12 - The United States and the Legacy of the Third Reich: Collaboration and Biological Warfare Post-WW2
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Dan from Work Stoppage and Red Game Table tells us about the chilling history of the US and its intelligence apparatuses' collaboration with the Nazis, including how the CIA took Nazi human experimentation research and ran with it, leading to programs such as MKULTRA. Music: Fonola Band - "Bella Ciao" Phil Ochs - "I Ain't Marching Anymore" The Mountain Goats - "Maybe Sprout Wings" Frederic Mercier - "Spirit" Sources: Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War by Christopher Simpson Clouds of Secrecy: The Army's Germ Warfare Tests Over Populated Areas by Leonard Co ..read more
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2021: A Land of Contrasts
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Eilex, Taylor, and Ethan look back on the year, going through the major events of each month and going on some longer digressions about COVID-19 vaccine backlash, critical race theory, the hope of labor struggle, and how easy it was to assassinate world leaders a hundred years ago. Outro music: "Auld Lang Syne," Alexandrov Ensemble ..read more
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11 - Ideology and Reaction in Horror
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In this episode originally intended to be recorded and released before Halloween, we go over the social/political trends undergirding 90 years of US horror cinema decade by decade. Eilex shares a few frightening Latin American folktales and their ideological basis in colonization, and Jeremy talks about No One Gets Out Alive (2021) and the messages behind it. James Bell, “US Horror Film and the Capitalist Crisis (1974–1985)”, ep 1 of Prolekult Mark Steven, Splatter Capital Susan Sontag, “The Imagination of Disaster”, Commentary Magazine ..read more
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Interlude - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Putting Hydrogen Peroxide in My Nebulizer
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This is a non-standard ITF episode because we had Jeremy back but we didn't have anything prepared, so we did an off-the-cuff roundup of the state of things, including blowing off steam about COVID, reading some absurd financial press opinions on China, and brainstorming timely bumper stickers. This one's all over the place, but we'll be back to providing thoughtful and researched content next time! Any opinions shared by ITF members on this episode do not represent the views of ITF or its members. Outro music: "Motherless Child," Romare ..read more
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10 - Happiness
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ITF's first in-person episode!  As a result, Eilex, Taylor, and Ethan have a wide-ranging and somewhat freeform discussion about happiness, what it means, how it's measured, and why capitalist ideology wants to quantify it. Outro: "It Was A Good Day", Ice Cube ..read more
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9 - Conservation and Capitalism
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We interview conservationist Jules Jackson about the field of conservation, its relationship with corporations and its use in global capital, the narratives involved in eco-tourism, and how solving environmental problems is framed as an individual responsibility. [EDITOR'S NOTES: 1. To supplement the recommendations at the end, we would also suggest participating in mass organizations and/or socialist parties and either finding what they're already doing related to the environment or finding new ways to do that work in those organizations. 2. Jules let us know afterwards that Jeremy Davidson w ..read more
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8 - A Brief History of Medical Racism
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Savanah and Alekx cover a bit of the history of racism within the US medical field. A LOT is covered here, from medical training to prejudice in doctors to the concept of IQ and much more. This gets graphic at points, so please use caution.  Related/Suggested Reading: Even the Rat Was White: A Historical View of Psychology - Robert V. Guthrie Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions - Morgan Medlock, Derri Shtasel, Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, and David Williams https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/4/10/holden-chapel-history-cadavers/ https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bodie ..read more
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Episode 7 - Cowboys
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In this free-ranging and discursive discussion, Alekx, Eilex, and Ethan talk about Western films (cowboy movies, not the whole capitalist cultural category) and how they portray Mexico and Mexicans, how the films launder settler Manifest Destiny and settler-colonialism, how gender is depicted and reified through the films, and US perceptions of citizenry, property, and morality are all mixed in with the ideas they contain. It goes all over the place. Yee haw. Suggested reading/viewing: Black, Liza. Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960. Hernández, Kelly Lytle. Migra! A History ..read more
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Episode 6 - Laos
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Ethan goes over the history of the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic from French colonization up until about present day, and Alekx describes modern Laos and its struggles and achievements ..read more
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Episode 5 - Horror
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In this collaboration with The Tolerant Left, we're in full cultural theory mode to talk about all manner of spooky topics: the nature of where many fears come from, the gendered and racialized aspects of fear, portrayals of mental illness in horror films, and a long discussion of the history and portrayal of witches and witchcraft! Outro: Talking Heads, "Psycho Killer" For comments or questions, send an email to inventthefuturepod@gmail.com or hit us up on twitter ..read more
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