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Episode 41: Kathy Ferguson and Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets

This episode features a conversation between Kehaulani Kauanui and Kathy Ferguson about Ferguson’s new book “Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets.”Action news, top-notch music (including the drive-time debut of Quantuum Queerness) and more!

About the book: “Emma Goldman has often been read for her colorful life story, her lively if troubled sex life, and her wide-ranging political activism. Few have taken her seriously as a political thinker, even though in her lifetime she was a vigorous public intellectual within a global network of progressive politics. Engaging Goldman as a political thinker allows us to rethink the common dualism between theory and practice, scrutinize stereotypes of anarchism by placing Goldman within a fuller historical context, recognize the remarkable contributions of anarchism in creating public life, and open up contemporary politics to the possibilities of transformative feminism.” Original air-date 5-8-12.

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Episode 39: Ben Morea and Black Mask

This week’s edition of the Horizontal Power Hour features an interview with Ben Morea, an artist and anarchist agitator who emerged after over 35 years of anonymity to discuss his participation in the late 1960s with the Lower East Side-based collectives Black Mask and Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers. Of humble origins, Morea gained notoriety as an associate of Abbie Hoffman, a defendant in an attempted murder trial, a vocal supporter of feminist (and Andy Warhol assailant) Valerie Solanas and as the only person to be expelled from the Situationist International who was never a member in the first place. As part of their assault on bourgeois art and respectable society in general, Black Mask/UAW-MF shut down the Museum of Modern Art, cut the fences at Woodstock and developed radical affinities across racial, ethnic and class constituencies then present on the Lower East Side. In the interview, Morea reflects on his participation in this crucial and under-appreciated component of the counterculture, ultimately explaining the reasons for his long absence. Global action news updates and exciting music will complement the conversation. Original air-date: 4-10-12.

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Episode 37: Gustavo Esteva Part II: Beyond Development and Globalization: Anarchy and Buen Vivir

This week’s edition of the Horizontal Power Hour features excerpts from a presentation by the radical Mexican development critic Gustavo Esteva titled “Beyond Development and Globalization: Anarchy & Buen Vivir” originally given in Middletown, CT on February 13, 2012.  Esteva is a “deprofessionalized” intellectual and grassroots activist.  His writing of the past 25 years has figured centrally to what is now called “critical development studies.”  He works both independently and in conjunction with a variety of Mexican NGO’s and grassroots organizations and communities in Chiapas, Mexico, including the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (or EZLN).  In the talk, Esteva emphasizes the terminal inadequacy of prevailing political priorities and illuminates the radical potentiality of what he calls “the ongoing insurrection” which surrounds us every day.  In addition to the wise words of Esteva, we share some less-wise words from Supreme Court “Justice” Antonin Scalia, who explains his refusal to strike down Texas anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas.  Abundant, exciting action news from every continent (except Antarctica) is shared.  Inspiration guaranteed!

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Episode 36: Anti Systemic Movements ~ a conversation with Gustavo Esteva and Anu Sharma

Mariama and Isabelle resent this week’s show, which features a conversation between Gustavo Esteva and Anu Sharma. Esteva is an independent intellectual and grassroots activist from Oaxaca Mexico who addresses post-development, social change from the bottom up, and the Zapatistas. He works both independently and in conjunction with a variety of NGOs, organizations and communities.  In Grassroots Postmodernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures and Escaping Education, Gustavo argues that even the “alternative” development prescriptions lead inexorably to depriving the people of control over their own lives and shifting this control to bureaucrats, technocrats, and educators. Sharma, who was influenced by his work as a graduate student, is an associate professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. Her work focuses on the anthropological study of global projects of neoliberal governance and development. Her previous research focused on empowerment as a global strategy of development and democratic governance and examined its effects on citizen and state identities and relationships to contemporary India, culminating in the publication of  Logics of Empowerment: Development, Gender, and Governance in Neoliberal India. Her current work is on the empowerment mobilizations and citizen-activist-state interfaces in New Delhi in the context of the 2005 Indian Right to Information Act.

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Episode 33: Radical Philanthropy

This episode features an interview with Ro Seidelman, an organizer with Resource Generation and POOR Magazine, and a co-founder of the Hummingbird Collective. Original air-date: 1-10-12.

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Episode 32: Lisa Fithian

On December 27th, the 32nd episode of Horizontal Power Hour aired from the studios of WESU Middletown, 88.1 FM.  This installment featured a conversation between long-time direct action campaigner and social justice organizer Lisa Fithian and Dream Committee member Paul.  Lisa’s work over the last 30 years, which has brought her all across the globe, focuses on confronting systems of oppression and violence through a strategic analysis of power and privilege, with an end-goal of liberatory social change.  In our45-minute interview with Lisa, she discusses her perspective on social change, anarchism, non-violent  direct action, student organizing and the challenges of coalition building. We also touch on the Occupy Movement, its history and importance, and the future of social change work in the U.S. and around the world.  Collective member and executive ex-producer Abe Bobman gives us a satisfying roundup of un(der)reported news from around the world in our action news section, focusing on Occupy Christmas.  Featuring music from Flogging Molly and Immortal Technique.  Original air date: 12-27-12.

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Episode 31: Josh Harper

The December 13 edition of Horizontal Power Hour features a conversation with the veteran anarchist/animal rights activist Josh Harper (recorded in November). Perhaps best known for his conviction for violation of the Animal Enterprise Protection Act as part of Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty (SHAC) 7 trial in 2006, Harper reflects honestly on decades agitating for radical social change. Warning of the dangers of both self-marginalization and submission to mainstream activism, Harper shares the lessons he learned in hopes of enabling a stronger, more self-reflective movement, a commitment which also inspires his recent work creating a free online archive of radical earth/animal liberation zines and materials. Exciting action news from around the world is also presented, along with music from the radical Diné punk band Blackfire and Rage Against the Machine’s tribute to Mumia Abu-Jamal. Original air-date: 12-13-11.

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Episode 29: Peter Lamborn Wilson

The November 8 edition of Horizontal Power Hour transmits a “revolutionary greeting” from the prominent American anarchist writer and underground intellectual Peter Lamborn Wilson to the occupants of Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Wilson also discusses the role of technology in grassroots anti-authoritarian mobilizations, the need for spiritual anarchy and the lineage of his work in the thinking of the Occupiers as well as that of James Scott and David Graeber. The show also contains an essay from the Dream Committee’s Chris on rediscovering the neighbors in post-electrical Connecticut. Action news from around the world and music from The Pogues, Ska-P and Tansy and Tarweed are also featured. Original air-date: 11-8-11.

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Episode 27: Mitchell Verter, Anarchism and Feminism

Join Meggie and Dan for an interview with Mitchell Verter on feminist subversions of politics and alternative socialities based on caring. J. Kehaulani Kauanui will also speak with Libor Von Shanau, a veteran of international anti-authoritarian mobilizations who has been in Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park for the entire Occupy Wall Street festivities. Reports on prison strikes in the US, animal liberations in South America and police violence in the Middle East will be shared in addition to the rest of the global action news round-up. Mitchell Verter is the author of Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magón Reader and has presented on intersections between anarchist and feminist thought at the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference and the New School’s Anarchist Turn symposium within the last year.Original air-date 10-11-11.

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Episode 24: San Francisco Peaks and Food Not Bombs

This Horizontal Power Hour is hosted by Abe Bobman. The show features the regular “Action News” report with extended coverage on the resistance efforts being taken now in northern Arizona to prevent the destruction of the San Francisco Peaks by the U.S. Forest Service and the private ski resort Arizona Snowbowl. There is an interview with two environmental activists from Flagstaff, AZ taking part in these actions, Mary Sojourner (who was recently arrested) and Hailey Sherwood. The show also features interviews with two former Hartford Food Not Bombs organizers, Deric Shannon (co-editor of The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics) and Meghan Quinn who discuss their experiences with Food Not Bombs and its relation to anarchism and activism. Original air date: 8-23-2011.

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