Category: News & Politics

The global politics podcast at the end of the End of History. From a left perspective.

June 27, 2019

Excerpt: /77/ CaliBunga: Tech, Drugs & Capitalist Soul, Pt. 2

In part two, we chat about recreational drugs and mental states in a Hollywood bar with friends of the podcast, Amber A'Lee Frost and Alex Gendler. But mostly, we delve deeper into capitalism and depression with the 'States of Wellness' group at UC Irvine (Catherine Liu, Thomas Williams, Michael Mahoney, Benjamin Kruger-Robins).

#CaliBunga is a special multipart series on the Californian Ideology: the seemingly paradoxical hybrid of New Left and New Right ideas - the synthesis of hippies with yuppies, all tied together with the promise that technology might liberate us.

Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.

June 20, 2019

/76/ CaliBunga: Tech, Drugs & Capitalist Soul, Pt. 1

Special multipart series on the Californian Ideology: the seemingly paradoxical hybrid of New Left and New Right ideas - the synthesis of hippies with yuppies, all tied together with the promise that technology might liberate us.

In part one, we talk to Richard Barbrook about the Californian Ideology today before discussing health and mental illness with the 'States of Wellness' group at UC Irvine (Catherine Liu, Benjamin Kruger-Robins, Michael Mahoney, Thomas Williams).

Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.

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June 13, 2019

Excerpt: /75/ Synthesis Session: Order Not Freedom

Synthesising what we learned about neoliberalism (ep74), discussing some concrete examples and drawing out the broader importance of it all.
 
-What gets called 'neoliberal' but actually isn't? And vice-versa?
-Was the postwar social-democratic state more racialised than the neoliberal one?
-Should we bring back 'rationalisation'?
-Are Orban, Trump and Bolsonaro 'neoliberals'?
-Is the EU peak neoliberal? Is Brexit necessarily anti-neoliberal?
 
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June 6, 2019

/74/ Order Not Freedom ft. Quinn Slobodian

On the unexpected origins of neoliberalism. We talk to Quinn Slobodian, author of Globalists, about how neoliberals look back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the League of Nations. Why does neoliberalism talk about freedom, but promote order? Is neoliberalism about more or less state - or is it about what kind of state?

Plus why the genuine neoliberals didn’t care about the Cold War and how Murray Rothbard laid the ground for Trump.

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