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Locust Radio #6: Texas Ain't The Reason

by Locust Radio

A photograph of PAV4N, a rapper formerly of the group Foreign Beggars.

We’ve got Locust contributors and Texan communists Mike Linaweaver and Leslie Lea as guests this episode to talk about the disaster in Texas after winter storm Uri knocked out the whole state’s power.

We discuss the uneven (and deadly) consequences of the catastrophe, the venality of the state’s conservative rulers, the ineptitude of liberals’ supposed alternative, and the slow unfolding apocalypse that now faces the state and the country.

We also pay a modest tribute to our dear departed inspiration Lawrence Ferlinghetti, hear some poetry from Mike and Leslie, and plant a little bug in Leslie’s ear about starting a communist resurrection cult!


“Powerless in Texas,” by Snehal Shingavi, Rampant:

Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin’s On the Concept of History by Michael Lowy

“Live Free and Die: Notes On American Exterminism,” by Alexander Billet, Historical Materialism blog:

“Cosmic Catwalk and the Production of Time,” by Anton Vidokle and Hito Steyerl, e-flux:


Locust Radio is produced by Drew Franzblau. It is hosted by Alexander Billet, Tish Markley and Adam Turl. Music is by Omnia Sol.

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