Coffee with Comrades
Coffee with Comrades

a podcast discussing culture, current events, theory, and action through a radical lens.

I recently sat down with Andy from The Poor Proles Almanac to discuss, well, a whole bunch of shit. We talked about firearms, guerilla gardening, permaculture, and raising chickens. Andy even had the audacity to defend the Pumpkin Spice Latte on a podcast called Coffee with Comrades. Truly, the nerve… Support Poor Proles' Almanac on Patreon, follow them on Twitter and Instagram! Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Nathanael Whale.

Holy shit, y'all, we fucking did it! 150 episodes of this silly, radical, wholesome podcast. 150 conversations, discussions, dialogues, interviews, chit-chats, back-and-forths. Wow wow wow wow wow wow. To celebrate, we do a bit of house-keeping and have a Q&A to mark the occasion. If you’d like, you can read the transcript for this episode. We also have a poll going for t-shirt designs. Let us know which you like the best! Be sure to stick around 'til the very end for some wild-ass bloopers.

“The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make and could just as easily make differently.” David Graeber, The Utopia of Rules Dedicated to the memory of David Graeber. Rest in power.  Recently, I sat down with Nate and Tom, two of the co-hosts of Works in Theory podcast, to commemorate the passing of David Graeber. Together, we read through my favorite Graeber essay, “What’s the Point if We Can’t Have Fun?” and discussed everything from anthropocentrism to economics to joy and the jubilee of play.  Read “What’s the point if we can’t have fun?” by David Graeber. Follow Works in Theory on Twitter and Instagram and visit their website.  Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram

I recently sat down with the folks behind the forthcoming documentary East of Town to talk about immigration, justice, and borders in the Deep South town of Lumpkin, GA. Our sprawling conversation touched on a whole lot--from the depressing constancy of immigration policy in the so-called U.S. to fortress Europe and the global regime of border violence enforced across the planet. Support East of Town’s GoFundMe. Follow East of Town on Twitter. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.  

This week, Justine and Hal join us to discuss the brand new Solarpunk magazine! In this wide-ranging conversation, the three of us define “solarpunk” as both a literary/aesthetic genre, but also as a way-of-life. We pick apart the anti-authoritarian impulse implicit in the name “solarpunk,” but also problematize the limitations of aesthetic revolt. Our dialogue touches on the tensions between (post-)humanism and biocentrism, abolishing anthropocentrism, anti-capitalism in solarpunk, queer and liberatory story-telling, and so much more!  Production Note: I mention at the top of the episode that this is Ep. 146, but it’s actually Ep. 147.  Visit Solarpunk magazine’s website and sign-up to be notified of their Kickstarter, which launches October 1, 2021! You can also follow Solarpunk magazine on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, if that’s your jam.  Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network

On today’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, we spoke with Lee—better known as Your Friendly Butch Anarchist—about community accountability. YFBA's thread on community accountability.  Follow YFBA on Twitter and Instagram. Support YFBA on Patreon or send her funds on CashApp at $ButchAnarchy! Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitterand Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

Ep. 145 of Coffee with Comrades features a conversation with Geo Maher, author of the new book A World Without Police: How Communities Make Cops Obsolete. Geo and I discuss abolition as presence, connect the history of reconstruction to the present, examine the obstacles presented by the Fraternal Order of Police in order to explore strategies to “break the spinal column of police power,” chat about community self-defense, and close with a dialogue about abolition as a central facet of revolutionary social transformation. Pick up a copy of A World Without Police: How Communities Make Cops Obsolete. Follow Geo on Instagram and visit his website! Attend the special book release event on Sept. 1, 2021. Support Coffee with Comradeson Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comradesis a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

I recently sat down with Jay Dragon, lead designer behind Possum Creek Games and developer of the new tabletop roleplaying game, Wanderhome. The two of us proceeded to have quite a lovely conversation that I’m so excited to share with you today. Jay is wonderful and the insight, passion, and heart Jay brought to this dialogue was beautiful to behold. Jay and I talk a lot about the mechanics behind Wanderhome, discuss the “GM agnostic” systems of Wanderhome, get into the weeds of the different philosophies behind game design, discuss the pastoral, gentle adventures of player-characters in the world of Hæth, and speak at length about queerness in the tabletop gaming space. I cannot recommend Wanderhome enough, regardless of whether you’re a veteran TRPG player or a total novice! Visit Possum Creek Games’ website and pick up a copy of Wanderhome today! Follow Jay on Twitter. Follow Grub on Twitter. Check out Kazumi’s Twitter, as well. I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thorn A Dozen Fragments on Playground Theory by Jay Dragon What’s the Point if We Can’t Have Fun? by David Graeber Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon

I recently sat down with Robert Ovetz to chat about his book Workers Inquiry and Global Class Struggle! The conversation jumped around a bunch. We chatted about the strike as a tactic, the  unique types of struggle that are occurring in places like China and Argentina, and the necessity of international solidarity as we fight to abolish capitalism. Follow Robert on Twitter! You can check out his essays and journal articles, as well. Pick up a copy of Workers’ Inquiry & Global Class Struggle!

I recently caught up with my comrade Cory, who hosts the show The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. The two of us chatted over a coffee about why SWERFs suck, how awful Joe Biden is, and some other fun stuff. The discussion was engrossing and we had a blast. I hope you’ll enjoy the chat, too. Follow Cory on Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to their YouTube You can also support them on Patreon! Support Coffee with Comradeson Patreon, follow us on Twitterand Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comradesis a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comradesis an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

On this week’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, we’re doing something a little special. In the first part of Ep. 141, I sat down with Scott Branson to talk about the new English language version of a book they translated for AK Press, The Abolition of Prison, by French revolutionary and prison abolitionist Jacques de la Haye. Scott and I talked about their work translating the new edition, the capaciousness of anarchism and abolition, as well as the cancerous forms of carceral logic that plague the left even to this day. In the second part, I include an English language rendition of a conversation with Jacques de la Haye himself! Then, finally, we close with a French version of that same dialogue. Below are the time stamps for each of the three parts: 6:05 – Interview with Scott Branson 53:32 – English Language Interview with Jacques de la Haye 1:02:21 – French Language Interview with Jacques de la Haye I also want to give a big shout-out to Scott, who translated Jacques’ answers and my comrade, Travis, who leant his voice-acting skills to read out Jacques’ replies for our English-speaking audience. Pick up a copy of The Abolition of Prison! You can follow Scott Branson on Twitter. You can also find a digital transcript for our interview with Jacques Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitterand Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comradesis a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comradesis an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

On today’s episode, historian, professor, and author Michael Reagan joins me to discuss his new book, Intersectional Class Struggle, available now through AK Press! Michael and I chat at length about the necessity of intersectionality, the modern dynamics of class struggle, the fetishization and veneration of the “working class” as it exists in the minds of many on the left today, the history and lineage of the Black feminist tradition and how it informed Michael’s work, and a whole bunch more. Michael was a lovely person to chat with and I hope you enjoy listening to this episode just as much as we enjoyed recording it. Follow Michael Reagan on Twitter, visit his website, and pick up a copy of Intersectional Class Struggle! Support Coffee with Comradeson Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

On today’s episode, I sat down with Jonathan Bailey, a labor organizer who recently ran for a seat on NYC’s City Council, to discuss working at Amazon, labor and unionization efforts at Amazon, and why anticolonialism is such a crucial facet of his analysis.   Check out Amazonians United and follow Jonathan Bailey on Twitter. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

I recently caught up with the anarchist street artist, printmaker, and graphic designer NO Bonzo, a Portland-based illustrator who’s been working on PM Press’s forthcoming Mutual Aid: An Illuminated Factor of Evolution, Pyotr Kropotkin’s seminal work on evolution, politics, and economics. The book is absolutely brilliant, you’ve never seen an edition of Kropotkin’s magnum opus like this before. And, yes, Mutual Aid is his best work, not the Bread Book. Fight me, theory nerds. Bonzo and I had an absolutely lovely conversation ranging from me gushing over their work to us discussing art as praxis to the themes and inspirations behind their art to me gushing over their work more. There’s a lot of me geeking out over how sick their stuff is. If you’ve frequented any lefty meme pages on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Bonzo’s work floating around before. If you haven’t already acquainted yourself with their aesthetic, you should definitely give it a peep before listening to this episode just because it’ll provide a bit more context for our discussion. Follow Bonzo on Twitter and Instagram and visit their website. Purchase prints, patches, and stickers from Bonzo’s Etsy Store. Pick up a copy of Mutual Aid: An Illuminated Factor of Evolution and/or Off With Their Heads: An Anti-Fascist Coloring Book for All Ages for 20% off using the promo code “COFFEE” at PM Press Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! O

On today’s edition of the program, I sat down with my pal John Duffy to discuss the new podcast he’s producing, After the Uprising: The Death of Danye Dion Jones. John is a journalist, writer, film-maker, and podcaster, as well as a dear friend and we had a lovely chat over coffee the other morning talking about After the Uprising, a podcast which investigates the tragic death of a young man in Ferguson following the uprising for Black liberation inspired by Mike Brown and one mother’s dogged quest to find answers. The podcast is harrowing, moving, and powerful stuff and I cannot possibly recommend it enough. Check out After the Uprising wherever you get your podcasts!  Visit Double Asterisk Media online and follow on Twitter and Instagram. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

Today, we bring you a special collaboration with our Channel Zero Network friends and colleagues, 12 Rules For What!? In this edition of the program, Sam, Alex, and I discuss the current iterations of reactionary politics, unpack the fascist imaginary, discuss ways to cope with the horrors of staring into the abyssal ugliness of far-right politics, and take some time to chat about Alex and Sam’s new book, The Post-Internet Far-Right. The three of us had a lovely conversation. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did. Check out 12 Rules for What!? wherever you get your podcasts, support their Patreon, and follow them on Twitter! Pre-order a copy of The Post-Internet Far-Right from Dog Section Press. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

This week, I am joined by my lovely friend Kathrin, who hosts a YouTube channel that discusses political science and anthropology through a feminist lens. Kathrin and I spent the hour discussing prisons, police, and abolition. We chatted about the cancer of carceral feminism, the need to address patriarchal and masculinist fantasies of power on the left, the urgency of abolition as an anti-statist position that must be prefigured in the here and now, as well as the ways in which abolition is a presence: a thing we must actively build with our own communities. Support Kathrin on Patreon, follow her on Twitter, and subscribe to her YouTube channel! Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

We are back, once again, with your weekly dosage of Coffee with Comrades. Joining me this week, once again, for the second half of our special two-part collaboration are Jesse and Matt, co-hosts of the excellent podcast, The Future is a Mixtape. Today, we examine the praxis of anti-anti-utopia, digging into the theory’s implications for literature, media, and culture, but also (and, arguably, much more importantly) discussing how anti-anti-utopian fiction galvanizes action and transformation. I had an absolute blast chatting with Jesse and Matt, they are positively delightful. If you haven’t already, definitely be sure to check out Ep. 133 of Coffee with Comrades, “Imagining an Alternative: The Theory of Anti-Anti-Utopia,” before you listen to this episode. Otherwise, ya might be a bit lost. Visit The Future is a Mixtape's website and follow them on Twitter. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations! Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.

This week, I am pleased to share with you a subject that is very close to my heart (and often on my mind, for that matter.) I recently sat down with Jesse and Matt, co-hosts of the Future is a Mixtape, to discuss the theory and praxis of anti-anti-utopia. Anti-anti-utopia happens to be the subject of my doctoral research and, as such, is something that I have been writing about ad nauseum for the last, oh, I dunno, two and a half years or so? And I’ve been thinking about it for at least twice as long so, suffice to say, it’s something that I’m really passionate about and interested in. But what, exactly, is anti-anti-utopia, anyway? Well, in this first episode of our two-part special collaboration with the Future is a Mixtape, Jesse, Matt, and I lay out the theory of anti-anti-utopia by discussing four main vectors: utopia, dystopia, anti-utopia, and anti-anti-utopia. Stay tuned for next week’s episode where we’ll move on from discussing the theory of anti-anti-utopia and share a dialogue about anti-anti-utopian praxis. Visit The Future is a Mixtape's website and follow them on Twitter. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is proud to be part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations!  Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, 

We are back in action, once again, with another episode of Coffee with Comrades. I recently sat down with my friend and comrade, Cindy Milstein, to talk about her new edited anthology, There is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart: Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists. Cindy is one of the most gentle, compassionate, and lovely people we’ve ever had the pleasure of hosting on this show. Cindy and I discussed the compatability of Judaism and anarchism, the synthesis of identity, antifascism and antisemitism, international solidarity against settler colonialism and state oppression, queer and feminist Judaism(s), and the joys of youth and rebellion.  Pick up a copy of There is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart: Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists!  Follow Cindy on Twitter and Instagram. Support Coffee with Comrades on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website. Coffee with Comrades is a proud member of the Channel Zero Network. Coffee with Comrades is proud to be part of the Rev Left Radio Federation. Coffee with Comrades is an affiliate of the Firestorm Books & Café. Check out our reading recommendations!  Our logo was designed by Sydney Landis. Support her work, buy some art.