Episode 19 - China in the Era of Xi

In yet another spicy episode that is sure to anger some folks, we talk with Ty (@spirit_of_17 on twitter), who got back not too long ago from a year living in China, and wanted to give us his take on what he experienced and saw, and what we think of where China is in the era of Xi.

 Suggested Reading:

Guide on general anti communist myths here.

Reading guide on China specifically here.

Outro Music: Xiangyu "Rumors and Slanders" Translated video can be found here.

PRT Episode 18 - Marxist Feminism

What better way to ring in the New Year than this spicy episode on feminism, where we take shots at feminist movements of the past, men (of course) and some of the left. Special guest @socializm_ brings the fire. Y’all are guaranteed to either love it, or hate it. 

 Suggested Reading-

Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici

Undemocratic Legacies: First Wave Feminism and the Somocista Women's Movement in Nicaragua by V. Gonzalez-Rivera

Is Capitalism Gendered and Racialized? by Joan Acker

The Dialectic of Sex by Shulamith Firestone (The Dialectic of Sex was utilized to cover the history of the first wave feminism in the United States. For that reason we recommend the book merely for the first chapter. However, the author offers iffy analysis against Marx and misquotes Engels that makes their overall argument faulty. This work has been critiqued by Ghandy [CC member of the CPI] in her work “Philosophical trends in the modern feminist movement.” We still recommend that chapter spoken about but keep that in mind when you read the works in its entirety.)

 Outro Music: "Rocky's Revenge" by Rocky Rivera

PRT Episode 17 - Nuclear Weapons

In this episode, we go from the discovery of nuclear fission up to the most recent state getting a nuclear weapon, and in between we talk about the Manhattan Project, Soviet spies, Hiroshima, US nuclear testing, and the DPRK having a nuke. This episode has some of the darkest moments we've had on the podcast and also some incredible silliness. Enjoy!

Suggested Reading/Viewing - 

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird & Martin Sherwin

Stalin's Great Science: The Times and Adventures of Soviet Physicists, Alexei B. Kojevnikov

Before The Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, Diana Preston

Hiroshima's Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History, Kai Bird & Lawrence Lifschultz

The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Birth of the Modern Arms Race, Priscilla Johnson McMillan

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters,Kate Brown

Hiroshima, John Hersey

Yellow Dirt: A Poisoned Land and the Betrayal of the Navajos, Judy Pasternak

Bombshell: The Secret Story of America's Unknown Atomic Spy Controversy, Joseph Albright & Marcia Kunstel


A Bomb in the Basement: Israel's Nuclear Option


TRANSCRIPT (transcribed by Kelbaenor)

Outro music: Gang of Four - "I Found That Essence Rare"

PRT Episode 16 - The End of History

Join The Proles and Breht from Revolutionary Left Radio in this collabo to end all collabos where we discuss history. Yep. But HOW do we interpret history? How do we tell history. What is truth? This is the peak, y'all. It's all downhill from here.

Suggested Reading: 

Silencing the Past, by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
Europe and the People Without History, Eric Wolf
Liberalism: A Counter-History, Domenico Losurdo

Outro Music: "Waiting for the Great Leap Forward" by Billy Bragg

PRT Episode 13 - Soviet Cinema

Have you ever wondered where the montage came from? Do you enjoy hearing Ethan plug theatre in an episode about cinema? Do you never tire of hearing Justin defend Stalin even when he clearly did some things wrong? Then you will LOVE this raucous and informative episode on the history of film and cinema within the Soviet Union (and a bit before)!

 *CORRECTION* While Prussia was a principality in the HRE, Prussia was never part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Our bad!

Further reading:

Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film, Jay Leyda

The Red Screen: Politics, Society, Art in Soviet Cinema, ed. Anna Lawton

Ways of Seeing, John Berger

Directory of World Cinema: Russia, Birgit Beumers

Film viewing:

Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein (1925)

Man With A Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov (1929)

October: Ten Day That Shook The World, Sergei Eisenstein (1928)

Volga-Volga, Grigori Aleksandrov (1938)

Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky (1972)

Moscow Doesn't Believe In Tears, Vladimir Menshov (1980)

 Outro Music: "At Dawn" by Alyens

PRT Episode 12 - Iraq and Sanctions

Do you enjoy really directionless conversation that has incredible anecdotes and a ton of great information? Then you will love this one as the Proles sit down and discuss the modern history of Iraq, sanctions, and how the policy towards Iraq modeled the US foreign policy moving forward.

Sources/Suggested Reading: 

The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict. Dilip Hiro. Psychology Press, 1991.

Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions. Joy Gordon. Harvard University Press, 2010.

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace. Ali A. Allawi. Yale University Press, 2008. 

Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq. Kanan Makiya. University of California Press, 1998. 

Outro Music: Immortal Technique "The Martyr"

PRT Presents: Dialectics After Dark

Spicy content warning! Join the proles as they unveil the hilarious, soon-to-be patreon-only spinoff, Dialectics After Dark, where we read through headlines and news and react, let our hair down, and spend a little more time being ridiculous. Being that this is our first run-through with this format, please forgive the roughness. It will polish up a bit in the future

For those who don't know already, you can get access to these, as well as other great perks by donating at www.patreon.com/prolespod

Here's that link Ethan wanted to put in the show notes: https://keywordsforcapitalism.com/ 

PRT Episode 5 - Fall of the USSR

Join the Proles as we sit down and discuss the tragic collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as several other topics, including a particularly spicy conversation about censorship and free press.

Suggested reading:

Is The Red Flag Flying? The Political Economy of the Soviet Union Today, Albert Szymanski
Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union, Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny

PRT Episode 4 - Soviet Space Program

The proles sit down and discuss the long and rich history of the Soviet Space Program in this raucous and informative discussion! 

Suggested Reading:

The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin - Andrew Jenks

Public Loneliness: Yuri Gagarin’s Circumlunar Flight - Gerald Brennan

Outro music - "How We Saw Yura Off On His Flight" - Yuri Gulyaev


Episodes 1 - 3

Join us as we drink beer and discuss what we know of the German Revolution, its results, and possible other outcomes in this podcast with video.

Join us as we drink beer and discuss the current situation in Syria, Rojava, and Turkey, including possible outcomes and sustainability. Disclaimer: We’ve learned a lot since recording this; none of us can be described as “Rojava supporters”.

Join us as we drink beer and discuss the history of leftist labor movements and capitalist oppression of the working class in the United States.