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The Skeptical Leftist Podcast

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Promoting critical thinking, social justice, and left wing politics by covering current events and talking to a variety of people

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Red Reviews #31 - Respectful Atheism

April 13th, 2023


In this episode Justin and Cory talk about the book Respectful Atheism by Thomas Sheridan

Check out Justin's writing and other work

Interview #73 - Global App Slavery and the Gig Economy with Jeff Thomas Black

April 7th, 2023


In this episode I talked to Jeff Thomas Black about the gig economy, the oppression of workers, and AI. Jeff it very knowledgable on this subject and is writing a book, a blog, and doing his own podcast about it over …

Red Reviews #30 - Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red

March 28th, 2023


In this episode Cory and Justin talk about a collection of works by a variety of people called Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and …

Interview #72 - Anarcho-Relating with Sally Emm

March 17th, 2023


In this episode I talked to Sally from the Youtube channel AnRel. It was less of an interview and more of just a nice conversation. Sally is a very …

Red Reviews #29 - The New Class War

March 12th, 2023


In this episode Justin and Cory talk about a variety of topics related to a book that just isn't very good, The New Class War by Michael Lind.

If you want to get a copy then you can get one here -

Interview #71- The State of Canadian Politics with Budrino

March 2nd, 2023


In this episode I talked to Budrino from Budrino Politics. We talked about the Canadian working class, dealing with people we disagree with …

Red Reviews #28 - The Permanent Revolution

February 19th, 2023


In this episode Justin and Cory talk about The Permanent Revolution by Leon Trotsky and discuss the merits of an international outlook versus …

Interview #70 - #weareinnncent with Rosa and Ellis Langsdale

February 13th, 2023


In this episode I talked to Rosa and Ellis about the accusations they're facing from the police and their project to show their innocence while …

Red Reviews #27 - A Billion Years

February 5th, 2023


In this episode of Red Reviews Justin and Cory discuss the book A Billion Years by Mike Rinder. This book is about Mike Rinder's time in the church …

Interview #69 - Practical Anarchism with Scott Branson

February 2nd, 2023


Hey everyone, welcome to another interview from The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. This is another old one from November but it was a good one. I …

Red Reviews #26 - Internet For the People

January 20th, 2023


In this one Justin and Cory talk about the book Internet for the People by Ben Tarnoff from Verso Books. 

You can check it out on their website.

Check out …

Interview #68 - Leaving Leninism with Justin Clark

January 17th, 2023


In this interview I talked to my cohost Justin Clark about why he took a break from the show, his recent changes in philosophy, and why he left the PSL 

Check out Justin's stuff at

You can …

Red Reviews #25 - The Dawn of Everything

January 8th, 2023


It's back! Finally we've started doing Red Reviews again. After a hiatus for mental health and to care for his grandmother Justin is back to help us learn and understand another book every two weeks. In this one Justin …

Interview #67 - Cartoons and Metal with David Dylan

January 4th, 2023


In this episode I talked to David Dylan who is cartoonist, youtube creator, and former activist. We talked about a variety of topics including cartooning, punk and heavy metal, and NGOs in more exploited countries.  

Interview #66 - Anarchism and Ecology with Chris Scully

December 7th, 2022


Hey folks, welcome to  another episode of The Mind of a Skeptical Lefist. This time around I talked to Chris Scully of the podcast Ironweeds and the …

Interview #65 - Journalism and Podcasting with Jeremy Appel

November 22nd, 2022


In this episode I talked to journalist and podcaster, Jeremy Appel. We talk a bit about the state of journalism, how he got into podcasting, police …

Interview #64 - Activism and Education with Damien Marie Athope

November 10th, 2022


This time around I talked to Damien Marie Athope again but this time we talked about his anarchism, his activism, and his project to help educate …

Interview #63 - Changing Worldviews with Damien Marie Athope

October 25th, 2022


In this episode I talked to Damien Marie Athope. Damien is an activist turned educator who has spent many years working for social justice in various ways. He has spent the past few years learning about and spreading …

Interview #62 - Action and Analysis with Rosa and The Intolerant Left

October 14th, 2022


In this interview I talked to Rosa and Ellis of Rosa and the Intolerant left. Between them you will hear great stories and great analysis.

Follow …

Interview #61 - Becoming an Anarchist and Creating Content with Andrew Sage

October 3rd, 2022


This episode Cory talks to Andrew Sage of the Youtube channel Andrewism about how he became an anarchist, his book, and a bit about his process for video creation.

You can find Andrew's content here -

Interview #60 - Keffals, Kiwifarms, and Online Harassment with Felicia

September 26th, 2022


This time around I talked to one of my favourite people, Felicia from the Utah Outcasts podcast, Youtube channel, and Twitch show. We talked about crime a little bit but then we got into a conversation about Keffals and …

Interview #59 - Black August with Nino Brown

September 15th, 2022


In this episode I have a great interview for you with Nino Brown who is an activist, organizer, and former educator. I think Nino is a really cool …

Interview #58 - Lucha Libre Politics with Lilith

September 11th, 2022


In this episode Cory talks to Lilith who has an interest in Lucha Libre wrestling and works with co-op businesses. It was a very fun conversation about climate change and arguing with tankies.

You can check out more …

Interview #57 - The Blue Cross Movement with Michael Dean

September 2nd, 2022


In this episode Cory talks to Michael Dean. Michael is the leader of a new movement for positive equality. He also happens to be running for President of the United States in 2024. It was a lot of fun talking to him and …

Interview #56 - Bad Lefties and AnCrap with SomeRandomG33k

August 28th, 2022


This time around Cory talks to SomeRandomG33k who has a youtube channel of the same name. G33k also cohosts the Social Justice Alchemy live show …

Interview #55 - Green Party Politics with Dan Plaat from the 3 Lefts Show

August 15th, 2022


In this interview I talk to Dan Plaat from the 3 Lefts Show about new atheism, occupy wallstreet, and why he thinks the Green Party is the right way …

Interview #54 - Farming and Food Production with Lake from the Revolutionary's Garden

August 7th, 2022


In this episode Cory talked to Lake from the Revolutionary's Garden podcast. This was recorded back in May so some of the topics are a little past …

Red Reviews #24 - Kropotkin and Goldman

July 30th, 2022


Justin (professional historian and Marxist-Leninist) and Cory(Labourer and Anarcho-Communist) talk about Piotr Kropotkin’s book The Conquest of Bread …

Interview #53 - Talking Climate Collapse with Andy from The Poor Proles Almanac

July 18th, 2022


In this episode Cory talked to Andy from the Poor Proles Almanac about lots of stuff but mostly climate change and environmental issues 

You can find …

Interview #52 - The CRT Moral Panic with Chris Watson

June 14th, 2022


In this episode Cory talked to Chris Watson who hosts The Postmodern Polymaths Podcast to talk about CRT the status of leftism in the US and just …

Interview #51 - Busting Myths About Sex Work with Kaytlin Bailey

June 5th, 2022


This time around Cory talks to Kaytlin Bailey, Founder and Executive Director for Old Pros. Old Pros is a nonprofit media organization focused on creating the conditions to change the status of sex workers in society.

Red Reviews #23 - Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

May 21st, 2022


Justin (professional historian and Marxist-Leninist) and Cory(Labourer and Anarcho-Communist) talk about Peter Kropotkin's book Mutual Aid: A Factor …

Interview #50 Leaving Religion and Joining the Left with Brently

May 10th, 2022


In this interview from late January, Cory talked to Brently who does the Progressive Pals Podcast as well as others about addiction, leaving …

Red Reviews #22 - Two Books on Climate Change

April 27th, 2022


In this episode of Red Reviews Justin tells Cory about A Planet to Win and On Fire, two books about climate change and the Green New Deal.

You can get them here -  

Interview #49 - White Homework with Tori Douglass

April 22nd, 2022


Host Cory Johnston talks to Tori Williams Douglass who hosts the podcast White Homework about her show, racism, defunding the police, and community.

Red Reviews #21 - Revolutionary Education w Nino Brown

April 12th, 2022


Professional historian and Marxist Leninist Justin Clark along with Educator and Organizer Nino Brown take Anarcho-Communist laborer Cory Johnston through a new book from the Party for Socialism and Liberation called

Interview #48 - Unmaking Saskatchewan with Sara Birrell

April 5th, 2022


This time around Cory interviews Sara Birrell, a journalist and podcaster who hosts the podcast Unmaking Saskatchewan about her show, Saskatchewan, and some of the issues that we experience here. This was recorded on …

Red Reviews #20 - Women, Race, and Class

March 29th, 2022


This time professional historian and Marxist-Leninist Justin Clark talks to Cory, laborer and anarcho-communist about the book Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis  

Available from Penguin Randomhouse

Interview #47 - Scaring White Leftists with Professor Flowers

March 22nd, 2022


Hey folks, welcome to another great interview from The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. This interview was with Lua from the Youtube channel Professor …

Red Reviews #19 - Existentialism is a Humanism

March 15th, 2022


Justin and Cory talk about Jean Paul Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism

You can find the full show notes here -

Interview #46 - Conspiracies and Social Media w/ Gay Dave

March 3rd, 2022


This episode took a little longer to get out due to some life circumstances that took over for awhile. In this one Cory talks to Gay Dave from …

Red Reviews #18 - On Practice and Contradiction

February 8th, 2022


Justin and Cory talk about Mao Tse-tung’s On Practice and Contradiction.

Available on Verso Books -

You can find the complete show notes here -

Interview #45 - Black in Sask with Vibya Natana

January 31st, 2022


In this episode Cory talks to Vibya Natana from the local group Black in Sask about the organization, what they're doing, and racism in Saskatchewan …

Interview #44 - What is the State? with Anark

January 19th, 2022


In this episode Cory talks to Anark from the Youtube channel of the same name about what the state actually is, what it does, and how to build …

Interview #43 - He Was Our Man in Washington with Owen Symes

January 6th, 2022


Hey everyone, welcome to another great interview on The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. This time around I talk to author Owen Symes about his book, He Was Our Man In Washington: A History of the Obama Years. It was a …

Interview #42 - China Unraveled with Jason Szeftel

January 4th, 2022


Hey folks, welcome to another great interview on The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. This time around I talked to Jason Szeftel about China and some of …

Red Reviews #17 - The Minimal Self

December 26th, 2021


Justin and Cory talk about the book The Minimal Self by Christopher Lasch

You can find it here -

Check the shownotes for Justin's links and links to Cory's other projects. …

Interview #41 - Anarcho-Airsoftism with Bubble

December 20th, 2021


In this episode Cory talks to Bubble, an activist from Dallas, Texas, about the state of the world, being an activist, and training for self defense.

Show notes can be found at

Red Reviews #16 - Stolen

November 25th, 2021


This time around Justin and Cory discuss the book Stolen by Grace Blakely

You can find that book here

Covid Conspiracies and the Far Right w/ Dr. Edwin Hodge

November 24th, 2021


This episode I talked to Dr. Edwin Hodge about the crossover between extremists on the far right and the anti-mask/antivax covid conspiracies. 

You …

Red Reviews #15 - Two Books on the Russian Revolution

November 11th, 2021


This time around Justin and Cory talk about October by China Mieville and Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale and the history of the Russian …

A Marxist in Kazakhstan with Peace Labor May

November 8th, 2021


In this episode I talk a little bit about an article I saw from the New York Times before talking to May from the Youtube Channel, Peace Labor May. It was a fun chat and I hope you enjoy it

You can find the rest of the …

Red Reviews #14 - The State and Revolution

October 27th, 2021


This time around Justin and Cory talk about The State and Revolution by Vladmir Lenin

You can find the show notes here -

Examining Jair Bolsonaro with Yanis Iqbal

October 25th, 2021


In this interview Cory talks to Yanis Iqbal about the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro

Shownotes can be found here -

Red Reviews #13 - The Communist Manifesto

October 12th, 2021


This episode Justin and Cory talk about Marx and Engels’ short book, The Communist Manifesto

You can read The Communist Manifesto here -

You can …

Satanism and Leftism w Detryck Von Doom

October 11th, 2021


This is my interview with Detryck Von Doom from Satanic Louisville and American Atheists KY on Satanism, leftism, Project Blitz, and dealing with …

Red Reviews #12 - A Brief History of Neoliberalism

September 30th, 2021


This time around Justin and Cory cover Dave Harvey's book, A Brief History of Neoliberalism 

You can find the shownotes here -

Red Reviews #11 - The Origin of Capitalism

September 23rd, 2021


This episode Justin and Cory talk about The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood  

You can get a copy from Verso Books

Shownotes can be found here

Living with a Chronic Condition with Matty from Nooks and Crannies

September 18th, 2021


This interview is a bit different from some of the others I’ve done. We do touch on politics a bit but it’s really a personal look at what someone …

Revolution or No Revolution with Joe Roberts and Rodger Moran

September 12th, 2021


Hey everyone, I’m happy to once again bring you another complete episode of The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. I have another great interview for you. This time I’m talking to Rodger Moran and Joe Roberts from New Left …

Prisons and Politics w True North Radio

August 20th, 2021


Hey everyone, I’m happy to once again bring you another episode of The Mind of a Skeptical Leftist. This time around I have another great interview. I’m talking to Brandie, host of True North Radio and we talk a lot …

Comradery and Coffee w/ Pearson Bolt

August 5th, 2021


This another full episode with a bit of an intro, an interview with the host of the podcast Coffee with Comrades, plus Ask an Anarchist, Red Reviews …

Inclusive Canada w/ Taylor McNallie

July 8th, 2021


This time around Cory talked to Taylor McNallie about her work organizing with Inclusive Canada and some other topics like defunding the police and …

Work w/ Chris Tanner

June 24th, 2021


This time around I talked to Chris Tanner from the Cellar Door Skeptics about the book Work by CrimethInc. then during the Red Reviews segment Justin Clark reviews the book The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton

What defines the left?

May 26th, 2021


In this episode Cory talks a bit about Israel and Palestine in the intro. During the interview fallingrateofprophet talks about what he thinks qualifies as being on the left and what doesn’t. Then in Red Reviews Justin …

Outcasts On the Internet

May 12th, 2021


This episode Cory did a little commentary and then talked to Outcast X from the Utah Outcasts podcast and Youtube show, then Justin Clark joins for Red Reviews to do a review of Daniel Dennett's book Breaking the Spell.

Living in Separate Realities

April 26th, 2021


In this episode Cory covers a small bit of trivia concerning conservative cancel culture in a new segment, then he talks to Shawn from the Srsly …

Redneck isn't an insult

April 14th, 2021


This time around Cory talks to Chris Watson from the Postmodern Polymaths Podcast about why redneck isn't actually an insult, why anarchism can work …

Using Full Sentences with Ben Burgis

March 28th, 2021


This week Cory talked to Ben Burgis about logic, housing, libertarians, and identity politics. 

You can find Ben's content on

Prairie Solidarity

March 15th, 2021


This week Cory talks to Clinton from the Alberta Advantage podcast to talk about politics on the prairies from a leftist perspective

Where Did The Atheist Community Go?

March 12th, 2021


This week Cory talks to Jeremiah about what the hell happened to the atheist community and a little bit of why we all went our separate ways

You can find Jeremiah on Twitter @Jerbivore

You can watch my videos on Youtube

Learning About French Politics

February 28th, 2021


This week Cory talks to guest Leto Anor about French politics and they try to compare it to Canadian and American politics  a little bit.

Check out …

The Skeptical Leftist Visits the Cellar

February 18th, 2021


This week Cory spent some time on the Cellar Door Skeptics talking about Justin Trudeau and criticism from the left. You can find the entire Cellar Door Skeptics episode on

You can watch my videos …

Community Care and Mutual Aid

February 9th, 2021


This week Cory talked to Pheonix from the Youtube channel PheonixRising87 about mutual aid, helping our community, and redemption arcs for problematic people

The Gamestop Incident with a Leftist and a Financial Advisor

February 1st, 2021


This week is a bit different. I talked to 2 people who know more than I do about the Gamestop situation with the stock market and tried to figure out what the hell was going on. Ood Galifrey is a podcaster and leftist …

Ending Overpolicing with Alex Vitale

January 24th, 2021


This week Cory talks to author and academic Alex Vitale about some of the problems with policing and what some of the solutions might be.

Here are …

Life, Parenting, and Politics

January 17th, 2021


This week Cory talked to Kirstin about what it's like living in small town Alberta and not being a conservative

You can watch my videos on Youtube, check out my blog, or support me on Patreon. Thanks for listening and …

Smells Like An-Crap

January 10th, 2021


This week Cory talked to Some Random G33k about anarchism and why anarcho-capitalists aren't actually anarchists

You can watch my videos on Youtube, check out my blog, or support me on Patreon. Thanks for listening and …

Complaining About Conservatives

January 3rd, 2021


This week Cory is joined by Buddy the Lumberjack from the Cellar Door Skeptics ( to basically spend an evening complaining about conservatives and the right.

You can watch my videos on Youtube, …

Talking Qanon with Travis View

December 27th, 2020


This week I talked to Travis View from the podcast Qanon Anonymous. We talked about some of the things that were missed in my Qanon Explainer episode as well as some of what is coming for Qanon and the nature of …

Organizing the Left with Nora Loreto

December 22nd, 2020


This week Cory talked to Nora Loreto, who is a journalist, organizer, and activist about what's stopping the left from getting anything done, how to …

Building an Anarchist World

December 13th, 2020


Cory and guest Felicia Entwistle of the Utah Outcasts podcast and youtube show talk about anarchism and the world we want to create

Links for Felicia's stuff

Talking Anarchism with Robert Evans

December 6th, 2020


Not much for notes this week. I managed to get none other than Robert Evans of the Behind the Bastards podcast on to talk about how he became a lefty, what that means, and how he got doing what he's doing.  Check out

The Road to Marxism

December 2nd, 2020


No real notes this episode but this week Cory talked to Justin Clark who is a public historian about how he came to his current political philosophy …

Decolonization and Anarchism

November 23rd, 2020


You can check out where to find Joey as well as read the Foes and Comrades segment of this show on Wordpress

Bolivia, Latin America, and US Intervention

November 15th, 2020


In this episode I talked to my friend and cohost from Skeptarchy, Kevin,  about Bolivia and how the US is often meddling in the affairs of Latin …

The Day After the US Election with Amy Withawhy

November 8th, 2020


I wasn't sure what to make of everything going on with the US election so I talked to my friend Amy from the Secular Soup podcast. You can find all …

Canadian Lefties Just Chatting

November 2nd, 2020


I don't have much for links for this episode but I was joined by Matt from the podcast Nooks and Crannies to chat about being a lefty and other …

A Qanon Explainer

October 21st, 2020


For the blog post including links that go with this episode go to my blog at

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