How the pandemic has exposed Britain’s failed ‘regulatory state’, Lee Jones, Daily Telegraph
COVID-19 and the failure of the neoliberal regulatory state, Lee Jones and Shahar Hameiri, Review of International Political Economy
On the uprising in Myanmar, plus Covid state failure.
Southeast Asia scholar (and Bunga recidivist) Lee Jones joins us to talk about the coup in Myanmar (and why the word “coup” can be misleading), and explains the nature of the forces opposing the military, in the context of the country’s recent transition to civilian rule.
Then, from 40mins, we discuss how the UK failed in dealing with the pandemic, and how this applies across the West. Lee's recent work looks at the neoliberal "regulatory state" and its incapacities, so we compare the UK's failure with Korea's relative success.
- Preliminary thoughts on the Myanmar “coup”, Lee Jones, Medium
- Responding to the Myanmar coup, Crisis Group
- How the Civil Disobedience Movement can win, Aye Min Thant and Yan Aung, Frontier
- How the pandemic has exposed Britain’s failed ‘regulatory state’, Lee Jones, Daily Telegraph
- COVID-19 and the failure of the neoliberal regulatory state (pdf), Lee Jones and Shahar Hameiri, Review of International Political Economy
We discuss the first of Perry Anderson's new essays on Europe published in the London Review of Books, which focuses on Luuk van Middelaar - described as the EU's first organic intellectual. We discuss what that means, as well as the role of the "coup" in forming the EU.
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(00:04:15) - Interview with Mike Watson
(01:02:00) - 'Afterparty' discussion on what a counter-culture might look like today
Can the Left Learn to Meme? , Mike Watson, Zero Books
The Acid Left, YouTube channel
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin (pdf)
The rise of the technopopulists, Chris Bickerton, New Statesman (pdf attached)
Accelerating Decay, Wolfgang Streeck, Sidecar - NRL blog
Everyone is beautiful and no one is horny, RS Benedict, BloodKnife
On the socialist case for Scottish independence.
David Jamieson and Cat Boyd, writers and hosts of Conter, the Scottish anti-capitalist website and podcast, join us to to talk about the prospects for Scottish independence in advance of the Scottish parliamentary elections in May. Would an independent Scotland within the EU be a contradiction in term? How would an independent Scotland fare - and what would it mean for the "national question" across Europe? And what's up with the factional strife among Scottish nationalists?
- Contercast, podcast hosted by Cat & David
- Independence Beyond Salmond and Sturgeon, David Jamieson, Conter
- The Origins of Scottish Nationhood, Neil Davidson, Pluto Press
On gay liberation and sexual politics.
After big advances over the past decades, we can now ask, did the gays win? And if so, so what? Mark Simpson in the UK and River Page in Florida join us to discuss whether something was lost in that victory.
We ponder whether gay politics was the original identity politics and what happens when a narrow focus on equality triumphs over liberation. Do sexual liberation politics have any future? Plus: how Blairism was the biggest drag act of all.
- Anti-Gay, Mark Simpson (Bloomsbury, 1996)
- Being Gay in the Thirties (Gay Life), documentary mentioned by Mark
- Trading in the Past: Queer London, Mark Simpson
- The Standpoint Bureaucracy, River Page, TwinkRev
- The Woke Resurrection of a Gay Sex Panic, River Page, TwinkRev
A Left For Itself, David Swift, Zer0 Books
How the Left lost all purpose, James Bloodworth, Unherd
How not to be a white anti-racist, David Swift, Unherd
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On Richard Tuck's The Left Case for Brexit, a book composed of essays written throughout the Brexit process, providing a diary of Brexit of sorts, as well as political and historical arguments around sovereignty.
We also take the opportunity to debate its global implications - what are the possibilities for popular sovereignty in a globalised world?
On the final deal and its implications, see: The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Minimum Brexit
We discuss Gilles Deleuze's short essay, Postscript on the Societies of Control and ask whether his understanding, according to which society has changed from one where discipline is exercised in institutions to one where control is implemented across society, holds water.
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The PMC Gets Organized, Dominic King, Damage
- Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional-Managerial Class, Catherine Liu, University of Minnesota Press, 2021
Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional-Managerial Class, Catherine Liu, University of Minnesota Press, 2021
Moral Minoritarianism from the Ashes of Left Populism, George Hoare, Damage
Saving Britain's Universities report, Lee Jones & Phillip Cunliffe, Cieo
The Method and Function of Analytic Social Psychology, Erich Fromm (pdf attached on Patreon)
Adorno’s critique of the revisionist psychoanalysis: An introduction to ‘The Revisionist Psychoanalysis’, Nan-Nan Lee, Discussion and translation of Adorno (attached as pdf on Patreon)
Therapy Without Therapists, Briana Last, Damage
On American breakdown.
Editor of Damage Magazine, Benjamin Fong, joins us to talk about the lack of shared narratives in contemporary America. We discuss QAnon and conspiracy theories, Biden's authoritarian liberalism, and "pro-worker" conservatives.
We also interrogate the use of psychological analyses of politics and reaffirm the value of psychoanalysis, in a preview of a more detailed forthcoming discussion on our patreon.
- The Siren Song of “Pro-Worker” Conservatism, Benjamin Fong & Dustin Guastella, Jacobin
- Unpacking the Left's Culture Baggage, Benjamin Fong, Damage
- Therapy Without Therapists, Briana Last, Damage
The real class war is within the rich, Janan Ganesh, FT
Uber pays to get rid of its self-driving cars, Pluralistic, Cory Doctorow
The radical Left is now extinct, Oliver Bateman & Malcolm Kyeyune, Unherd