July 18, 2021 – Pneumatic Tubes – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 389

Description: For a brief moment in time, during the transition from the first to the second industrial revolution, it looked like pneumatic tubes might be the next wave of the future. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 389 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-389-Links-and-Notes-Pneumatic-Tubes.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

June 13, 2021 – Sewing Machines – Arsenal for Democracy Ep. 382

Description: Which industry popularized the US multinational corporation, monthly consumer financing, buybacks of used products, repair service teams, interchangeable parts, patent pooling, and ready-to-wear garments? Sewing machines! Bill, Kelley, and Rachel.

Links and notes for Ep. 382 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/AFD-Ep-382-Links-and-Notes-Sewing-Machines.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

June 6, 2021 – Interchangeable Parts – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 380

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss the reasons for (and effects of) American capitalists’ enthusiasm for interchangeable parts and “the American system of manufacturing” during the First Industrial Revolution.

Links and notes for Ep. 380 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/AFD-Ep-380-Links-and-Notes-1IR_-Interchangeable-Parts.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.