How The EU Created The World’s Deadliest Border

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) We hear a lot about the horrific border policy of the US, but very rarely does anyone mention Europe. Believe it or not, the deadliest border In the world isn’t shared with the US…but the EU. What’s going on here? How is Frontex, the EU border security…

How The Next Election Will Be Stolen

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) After January 6th, the whole "Stop The Steal" charade mostly fell out of the public discourse. That being said, those same angry, distrustful elements within the American electorate are still very much alive, just waiting to be activated in the lead-up to 2024. Have we learned anything?…

How Consulting Firms Secretly Run Entire Countries

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) You’ve probably heard of McKinsey. But what you may not have heard is just how much power this type of consulting firm has within federal governments. Is the world secretly run by unaccountable private firms? Let’s take a look. How Consulting Firms Secretly Run Entire Countries –…

Socialism for Absolute Beginners

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) You’ve probably heard the word "socialism" in the media. More often than not, it’s used as a pejorative. Why is that? Is socialism really that bad, or is there something else going on? In this episode, we’ll take a look at socialism at the very surface level.…

Why Do Socialists Care About Intersectional Liberation Movements?

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Check out StoryBlocks and start making content like mine! https://storyblocks.com/secondthought Why Do Socialists Support Intersectional Liberation Movements? – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS New video every Friday! SOURCES: Statistics https://reports.hrc.org/an-epidemic-of-violence-fatal-violence-against-transgender-and-gender-non-confirming-people-in-the-united-states-in-2021#epidemic-numbers https://www.pilotonline.com/government/nation/vp-nw-lgbtq-bills-us-20220409-rvwpxhcun5c6rcmn4myakv6kau-story.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/03/recorded-homophobic-hate-crimes-soared-in-pandemic-figures-show https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_008066/lang–en/index.htm https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/10/texas-trans-kids-abortion-lgbtq-gender-ideology/ https://freedomforallamericans.org/legislative-tracker/anti-transgender-legislation/ Intersectionality and marxism https://socialistworker.org/2017/08/01/a-marxist-case-for-intersectionality Intersectionality in the Black Panther Party https://doi.org/10.1080/07393149908429865 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_Party…

What If We Just…Stopped Working?

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) What If We Just…Stopped Working? – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS Ever think about how the average person is orders of magnitude more productive than workers of the past, and yet our work week hasn’t gotten any shorter? What’s the deal? In this week’s episode we’re looking…

Why Means Testing Is A Terrible Idea

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) You’ve probably heard about means testing during past presidential campaigns. Maybe you’ve even been on the receiving end of a liberal lecture about how important means testing is. But what exactly does this practice accomplish? In this week’s video, we’re diving into the philosophy of means testing…

The Secret History Of Drugs And Capitalism

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) This week we’re looking at the very interesting intersection of drugs, politics, and capitalist history. It’s a fascinating topic, and one that is widely considered taboo because of the subject matter. This is a fun one, so I hope you enjoy! The Weird History Of Drugs, Politics,…

How Fascists Are Taking Advantage Of Climate Change

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) We all understand that climate change is real, it’s here, and that the consequences of our inaction will be disastrous for our species and countless other forms of life around the world. But what happens when those in positions of power see climate change as a means…

Why “Neither Left Nor Right” Just Means Right Wing | Bonapartism

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Why "Neither Left Nor Right" Just Means Right Wing | Bonapartism – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS New video every Friday! Citations and Further Reading: Basic info https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bonapartist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonapartism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_III https://books.google.com/books?id=-VErEAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover https://www.google.com/books/edition/Caesarism_and_Bonapartism_in_Gramsci/5DcHEAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PR1&printsec=frontcover https://archive.org/details/napoleonicideasd00napouoft/page/n5/mode/2up The controversial definition of democracy https://books.google.com/books?id=GhAJ2x2coEoC&printsec=frontcover Madison quote https://billofrightsinstitute.org/primary-sources/federalist-no-10 Macron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8LqyZ_sD1s https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=1949310121968231&_rdr Le Pen…

The Russia/Ukraine Conflict : What Is Putin Thinking?

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Few things recently have captured the world’s attention like the conflict in Ukraine. It’s certainly big news, but why is it happening? Is Putin really crazy like much of the media seems to suggest? In this episode, we take a look at the conflict from an angle…

Why Billionaire Philanthropy Won’t Solve Anything

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) You ever notice how oligarchs like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are cast as these uber-wealthy saviors who are singlehandedly raising the world out of poverty? That doesn’t happen by accident. In this week’s episode, we’re taking a look at the insidious philanthropy scheme billionaires use to…

Whitewashing 101: How To Rewrite Black History

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) It’s Black History Month, so it’s about time we talked about the recuperation of Black radicals like Dr. King and Nelson Mandela. Everyone and their mother likes to claim MLK as their own, and use his words as a rhetorical weapon, but what did he actually believe?…

Why Millions Of Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) You’ve probably seen the wall-to-wall news coverage about the "labor shortage" or "the great resignation" or the fact that "no one wants to work anymore." Millions of American workers are choosing to leave their jobs…but why? Spoiler alert, it’s not because they’re lazy as their bosses imply.…

Your “Carbon Footprint” Is A Scam

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Your "Carbon Footprint" Is A Scam – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS New video every Friday! Citations and Further Reading: Ecological Politics for the Working Class https://catalyst-journal.com/2019/07/ecological-politics-for-the-working-class https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/05/rich-people-climate-change-consumption Big Oil Coining “Carbon Footprint” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/23/big-oil-coined-carbon-footprints-to-blame-us-for-their-greed-keep-them-on-the-hook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqZVCEnY-Us https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2021.1935297 https://clear.ucdavis.edu/blog/big-oil-distracts-their-carbon-footprint-tricking-you-focus-yours https://mashable.com/feature/carbon-footprint-pr-campaign-sham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehkpFajZ-aM Ecological Footprint https://doi.org/10.1177/095624789200400212 https://books.google.com/books?id=WVNEAQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover BP ad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywrZPypqSB4…

Why Student Debt Is So Hard to Forgive

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Americans are currently burdened with about 1.57 trillion dollars of student debt, and that number is climbing rapidly. For many, a lifetime of debt has become the painful reality of life in the United States. Why? What happened to make this country, and this economic system, so…

Why American Fascism Is On The Rise

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) It should be common knowledge that the troubling undercurrent of outright fascism has been becoming more and more mainstream over recent years. With new fascist and Neo-nazi groups popping up all the time, and with their rhetoric becoming ever more grotesque and anti-human, I think it’s important…

How Feel Good Stories Let A Broken System Off The Hook

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) We’ve all seen those "heartwarming" stories about kids with cancer selling lemonade to pay for their chemo, or janitors being gifted a car because they’ve walked ten miles to work every day for twenty years, or all the other sugar-coated dystopian failures of our capitalist system. In…

How “Moderates” Serve The Right

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) This week we’re talking about everyone’s favorite grillpilled neighbor – the American "centrist" or "moderate". As much as they like to see themselves as enlightened arbiters of progress, centrists are little more than spoilers for actual democratic progress at best, and complete lackeys for the Right in…

The Myth Of Upward Mobility

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Get free access to Nebula with your CuriosityStream subscription! Visit https://curiositystream.com/secondthought The Myth Of Upward Mobility – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS New video every Friday! Citations and Further Reading: Is the US a Meritocracy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jURxIf1REw Statistics & Research on Upward Mobility https://psmag.com/economics/new-research-debunks-the-upward-mobility-myth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2XFh_tD2RA https://sociologicalscience.com/download/vol-6/may/SocSci_v6_380to415.pdf https://inequality.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/Pathways-SOTU-2016-Economic-Mobility-3.pdf https://inequality.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/Pathways-SOTU-2016.pdf…

The Opioid Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Check out our new podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or via the RSS feed! And if you really like the show, you can help us produce more episodes and get early access to all of them by becoming a patron. https://open.spotify.com/show/7tk1sTZDeE8p9lnxYLy4Ky?si=28c50eedca964b37 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-deprogram/id1596666465 https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1890340.rss https://www.patreon.com/TheDeprogram The Opioid Crisis…

Environmental Justice: How Capitalism Threatens Humanity

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Environmental Justice: How Capitalism Threatens Humanity – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS music by Sam Kužel – https://samkuzel.com/ New video every Friday! Citations and Further Reading: The Global Witness Report https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/environmental-activists/last-line-defence/ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58508001 Environmental Justice https://detroitenvironmentaljustice.org/what-is-environmental-justice/ https://www.ejnet.org/ej/principles.html https://www.ejnet.org/ej/bullard.html https://kylewhyte.marcom.cal.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2018/07/IndigenousClimateChangeStudies.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU-D3YkOe-w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyqYN90PPjE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISlZKIjS10o https://utenvironment.org/projects/ej/ Neocolonialism https://newleftreview.org/issues/i74/articles/fernando-henrique-cardoso-dependent-capitalist-development-in-latin-america Texas Southern University…

Liberty And Freedom Are Left-Wing Ideals

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) If you live in the US, you already know who likes to talk about freedom and liberty the most. In the national contest over who gets to represent what values, the Republican party, and conservatives in general, have monopolized the idea that their politics are the politics…

The Two Futures Of Automation: Capitalism VS Socialism

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) With jobs being automated and handed off to machines at an ever-increasing pace, it’s only natural to consider what our future will look like. Will humans have more free time to spend with loved ones? More time to pursue hobbies and fulfilling activities? Or will the status…

The Importance Of Revolutionary Optimism

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) This week I thought it would be good to talk about a very important part of revolution – the role of optimism. While it’s often easy to fall into doomerism, remaining dedicated, principled, and optimistic is critical to the success of any movement. Let’s talk about revolutionary…

Why “Terrorism” Is A Dangerous Word

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) If you’ve been keeping up with online news, you may have seen coverage of a Navy anti-terrorism training document that equated socialists and anarchists with neo-nazis. Even if you don’t consider yourself a member of the political left, it should be obvious that this is an absurd…

The Myth Of The “Self-Made” Billionaire

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) It’s no secret that Americans love to hear about billionaires. You’ll find them everywhere. They’re on the news [Bezos space launch], have their own TV shows, movies, and even make their way to elected office. Specifically, we consistently give massive audiences to “self-made” billionaires, the people who,…

How Finland Ended Homelessness

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Get free access to Nebula with your CuriosityStream subscription! Visit https://curiositystream.com/secondthought How Finland Ended Homelessness – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS New video every Friday! Citations and Further Reading: https://scoop.me/housing-first-finland-homelessness/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6DPjCmc3BM https://caufsociety.com/homelessness-in-finland/ https://www.cbc.ca/radio/sunday/the-sunday-edition-for-january-26-2020-1.5429251/housing-is-a-human-right-how-finland-is-eradicating-homelessness-1.5437402 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LduaiX0yj6E https://www.oecd.org/els/family/HC3-1-Homeless-population.pdf https://www.usich.gov/news/four-clarifications-about-housing-first/ https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/02/nithya-raman-los-angeles-city-council-candidate https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/11/housing-bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-2020-presidential-election https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/07/housing-evictions-covid-19-crisis-homelessness-organize-policy https://www.npr.org/2021/03/18/978244891/hud-growth-of-homelessness-during-2020-was-devastating-even-before-the-pandemic https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/eradicating-homelessness-finland-housing-first-programme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AMy3UR-77U https://www.feantsaresearch.org/download/mackie7426569441760860449.pdf https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p634.html https://www.ohchr.org/documents/publications/fs21_rev_1_housing_en.pdf https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/14/full-time-minimum-wage-workers-cant-afford-rent-anywhere-in-the-us.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsZEXkCABCw…

Is The US Becoming A Dystopia?

From “Second Thought”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) We all love a good dystopian movie, but at what point do we have to start considering real life dystopian? In this episode, we’re taking a look at some troubling trends in the US, and by extension the rest of the world. Is The US Becoming A…