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.

August 16, 2018

/45/ Liberalism: A Counter-Podcast

In which we discuss the work of the late Domenico Losurdo, especially his brilliant Liberalism: A Counter-History. Part of an ongoing series on the contradictions of liberalism, we debate whether Losurdo is right to point to liberalism's complicity with slavery, racism and colonialism. Why were arguments for self-rule often accompanied by justifications for slavery? Why were some liberal abolitionist arguments in favour of despotism? 

We tie these discussions into contemporary paradoxes of liberalism and ask why liberalism is unable to realise its own values.

 

Reading: 
Liberalism: A Counter-History (book) https://www.versobooks.com/books/960-liberalism 

Obituary of Losurdo (Jacobin) https://jacobinmag.com/2018/07/domenico-losurdo-italian-marxism-counter-history 

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August 9, 2018

/44/ Neoliberal Order Breakdown Syndrome (N.O.B.S.)

In which we lay the liberal establishment down on the shrink's sofa. It's a systematic analysis of liberal derangement: of the inability to accept, explain, or respond to the breakdown of the current order. Why can't the liberal establishment accept that the 2008 crisis would eventually have political consequences? Why can't liberals explain why they keep losing? Why can't they offer anything but more of the same?

Symptoms:

  • Incredulity and denial of political change
  • Unwillingness to take responsibility
  • Moralisation
  • No belief in political causation (things just happen)
  • Fetishising disinformation
  • Elite persecution complex
  • Hysteria & catastrophism
  • Nostalgia for a very recent past & rewriting history
  • Repetition compulsion

 

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June 20, 2018

/40/ Centrists Are the Bad Guys ft. David Adler

In which we try to understand why it's not the extremes, but the centre, that has given up on democracy. David Adler talks to us about his research, and we learn about the centrist tribes: elites, anti-elite populists, and the apathetic. We talk about how we think about political space and what 'moderate' really means... maybe that horeshoe needs to be turned upside down? 

Readings:

David Adler in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/23/opinion/international-world/centrists-democracy.html 

David Adler's working paper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fOGwtRUF-y-98IcDs-3YYrtREl8GbaoH/view 

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May 16, 2018

/37/ The Ghosts of May ‘68 ft. Catherine Liu

In which we unpick the legacies of 1968 and all that: political fragmentation, the loss of authority, the cult of youth.

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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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February 21, 2018

/29/ Therapeutic Politics ft. Ashley Frawley

In which we ask whether capitalism makes us mentally ill. Also, moral panics & why PC follows political defeats

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January 27, 2018

/26/ Prometheans United ft. Leigh Phillips

Bonus! In which Leigh stays with us to discuss innovation, automation, UBI... & why the wages are too damn low.

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January 24, 2018

/25/ Prometheans Unite! ft. Leigh Phillips

In which we discuss environmentalism: how to really be against austerity & why we need democratic planning

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December 13, 2017

/21/ Be Normie ft. Angela Nagle

In which we take on morality, ethics, identity, and solidarity... and that Internet everyone's always going on about.

 

 

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