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Helen Thompson, podcaster and professor of political economy at Cambridge and author of Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century, joins us to talk about the geopolitics of oil, stretching from the 1956 Suez Crisis to the Fracking Revolution of tod” id=”34v2r5HeKbb” vid=”34v2r5HeKbb” id-for-player=”34v2r5HeKbb” link=”/listen/250-oil-disorder-ft-helen-thompson-34v2r5HeKbb/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/250/ Oil & Disorder ft. Helen Thompson On energy, the material basis for all our politics?

Helen Thompson, podcaster and professor of political economy at Cambridge and author of Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century, joins us to talk about the geopolitics of oil, stretching from the 1956 Suez Crisis to the Fracking Revolution of today. How does US energy independence help explain shifting politics in Europe and the Middle East?
Plus, did the End of History stay afloat on a sea of cheap oil?  

Part 2 of the interview, plus our After Party, is here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/251-oil-disorder-64394535

Readings:

Profits from fossil fuel energy power Russia's war machine, and Ukraine suffers, Helen Thompson, New Statesman
What Is Fueling Our Century’s Global “Disorder”?, Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, The Nation
How Did Europe Get Hooked On Russian Energy?, Paul J. Davies, Bloomberg




Sociologist and commentator Ashley Frawley is back on the pod to talk about the situation in Canada. With family members involved in the protests, we asked her what she made of the truckers and the way demands were” id=”1mGeNnrrprn” vid=”1mGeNnrrprn” id-for-player=”1mGeNnrrprn” link=”/listen/249-dances-with-truckers-ft-ashley-frawley-1mGeNnrrprn/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/249/ Dances with Truckers ft. Ashley Frawley On the Freedom Convoy, the indigenous question, and 'anti-socialist socialism'(?)




Sociologist and commentator Ashley Frawley is back on the pod to talk about the situation in Canada. With family members involved in the protests, we asked her what she made of the truckers and the way demands were framed as 'anti-socialist'.

We move on to debate how to understand popular resistance to 'social engineering' today, as well as the uses of 'emotionalism' to undermine political agency.

Readings & Links:


How the truckers split indigenous Canada, Ashley Frawley, UnHerd



Lecture: Emotion & Reason, Ashley Frawley, The Academy



Semiotics of Happiness, Ashley Frawley, Bloomsbury, 2005

A bumper episode, featuring plenty on Canadian truckers, Swedish populists, ideas of justice, hyperpolitics and much more. 

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A bumper episode, featuring plenty on Canadian truckers, Swedish populists, ideas of justice, hyperpolitics and much more. 

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We talk to Vivek Chibber about his new book, The Class Matrix: Social Theory After the Cultural Turn, which seeks to answer why capitalism has proven remarkably stable. Vivek explains why classical Marxism does not need ‘ideological supplements’ to explain why the” id=”9wasBqXg3nT” vid=”9wasBqXg3nT” id-for-player=”9wasBqXg3nT” link=”/listen/246-why-isnt-there-revolution-ft-vivek-chibber-9wasBqXg3nT/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/246/ Why Isn’t There Revolution? ft. Vivek Chibber On class & material self-interest.

We talk to Vivek Chibber about his new book, The Class Matrix: Social Theory After the Cultural Turn, which seeks to answer why capitalism has proven remarkably stable. Vivek explains why classical Marxism does not need 'ideological supplements' to explain why there hasn't been revolution; instead, structural class theory already provides the answers. 

We go back to basics, looking at the role of interests, debate what the real role of ideology is (not 'false consciousness'), and look at why particularism, rather than the universal collectivism of class, now dominates. 

Part two of the interview, plus the After Party, is available over at patreon.com/bungacast

How did a darling of the left during the War on Terror become a resource for the right during Covid? Is Agamben right to blur the boundary between fascism and liberal democracy? And if we are in a ‘permanent state of exception’, what is the right res” id=”6WbUbv8ohAx” vid=”6WbUbv8ohAx” id-for-player=”6WbUbv8ohAx” link=”/listen/excerpt-245-reading-club-emergency-politics-ii-agamben-6WbUbv8ohAx/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /245/ Reading Club: Emergency Politics II – Agamben On Giorgio Agamben's State of Exception (2005). 

How did a darling of the left during the War on Terror become a resource for the right during Covid? Is Agamben right to blur the boundary between fascism and liberal democracy? And if we are in a 'permanent state of exception', what is the right response?

And we discuss your questions.

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Other links:

The Crisis of the Crisis: Is Covid politics the real emergency?, Geoff Shullenberger, The New Atlantis


 
Journalist Lily Lynch, editor of Balkanist, joins us to talk about her recent investigations into the Green Party, who are now back in power in Germany.


 
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/236/ Green Nazi Paedos ft. Lily Lynch (UNLOCKED) On the German Greens' shady history.


 
Journalist Lily Lynch, editor of Balkanist, joins us to talk about her recent investigations into the Green Party, who are now back in power in Germany.


 
The 68ers attempted to combat authoritarianism and Nazi legacies through sexual liberation, building on the work of Wilhelm Reich. How did this lead some small groups associated with the Greens to advocate paedophilia – and even to accept former Nazis into their ranks?
 
Later the Greens would fully embrace war. We discuss how their emphasis on "maturity" and multilateral humanitarianism became the means through which they justified their new hawkish stance and adoption of NATO's cause.
 


Readings:


Meet the German Green Party: From "Pedophile Rights" to Post-Pacifism, Lily Lynch (free)



The German Green Party's Oldest Member Was a Known Pedophile Nazi Stormtrooper, Lily Lynch



West Berlin Had a "Radical" All-Female Pedophile Commune with Links to the German Green Party, Lily Lynch



How a Pacifist Party Gave War a Chance, Lily Lynch



What's Become of the German Greens? Joachim Jachnow, NLR (2013)



No End to Neoliberalism in Germany, Bernhard Pirkl, Damage (Dec 2021)

On 22 February 2022, at The People’s Forum in Manhattan, Alex Hochuli and Adam Tooze were in conversation on the themes of the Bunga book and what comes next. The event was moderated by Christie Offenbacher (Damage Magazine).

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/244/ Bunga NYC: Live Debate ft. Adam Tooze On The End of the End of History

On 22 February 2022, at The People's Forum in Manhattan, Alex Hochuli and Adam Tooze were in conversation on the themes of the Bunga book and what comes next. The event was moderated by Christie Offenbacher (Damage Magazine).

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We examine what arguments ‘pro-worker conservatives’ are making in” id=”1pjRYEixxIP” vid=”1pjRYEixxIP” id-for-player=”1pjRYEixxIP” link=”/listen/excerpt-241-three-articles-peace-social-war-in-north-america-1pjRYEixxIP/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /241/ Three Articles: Peace & Social War in North America On dovish conservatives, Trumpist coup-mongers and Canadian truckers.

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We examine what arguments 'pro-worker conservatives' are making in an aim to rid the GOP of warmongers and what this says about their vision of politics. In that light we also look at the Trumpist wing and ask what they might have in common, if anything, with the former. And we debate the Canadian protests against vaccine mandates and the left's response to it so far. 

Three Articles:

Hawks Are Standing in the Way of a New Republican Party, Sohrab Ahmari, Patrick Deneen, Gladden Pappin, NYT

The second coming of Donald Trump, The Economist

As Workers Resist, the Left Recoils, Edwin Aponte, The Bellows

Michael Lind, Professor of Practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, joins us to talk about what it might take to restore working class power in Western states. He explains some of the arguments in his book The New Class War (2020) in greater depth, as ” id=”6BWRNpgoWI3″ vid=”6BWRNpgoWI3″ id-for-player=”6BWRNpgoWI3″ link=”/listen/242-bureaucracy-rules-ok-ft-michael-lind-6BWRNpgoWI3/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/242/ Bureaucracy Rules OK ft. Michael Lind On class wars, new and old.

Michael Lind, Professor of Practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, joins us to talk about what it might take to restore working class power in Western states. He explains some of the arguments in his book The New Class War (2020) in greater depth, as well as discussing his intellectual debt to the ex-Trotskyist theorist turned Cold War conservative, James Burnham.

Plus, Michael talks about how his Texan background and upbringing shaped his outlook on industrialisation, national development and populism. 

Part two: https://www.patreon.com/posts/243-bureaucracy-62900197

Readings:

America’s Asymmetric Civil War, Tablet Mag

Why ending tenure is only the start, Tablet Mag

The importance of James Burnham, Tablet Mag

Bungacast Reading Club on The New Class War

We speak to Malcolm Kyeyune of Sweden’s Örebro Party about its origins, analysis and goals. Is a new working class politics to be found in direct opposition to the PMC or the ‘transferiat’? How does this local party intend to scale up? What sor” id=”1udnAyGXnfn” vid=”1udnAyGXnfn” id-for-player=”1udnAyGXnfn” link=”/listen/240-populist-interventions-orebro-party-ft-malcolm-kyeyune-1udnAyGXnfn/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/240/ Populist Interventions: Örebro Party ft. Malcolm Kyeyune The first in an occasional series on new initiatives. 

We speak to Malcolm Kyeyune of Sweden's Örebro Party about its origins, analysis and goals. Is a new working class politics to be found in direct opposition to the PMC or the 'transferiat'? How does this local party intend to scale up? What sort of issues are on its agenda? And how does it aim to go beyond the impasses of other populist initiatives?

We talk to writer Ross Wolfe about his essay "Marxism Contra Justice". Given that struggles for justice have been central to all sorts of radical movements, why is it important to cleave Marxist politics away from this notion? How are contemporary notions of” id=”73Fp9jvguC5″ vid=”73Fp9jvguC5″ id-for-player=”73Fp9jvguC5″ link=”/listen/239-against-justice-ft-ross-wolfe-73Fp9jvguC5/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/239/ Against Justice ft. Ross Wolfe On the critique of egalitarian ideology.

We talk to writer Ross Wolfe about his essay "Marxism Contra Justice". Given that struggles for justice have been central to all sorts of radical movements, why is it important to cleave Marxist politics away from this notion? How are contemporary notions of 'social justice' already degraded versions of earlier egalitarian ideology on the left? Is it possible to conceive of any popular working-class movement that doesn’t begin with people’s sense of indignation and desire for redress?

Links:


Marxism Contra Justice, Ross Wolfe, Datacide

The Charnel House, Ross Wolfe's blog

We ask why people are scared of sovereignty – as opposed to state power per se, and analyse what is significant about the way in which Schmitt defines sovereignty. And what is the meaning of ‘political theology’?

And we discuss your questions. 

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/238/ Reading Club: Emergency Politics I (Extended Excerpt) On Carl Schmitt's Political Theology (1922).

We ask why people are scared of sovereignty – as opposed to state power per se, and analyse what is significant about the way in which Schmitt defines sovereignty. And what is the meaning of 'political theology'?

And we discuss your questions. 

This is an extended excerpt of the first 30 mins of the episode. For the full thing, go to patreon.com/bungacast

Other links:

The shibboleth of sovereignty, Martin Loughlin and Stephen Tierney, Modern Law Review, 2008 (pdf) 

The Fed policy error that should worry investors, John Hussman, FT 

The Death of the Central Bank Myth, Adam Tooze, Foreign Policy
 
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Excerpt: /237/ Three Articles: Italy, Ukraine, Matrix We take on Italy's election of a new president and what that tells us about permanent crisis, the EU and the curtailing of democracy; we ask how serious the risk of war in Ukraine actually is; and review a film we haven't seen.
 
The full episode is for subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast
 


3 Articles:


As war looms larger, what are Russia’s military options in Ukraine?, The Economist 



How the EU destroyed Italian democracy, Thomas Fazi & Paolo Cornetti, Unherd



Boringly postmodern and an ideological fantasy, Slavoj Zizek, The Spectator 




Others:


Chartbook #70 Draghi for President?, Adam Tooze, Substack



How serious is Vladimir Putin about launching a major Ukraine offensive?, Max Seddon, FT


 
Journalist Lily Lynch, editor of Balkanist, joins us to talk about her recent investigations into the Green Party, who are now back in power in Germany.


 
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Excerpt: /236/ Green Nazi Paedos ft. Lily Lynch On the German Greens' shady history.


 
Journalist Lily Lynch, editor of Balkanist, joins us to talk about her recent investigations into the Green Party, who are now back in power in Germany.


 
The 68ers attempted to combat authoritarianism and Nazi legacies through sexual liberation, building on the work of Wilhelm Reich. How did this lead some small groups associated with the Greens to advocate paedophilia – and even to accept former Nazis into their ranks?
 
Later the Greens would fully embrace war. We discuss how their emphasis on "maturity" and multilateral humanitarianism became the means through which they justified their new hawkish stance and adoption of NATO's cause.
 
The full episode is available to subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast


 
Readings:


Meet the German Green Party: From "Pedophile Rights" to Post-Pacifism, Lily Lynch (free)



The German Green Party's Oldest Member Was a Known Pedophile Nazi Stormtrooper, Lily Lynch



West Berlin Had a "Radical" All-Female Pedophile Commune with Links to the German Green Party, Lily Lynch



How a Pacifist Party Gave War a Chance, Lily Lynch



What's Become of the German Greens? Joachim Jachnow, NLR (2013)



No End to Neoliberalism in Germany, Bernhard Pirkl, Damage (Dec 2021)
 

 


In our book, The End of the End of History, we discuss the move from post-politics to anti-politics; from consensus to rejection; from apathy to anger. In a new article, Anton Jäger argues we’ve now moved into a hyperpolitical age.” id=”7Jri0eYS2F” vid=”7Jri0eYS2F” id-for-player=”7Jri0eYS2F” link=”/listen/235-political-ritalin-ft-anton-jager-7Jri0eYS2F/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/235/ Political Ritalin ft. Anton Jäger On our current attention-deficit and hyperpolitical disorder.
 

 


In our book, The End of the End of History, we discuss the move from post-politics to anti-politics; from consensus to rejection; from apathy to anger. In a new article, Anton Jäger argues we've now moved into a hyperpolitical age. Is everything being politicised…except the really important stuff?
 


We discuss some examples of hyperpolitics in Europe and North America and ask if what's going on is just a hot culture war, or something bigger. And what are the risks of an actual civil war in France or the US?


 
Reading:


How the World Went from Post-Politics to Hyper-Politics, Anton Jäger, Tribune



Introduction from The End of the End of History, Bungacast, Merion West



Did the culture wars ever end?, Q&A with Andrew Hartman, Illinois State




As better-off 30-somethings start to get on the property ladder, does this put paid to ‘Generation Left’? Will American decline be accompanied by a second civil war – as China serenely watches on? And does Britain repres” id=”26pxqe26KKu” vid=”26pxqe26KKu” id-for-player=”26pxqe26KKu” link=”/listen/excerpt-234-three-articles-restoration-26pxqe26KKu/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /234/ Three Articles: Restoration? On Millennial homeowners, the USA falling apart, and restoration in the UK.




As better-off 30-somethings start to get on the property ladder, does this put paid to 'Generation Left'? Will American decline be accompanied by a second civil war – as China serenely watches on? And does Britain represent a return to the 'End of History'? Is everything becoming boring again?


 
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Articles:


Millennials Are Supercharging the Housing Market, Nicole Friedman, WSJ (attached)



A tale of two elites in Washington and Beijing, Gideon Rachman, FT (attached)



British politics suddenly feels small – and the old order is ‘taking back control’, Julian Coman
 


We’ve got a completely revamped Reading Club, arranged along three themes: Emergency Politics & Control; Cynical Ideology; and Techno-Feudalism.
 


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How has the cold and hard world of bureaucratic, instrumental rationalism penetrated the intimate sphere of love and relationships? And how has open communication and emotional understanding been used to advance economic interes” id=”7fEAP4vaouB” vid=”7fEAP4vaouB” id-for-player=”7fEAP4vaouB” link=”/listen/excerpt-232-reading-club-cold-hard-warm-soft-7fEAP4vaouB/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /232/ Reading Club: Cold, Hard / Warm, Soft On Eva Illouz's Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism




How has the cold and hard world of bureaucratic, instrumental rationalism penetrated the intimate sphere of love and relationships? And how has open communication and emotional understanding been used to advance economic interests?


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As always, lots of debate about Covid – and we start by remarking upon a possible u-turn on the issue on the British left.


 
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Excerpt: /233/ Aufhebonus Bonus For the last time in 2021, we take your questions, comments and criticisms.


 
As always, lots of debate about Covid – and we start by remarking upon a possible u-turn on the issue on the British left.


 
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/231/ New Class Analysis ft. Catherine Liu On Thursday 9 November, George Hoare and Alex Hochuli took part in a conversation with Catherine Liu about their recent books – The End of the End of History and Virtue Hoarders, respectively. The focus was on the social and political role of the Professional-Managerial Class in historical context.

The webinar was hosted and presented by the UCI Humanities Center, as part of their Ideas with Impact series and we're reposting the conversation as a podcast here.
 


We continue our discussion with Douglas Lain, formerly of Zer0 Books and now of Diet Soap Media. Has the left been overtaken by events – yet again? And we propose a typology of a left divided between progressives, populists and Marxists – progressives who are authoritaria” id=”2vwV4TmDVhl” vid=”2vwV4TmDVhl” id-for-player=”2vwV4TmDVhl” link=”/listen/excerpt-230-repetition-compulsion-ft-doug-lain-pt-2-2vwV4TmDVhl/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /230/ Repetition Compulsion ft. Doug Lain, pt. 2 On the left outflanked.
 


We continue our discussion with Douglas Lain, formerly of Zer0 Books and now of Diet Soap Media. Has the left been overtaken by events – yet again? And we propose a typology of a left divided between progressives, populists and Marxists – progressives who are authoritarian, populists who are opportunists, and Marxists who are lonely.
 
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OK Bunger! The Problem of Generations



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Douglas Lain, until recently publisher of Zer0 Books and now of Diet Soap Media, joins us to talk about what happened with Zer0. Mainly, we discuss the left at the End of History, revisit No Logo and the anti-branding stance, and compare Gen X and Millennial lefts – is it” id=”1VbXzRNoFLP” vid=”1VbXzRNoFLP” id-for-player=”1VbXzRNoFLP” link=”/listen/229-repetition-compulsion-ft-doug-lain-pt-1-1VbXzRNoFLP/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/229/ Repetition Compulsion ft. Doug Lain, pt. 1 On branding and the left. 

Douglas Lain, until recently publisher of Zer0 Books and now of Diet Soap Media, joins us to talk about what happened with Zer0. Mainly, we discuss the left at the End of History, revisit No Logo and the anti-branding stance, and compare Gen X and Millennial lefts – is it just a continual story of decline?

Links:

Diet Soap Media: Patreon | YouTube

OK Bunger! The Problem of Generations
 


In this month’s Reading Club, we discuss the introduction to Marshall Berman’s marvellous All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.
 
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Excerpt: /227/ Reading Club: All That Is Solid On modernity's contradictions.
 


In this month's Reading Club, we discuss the introduction to Marshall Berman's marvellous All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.
 
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Can we revive, as Berman intends, the truly dialectical, 19th century attitude to modernity? What value is there in talking about "modernity" rather than “capitalism”? And how to we recognise possibilities for transcending today's impasses, where the question of "modernity" isn't even on the table?
 
The final Reading Club of 2021 will be on Eva Illouz's Cold Intimacies.

We discuss Chile’s landmark elections, the first after the uprising of 2019-20, which see a face-off between left and far-right; Modi’s repeal of controversial laws that provoked a huge mobilisation of farmers in India last year; and protests and riots against n” id=”2eTKaNdpv7V” vid=”2eTKaNdpv7V” id-for-player=”2eTKaNdpv7V” link=”/listen/228-three-articles-popular-backlash-in-chile-india-europe-2eTKaNdpv7V/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/228/ Three Articles: Popular Backlash in Chile, India, Europe On people power on three continents.

We discuss Chile's landmark elections, the first after the uprising of 2019-20, which see a face-off between left and far-right; Modi's repeal of controversial laws that provoked a huge mobilisation of farmers in India last year; and protests and riots against new lockdowns and vaccine mandates across Europe.

Articles:

Has the Backlash to Progressivism Come to Chile?, Lili Loofbourow, Slate

In Rare Show of Weakness, Modi Bows to India’s Farmers, Various, NYT

Violence in Belgium and Netherlands as Covid protests erupt across Europe, Jon Henley, The Guardian


Other relevant episodes

/93/ Hot Chile and Other Neoliberal Failures ft. Pablo Pryluka

/198/ Universal India ft. Achin Vanaik
 


A study (pdf) carried out by YouGov on behalf of Jacobin magazine and the Center for Working-Class Politics has learned that "working-class voters prefer progressive candidates who focus primarily on bread-and-butter economic issues, and wh” id=”2TRQIkpxa6P” vid=”2TRQIkpxa6P” id-for-player=”2TRQIkpxa6P” link=”/listen/excerpt-226-science-says-no-woke-2TRQIkpxa6P/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /226/ Science Says: No Woke On the Jacobin & YouGov survey of the US working class.
 


A study (pdf) carried out by YouGov on behalf of Jacobin magazine and the Center for Working-Class Politics has learned that "working-class voters prefer progressive candidates who focus primarily on bread-and-butter economic issues, and who frame those issues in universal terms." What can we learn from the study, beyond the obvious? What are its limitations, who is it for, and what does the survey say about those who commissioned it?
 
Plus: does it make sense to frame your politics as 'anti-woke'?
 
Reading:


Jacobin executive summary



Full report (pdf)

While Russia famously succumbed to destructive neoliberal "shock therapy", China managed to avoid it. How and why? Isabella Weber, author of How China Escaped Shock Therapy, tells us about China’s opting for gradual reform instead. 

What did reform mean f” id=”5CNQWoVWIFU” vid=”5CNQWoVWIFU” id-for-player=”5CNQWoVWIFU” link=”/listen/195-no-shock-china-ft-isabella-weber-5CNQWoVWIFU/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/195/ No Shock China ft. Isabella Weber On China, economic reform, and the future.

While Russia famously succumbed to destructive neoliberal "shock therapy", China managed to avoid it. How and why? Isabella Weber, author of How China Escaped Shock Therapy, tells us about China's opting for gradual reform instead. 

What did reform mean for understandings of socialism? Do communists make the best capitalists? And is the pursuit of growth and development at any cost China's own version of the End of History?
 
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In this episode, we examine the Baby Boomers – myth and reality. The revolt of the ’60s has been misunderstood in many dimens” id=”8gqMH8arJbO” vid=”8gqMH8arJbO” id-for-player=”8gqMH8arJbO” link=”/listen/excerpt-ok-bunger-the-problem-of-generations-pt-3-8gqMH8arJbO/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: OK BUNGER! The Problem of Generations, pt. 3 The third in a special five-part series on generational consciousness and conflict.
 
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In this episode, we examine the Baby Boomers – myth and reality. The revolt of the '60s has been misunderstood in many dimensions. Was it betrayed or did it always express capitalist ideology? Were the Boomers the ones who really did the 1960s anyway? And what world have the Boomers created as they passed through life – and institutions?


 
Guests include:


Jennie Bristow, senior lecturer in sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University



Helen Andrews, senior editor at The American Conservative



Josh Glenn, semiotician, author, and publisher of HiLoBrow



Jeffrey Alexander, professor of sociology at Yale University



Holger Nehring, chair in contemporary European history at the University of Stirling



Kristin Ross, professor emeritus of comparative literature at New York University




Original music by: Jonny Mundey


 
Additional music:


Medité / A Change in My Heart / courtesy of epidemicsound.com



Ondolut / Blumen / courtesy of epidemicsound.com



Elliott Holmes / Bull Chase / courtesy of epidemicsound.com



Kick Castle / Kick Down / courtesy of epidemicsound.com



T. Morri / Nuthin' but Nuts / courtesy of epidemicsound.com




Other Clips:


American Pastoral Trailer © 2016 – Lionsgate



Mai 1968 © France 3 Paris Ile-de-France



Imitation de Daniel Cohn-Bendit © C'est Canteloup



Baader Meinhof Complex © 2008

Wolfgang Streeck is back on the podcast to round-up Germany’s elections last Sunday (26 September). What’s behind the emphasis on continuity and competence? Is Germany stuck in the 2000s?

We also discuss the importation of US-style culture wars i” id=”95t5xSDOwK6″ vid=”95t5xSDOwK6″ id-for-player=”95t5xSDOwK6″ link=”/listen/218-stability-uber-alles-ft-wolfgang-streeck-95t5xSDOwK6/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/218/ Stability Über Alles ft. Wolfgang Streeck On German's elections – and the costs of stability.

Wolfgang Streeck is back on the podcast to round-up Germany's elections last Sunday (26 September). What's behind the emphasis on continuity and competence? Is Germany stuck in the 2000s?

We also discuss the importation of US-style culture wars into Germany, the country's role in the Eurozone, and strategic relations with France. 

The second part of the conversation – where we debate the end of neoliberalism and capitalist crisis – is over at patreon.com/bungacast.

Readings:

Will it Be Enough?, Wolfgang Streeck, Sidecar

“Order” Prevails in Berlin, Gregor Baszak, The Bellows

Things Can’t Go on Like This for the German Left, Alexander Brentler, Jacobin

In this episode, we look at the emergence of ‘youth’ as political concept in the age following the French Revolution, and its shifting meanings. How important was generational consciousness in the Young Italy movem” id=”30yfaNKKNYE” vid=”30yfaNKKNYE” id-for-player=”30yfaNKKNYE” link=”/listen/ok-bunger-the-problem-of-generations-pt-2-30yfaNKKNYE/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
OK BUNGER! The Problem of Generations, pt. 2 The second in a special five-part series on generational consciousness and conflict.

In this episode, we look at the emergence of 'youth' as political concept in the age following the French Revolution, and its shifting meanings. How important was generational consciousness in the Young Italy movement and its imitators in the 19th century, and how should we understand the so-called 'Lost Generation' of 1914?

Guests include:

Niall Whelahan, Chancellor’s Fellow in History, Strathclyde University


Original music by: Jonny Mundey

Additional music:

Leimoti / Don't Leave It Here / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

Leimoti / The Small Things / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

Philip Ayers / Trapped in a Maze / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

Walt Adams / Dark Tavern / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com


Other Clips:

Black 47 Trailer © 2018 – WildCard Distribution

Arracht Trailer © 2019 – Break Out Pictures

The Sun Also Rises © 2019 – 20th Century Fox

Mr Lloyd George Speaks To The Nation (1931) British Pathé


 

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In a continuation of our discussion on the emerging transfer state, we ask whether the end of neoliberalism entails the end of the ‘End of History’. What are the determinate f” id=”1Zer6Pp6wP9″ vid=”1Zer6Pp6wP9″ id-for-player=”1Zer6Pp6wP9″ link=”/listen/excerpt-188-the-huge-package-state-pt-2-ft-anton-jager-1Zer6Pp6wP9/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /188/ The Huge Package State pt. 2 ft. Anton Jäger On the end of the End of History and neo-feudalism.

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In a continuation of our discussion on the emerging transfer state, we ask whether the end of neoliberalism entails the end of the 'End of History'. What are the determinate features of the End of History that we are leaving behind? Which are still with us?

Also, what to make of arguments that our future is neo- or techno-feudal? Do these terms make any sense? Or is it better to think of two alternate futures: Japanisation or Brazilianisation? 



The End of the End of History, Bungacast, Zer0 Books

Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism?, Jodi Dean, LA Review of Books

Neo-feudalism in California, Joel Kotkin, American Affairs

Anton Jäger is back on the pod to discuss the emerging ‘transfer state’. We examine Biden’s massive trillion-dollar spending plans and ask if this means we’re leaving neoliberalism. What are the limitations to the ‘cashif” id=”7G89WxQtGkr” vid=”7G89WxQtGkr” id-for-player=”7G89WxQtGkr” link=”/listen/187-the-huge-package-state-ft-anton-jager-7G89WxQtGkr/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/187/ The Huge Package State ft. Anton Jäger On cash welfarism and state investment. Plus regionalism in Belgium & the UK.

Anton Jäger is back on the pod to discuss the emerging 'transfer state'. We examine Biden's massive trillion-dollar spending plans and ask if this means we're leaving neoliberalism. What are the limitations to the 'cashification of welfare'? Also comparisons with cash transfers or lack thereof in the UK, Brazil and Belgium.

Plus Anton talks us through recent Belgian history and why its immobilism and bureaucracy has actually prevented a full-on neoliberal assault. 

[Part 2 available at patreon.com/bungacast]

Readings:

“Welfare without the welfare state”: the death of the postwar welfarist consensus, Anton Jäger & Daniel Zamora, New Statesman

Joe Biden Is a Transformational President, David Brooks, NYT
 


How convincing is his genealogy in which he traces intersectionalism back to the 1930s Popular Front and 1960s soft Maoism? What functio” id=”4yMIZyjjMic” vid=”4yMIZyjjMic” id-for-player=”4yMIZyjjMic” link=”/listen/excerpt-217-reading-club-intersectional-stalinism-4yMIZyjjMic/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /217/ Reading Club: Intersectional Stalinism This month's Reading Club is on Mike McNair's "Intersectionalism, the highest stage of western Stalinism?" from the journal Critique (pdf attached on Patreon).
 


How convincing is his genealogy in which he traces intersectionalism back to the 1930s Popular Front and 1960s soft Maoism? What function does intersectionalism play on the Left – and for the ruling class? And is McNair right that intersectionalism is self-defeating on its own terms? Or is it self-perpetuating?
 
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Merkel has led Germany since 2005, outlasting any number of politicians across the West. What accounts for her longevity? How has such a non-ideological, post-political figure lasted so long? 

Germany is finally leaving her motherly embrace. But why is continuity o” id=”8SsvV5IfRqw” vid=”8SsvV5IfRqw” id-for-player=”8SsvV5IfRqw” link=”/listen/216-goodbye-mutti-election-preview-ft-dominik-leusder-8SsvV5IfRqw/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/216/ Goodbye Mutti! Election Preview ft. Dominik Leusder On Germany's election this week.

Merkel has led Germany since 2005, outlasting any number of politicians across the West. What accounts for her longevity? How has such a non-ideological, post-political figure lasted so long? 

Germany is finally leaving her motherly embrace. But why is continuity on the cards, despite the many global crises Germany has passed through?

In this episode, we look at the current, vexed discourse around generations, and analyse competing theories on how to understand generational cleavages.

Guests include:

Felix Krawatzek, political scientist at the” id=”6syy8TR1kDq” vid=”6syy8TR1kDq” id-for-player=”6syy8TR1kDq” link=”/listen/ok-bunger-the-problem-of-generations-pt-1-6syy8TR1kDq/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
OK BUNGER! The Problem of Generations, pt. 1 The first in a special five-part series on generational consciousness and conflict.

In this episode, we look at the current, vexed discourse around generations, and analyse competing theories on how to understand generational cleavages.

Guests include:

Felix Krawatzek, political scientist at the Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin

Jennie Bristow, sociologist at Canterbury Christ Church University

Joshua Glenn, semiotician, author, and publisher of HiLoBrow


Original music by: Jonny Mundey

Additional music:

Peter Kuli / OK Boomer / courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, Inc.

Liru / For the Floor / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

 

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Alex Gendler talks to us about his essay in American Affairs, "The New Superfluous Men". With growing global concern about incels and increasing anti-terrorism focus on the supposed risks posed by lonely, angry men, we discuss why this discussion has ” id=”6gblK722mDF” vid=”6gblK722mDF” id-for-player=”6gblK722mDF” link=”/listen/excerpt-215-organize-the-incels-ft-alex-gendler-6gblK722mDF/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /215/ Organize the Incels?! ft. Alex Gendler On the long history of involuntary celibates.
 
Alex Gendler talks to us about his essay in American Affairs, "The New Superfluous Men". With growing global concern about incels and increasing anti-terrorism focus on the supposed risks posed by lonely, angry men, we discuss why this discussion has emerged today and why it's gone global. 
 


Why do our societies seem no longer to find use for young men? Do they benefit from patriarchy? And how does this all relate to class?
 
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Adam Tooze joins us to discuss his new book, Shutdown. In 2020 everything changed… so that everything might remain the same.

What were the reasons behind the global shutdown? Was it a result of over-protection, a policy of repression, or the result of ” id=”5lpXa70q5Ff” vid=”5lpXa70q5Ff” id-for-player=”5lpXa70q5Ff” link=”/listen/213-the-leopard-lockdown-ft-adam-tooze-5lpXa70q5Ff/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/213/ The Leopard Lockdown ft. Adam Tooze On Covid and the end of the end of history.

Adam Tooze joins us to discuss his new book, Shutdown. In 2020 everything changed… so that everything might remain the same.

What were the reasons behind the global shutdown? Was it a result of over-protection, a policy of repression, or the result of structural tensions? Has China been the winner of the pandemic? How have central banks been victims of their own success? And does this represent the end of neoliberalism?  

The latter part of the interview continues over on patreon.com/bungacast
 


We start off discussing the HBO series "The White Lotus" before tackling three articles on middle-class anxieties: climate change and pressures on UK living standards; the Chinese state’s crackdown on private tutoring; and women’s attempt to av” id=”6up6sfKCJ5T” vid=”6up6sfKCJ5T” id-for-player=”6up6sfKCJ5T” link=”/listen/excerpt-212-three-articles-middle-class-anxieties-6up6sfKCJ5T/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /212/ Three Articles: Middle-Class Anxieties On net-zero, CCP nanny state, and optimised dating.
 


We start off discussing the HBO series "The White Lotus" before tackling three articles on middle-class anxieties: climate change and pressures on UK living standards; the Chinese state's crackdown on private tutoring; and women's attempt to avoid crappy men through 'Female Dating Strategy'.
 
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Articles:


Boris Johnson’s push for net zero plunged into chaos, Edward Malnick & Emma Gatten, The Telegraph (attached in patreon)



China’s nanny state: why Xi is cracking down on gaming and private tutors, Tom Mitchell & Thomas Hale, FT (attached in patreon)



‘Sales funnels’ and high-value men: the rise of strategic dating, Katie Cunningham, The Guardian

California middle-school teacher and social critic Alex Gutentag (@galexybrane) joins us to talk about the depredations of lockdown in California and the wider world.

How has lockdown affected different segments of society, and how damaging have school closur” id=”3MNHsjzniIf” vid=”3MNHsjzniIf” id-for-player=”3MNHsjzniIf” link=”/listen/211-unlocking-the-lockdown-left-ft-galexybrane-3MNHsjzniIf/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/211/ Unlocking the Lockdown Left ft. @galexybrane On lockdowns, education, and the left.

California middle-school teacher and social critic Alex Gutentag (@galexybrane) joins us to talk about the depredations of lockdown in California and the wider world.

How has lockdown affected different segments of society, and how damaging have school closures been on education? Why has the professional middle class been so in favour of widespread restrictions – and how did the left go from backing Medicare 4 All to cheering on lockdowns in the space of a few months?

Readings:

The War on Reality, Alex Gutentag, The Tablet  

The Great Covid Class War, Alex Gutentag, The Bellows
 


How convincing is Zaretsky’s idea that, as capitalism was becoming more organized and systematic, it also liberated relations between the sexes and enhanced a” id=”1k2VLtfuDWQ” vid=”1k2VLtfuDWQ” id-for-player=”1k2VLtfuDWQ” link=”/listen/excerpt-210-reading-club-psychoanalysis-spirit-of-capitalism-1k2VLtfuDWQ/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /210/ Reading Club: Psychoanalysis & Spirit of Capitalism We discuss Eli Zaretsky's essay, "Psychoanalysis and the Spirit of Capitalism" (also available as a chapter in his book Political Freud).
 


How convincing is Zaretsky’s idea that, as capitalism was becoming more organized and systematic, it also liberated relations between the sexes and enhanced a sense of individual subjectivity?
 
Was Freudianism a victim of its success? Did it ‘win’ and thereby make itself obsolete – socially if not intellectually? And what is today’s "spirit of capitalism"? Are we still within the spirit that was reshaped in the 1960s – the world of the New Left?
 
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On this Aufhebonus Bonus, we take your critical comments on ‘positive biopolitics’ and authoritarian responses to Covid. Plus, whether neoliberalism is really ending, the usefulness of using ‘PMC’ or ‘clerisy’, and much more. 

” id=”8e7QY5aTTb8″ vid=”8e7QY5aTTb8″ id-for-player=”8e7QY5aTTb8″ link=”/listen/excerpt-209-aufhebonus-bonus-kabul-falls-8e7QY5aTTb8/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /209/ Aufhebonus Bonus + Kabul Falls On the Fall of Kabul, plus responding to your questions & comments.




On this Aufhebonus Bonus, we take your critical comments on 'positive biopolitics' and authoritarian responses to Covid. Plus, whether neoliberalism is really ending, the usefulness of using 'PMC' or 'clerisy', and much more. 




We start by discussing what's happening in Afghanistan, the 20 years of failure, and what happens next.  

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We talk to Paolo Gerbaudo about his new book, The Great Recoil, in which Paolo argues we are now turning inwards – globalisation is no longer a sea of opportunity and instead fear dominates. How convincing is his notion of an emerging ‘protecti” id=”1gGRFw6QjCI” vid=”1gGRFw6QjCI” id-for-player=”1gGRFw6QjCI” link=”/listen/207-pangolin-vs-lobster-pt-1-ft-paolo-gerbaudo-1gGRFw6QjCI/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/207/ Pangolin vs Lobster, pt 1 ft. Paolo Gerbaudo What comes after neoliberalism – the protective state?

We talk to Paolo Gerbaudo about his new book, The Great Recoil, in which Paolo argues we are now turning inwards – globalisation is no longer a sea of opportunity and instead fear dominates. How convincing is his notion of an emerging 'protective state', and do either the left or right variants of it really promise us much at all? 

Part two of the interview is available for subscribers only. Sign up and listen at patreon.com/bungacast

Links:


The Great Recoil, Verso Books

On the 'digital party', Bungacast
 


For this 3A, articles from different ‘conservative’ outlets – but how conservative, and of what kind?


 
Articles:


The real danger is insurgency on the right, William Hague, The Times (pdf attached in patreon)



To curse social m” id=”3tYSw6BLNr0″ vid=”3tYSw6BLNr0″ id-for-player=”3tYSw6BLNr0″ link=”/listen/excerpt-206-three-articles-post-liberalism-3tYSw6BLNr0/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /206/ Three Articles: Post-Liberalism On post-liberalism: loving the state, crushing the individual?
 


For this 3A, articles from different 'conservative' outlets – but how conservative, and of what kind?


 
Articles:


The real danger is insurgency on the right, William Hague, The Times (pdf attached in patreon)



To curse social media is to exonerate society, Janan Ganesh, FT (pdf attached in patreon)



We are all Britney now, Mary Harrington, Unherd



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For our 200th episode special, we posed the question: "If you had to study the history of only one country from 1900-2020, and thereby understand the history of the whole world, which would you pick?"

You voted on the ten submissions and n” id=”AABGYR08mUq” vid=”AABGYR08mUq” id-for-player=”AABGYR08mUq” link=”/listen/205-the-world-in-one-country-the-final-ft-many-guests-AABGYR08mUq/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/205/ The World In One Country: The Final ft. Many Guests What country best captures 20th and 21st century history? 

For our 200th episode special, we posed the question: "If you had to study the history of only one country from 1900-2020, and thereby understand the history of the whole world, which would you pick?"

You voted on the ten submissions and now we invited the top 3 back on the pod to discuss in more depth: Dominik Leusder on Germany; David Broder on Italy; and David Adler on India.

Then Phil and Alex choose a winner (it's a "managed democracy").

 

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In this Three Articles, we discuss flight or departure in various ways: China opening the gates for its huge savings to spill onto world markets; Switzerland leaving (or remaining outside) the EU; and the US’s sudden departure fr” id=”5NBVRgsneLD” vid=”5NBVRgsneLD” id-for-player=”5NBVRgsneLD” link=”/listen/204-three-articles-peoples-republic-of-fleeing-5NBVRgsneLD/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/204/ Three Articles: People's Republic of Fleeing On Chinese investment, Swiss democracy, and fleeing from Afghanistan.

In this Three Articles, we discuss flight or departure in various ways: China opening the gates for its huge savings to spill onto world markets; Switzerland leaving (or remaining outside) the EU; and the US's sudden departure from Afghanistan, without telling anyone. 

'Three Articles' episodes are normally for subscribers only – but this one's free. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast for regular access.

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Articles:

What happens if Chinese household wealth is unleashed on the world?, Thomas Hale and Tabby Kinder, FT (pdf in patreon)

Swexit, Wolfgang Streeck, Sidecar-NLR

US troops abandoned Bagram airport base in the dead of night…, various, Daily Mail
 


We talk to Benjamin Bratton about his new book, The Revenge of the Real, and its argument for a "positive biopolitics". What does an "epidemiological view of society" look like, and why should we let go of the idea that unmediated social relations are the mo” id=”UOuTCMu7dJ” vid=”UOuTCMu7dJ” id-for-player=”UOuTCMu7dJ” link=”/listen/excerpt-203-positive-biopolitics-ft-benjamin-bratton-UOuTCMu7dJ/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /203/ Positive Biopolitics? ft. Benjamin Bratton On pandemic & post-pandemic politics.
 


We talk to Benjamin Bratton about his new book, The Revenge of the Real, and its argument for a "positive biopolitics". What does an "epidemiological view of society" look like, and why should we let go of the idea that unmediated social relations are the most authentic kind? We touch on the work of Foucault and Agamben and why they are or aren't relevant to our conditions and critique "boomer theorists".

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Readings:


The Revenge of the Real, Verso Books



The 7th Function of Language, Laurent Binet, Penguin

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Articles:

Did Populism Start A 21st Century Anti” id=”6r8bbdGoavw” vid=”6r8bbdGoavw” id-for-player=”6r8bbdGoavw” link=”/listen/excerpt-202-3-articles-clerisy-war-football-6r8bbdGoavw/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /202/ 3 Articles: Clerisy, War, Football In our latest 3A, we discuss "the clerisy" and how it relates to the PMC; how the EU is doing forever war just as much as the US; and the hyper-commodification of football.

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Articles:

Did Populism Start A 21st Century Anti-Clerical Revolution?, Angela Nagle, Substack

Interview with Wolfgang Streeck: The EU’s war in Africa, Jonas Elvander, Brave New Europe

Cursed and compromised but Euro 2020’s irresistible circus rolls on, Barney Ronay, The Guardian

Lind identifies new lines in the class war, between working class and managerial overclass, between those in the "heartlands" and those in the "hubs". How convincing is this account? What is his critique of technocratic managerialism and its symptom, pop” id=”9xGwbzz64Kw” vid=”9xGwbzz64Kw” id-for-player=”9xGwbzz64Kw” link=”/listen/excerpt-201-reading-club-the-new-class-war-9xGwbzz64Kw/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /201/ Reading Club: The New Class War We discuss Michael Lind's The New Class War.

Lind identifies new lines in the class war, between working class and managerial overclass, between those in the "heartlands" and those in the "hubs". How convincing is this account? What is his critique of technocratic managerialism and its symptom, populism? How convincing – and realistic – is his solution of "democratic pluralism"? And is this only achievable as a result of a new cold war with China?

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For our 200th episode special, we pose the question: "If you had to study the history of only one country from 1900-2020, and thereby understand the history of the whole world, which would you pick?"

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/200/ The World In One Country ft. Many Guests On world history, 1900-2020.

For our 200th episode special, we pose the question: "If you had to study the history of only one country from 1900-2020, and thereby understand the history of the whole world, which would you pick?"

We invited 10 contributors to each pitch one country, whose particularities capture the universal sweep of world history from the start of the 20th century till now.

Vote for which you think is best, and we'll have the top 3 back on to discuss in more depth: Link to voting page



Running order:

(18:20) Germany – Dominik Leusder

(23:02) Greece – Jonas Kyratzes

(27:57) India – David Adler

(33:46) Indonesia – Vincent Bevins

(38:25) Iraq – Liam Meissner

(44:03) Italy – David Broder

(49:19) Mexico – Roger Lancaster

(54:01) Taiwan – Nic Johnson

(59:44) Turkey – Arash Azizi

(01:04:32) Yugoslavia – Lily Lynch


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On this Aufhebonus Bonus, we discuss whether unions are still capable of fighting for their members; the Arab-Israeli conflict at the End of History; a lot more on the 'PMC debate'; plus: whether Phil is "reductionist in the service of his own prejudices".

India is held up as a model developing country: liberal, democratic, multicultural. Renowned Indian writer and activist Achin Vanaik joins us to examine how India has turned away from universalism and secularism. 

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/198/ Universal India ft. Achin Vanaik On secularism, nationalism and identity politics. 

India is held up as a model developing country: liberal, democratic, multicultural. Renowned Indian writer and activist Achin Vanaik joins us to examine how India has turned away from universalism and secularism. 

How did Gandhi, Nehru and the Congress as a whole lay the seeds for today's Hindu chauvinism? What are the consequences of defining secularism as merely 'tolerance'? And how has caste come to function a bit like identity politics in relation to the state?

Readings:

Nationalist Dangers, Secular Failings, Achin Vanaik, Aakar Books

The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism, Achin Vanaik, Verso Books

The Rise of Hindu Nationalism and the Failures of the Indian Left, Interview with Achin Vanaik, Jacobin

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Excerpt: /197/ Reading Club: The Breakaway We discuss the third and final in the series of Perry Anderson essays on the EU in the London Review of Books, "The Breakaway", and wonder if the EU can – despite its crises – just carry on indefinitely.

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The disasters of Iraq, Libya, Syria and beyond are there for all to see. Why hasn’t an emphasis on Human Rights led to fewer atrocities? How has Western intervention made the world a less safe p” id=”TzMBwq0HOR” vid=”TzMBwq0HOR” id-for-player=”TzMBwq0HOR” link=”/listen/excerpt-196-cosmopolitan-dystopia-TzMBwq0HOR/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /196/ Cosmopolitan Dystopia On atrocity and sovereignty.


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The disasters of Iraq, Libya, Syria and beyond are there for all to see. Why hasn't an emphasis on Human Rights led to fewer atrocities? How has Western intervention made the world a less safe place?

We discuss Philip's book Cosmopolitan Dystopia: International Intervention and the Failure of the West and discover that no one really defends sovereignty today. What's behind the concept of 'Responsibility to Protect' (R2P)? And should we understand it as a form of "liberal imperialism"?

The Covid crisis has led to millions out of work – but the situation was none too rosy before, either. Post-crisis recoveries seem increasingly ‘jobless’, while the overall labour force participation rate keeps falling as people drop out entirely. 

We interview to Liz Pancotti of ” id=”4vEOGFX51CV” vid=”4vEOGFX51CV” id-for-player=”4vEOGFX51CV” link=”/listen/149-its-not-robots-its-capitalism-ft-aaron-benanav-liz-pancotti-4vEOGFX51CV/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/149/ It's Not Robots, It's Capitalism ft. Aaron Benanav / Liz Pancotti On unemployment.

The Covid crisis has led to millions out of work – but the situation was none too rosy before, either. Post-crisis recoveries seem increasingly 'jobless', while the overall labour force participation rate keeps falling as people drop out entirely. 

We interview to Liz Pancotti of Employ America for a picture of what's driving US unemployment.

Then we talk to Aaron Benanav about his new book and learn that it's not robots who are stealing jobs, but rather capitalism's own stagnation. Why are both radical Keynesian ideas and UBI proposals no real solution? And, finally, what is the working class to do in a world with depressed demand for labour?

Running order:

Liz Pancotti – (04:09)

Aaron Benanav – (53:09)


 

Readings:

Automation and the Future of Work, Aaron Benanav, Verso

Unemployment Benefit Expansions: A Guide for Policy Responses in the Wake of COVID-19, Elizabeth Pancotti, Employ America

Do not let homeworking become digital piecework for the poor, Sarah O'Connor, FT

We call up Rima Majed in Beirut to talk us through the aftermath of the enormous explosion and ensuing protests. How has Lebanon’s history since the civil war created such a profound, multi-layered crisis? We cover the desperate economic situation and the October 2019 revolt, b” id=”dLAbtl2kFU” vid=”dLAbtl2kFU” id-for-player=”dLAbtl2kFU” link=”/listen/141-oh-lebanon-what-now-ft-rima-majed-dLAbtl2kFU/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/141/ Oh Lebanon, What Now? ft. Rima Majed On Lebanon's crisis.

We call up Rima Majed in Beirut to talk us through the aftermath of the enormous explosion and ensuing protests. How has Lebanon's history since the civil war created such a profound, multi-layered crisis? We cover the desperate economic situation and the October 2019 revolt, before going deep on the politics of sectarianism, the regional scenario impacting Lebanon, the legacy of the Arab Spring, and the risks of foreign intervention.  

Running Order:

Beirut explosion and protests – (07:04)

Lebanese history 1990-today – (23:53)

Economic crisis – (38:05)

Sectarianism – (51:16)

Regional scenario and foreign intervention – (01:04:54)

International solidarity – (01:24:38)


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Readings (all Rima Majed):

Lebanon’s ‘October Revolution’ must go on!, openDemocracy

The Political (or Social) Economy of Sectarianism in Lebanon, Middle East Institute

Financial Collapse, Revolution, and Pandemic: Where are the Unions?, LCPS

Why the Lebanese support the same sectarian leaders, al Jazeera

Lebanon's October Revolution: Hope in the Midst of Crisis, Princeton

Understanding the October Uprisings in Iraq and Lebanon, Global Dialogue ISA

Macri’s election was heralded by the right across the continent as the end to a sequence of centre-left governments in South America. Now only four years later, he is likely to be thrown out of office by the return of ‘Kirchnerismo’. Next doo” id=”4wF6hUrqSGs” vid=”4wF6hUrqSGs” id-for-player=”4wF6hUrqSGs” link=”/listen/93-hot-chile-and-other-neoliberal-failures-ft-pablo-pryluka-4wF6hUrqSGs/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/93/ Hot Chile and Other Neoliberal Failures ft. Pablo Pryluka On Argentina's elections and Chile & Ecuador's revolts. 

Macri's election was heralded by the right across the continent as the end to a sequence of centre-left governments in South America. Now only four years later, he is likely to be thrown out of office by the return of 'Kirchnerismo'. Next door, the supposedly "stable and growing" Chile is in flames as protests and riots challenge the conservative Piñera administration and the country's deep inequality. This follows on the heels of weeks of mobilisations in Ecuador against the ending of a fuel subsidy. What's going on and what does it all signify?

[Chile & Ecuador discussion starts at 46mins]

Readings:

The Day After Macri’s Downfall, Martín Mosquera, Jacobin

Lenín Moreno Has Betrayed Ecuador. Now the Country Is in Revolt, Guillaume Long, Jacobin

Did Chile ditch its authoritarian government 26 years ago? Not quite., Jennifer Prible, WaPo

If Piñera wants to wage war in Chile he should fight the real enemy: inequality, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Guardian
/86/ Monsters of the Interregnum ft. Rune Stahl Why hasn't neoliberalism died? We talk to Rune Møller Stahl about his paper "Ruling the Interregnum" in which he examines previous interregnums, such as the 1920s or the 1970s, and the forces that led to the establishment of new orders. What points the way forward today: resilient neoliberalism, economic nationalism or left populism?

Reading:

Ruling the Interregnum: Politics and Ideology in Nonhegemonic Times, Rune Møller Stahl
/57/ Übermenschen of Capital Pt. 1 ft. Alex Gourevitch On the cult of the entrepreneur. Alex Gourevitch talks to us about the "special kinds of assholes we get in our economy" and the dangers of the heroic capitalist icon. How does the earlier ideal of meritocracy differ from entrepreneurship as an ethos? Does celebrating the special creative genius of the disruptor actually mean glorifying tyranny? 

Plus: the right to strike, domination in the workplace, and campy Trump.

Readings:

A Radical Defence of the Right to Strike, Alex Gourevitch

From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth, Alex Gourevitch

Nietzsche's Marginal Children, Corey Robin


 

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/56/ Popular Not Populist ft. Anton Jäger The big 2018 populism discussion. We trash mainstream interpretations of populism (hiya, Cas Mudde) and debate the merits and demerits of 'left populism'. Thatcher, Clinton and Blair are today thought of as anti-populists, but what if they demonstrate many populist features? Is our future 'technopopulism'? And is the 'movement of movements' a dead end? 

Plus plenty of bonus stuff: debating the 20th Century disaster; Hillary as the tragic figure of our age; and José Mourinho as right-wing populist. 

Readings:

Anton's articles at Jacobin

Thea Riofrancos on Chantal Mouffe in n+1

Chris Bickerton on technopopulism

Cas Mudde on populism

The Guardian's stupid populism quiz

Phil Cunliffe on the 20th Century (Lenin Lives!)
/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)
/54/ Numbers Are Too Powerful ft. William Davies We discuss Nervous States with its author: How has debate became so angery!1!! and fractious? Why don't we trust institutions any more — or better, which institutions do we still trust and why? How has war increasingly encroached onto peace? And maybe believing in stats too much means that we now don't believe in anything…

 

Readings:

Nervous States (William Davies)

Postscript on the Societies of Control (Gilles Deleuze)
/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
/52/ Duterte's Despotism ft. Nicole Curato In which we learn of Duterte's promises of blood and how he's lived up to those promises. Is massacring drug user, dealers and anyone caught in the crossfire actually popular? How does violence fit in with his development model? Do elites back his rule – and which elites? And how does he compare to other far-right authoritarians? 

Readings:

The Duterte Reader (ed. Nicole Curato)

Nicole Curato in the NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/opinion/philippines-rodrigo-duterte.html?smid=fb-share&referer=http://m.facebook.com

Readings:

Bolsonaro Rising (Alex) https://thebaffler.com/lat” id=”9FlFy2caPZX” vid=”9FlFy2caPZX” id-for-player=”9FlFy2caPZX” link=”/listen/51-oh-brazil-what-now-9FlFy2caPZX/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/51/ Oh, Brazil: What Now? In which we update the latest from Brazil, post-election. What will Bolsonaro's government look like? We plot best & worst case scenarios and discuss how bad this really is (really, really bad). And is "fascism" the correct term to use? 

Readings:

Bolsonaro Rising (Alex) https://thebaffler.com/latest/bolsonaro-rising-hochuli 

Bolsonaro: more dangerous than Trump (Alex) https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/brazil-presidential-election-who-jair-bolsonaro-popular-candidate-more-dangerous-ncna925011 

What Bolsonaro's election victory means (Ben) https://mg.co.za/article/2018-10-28-what-bolsonaros-election-victory-could-mean 

Fascism has arrived in Brazil (Ben) https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-election-results-president-fascism-far-right-fernando-haddad-a8606391.html 

Privilege vs Democracy in Brazil (Alfredo Saad-Filho) https://jacobinmag.com/2018/10/brazil-election-bolsonaro-haddad-lula-pt-democracy

Plus assorted stuff on Russophobia, fascism and anti-fascism, and how great ” id=”6JgwXlGEBXw” vid=”6JgwXlGEBXw” id-for-player=”6JgwXlGEBXw” link=”/listen/50-on-the-market-ft-anna-khachiyan-6JgwXlGEBXw/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/50/ On The Market ft. Anna Khachiyan In which we discuss (post)modern relationships: dating, narcissism and capitalism. Are we all scared of each other? Are we trying to quantify the interpersonal? What does #MeToo et al suggest about contemporary womanhood? 

Plus assorted stuff on Russophobia, fascism and anti-fascism, and how great Lana del Rey is.

Readings:

Christopher Lasch on narcissism: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1976/09/30/the-narcissist-society

The Last Psychiatrist: https://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2010/11/a_generational_pathology.html
/49/ Kids & Confessions ft. Amber A'Lee Frost In which we talk to Amber about the limitations of liberal feminism and why socialism is better (duh). Personal trauma as a form of political argumentation is critiqued. And we debate the unfashionable topic of parenting and families. Maybe, beyind so much beyond subcultural squabbling and posturing on the Left, is actually a deep-rooted individualism. So we discuss how to get beyond that.

Readings:

Confession Booth: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/confession-booth-frost

Daddy Issues: https://thebaffler.com/all-tomorrows-parties/daddy-issues-frost 

It's Okay to Have Children https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/its-okay-to-have-children

Who is Bolsonaro and why should Bolsonaro be understood as a neofascist? We discuss the #EleNão feminist resistance and the backdrop of ‘antipetismo’. How has the political centre and the middle class so eas” id=”DoTl8UUaK” vid=”DoTl8UUaK” id-for-player=”DoTl8UUaK” link=”/listen/48-ultra-politics-in-brazil-ft-sabrina-fernandes-DoTl8UUaK/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/48/ Ultra-Politics in Brazil ft. Sabrina Fernandes Special episode in partnership with Jacobin: Brazil election preview – democracy at stake.

Who is Bolsonaro and why should Bolsonaro be understood as a neofascist? We discuss the #EleNão feminist resistance and the backdrop of 'antipetismo'. How has the political centre and the middle class so easily swung over to vote for such an extremist? The notion of 'ultra-politics' is explained and we look at what might happen should Bolsonaro win – and should he lose. 

Readings:

Essential Chomsky article: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/02/lula-brazil-election-noam-chomsky/ 

Jacobin archive on Brazil: https://jacobinmag.com/location/brazil

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/47/ Woke Consumerism In which we ask whether political consumerism is still a thing. We chart its course from 90s Adbusters-style anti-branding, to 2000s ethical consumerism, through to today's woke outrage economy. Has commodification and cynicism overwhelmed all consumer activism? 

Plus, we catch up with election results from Sweden and look forward to next month's Brazilian elections.

Readings:

Adbusted https://jacobinmag.com/2013/10/adbusted  

The Philanthropy Racket https://jacobinmag.com/2018/08/the-philanthropy-racket
/46/ Exiting Capitalist Realism The third in our Neoliberal Breakdown series. In which we discuss the late Mark Fisher's Capitalist Realism, 10 years on. Does his analysis still hold? The mood music of the time – the age of 'TINA' and the end of history – was acutely described by Fisher. But did it only really describe Britain? And has the world now entered a new period?

Readings:

Capitalist Realism http://www.zero-books.net/books/capitalist-realism 

'Exiting the Vampire Castle' https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/mark-fisher/exiting-vampire-castle 

Mark Fisher's k-punk blog https://k-punk.org/ 

 

Cover image: ? Stephanie Jung
/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
/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
/43/ City Struggles ft. Ben Bradlow / David Adler In which we ask why the urban question become so pointed today – in the Global North as well as in the South? We look at contestation in urban politics – in São Paulo, Johannesburg, London, New York, and beyond. What are the social movement struggles around housing, rent, transport, and the right to the city? What are the limits to housing & transport politics — are they just consumer movements at the end of the day?

Guests:

David Adler talks to us about rent in London and beyond.

Ben Bradlow joins us to debate the big one: can municipal politics be sexy? And can city politics become national politics?


We conclude by returning to a recurring theme: is the Global North actually becoming more like the Global South? 

 

Readings:

Ben Bradlow, Let Them Occupy: https://africasacountry.com/2018/02/let-them-occupy-housing-struggles-in-brazil-and-south-africa 

David Adler, Generation Rent: https://jacobinmag.com/2016/04/big-short-housing-loans-renters-affordability 

 

Review of Justin McGuirk's 'Radical Cities' https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/11/radical-cities-latin-america-architecture-justin-mcguirk-review

Interview with Raquel Rolnik https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2792-the-complete-subjugation-of-urban-policy-an-interview-with-raquel-rolnik

Steve Graham on vertical cities https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2995-elite-takeovers-of-the-vertical-city 

 

Cover image: ?Claudio Edinger
/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.
/41/ The Colombian Exception ft. Pablo Medina Uribe In which we discuss how the Right won this month's election — in a country that has never seen the Left in power. Is Colombia an exception? The civil war there feels like part of the Cold War that forgot to end. We discuss the fragile peace, the militarisation of politics, and drug cartels.
/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
/39/ Geopolitics of the World Cup ft. Karl Sharro & Euan Marshall In which we talk about the politics of hosting the World Cup + the sublots & intrigues that will animate the tournament: hot and cold wars, Salah's revenge, Brazil after the 7-1. Featuring lots of hating on Sergio Ramos.
/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
/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.
/36/ Portugal: The Soft Whip? ft. Catarina Príncipe In which we debate whether Portugal really represents an alternative to austerity
/35/ (Dis)Arm the People? ft. Reid Kane In which we delve into the gun control debate: are guns really essential for democracy? Plus, the 2018 UK university strike.
/34/ War Propaganda ft. Tara McCormack In which we laugh at The Times' hatchet job with one of its targets & wonder what the West's endgame is in Syria
/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
/32/ Brazil Moves Right? ft. Sabrina Fernandes In which we ask who killed Marielle Franco & discuss the shooting at Lula's caravan + Brazil's absent center

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/189/ Pink Tide Paradoxes ft. Fabio Luis On Latin America's progressive wave and its discontents.

A new book on Latin America argues that 'pink tide' governments tried to treat the symptoms of neoliberal capitalism while allowing the underlying situation to worse. We talk to the author, Fabio Luis, about cases across the region, including the election in Ecuador and Venezuela's disaster, to Bolivia's coup and Argentina's "path of least resistance". How important is regional integration and what does an alternative socialist vision entail? And we ponder a sad question: is the dream of development and modernisation over? 

Readings:

Power and Impotence: A History of South America Under Progressivism (1998-2016), Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos, Haymarket

/93/ Hot Chile and Other Neoliberal Failures ft. Pablo Pryluka Bungacast
 


Liverpudlian historian David Swift argues that the problem is hobbyism – people for whom politics constitutes their identity rather than expressing their interest in social and political change. He joins us to take us through his a” id=”7zYDNIvITS6″ vid=”7zYDNIvITS6″ id-for-player=”7zYDNIvITS6″ link=”/listen/unlocked-179-the-hobbyist-left-ft-david-swift-7zYDNIvITS6/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
UNLOCKED /179/ The Hobbyist Left ft. David Swift How to address the political problems of leftwing parties today?
 


Liverpudlian historian David Swift argues that the problem is hobbyism – people for whom politics constitutes their identity rather than expressing their interest in social and political change. He joins us to take us through his arguments about hobbyism, and how he thinks the Left might change for the better.



Readings:


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

Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) is back on Bunga to talk to us about his essay "The Retreat from Universalism in the Middle East and the World".

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/225/ Wokeistan & Lebanonworld ft. Karl Sharro On sectarianism & identitarianism.

Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) is back on Bunga to talk to us about his essay "The Retreat from Universalism in the Middle East and the World".

Lebanon has been used as a model for other Middle Eastern countries, even though its confessional system is a disaster. But Lebanese-style sectarianism isn't a form of 'feudal' backwardness – in fact it represents a precursor of the multicultural and identitarian politics in the West.

Who are the enemies of universalism today, East and West? And what sort of political projects are capable of rejuvenating secular universalism?

See also:


/141/ Oh Lebanon, What Now? ft. Rima Majed

/198/ Universal India ft. Achin Vanaik


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Workers are quitting their jobs and not going back. Restricted supply is seeing wages go up. Does this signal a new militancy, or are workers just deciding to make do with less? How has the pandemic shaped people’s outlooks?
 


Articles:


Wages are surging acr” id=”6F9sj2LopYj” vid=”6F9sj2LopYj” id-for-player=”6F9sj2LopYj” link=”/listen/excerpt-224-three-articles-labour-revolts-6F9sj2LopYj/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /224/ Three Articles: Labour Revolts? On rising wages after the pandemic.
 
Workers are quitting their jobs and not going back. Restricted supply is seeing wages go up. Does this signal a new militancy, or are workers just deciding to make do with less? How has the pandemic shaped people's outlooks?
 


Articles:


Wages are surging across the rich world, The Economist



The Revolt of the American Worker, Paul Krugman, NYT



US Workers Are in a Militant Mood, Alex N. Press, Jacobin



 
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Nuclear energy advocate Emmet Penney (@nukebarbarian) joins us to discuss the growing energy crunch in Europe, the US and beyond. Nuclear power is opposed by an unholy alliance of environmentalists and neoliberals – yet it seems the best solution for providing plent” id=”9YbLbMr4OGm” vid=”9YbLbMr4OGm” id-for-player=”9YbLbMr4OGm” link=”/listen/222-nukes-4-kids-ft-emmet-penney-pt-1-9YbLbMr4OGm/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/222/ Nukes 4 Kids ft. Emmet Penney, pt. 1 On the global energy crisis. 
 


Nuclear energy advocate Emmet Penney (@nukebarbarian) joins us to discuss the growing energy crunch in Europe, the US and beyond. Nuclear power is opposed by an unholy alliance of environmentalists and neoliberals – yet it seems the best solution for providing plentiful, reliable, and clean energy. As a demand, it seems an open goal for the left – so why are so many resistant?
 
Part 2 is available here for patreon subscribers. 


 
Links & Readings:


Nuclear Barbarian – pro-nuclear podcast & newsletter



ex.haust – Emmet's other, co-hosted pod



Undeveloping America, Emmet Penney, The American Conservative



Political Life in the Lottery of Babylon, Emmet Penney, The American Conservative



How we happened to sell off our electricity, James Meek, LRB 



A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations, Robert Bryce, Public Affairs (book)
Excerpt: /221/ Reading Club: Truth About Class This month we discuss GM Tamas' essay "Telling the Truth About Class" published in the Socialist Register. Is Tamas' division between Marxist and Rousseauian socialism useful? Does it help us to understand the Left today? And is Tamas right that "authentic proletarian revolution… has never occurred in its anti-capitalist purity anywhere"?
 
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Additional readings:


Why the left must abandon the myth of British decline, David Edgerton, New Statesman



Ellen Meiksins Wood on the Nairn-Anderson thesis and the Bourgeois paradigm, Verso Books blog
 


It’s a big mailbag this time round, including plenty on Covid (lockdowns, vaccines, etc), incels and dating culture, breaking out of neoliberalism’s clutches, and much much more.
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Excerpt: /220/ Aufhebonus Bonus Responding to your questions, comments & criticisms.
 


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In this episode, we examine the Millennials and Generation Z. Uniquely, generation war today seems to be a conflict over resources more than” id=”8GWwJ3xJ7Yq” vid=”8GWwJ3xJ7Yq” id-for-player=”8GWwJ3xJ7Yq” link=”/listen/excerpt-ok-bunger-the-problem-of-generations-pt-5-8GWwJ3xJ7Yq/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: OK Bunger! The Problem of Generations, pt. 5 The fifth and final part of a series on generational consciousness and conflict.

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In this episode, we examine the Millennials and Generation Z. Uniquely, generation war today seems to be a conflict over resources more than over values. Is there any basis for this, and what do Millennials actually want? With generational and class conflict seemingly bound together today, we analyse 'Generation Left' and 'Millennial Socialism'. And we ask what the effect of the pandemic may be on the creation of a Gen Z consciousness.

Guests include:

Paul Taylor, former director, Pew Research

Jennie Bristow, senior lecturer in sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University

Helen Andrews, senior editor at The American Conservative

Clive Martin, journalist who has written for VICE Magazine

Josh Glenn, semiotician, author, and publisher of HiLoBrow

Jennifer Silva, assistant professor in sociologist, Indiana University


Original music by: Jonny Mundey

Additional music:

Cacti / I Will Be Waiting / courtesy of epidemicsound.com

Filthy the Kid / Vampire / courtesy of epidemicsound.com
 


In this episode, we examine Generation X – the generation of the End of History. How was this generation overshadowed by the Boomer’s failures? In the Eastern Bloc, the fall of Soviet regimes was a traumatic mom” id=”4h1RtxTmzEP” vid=”4h1RtxTmzEP” id-for-player=”4h1RtxTmzEP” link=”/listen/ok-bunger-the-problem-of-generations-pt-4-4h1RtxTmzEP/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
OK BUNGER! The Problem of Generations, pt. 4 The fourth in a special five-part series on generational consciousness and conflict.
 


In this episode, we examine Generation X – the generation of the End of History. How was this generation overshadowed by the Boomer's failures? In the Eastern Bloc, the fall of Soviet regimes was a traumatic moment – how did this shape consciousness? And how did the Iranian Revolution – and subsequent war – shape the political perspectives of Iranians?
 


Guests include:

Maren Thom, film scholar

Alexei Yurchak, professor of anthropology at Berkeley 


Jennie Bristow, senior lecturer in sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University



Josh Glenn, semiotician, author, and publisher of HiLoBrow


Arash Azizi, historian of Iran at New York University

Felix Krawatzek, political scientist at the Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin



Original music by: Jonny Mundey


 
Additional music:


Kit Kruger / Freakin' Freefall / courtesy of epidemicsound.com

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We discuss an essay by the ultra-left collective ‘Endnotes’ that deals with the same political questions as we do, but comes up with different answers. Are the fragmented and eph” id=”ECbtAolLMr” vid=”ECbtAolLMr” id-for-player=”ECbtAolLMr” link=”/listen/excerpt-194-anti-politics-non-movements-ECbtAolLMr/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /194/ Anti-Politics & Non-Movements On global insurrection and identity politics. 

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We discuss an essay by the ultra-left collective 'Endnotes' that deals with the same political questions as we do, but comes up with different answers. Are the fragmented and ephemeral movements that have taken to the streets in France, Chile and the US, for example, the future of politics? Anti-political rejections of the establishment seem radical, but can they overcome their own negativity? And are identity politics the necessary form that re-politicisation has taken? 


 
Readings:


Essay discussed


Onward Barbarians, Endnotes




Background


The Bleak Left, Tim Barker, n+1



Endnotes no.5: A melancholic goodbye…, Angry Workers of the World



On communisation and its theorists, Friends of the Classless Society

Why did the winners of the Cold War turn ‘revisionist’, undermining their own order? How has utopianism come to dominate the discipline of IR, such that we have lost the means to critique power?

We discuss Philip’s recent book, The New Twenty Years’ Cris” id=”7mbMkCKDc2x” vid=”7mbMkCKDc2x” id-for-player=”7mbMkCKDc2x” link=”/listen/193-the-new-20-years-crisis-7mbMkCKDc2x/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/193/ The New 20 Years' Crisis On liberal idealism and imperial overreach.

Why did the winners of the Cold War turn 'revisionist', undermining their own order? How has utopianism come to dominate the discipline of IR, such that we have lost the means to critique power?

We discuss Philip's recent book, The New Twenty Years’ Crisis 1999-2019: A Critique of International Relations, which is both a revisiting of EH Carr's international relations classic The Twenty Years' Crisis as well as an account of the contemporary crisis of the liberal international order. 

Reading:


The New Twenty Years’ Crisis 1999-2019: A Critique of International Relations, Philip Cunliffe, McGill-Queen's UP
 


We start off by discussing the telling results of some recent local and regional elections: in the UK, Labour continues its drift to becoming a middle-class party; while in Spain, Madrid goes to the right. Podemos ” id=”AUDg9mxtU4O” vid=”AUDg9mxtU4O” id-for-player=”AUDg9mxtU4O” link=”/listen/excerpt-192-three-articles-pandemic-dissatisfactions-AUDg9mxtU4O/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Excerpt: /192/ Three Articles: Pandemic (Dis)Satisfactions On consequences of the pandemic + important local election results in Spain & UK.
 


We start off by discussing the telling results of some recent local and regional elections: in the UK, Labour continues its drift to becoming a middle-class party; while in Spain, Madrid goes to the right. Podemos flops, while voters seem to endorse an anti-lockdown stance.
 


Then we get to our three articles on the consequences of the pandemic: is live-streaming complicit with power? Are liberals now anti-science? Will inflation return?
 
Three Articles:


Stayed home, live streamed, got the T-shirt, Lev Parker, The Conservative Woman



The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown, Emma Green, The Atlantic 



Broad commodities price boom amplifies ‘supercycle’ talk, Neil Hume et al, FT

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Excerpt: /191/ Reading Club: Ever Closer Union? We discuss the second of Perry Anderson's three LRB essays on the making and unmaking of the EU: "Ever Closer Union?" 

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To discuss Covid, the state as ‘PMC leviathan’, and the politics of value theory, we’re joined by philosopher Elena Louisa Lange, who also explains why class reductionism is not a theoretical position or a mere mistake, but a social real” id=”5Q3g8V0OO2P” vid=”5Q3g8V0OO2P” id-for-player=”5Q3g8V0OO2P” link=”/listen/190-top-5-fetishes-ft-elena-louisa-lange-5Q3g8V0OO2P/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
/190/ Top 5 Fetishes ft. Elena Louisa Lange On class reductionism, commodity fetishism, and value theory.

To discuss Covid, the state as 'PMC leviathan', and the politics of value theory, we’re joined by philosopher Elena Louisa Lange, who also explains why class reductionism is not a theoretical position or a mere mistake, but a social reality. We also address the value of 'going back to school', take on the new Leftist 'holy trinity' of class-race-gender, and hear from Elena why we need to theorise the world before we change it.

Readings:

The Middle-Class Leviathan: Corona, the “Fascism” Blackmail, and the Defeat of the Working Class, Elena Louisa Lange and Joshua Pickett-Depaolis, Crisis and Critique, 2020

Marxism and the Crisis of Development in Prewar Japan, Germaine A. Hoston, Princeton, 1987

Lawyer’s Fees, Beetroot, and Music, Elena’s Substack

Value Without Fetish, Elena Louisa Lange, Brill 2021

Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World, Raju J. Das, Haymarket, 2018
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