November 16, 2020

Episode 52: Fascism, Spectacle, and Politics with Maximillian Alvarez and Sina Rahmani

In this somewhat off-brand episode, Johanna and Nathan are joined by friends Dr. Maximillian Alvarez (our first repeat guest!) and Dr. Sina Rahmani to wade through the all-consuming political moment in the United States. Maximillian Alvarez is host of Working People and editor-in-chief of The Real News. Sina Rahmani is host of The East is a Podcast and producer of The Red Nation.

After our election-based two-week hiatus, this is a ranging conversation about the implications of the U.S. election. We dig into debates on the left about 'woke' politics, fascism, and how much there is to celebrate when an imperial power selects a new figurehead. We also delve into the role of media, both mainstream and alternative, and return to the question of the significance of sport in left media, and how both sport and politics offer ways for people to cope with and negotiate capitalist life.

You can follow Maximillian and Sina on Twitter!


For a transcription of this episode, please click here. (Updated semi-regularly Credit @punkademic)

Show Producer: Tristan Loper


After listening to the episode, check out our most recent pieces:

“College Football Feels All Too Normal During the Pandemic” in TIME Magazine

“College Football in a Pandemic Reveals our Capacity for Trumpism” in The Baffler

“Red-Scare Rhetoric Isn’t Gone From Histories of American Sport” in Jacobin Magazine

"Canceling the College-Football Season Isn't Enough" published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“'We are being gaslit': College football and Covid-19 are imperiling athletes” in The Guardian

“Canceling the college football season is about union busting, not health” also in The Guardian


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