Divided we fall w/ Pat Byrne s01e05
This is the fifth episode of our podcast series “Divided We Fall,” in which Boyan Stanislavski, the Barricade’s senior editor, and Pat Byrne, a historian and longtime socialist activist, discuss the plight of the contemporary Left and how to break out of the current rut. They’ve mentioned some of the fundamental issues in the first two episodes, the most fundamental of which is ideological weakness.
The Left has largely abandoned its core values and distanced itself from historical events in which it played a pivotal role. Furthermore, it never went to the trouble of analyzing what was good and what was dysfunctional and downright stupid about the Soviet system or Western social-democratic trends. Pat and Boyan discussed suggestions for the Left’s economic agenda as well as the issue of democratic public planning in the previous edition. In the following episode, they will discuss ownership, socialization, and democratic public management.
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Bulgarian and Polish activist, journalist, editor, publisher and translator. In the late `90 active in the Polish left and later in the labor movement, particularly the biggest Polish labor confederation — The All-Poland Trade Union Alliance. Until 2012 editor-in-chief of its weekly magazine. Contributor at Baricada.org and Strajk.eu, Polish correspondent for the Bulgarian National Radio.
Currently working as an editor and journalist for the Polish labor portal Strike and as a correspondent to the Bulgarian National Radio in Poland.