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

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dmeqf-b544f6

Special multipart series on the Californian Ideology: the seemingly paradoxical hybrid of New Left and New Right ideas – the synthesis of hippies with yuppies, all tied together with the promise that technology might liberate us.

In part one, we talk to Richard Barbrook about the Californian Ideology today before discussing health and mental illness with the ‘States of Wellness’ group at UC Irvine (Catherine Liu, Benjamin Kruger-Robins, Michael Mahoney, Thomas Williams).

Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.

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Excerpt: /75/ Synthesis Session: Order Not Freedom

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Synthesising what we learned about neoliberalism (ep74), discussing some concrete examples and drawing out the broader importance of it all.
 
-What gets called ‘neoliberal’ but actually isn’t? And vice-versa?
-Was the postwar social-democratic state more racialised than the neoliberal one?
-Should we bring back ‘rationalisation’?
-Are Orban, Trump and Bolsonaro ‘neoliberals’?
-Is the EU peak neoliberal? Is Brexit necessarily anti-neoliberal?
 
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/74/ Order Not Freedom ft. Quinn Slobodian

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On the unexpected origins of neoliberalism. We talk to Quinn Slobodian, author of Globalists, about how neoliberals look back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the League of Nations. Why does neoliberalism talk about freedom, but promote order? Is neoliberalism about more or less state – or is it about what kind of state?

Plus why the genuine neoliberals didn’t care about the Cold War and how Murray Rothbard laid the ground for Trump.

Readings:

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

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s8akx-b2dc81

On ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism’. We talk about being pro-technology without being determinist. Does full automation mean the end of work? How do we craft a practical utopian vision? Plus some stuff about wolves and also Brexit.
 
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Preview: /73/ Eurosads ft. Anton Jäger & Catarina Príncipe

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5uac4-b29710

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On the European Parliamentary elections. Is this the day the 20th century truly died? Traditional social democratic and conservative parties took a pounding. The Greens surged. The populists didn’t surge – but are now entrenched. And the radical and populist Left has not capitalised. What’s the meaning behind what are often purely symbolic euro elections?

Readings:

[pieces by Anton & Catarina coming shortly]

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

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hce9b-b22518

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On ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism’. We talk about being pro-technology without being determinist. Does full automation mean the end of work? How do we craft a practical utopian vision? Plus some stuff about wolves and also Brexit.
 
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/71/ Trustworthy Propaganda ft. Glenn Greenwald

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

 

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