The Scarlet Standard is a podcast focused on Canadian political-economy and Toronto-based political activism from an internationalist socialist perspective. We also host interviews with authors, academics, activists, and organizers on the Left. It is hosted by Bruce Kecskes and Amadeus Narbutt.

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2020: Beard in Review

January 1, 2021

In this episode we explore Politico’s obsession with how Trudeau the Politics Dad grew a quarantine beard. Touching on news topics throughout the year like the Wet’suwet’en protests, CERB rollout, and the BLM uprising, this episode serves as our review of the dumpster fire that has been 2020. Listen to audio »


Vaccine Rollout

December 13, 2020

In this episode we discuss what is currently known about Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans, the privatization and closure of Canada’s own vaccine producer Connaught Labs, the potential for electoral blowback from a delayed vaccination schedule, and our general displeasure with the NDP. Listen to audio »


2020 US Election Post-Game / Back to Brunch

November 13, 2020

We chat about the results of the 2020 US Election, diving into discussion about Biden’s depressing win, Trump’s legal fights, several of the ballot measures passed on election night, and the future of the left under a Biden administration. Listen to audio »


Ghoulish EdTech Innovations

October 25, 2020

We speak with Tanner Mirrlees about the dark and underdiscussed world of education technology and the information communication technology (ICT) industry. Listen to audio »


Eco-Socialist Futures /w Dimitri Lascaris

October 11, 2020

We speak with Dimitri Lascaris about his experience running for leader of the Green Party of Canada as an eco-socialist. We also delve into eco-socialism’s intersections with internationalist foreign policy, the COVID-19 health crisis, and the future of the Canadian left. Listen to audio »