Category Archives: Radio Interviews

“Why We Need To End Capitalism To Defeat Fascism” — Interview on Clearing the FOG

I was invited to discuss my recent articles on fascism (see below) on the podcast “Clearing the FOG” with Margaret Flowers. Click here to listen.

Description: With the presidential election coming up, there is a lot of focus on how the election will go and who will win. One thing is certain, no matter which corporate candidate wins, the people and the planet will lose. To understand where we are and how we got here, I speak with Gabriel Rockhill, a philosopher, author and activist. He explains the connections between our governance structure and capitalism and how both liberal democracy and fascism–in a sort of good cop/bad cop relationship–are used to protect the profits of the few while exploiting the many.

The articles mentioned in the interview are listed here:

Fascism: Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

Liberalism and Fascism: Partners in Crime

The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism in WWII, It Discretely Internationalized It

Liberalism & Fascism: The Good Cop & Bad Cop of Capitalism

Radio Interview on French Strike and Global Class Struggle

I had the opportunity to discuss the current French strike and contextualize it in relationship to global class struggle on “Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen.” Click here to listen (description below). This discussion is partially based on my article in CounterPunch, “Understanding France’s General Strike in the Context of the Yellow Vests and Global Class Warfare.”

Massive French Strike: What You Haven’t Heard

602x338_cmsv2_cf33984d-45f7-5e21-88f8-9c728f5d2e1f-4370012There’s been no coverage in America of the extended turmoil engulfing France since early December. But it is huge, and it is a major intensification of a worldwide struggle against neoliberal globalism. As Macron’s government and so many others aim at privatization of public services protestors are shutting down the French economy. On this show France expert Professor Gabriel Rockhill explains how the current labor action arises from the context of the Yellow Vest movements. And how established labor leaders are being overpowered by the rank and file who demand a genuinely democratic government instead of top down austerity. And how have the police reacted? According to Rockhill, France has greatly increased its police budget and they are now at the cutting edge of advanced militarized police technology. The police regularly attack peaceful crowds, a lot of injuries have occurred. And he explains that this economic and political struggle is part of the global fight against climate change, protecting the bioshphere for humans and other species.

Interviewed on KPFA on Articles on Yellow Vests

I was honored to be invited by C.S. Soong on KPFA’s “Against the Grain” to discuss my publications on the Yellow Vests. Click here to listen to or download the episode, which can also be listened to here:

 

Here is the description of the interview online:

Yellow Vest Realities and Reactions

The Yellow Vests have shaken the French political establishment to its core. What are the protesters’ grievances, and how has the uprising been viewed by intellectuals on the left? Gabriel Rockhill describes and assesses the Yellow Vests movement, the Macron regime’s reaction to it, and the French intelligentsia’s opinions of it.

Gabriel Rockhill, “The Failure of the French Intelligentsia? Intellectuals and Uprisings in the Case of the Yellow Vests” The Philosophical Salon

Gabriel Rockhill, “Spectacular Violence as a Weapon of War Against the Yellow Vests” CounterPunch

Étienne Dolet and the Radical Education Department, “Ten Lessons from the Yellow Vests” It’s Going Down

Re-Airing of Democracy Interview

KPFA’s “Against the Grain” re-aired C.S. Soong’s interview with me regarding my most recent book, and in particular the final chapter on the value-concept of democracy. Click here to either listen to the interview online or download it.  Here is the description of the discussion:

51GyEIiJWHL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“Is ‘Democracy’ a Distraction?”
In the face of the contemporary infatuation with democracy in the West, what should the left do with a term and a concept often used to mask injustices and inequities? Gabriel Rockhill discusses some of the key conjunctures in the history of democracy; he also asserts that a focus on democracy may actually distract us from the task of building a just society.

Gabriel Rockhill, Counter-History of the Present: Untimely Interrogations into Globalization, Technology, Democracy Duke University Press, 2017.

Interview on “Against the Grain”

I was interviewed on KPFA’s “Against the Grain” regarding my most recent book, and in particular the final chapter on the value-concept of democracy. Click here to either listen to the interview online or download it.  Here is the description of the discussion:

51GyEIiJWHL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_In the face of the contemporary infatuation with democracy in the West, what should the left do with a term and a concept often used to mask injustices and inequities? Gabriel Rockhill discusses some of the key conjunctures in the history of democracy; he also asserts that a focus on democracy may actually distract us from the task of building a just society.

Gabriel Rockhill, Counter-History of the Present: Untimely Interrogations into Globalization, Technology, Democracy Duke University Press, 2017.

KPFA Interview on CounterPunch Article

I was interviewed on KPFA’s Flashpoints regarding the article I co-wrote with RED‘s Ramona E. Durán for CounterPunch, entitled “It’s Time to Get Violence: Breaking Down the Assault on Antifa.” To listen to the interview online, click here; to access via iTunes, click here. The interview was broadcast on 9/7/2017, and the discussion with me begins at 16:00. A special thanks to KPFA, Flashpoints and Kevin Pina for organizing the interview.