Back Together in the Studio: Reactionary Tendencies, Gender, Polyamory, Violence vs Non-Violence

After a brief pause in our weekly schedule, WC and I were back in the Que4 studio last Saturday. We hit a lot (I guess we had it all pinned-up inside). Listen in to our conversation about white supremacists, working class history, or lack there of, gender, and polyamory. We also got an update on one of the foreclosure cases we’ve been following throughout the last year from Mike Henderson, a man who is fighting an epic battle with his bank in an attempt to keep his home.

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On Today’s Show: Memorial Day, War, & Surrealism: The National Veterans Art Meuseum

“Surrealism and War” opens Monday, May 26th, in observance of Memorial Day.

This Saturday on Revolution and Beer, broadcasting on AM1680 in Chicago; streaming on, we’ll be talking about Art, War, and Memorial Day. We’ll be joined by Patrick Putze, a veteran and an artist, from the National Veterans Art Museum(NVAM). He’s coming on to tell us about what we can expect to find at the upcoming exhibition “Surrealism and War.” The Memorial Day opening of the exhibit marks the NVAM’s second Memorial Day at their home in the Six Corners neighborhood.

“Surrealism is an attempt to revolt against the inherent contradictions of a society ruled by rational thought while dominated by war and oppression. Surrealism seeks expression of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and free of aesthetic and moral preoccupation. It is this same absence of control exercised by reason that many combat veterans seek to explore and express after their experiences in war.”

The exhibit, curated by Aaron Hughes, opens on Memorial Day. In addition to Jim Leedy and Aaron Hughes, the show features nine other veteran artists that intentionally and unintentionally use and explore Surrealist processes and concepts. Here’s the facebook event page. Event details are below.

A group exhibition of exquisite corpse drawings by Chicago artists and veteran/artists.Come see the collaboration of Mary Lou Zelazny, Lisa Boumstein- Smalley, and Geoffry Smalley, among many others.
Opening Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014
National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60641
11:00 AM Color Guard, 2:00PM, Artist Talk
Exhibition runs from May 26 to November 1, 2014

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Translating Anarchy Through Beer-Tinted Glasses with Mark Bray

So, just what is that “idea whose time has come?”

Whatever it was, the media and the majority of US punditry totally missed it when came to Occupy Wall Street. On this episode, we’re joined on Que4 Radio/AM1680 by fellow worker and author Mark Bray to discuss his book Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. Listen-in as we take a stab at “Translating Anarchy” through beer-tinted glasses.

You purchase a hard copy or ebook version of Mark’s Book by clicking on the image below.

We’ll be discussing Mark’s book this Saturday

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This Saturday: A Beer with Mark Bray of OWS while we discuss “Translating Anarchy”

We’ll be discussing Mark’s book this Saturday

I just had a very pleasant phone conversation with Mark Bray confirming the details of his trip to Chicago. We are thrilled to have him over for a beer this Saturday, March 22nd, on the Revolution and Beer Weekend Show. We’ll be talking about his book Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. If you’ve often found yourself asking where Occupy came from, and if it left a legacy as it ceased to be a constant occupation of public spaces, then you definitely want to tune in and call in.

Mark is holding a discussion this coming Sunday about his experience with the Occupy Wall Street movement as a direct participant in both the Media and Direct Action working groups. In his recently published book on the topic, Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, Mark breaks with the typical for-or-against pattern of analysis, and dives deep into the methods of organization of the Occupy Wall Street movement and where they came from.

Mark didn’t come rushing into OWS, and his previous studies of history and social justice movements made him hesitant at first. After witnessing the rapid development of the movement as a real political force, he was inspired to apply the his skills at research and ethnography to pin down the political philosophies of the core organizers that worked around the clock to build the movement. He conducted in-depth interviews with 192 of these organizers and reveals origins far deeper than most anyone has provided so far.

His event will be held at Powell’s Books, located at 1218 S Halsted Avenue (Meeting room adjacent to Children’s Section). The event is being hosted by Four Star Anarchist Organization. You can visit the Facebook event page for more details.

To hear the show, tune into AM1710 if you live in the north central area of Chicago. You can also stream the show live at ( with mobile. The call in number for the station is 773 217-8344.


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I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.

I love this slogan.

Que Radio AM1710 Create Beauty & Defend It

Here are some notes on what was discussed on the Revolution and Beer morning show, on Que4 Radio,, this morning. You can catch the show there every morning, Monday through Friday, from 9-11 a.m. You can catch our two-hour weekend show on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. as well.

Corporate Welfare and Corporate Personhood:

WC provide a rant of radical irreverence a la carte, smothered in an edgy helping of 1788 French radical sauce. Of course, we all hope that much has been learned as to how we structure and maintain a transformation. What got his goose this morning?

DOJ settlement with JP Morgan Chase for $13 billion, $7 billion of which is tax deductible, evidently as a cost of doing business. Talk about corporate welfare!

Hobby Lobby is yet another example of a corporation using the law to gain even more discretion than is allotted to the majority of citizens. A bit extreme for corporate citizenship? How about a class action lawsuit against the Federal Government and the corporations who thrive off of war profiteering? They’ve denied many of us the choice not to waste enormous amounts of money on wars and poorly managed contracts.

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