ep. 362 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AFD-Ep-362-Project-Cybersyn-in-Allendes-Chile.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Mar 23, 2021 – The 1923 San Pedro Maritime Strike – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 361

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel discuss the failed IWW strike at the Port of Los Angeles in 1923, including Upton Sinclair getting arrested and the Klan menacing strikers.

[Preview] Mar 15, 2021 – Samuel Milton Golden Rule Jones – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 359

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel discuss turn-of-the-century Toledo mayor and progressive industrialist Samuel Milton “Golden Rule” Jones and reflect on the limitations of his popular but unusual brand of Christian socialism made possible by his oil money.

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] Mar 9, 2021 – Early Air Conditioning – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 357

Full episode on Patreon: Air conditioning began as a process for controlling humidity in industrial factory processes before it became about cooler human comforts. But it was also a key part of the military-industrial complex. Bill and Rachel discuss.