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

June 20, 2019

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

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).

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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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May 30, 2019

/72/ Frankly Awesome Lefty Conversation ft. Aaron Bastani [UNLOCKED]

On 'Fully Automated Luxury Communism'. We talk about being pro-technology without being determinist. Does full automation mean the end of work? How do we craft a practical utopian vision? Plus some stuff about wolves and also Brexit.
 
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May 23, 2019

Excerpt: /72/ Frankly Awesome Lefty Conversation ft. Aaron Bastani

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On 'Fully Automated Luxury Communism'. We talk about being pro-technology without being determinist. Does full automation mean the end of work? How do we craft a practical utopian vision? Plus some stuff about wolves and also Brexit.
 
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May 16, 2019

/71/ Trustworthy Propaganda ft. Glenn Greenwald

On 'neoliberal order breakdown syndrome' and the media. Glenn Greenwald talks to us about Russiagate and fake news, and is unimpressed with same old propaganda. We discuss about left-wing self-criticism, Bolsonaro and transgression, and ask how to be sceptical without sliding into cynicism.

 

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May 2, 2019

/70/ In Defence of Universalism ft. Kenan Malik

On migration and identity. The question of migration and borders has become increasingly fraught across different societies. Why has immigration become the means through which grievance is expressed? Where has 'white' identity come from? And how durable is identity politics as a force?

Readings:

Looking Closer to Home, Kenan Malik on EU and migration 

The History and Politics of White Identity, Kenan Malik

 

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April 27, 2019

/69/ Boiled Lobsters ft. Angela Nagle

On Peterson vs Zizek. Did the 'debate of the century' live up to its billing? More importantly, what explains Peterson's appeal - and Zizek's? Why did the debate have such an odd, out of time feel? 

References:

The Fool and the Madman, Jacobin critique of the debate

Evaluating the Peterson-Zizek Debate, Doug Lain, Zero Books

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April 4, 2019

/67/ Legacies of Postmodernism ft. Catherine Liu

On whether we can salvage anything from postmodernism. Have we left postmodernity - and if so, can can we be properly dialectical about it: see it as progress and catastrophe all at once? Is there a moment of truth to postmodernism amidst all the falsity?

We discuss the left intelligentsia's abandonment of materialism; phoney cultural populism; the demolition of Pruitt-Igoe; Knausgaard's six volume 'Min Kamp'; and the end of cultural rebellion.

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March 7, 2019

/65/ Bunga Gets Ultra-Real ft. Steve Hall

On crime and the far-right. Prof Steve Hall explains what 'ultra-realism' in criminology means - and why we need to get beyond liberal idealism. We also discuss the rise of the English far-right, the EDL - and how a narrative of betrayal coheres it. Why do middle-class liberals have such a horror of authority - and why it's essential that the Left reclaim it. How are so many contemporary ideologies no longer fit for purpose? Also: what is 'special liberty' and how does it differ from entitlement?

Readings:

Interview with Steve Hall, Injustice-Film

The Rise of the Right: English Nationalism and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics (book)

Steve Hall's academic writing

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