[Preview] Apr 19, 2021 – The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 367

Full episode on Patreon. Bill and Rachel found the most amazing, still-active web 1.0 history website, and now we can tell you all about the sweeping implications of the transatlantic telegraph cable of 1866.

Lend Lease 16 – UK and Ireland – Dec 15, 2019

Description: Bill notes in the aftermath of UK Labour’s election defeat that there is still no alternative to fighting for a leftist way forward on the climate crisis. Rachel and Nate discuss Ireland’s constitutional convention as a possible model for future reform.

Ep 16 Links and Notes (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Lend-Lease-16-Notes-and-Links-Constitutional-Conventions-of-Ireland-and-Iceland.pdf

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Lend Lease 12 – Recent Trade-Unionism Action in the US and Europe – Aug 25, 2019

Description: Final summer episode before our hiatus. Bill and Rachel discuss industrial union action by US flight attendants, European flight crews, European dockworkers and shipyard workers, and Kentucky coal miners, as well as Bernie Sanders’ new proposal for federal union rights legislation.

Links and notes for episode 12 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Lend-Lease-Episode-12-Notes-and-Links-Latter-Day-Syndicalist-Action-in-the-First-World.pdf

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June 26, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 231

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Topics: UN special report on extreme poverty in the United States; Lush’s spycops ad campaign in the UK. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Recorded: June 24th, 2018.

Episode 231 (28 min):
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Note that all episodes for the rest of the summer will only be a half hour long.

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AFD 231 US Poverty and Lush Spycops campaign links (PDF)

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June 28, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 186

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Bill interviews returning guest Emily Robinson (@see_em_play), a Socialist organizer in Scottish Labour from the US, about the June 2017 UK election results and aftermath. Produced: June 25th, 2017.

Episode 186 (53 min):
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May 31, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 182

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Topics: The upcoming UK election and the Labour Party campaign manifesto, as well as recent developments in Central African Republic. People: Bill and Nate Produced: May 29th, 2017.

Episode 182 (51 min):
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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership race easily

Arsenal Bolt: Quick updates on the news stories we’re following.

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BBC News – Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership contest

The victory message:

We don’t have to be unequal. It does not have to be unfair, poverty isn’t inevitable. Things can, and they will change”
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He said the leadership campaign “showed our party and our movement, passionate, democratic, diverse, united and absolutely determined in our quest for a decent and better society that is possible for all”.

“They are fed up with the inequality, the injustice, the unnecessary poverty. All those issues have brought people in, in a spirit of hope and optimism.”

He said his campaign had given the lie to claims that young Britons were apathetic about politics, showing instead that they were “a very political generation that were turned off by the way in which politics was being conducted – we have to, and must, change that”.

 
The breakdown:

The veteran left-winger got almost 60% of more than 400,000 votes cast, trouncing his rivals Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.
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The Islington North MP won on the first round of voting in the leadership contest, taking 251,417 of the 422,664 votes cast – against 19% for Mr Burnham, 17% for Ms Cooper and 4.5% for Ms Kendall.
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An overwhelming 85% of people who signed up as affiliated supporters for £3 voted for Mr Corbyn – but he also topped the ballot among party members and trade unionists.