PODCAST

Everyday Anarchism

Graham Culbertson

The core idea of this podcast comes from David Graeber, who wrote that our everyday life is mostly run on anarchism, and at the same time people believe that anarchism doesn’t work. One of these is wrong. I hope to illuminate how our communities already depend on Mutual Aid, in big and small ways. I'll do that by excavating the historical events and cultural trends you already know about, but have never thought about in terms of anarchism. Find me at https://www.everydayanarchism.com

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Anarchist Archaeologists on The Dawn of Everything
4d ago
Anarchist Archaeologists on The Dawn of Everything
Welcome back to my continuing coverage of the Graeber and Wengrow book (The Dawn of Everything). This week, I'm joined by four members of the Black Trowel Collective, a network of anarchist archeologists: James Birmingham, (Lewis Borck), (James Flexner), and (Aris Politopoulos). This is part one of our roundtable discussion, covering first impressions of the book and its place in recent work on archaeology. To support underrepresented archaeologists financially, check out Black Trowel's revolutionary grant program: (Black Trowel Microgrants). And for more from Aris Politopoulos, check out our (episode on videogames).
Anarchist Archaeologists on The Dawn of Everything
4d ago
Anarchist Archaeologists on The Dawn of Everything
Welcome back to my continuing coverage of the Graeber and Wengrow book (The Dawn of Everything). This week, I'm joined by four members of the Black Trowel Collective, a network of anarchist archeologists: James Birmingham, (Lewis Borck), (James Flexner), and (Aris Politopoulos). This is part one of our roundtable discussion, covering first impressions of the book and its place in recent work on archaeology. To support underrepresented archaeologists financially, check out Black Trowel's revolutionary grant program: (Black Trowel Microgrants). And for more from Aris Politopoulos, check out our (episode on videogames).
The High Sierra with Kim Stanley Robinson
Jun 15 2022
The High Sierra with Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson joins me to discuss his new book, (The High Sierra: A Love Story). Stan and I discuss literary form, the need for Keynesianism in a crisis, utopian camping, his solution to leftist infighting, and how humanity can survive our current climate nightmare. You might also like Stan's most recent novel, a future history of how a worldwide crisis response to the climate emergency would work: (The Ministry for the Future).
Kropotkin's Theory of Revolution with Iain McKay
Jun 8 2022
Kropotkin's Theory of Revolution with Iain McKay
Iain McKay joins me to discuss the new edition of Kropotkin's (Words of a Rebel )from (PM Press). In this book, Kropotkin's very first, he lays out the need for a revolution and how to prepare for that revolution. It's strikingly relevant, beautifully written, and packed with all sorts of context from Iain. I highly recommend the book!
Mohandas Gandhi - "Passive Resistance" from Hind Swaraj
Jun 1 2022
Mohandas Gandhi - "Passive Resistance" from Hind Swaraj
In this episode of (Anarchism 101: An Anarchist Syllabus), Abby Russ and I read Gandhi's " (Passive Resistance)" from his anarchist manifesto, Hind Swaraj. This project is year-long; on the first of each month of 2022, I'll be posting my reading of an important anarchist text. Later that month, I'll post an episode in which I discuss each text and its author with a scholar of anarchism. Look forward to my discussion of this text with KP Shankaran on June 29
Fight Like Hell with Kim Kelly
May 25 2022
Fight Like Hell with Kim Kelly
Labor journalist Kim Kelly joins me to discuss her new book, (Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor). We talk unions, what they did historically, what they're doing right now, and most of all how they can make an impossible future possible.
Anarchism is...Capitalism
May 18 2022
Anarchism is...Capitalism
The heart of modern capitalism is the exploitation of workers. But according to all of the great theorists of capitalism, capitalism will actually prevent the exploitation of labor. So maybe all those thinkers are just wrong. But maybe what we call "capitalism" is just an updated form of feudal serfdom in which CEOs and middle managers have replaced monarchs and aristocrats. But if we are living not in capitalism but what David Graeber called "managerial feudalism," just what would capitalism look like? I do my best to answer that question.
The Tragedy of Climate Change Science
May 11 2022
The Tragedy of Climate Change Science
This week I'm joined by (Bruce Glavovic), (Iain White), and (Tim Smith) to discuss their recent article " (The Tragedy of Climate Science)." In the article, these three climate scientists point out the obvious: climate scientists keep making increasingly dire predictions, and politicians keep doing nothing. In (a recent survey), a majority of climate scientists expect catastrophic global warming to occur despite all their work. So why keep doing it? Maybe it's time for the climate scientists to stop doing science as usual, and start doing scientific activism.
American Democracy with Corey Robin
May 4 2022
American Democracy with Corey Robin
This week I'm joined by Corey Robin, author of (The Reactionary Mind), to discuss American democracy in the wake of the January 6th attack and the supposed crisis of democracy it caused. Corey and I discuss democracy as a process, the work that needs to be done to support that process, and how Karl Rove was right about one thing: it's our job to imagine and realize a different world.
Bakunin's "God and the State" with Mark Leier
May 1 2022
Bakunin's "God and the State" with Mark Leier
In this May 2022 discussion episode of (Anarchism 101), I discuss an excerpt of (Bakunin's God and the State) with (Mark Leier). Join me and Mark as we discuss Bakunin's place in revolutionary thinking, his status as a founding anarchist, his dispute with Marx, and his relevance to contemporary debates about science and democracy. This project is year-long; on the first of each month of 2022, I'll be posting my reading of an important anarchist text. Later that month, I'll post an episode in which I discuss each text and its author. If you have any questions, email me at everydayanarchismpodcast@gmail.com As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com).
Playing the Past with Aris Politopolous
Apr 24 2022
Playing the Past with Aris Politopolous
On this episode I'm joined by Aris Politopolous, an archeologist who works on video games, to discuss the way that video games can help us understand the past, help us educate people about the past, and possibly make the entire project of understanding history more anarchist. Aris does much of his work on video games as part of the VALUE Foundation; you can find them on (Twitter), (Twitch), (YouTube), or at (their website). And to see the Roman Minecraft project, checkout ( I accidentally published this episode early. Enjoy!
Anarchism is...Pirates with Gabriel Kuhn
Apr 20 2022
Anarchism is...Pirates with Gabriel Kuhn
For this episode I'm joined by Gabriel Kuhn, author of (Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy), to discuss the anarchist nature of 18th century pirates. Join us to learn about all the ways that pirates lived more freely, more justly, and with less violence than their counterparts in European navies and merchant ships. Gabriel also discusses the connections between pirate radicalism and radical movements in the 21st century. To read the pirate codes from this period, here's a link from wikipedia: (
Anarchism is...Deweyan Democracy with John McGowan
Apr 13 2022
Anarchism is...Deweyan Democracy with John McGowan
I'm joined by one of my dissertation directors, John McGowan, to discuss the philosophy of John Dewey in the context of anarchism. Dewey is today remembered as one of the premier advocates for democracy, and especially democratic education, in the entire history of the United States. And like his teacher William James and his collaborator Jane Addams, he seems more than a little anarchist to me. We'll see if John agrees. As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com).
Ukrainian Identity and Russian Imperialism with Graeme Robertson
Apr 6 2022
Ukrainian Identity and Russian Imperialism with Graeme Robertson
On this episode I'm Graeme Robertson, co-author of (Putin vs. the People,) joins me to discuss Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the formation of the new Ukrainian national identity, and the way that nationalism, imperialism, and neoliberalism have shaped the current situation. Graeme debunks right-wing talking points about the war, provides necessary context from recent Ukrainian and Russian history, and reminds us all what's at stake in this war. For more from Graeme, check out his article in the (Washington Post.) To support the struggle against this war, you can donate to an anarchist group supporting refugees and deserters here: ( To learn more about the conflict and the anarchist perspective, see my interview with Stan of the Ukrainian anarchist organization Assembly here: (
Mikhail Bakunin - from "God and the State"
Apr 1 2022
Mikhail Bakunin - from "God and the State"
In this episode of (Anarchism 101: An Anarchist Syllabus), I read Bakunin's famous discussion of science and authority from (God and the State) This project is year-long; on the first of each month of 2022, I'll be posting my reading of an important anarchist text. Later that month, I'll post an episode in which I discuss each text and its author with a scholar of anarchism. If you have any questions you would like answered about the text or Bakunin, email me at everydayanarchismpodcast@gmail.com As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com)
Proudhon's "What is Property" with Edward Castleton
Mar 30 2022
Proudhon's "What is Property" with Edward Castleton
In this March 2022 discussion episode of (Anarchism 101), I discuss an excerpt of (Proudhon's "What is Property") with Edward Castleton. Join me and Edward as we discuss Proudhon's theory of property, the revolutionary context of his works, and the sense in which he deserves to be considered one of the founders of anarchism. This project is year-long; on the first of each month of 2022, I'll be posting my reading of an important anarchist text. Later that month, I'll post an episode in which I discuss each text and its author. Look forward to Bakunin in April 2022! If you have any questions you would like answered about the text or Proudhon, email me at everydayanarchismpodcast@gmail.com As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com).
The Shame Machine With Cathy O'Neil
Mar 23 2022
The Shame Machine With Cathy O'Neil
Cathy O'Neil - a veteran of both Wall Street and Occupy Wall Street - joins me to discuss her new book, (The Shame Machine). We discuss her previous book, (Weapons of Math Destruction), how it led her to The Shame Machine, and how shame has become an invisible currency sustaining capitalism's most exploitative practices. Cathy outlines how social media "cancellations" are just free advertisements for social media companies, while the oligarchs and meritocrats who truly deserve to be shamed not only don't get shamed but also manage to profit off the shame everyone else is feeling. I don't think you'll ever view the relationship between corporations and shame the same way after you hear Cathy's analysis. As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com).
Anarchism is...The Dawn of Everything
Mar 16 2022
Anarchism is...The Dawn of Everything
Just before his death, David Graeber completed a manuscript of a book called (The Dawn of Everything) - both a serious attempt to provide an entirely new story of the origin of "civilization" and playful takedown of other recent books that purport to explain civilization. Written with David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything raises many fabulous and provocative questions: what if it was indigenous Americans, not Europeans, who started the Enlightement? What if the modern state isn't "progress" but actually a form of society that's been tried and discarded hundreds of times? And, most of all, what if most humans lived much more free lives than almost anyone alive today? Join me as a I try to explain the answers Graeber and Wengrow give to these questions. And don't worry: I'll have some archeologists and anthropologists on the show soon to provide expert opinions on the book. As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com).
Bonus Episode: A Report from Ukrainian Anarchists
Mar 16 2022
Bonus Episode: A Report from Ukrainian Anarchists
In this emergency Ukrainian war episode, I'm joined by Stan, the coeditor of the website for Assembly, an anarchist group in Ukraine. Assembly's  main role, as he explains in our talk, is organization and mutual aid in neighborhoods of Kharkov. In our conversation, Stan and I talk about the situation in Kharkov, the role of anarchism at this time of crisis, and what you can do to help. Below you can find a variety of links shared by Stan about the situation and how you can help. Below that is a transcript of my conversation with Stan.For more information about the current situation in Ukraine and to get more detail on how you can help, check out these links: More from Assembly, Stan's organization: ( ( comrades Black Flag (including donation information): ( of Yulia Koval, who was killed while transporting Kharkov residents to safety: ( give to Solidarity Initiative, an effort helping refugees, deserters, and pacifists: ( on radical resistance to the invasion in Russia: ( ( read about the 1920 founding of the Anarchist Black Cross (which originated in Kharkov!): ( a transcript of this episode, and many more links, view this episode at my website here: (
Anarchism is...Bread with Mark Bittman and Kerri Conan
Mar 9 2022
Anarchism is...Bread with Mark Bittman and Kerri Conan
Finally, on Everyday Anarchism, we turn to bread! I'm joined by Mark Bittman and Kerri Conan to discuss their new book, (Bittman Bread), and how baking bread using their method can be considered anarchism. We also talk about whether governments can be used to fight corporations, how to create a bread-based utopia, and why I was naive to think that the federal government would ever create a healthy, inclusive food system. For more from Mark and Kerri, check out their newsletter, (The Bittman Project.) As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com).
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon - from "What is Property?"
Mar 2 2022
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon - from "What is Property?"
In this episode of Anarchism 101: An Anarchist Syllabus, I read Proudhon's famous declaration that property is theft in (What is Property?) This project is year-long; on the first of each month of 2022, I'll be posting my reading of an important anarchist text. Later that month, I'll post an episode in which I discuss each text and its author with a scholar of anarchism. If you have any questions you would like answered about the text or Proudhon, email me at everydayanarchismpodcast@gmail.com Look forward to Bakunin in April 2022! As always, you can find me at (www.everydayanarchism.com)