Category: News & Politics

The global politics podcast at the end of the End of History. The period in which Western liberal democracy was held to be ‘the final form of human government’ is now over. We’re charting what’s emerging and what comes next. With help from a range of contributors, we scan the globe to understand the politics, economics, and culture of the new era. Fortnightly. Produced in Brazil/UK/South Africa/USA. By Alex Hochuli, Ben Fogel, Philip Cunliffe, George Hoare.

December 6, 2018

/55/ High-Visibility Revolt ft. Aurélie Dianara

The 'gilets jaunes' protests have shocked France, expressing a profound exasperation and anger that goes much deeper than frustration at a fuel tax. This is clearly a movement from below, of the people. But it is leaderless and thus far rejects affiliation with political parties. How far can it go? Is Macron's government at risk? This isn't the 'start-up nation' he dreamed of...

Readings:

We're With The Rebels, by Aurélie Dianara (Jacobin)

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November 19, 2018

/53/ Brexit’s Hotel California

Theresa May's Brexit deal seems to have satisfied no one. Britain doesn't properly leave, nor does it stay, it just becomes a passive rule-taker. What are the prospects for the UK actually leaving? Will there be a second referendum? And does the difficulty in seeing through Brexit confirm that "there is no alternative"?

Readings:

The Full Brexit: for popular sovereignty, democracy and economic renewal 

Costas Lapavitsas: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour vs. the Single Market

 

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July 4, 2018

/42/ Erdogan Ever-Present? ft. Yasemin Yilmaz

In which we survey Turkey's election results in light of five years of tumult - Gezi, economic downturn, terrorist attacks, Syrian war, coup, repression. Are cracks beginning to show for Erdogan? He teamed up with ultranationalists, while opposition secularists and Islamists joined forces, but Erdogan held on. How demoralised are the Turkish people, and what are the prospects for the Left? We conclude by debating whether Erdogan represents a generalisable type of political leader today: initally moderate and neoliberal, but tacking increasingly authoritarian and socially conservative.

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May 31, 2018

/38/ The Economics of Exit ft. Thomas Fazi

In which we discuss why the Left should not to be scared of sovereignty: Brexit, Italexit, and Modern Monetary Theory

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May 2, 2018

/36/ Portugal: The Soft Whip? ft. Catarina Príncipe

In which we debate whether Portugal really represents an alternative to austerity

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April 10, 2018

/33/ Hungary’s Illiberal Democracy ft. Tamas Gerocs

In which we unpick another Fidesz's victory and ask whether neoliberalism in an nationalist-authoritarian shell is the future

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March 14, 2018

/31/ Woke Neoliberalism ft. James Heartfield

In which we debate the 'equal opportunities revolution': how race & gender has changed, in the workplace & beyond

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February 28, 2018

/30/ Italy: Country of the Future? ft. David Broder

In which we debate the upcoming Italian elections. Also corruption, bunga bunga, communism, migrants, fascism, & Europe.

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August 18, 2017

Episode 14bis: More Media Crisis - On Populism & France

Bonus Content: Jason Walsh talks to us about the relationship of populism & the media, and reactions to Macron's election in France

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August 16, 2017

Episode 14: Paying Attention

In which we ask if the news is dead. Also, is the crisis of the media all it's cracked up to be? Ft. Jason Walsh + some dodgy stock tips

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