Excerpt: /134/ The Call – Afterparty

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The three of us discuss some of the themes that emerged from our interview with Krithika Varagur (ep.133) – the entanglement of the US state with Islamism, the Americanisation of the Middle East, and especially the Gulf States, and Wahhabism as religious justification for the Saudi state project.

/133/ The Call ft. Krithika Varagur

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On Saudi religious proselytism.

Saudi Arabia has actively sought to export Salafism. How has it done this – and what have been its effects, in countries like Indonesia, Nigeria and Kosovo? Why was fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s such a formative experience for jihadists? And why has appeal of secularism faded?

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Excerpt: /131/ Reading Club: The PMC

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On the Ehrenreich’s re-evaluation of the Professional-Managerial Class. 

We discuss Barbara and John Ehrenreich’s “Death of a Yuppy Dream”. Also attached are the Ehrenreichs’ analyses from the late 70s, also referenced in the discussion. 

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Excerpt: /130/ Three Articles: BLM

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On this latest Three Articles, we discuss the global Black Lives Matter protests. 
 
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/129/ The Right Is Weak ft. Corey Robin

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On the left case for freedom.  

We talk to Corey Robin about how the left has sacrificed the realm of freedom to the right. And why the Left’s weakness is also the Right’s. Plus, why is it clear that Trump is not a fascist? And insight into the BLM protests in NYC and responses to the pandemic. 

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/128/ BACKLASCH! ft. Anna Khachiyan

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On culturally conservative critics of capitalism. 

Neoliberalism’s fragmentary and atomising tendencies have gone too far. In response, some right-wingers have turned against the market. At the same time, there’s a (marginal) tendency on the left turning against cultural liberalism. Are we witnessing a major political realignment underway? What is the substance of these “culturally conservative” critiques, and do they offer anything new, beyond what people like Christopher Lasch advanced decades ago?  

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/128/ BACKLASCH! ft. Anna Khachiyan

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On culturally conservative critics of capitalism. 

Neoliberalism’s fragmentary and atomising tendencies have gone too far. In response, some right-wingers have turned against the market. At the same time, there’s a (marginal) tendency on the left turning against cultural liberalism. Are we witnessing a major political realignment underway? What is the substance of these “culturally conservative” critiques, and do they offer anything new, beyond what people like Christopher Lasch advanced decades ago?  

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/126/ Mr Bunga Goes to Washington (3) ft. Angela Nagle & Michael Tracey

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Why did Bernie Sanders fail?

In the third in an occasional series on the US presidential election and the Left, we talk to Angela Nagle and Michael Tracey about their analysis of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. We put to bed some bad arguments as to why Bernie didn’t win the nomination, and examine some better ones: was the campaign was too establishment-friendly? too “left”? too middle-class? too anti-nationalist?… or are structural factors to blame instead?

And we ponder the end of the union of Old and New Lefts, of cultural liberalism and socialism. And the most worrying of all: was Bernie just a blip?

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/124/ Three Articles: Money & Power

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In this latests Three Articles we discuss power, money and the power of money – in a post-Covid world.

 
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