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Conversation #48: Matthew Haugen of HVDSA, Identity Politics, and More (July 22, 2018)

This week we have an interview with Matthew Haugen, co-chair of the Huron Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (their slogan: “we fight for socialism over barbarism.”) We talk with Matthew about the chapter’s work, including their brake light clinics, but especially their new garden project. Gardens of any kind are near and dear to our hearts!Then, we discuss several of the books that have been crammed into our mailbox recently, including a seven-volume set of Michael Moorcock’s Elric stories, and a cool omnibus of Arthur Machen’s weird fiction from Centipede Press.Finally, we take a deep dive into the last chapter of Asad Haider’s book Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump. Even though it’s a pretty short chapter, it’s jam-packed with big ideas, so this takes us a while. And of course Paul can’t keep from going off on tangents. And no, you didn’t miss our discussion of previous chapters in previous shows. Just like the golden snitch in the Harry Pott…

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