PODCASTIn this episode, Sasha and Nesim are joined by Plebity writer Rozali Telbis to discuss the recent revelations about the spyware Pegasus—produced by Israeli company NSO Group—which is used by client governments to spy on journalists, activists, political leaders, and others.
PODCASTIn this episode, we discuss the power a few big tech companies have amassed when it comes to who can say what. To have the power to silence even a president indicates a serious issue when it comes to a private company, especially when you start to look at the connections between the government and the tech companies. We discuss the way some of these companies appear to be state actors in some regards, and the need for genuine freedom of speech for everyone, a value which is being corrupted by the tech overlords’ desire for profit and power.
The Underground Episode 6: Big Tech, Censorship, and Capitalism
VIDEOIn this clip from Sasha and Nesim's interview with Sean McCarthy, Sean explains what he thinks the left needs to focus on in order to regain its relevance and make real change.
Sean McCarthy on How the Left Can Find its Relevance Again
PODCASTIn this episode, Sasha and Nesim are joined by Charles Love and Wilfred Reilly to continue a discussion on capitalism that started on the Cut the Bull Podcast co-hosted by Charles, Wilfred, and Shemeka Michelle.
The Underground Episode 5: Is Capitalism Amoral? with Charles Love and Wilfred Reilly
ARTICLERecently, Oklahoma University contributed their own stark example of how the core values of free speech and critical thinking are being misunderstood and misapplied in the spheres of what we call ‘higher education’.
Hey English Instructors – ‘Take a History Class and Learn about Free Speech’
ARTICLEWhen you’ve branded every dissenting voice–no matter how mild, with the harshest possible labels, what vocabulary do you have available to point out the actual wolf when it comes out of the forest?
Hyperbole on the Loose! The Left Cries Wolf and is Unprepared to Recognize the Real Thing
ARTICLEIf anyone is wondering just how deep is the left’s abandonment of its most long-standing and foundational values, namely free speech and class analysis, one need look no further than this book about populism: Systemic Corruption: Constitutional Ideas for an Anti-Oligarchic Republic by Columbia Law School postdoc scholar Camila Vergara.
A Leftist Scholar on Populism Abandons Foundational Principles of Free Speech and Class
PODCASTAdam Coleman joins me for an interview about his new book, Black Victim To Black Victor, his ideas about culture, politics, and the current narrative around race and victimization in America.
Adam Coleman on His Book: Black Victim To Black Victor
PODCASTIn this episode Sasha and Nesim have a conversation about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. Nesim begins the episode by providing some history of Israel and the Middle East, and then they discuss the events of May 2021 and share their thoughts on elements of the conflict such as antisemitism, the question of whether Israel is an apartheid state, and the role of U.S. imperial policy in the region.
The Underground Episode 2: Israel and Palestine
PODCASTIn this episode, Sasha and vatani discuss the concept of white privilege and give their critique of the popular theory peddled by those such as Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi. They talk about why they think the conversation is being steered away from class issues, and why identity has taken the center stage in political and social discourse.