Lapsis is a 2020 movie from Noah Hutton that takes on the gig work economy. It is timely and dark. There are many ideas in Lapsis and we picked out labour organizing and monopolies. We cannot recommend you seeing this movie strongly enough.
Return guest and guy who has seen Star Wars, Justin, joins us to review Star Wars Clone Wars the Clovis Arc. We dissect the Galactic republic’s monetary policy and why we should nationalize the banks.
Return guest James D’Amato is back to resolve the question of currency on Campaign Skyjacks. So man the rigging and secure lines because we are headed into the sky. Stay till the end for a special insight into the future of 2021, as James draws a luminary to reveal what lays ahead.
The Traitor Baru Cormorant Seth Dickenson (2015)
In an experimental episode Marshall and Stephen break down the cost of the destruction of the MCRN Donnager in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse and what that can tell us about the future of naval warfare and planetary governance.
Comradery is a worker coop building for the future. It feels like science fiction but it’s fact. We’re super excited about it and invited Ty from Comradery to tell us more about it.
A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller Jr.
Consider Phlebas – Ian Banks
Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
Resonate – Resonate is building a new music economy based on fairness, transparency and cooperation.
Ampled – Ampled allows artists to be directly supported by their community without intermediaries or gatekeepers (and is collectively owned by its artists and workers).
Means TV – Means TV is the world’s first worker-owned, post-capitalist streaming service.
Our fiftieth episode, we talked with Karl Schroeder. He talks about using technology to build a better world. We were reminded of his work while thinking about Comradery.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm in 2020 and continues to be a cultural touchstone. One question that gets asked over and over is whether Tom Nook is a man of the people or an oppressive capitalist exploiting your labour?
We are joined this week by Kateryna Barnes to discuss the world of Animal Crossing and to hash out if Tom is a welcome ally or an enemy to be destroyed.
The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity by Slavoj Žižek
Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze
A special Christmas Episode of Androids and Assets where the boys and special guest Candace talk about the reason for the season, struggling against empire.
We also recommend: Divine Intervention (2002) Dir Elia Sulieman
C.S. Malerich joins us to talk about her novella, The Factory Witches of Lowell, a story about an early unionization effort that gets a magical boost. The most important part of the struggle, though, is still solidarity.
You can get The Factory of Witches of Lowell through our Bookshop affiliate link, we get a small kickback, if you do.
Specific Works Mentioned
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – Hard to Be A God
The Androids and Assets team sits down with journalist Paris Marx of Tech Won’t Save Us to talk about the ongoing struggle for the future of technology and by extension the future of humanity.
Paris has written articles on this topic and a few are collected here for you.
Paris mentioned a whole bunch of great things to read and we’ve done our best to list them all here for you.
I Can’t Bring Myself to Stand in Line for Food Again by Mirta Ojito
Eco-Socialism or Bust by Thea Riofrancos, Robert Shaw, Will Speck
A Path to Democratic Socialism Means a Path To Climate Justice by Thea Riofrancos
The Green New Deal as proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin and also everything else she ever wrote.
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson