Revolution and Ideology
History, Philosophy, Film, and Whatever Else We Feel Like Discussing
When Worlds Collaborate: The Style of Early Tabletop Role-Playing Games
In this podcast episode, we dive into the world of early tabletop role-playing games and explore the style and collaboration involved in creating these games in addition to the racism inherent in early role-playing games. Our guest is Stefan Huddleston, author of a fascinating article titled “When Worlds Collaborate: The Style of Early Tabletop Role-Playing Games” published in Analog Game Studies. We discuss the history and development of tabletop RPGs and the influence of various factors, such as the collaborative nature of gaming, on the creation and evolution of the genre. Whether you’re a seasoned tabletop gamer or just starting out, you won’t want to miss this insightful discussion. Tune in to learn more about the fascinating world of early tabletop role-playing games!
Charles Tilly’s Theory: States as Organized Crime 🚨
In this episode, we delve into the fascinating theory of Charles Tilly, a renowned political scientist who argued that states are not inherently peaceful and benevolent entities, but rather emerged from war-making and are essentially akin to organized crime.
The Chinese Occupation of Tibet: A Comprehensive History
Discover the fascinating history of Tibet and its relationship with China in this 1 hour and 30 minute episode. From the Chinese government’s takeover of Tibet to the current autonomous region, this episode covers it all
Michel Foucault – The Subject and Power
We discuss Michel Foucault’s article “The Subject and Power” in which Foucault discusses his concept of power as action between individuals and how we must get out of the “‘double bind’ which is the simultaneous individualization and totalization of modern power structures.”
Copaganda – Police in the Media 👮♂️
With guest Stefan Huddleston we discuss the depiction of law enforcement in the media. From Dirty Harry and Bullitt to Law and Order and CSI, the police are typically portrayed as having the people’s best interests in mind even when they’re breaking the law themselves.
The Social Ideology of the Motorcar 🚗
We discuss the 1973 article “The Ideology of the Motorcar” by Andre Gorz.
Is Union Membership Worth More Than Going to College?
We discuss an article titled “The Cumulative Advantage of a Unionized Career for Lifetime Earnings” and discover whether or not you should join a union or go to college (or both!).
Quiet Quitting – Hegelian or Marxist?
Where does the act of quiet quitting fit into the context of a larger movement? Does it have the potential to make a real impact? Is it Marxist or Hegelian?
Is Every Act a Political Act?
As a short follow-up to our previous episode, we discuss whether or not every act is a political act. We briefly mention commodification, socialization, industrialization, technology, capitalism, religion, and more.
You Can’t Blame Everything on Capitalism
We loosely discuss a Gawker article by Clare Coffey titled “Failure to Cope Under Capitalism”.