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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/123/ Mr Bunga Goes to Washington (2) ft. Nicholas Kiersey

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In the second in an occasional series of episodes on the US presidential election and the Left, we talk to Nicholas Kiersey, a volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign in Texas and host of the Fully Automated podcast. What were things like on the campaign trail, and what went wrong for Bernie? Will Biden go the distance, and are there more shenanigans in store?

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Excerpt: /122/ TFW NO GF

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On the so-called “incel documentary”, TFW NO GF.
 
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We discuss the new documentary
TFW NO GF, which focuses on the lives of extremely online alienated loners in the US. It has consequently been labelled the “incel documentary”. Because the subjects are allowed to speak for themselves, it’s also been called “irresponsible”.
 
We take apart what, if anything, makes this cohort distinct from the past – is it the internet? are they lonelier? are their prospects worse? – and try to place the phenomenon in a wider context. If you haven’t watched the documentary, there are clips from it interspersed throughout.
 

UNLOCKED /120/ Damaged Beyond Repair? ft. Anton Jäger

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On the end of Left Populism.
 
Friend of the podcast Anton Jäger joins us to discuss the fate of Left Populism, investigate the response of the Left to the ongoing Coronacrisis, and question whether we’re really witnessing the end of neoliberalism. We refer to his recent piece in Damage magazine, in the readings below.
 
Did Left populism ask the right questions but get the wrong answers? Are the next three years going to see the blossoming of the ‘Well, Actually’ Left? Or is the stage set for the triumph of covid corporatism?
 
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