Political Hobbyism

1) A deeper understanding of how and why we engage in politics the way we do, and how we can act otherwise

2) Some tools for acting in solidarity around our shared needs

(Feb 10, 2020). Passion Isn’t Enough: The Rise Of ‘Political Hobbyism’ in the United States (Links to an external site.)Hidden Brain from NPR. A 52 min podcast on the difference between how we practice politics today, and how political power actually works.

(Sep 20, 2021). Group Think (Links to an external site.)Hidden Brain from NPR. A 50 min podcast about the ways that group loyalties shape our choices.

Spade, Dean (2020). Mutual Aid : Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) (Links to an external site.), excerpts from Part I (What is Mutual Aid 11-12, Three Key Elements of Mutual Aid 13-20, Solidarity not Charity 21-26, and We Get More When We Demand More 27-34). Link to the library copy. Or buy the book here (Links to an external site.) (about $14).

(March 20, 2020). Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid & How to Organize in the Age of Coronavirus (Links to an external site.)Democracy Now! A 13 min television news interview segment with Dr Spade about mutual aid during the coronavirus pandemic.

(May 27, 2020). More Truth? (Links to an external site.) Scene on Radio, from the Center for Documentary Studies. A 56 min podcast that questions the objectivity norm to argue that analysis is more truth.

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