On The Economist and the contradictions of global liberalism.
Alexander Zevin joins us to discuss his work on the 176 year history of the magazine that has accompanied liberalism’s global expansion. Has it just reflected the world or has it actually influenced politics? How has The Economist balanced of democracy against the interests of finance and the needs of empire? And is the magazine suffering from N.O.B.S.?
- (06:02) Overview & early days
- (29:52) 19th century & empire
- (34:18) 20th century, esp 1930s and ’40s
- (48:08) End of the Cold War and NOBS
- (01:02:19) Liberalism & its enemies
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On forecasts for the next decade.
In this month’s ‘Three Articles’ – in which we each bring to the table a key article to unpick and unpack – we take apart mainstream predictions of the future, over the next decade, the next couple of years, and 2020.
On how Labour lost.
Was it Brexit that did for Labour? In what sense? What now for the British Left – and for democracy?
- 02:40 Opening chat
- 05:15 The electoral map, the generational divide
- 21:46 Class
- 33:52 The leadership and the media
- 48:10 Holding our prediction to account
- 53:30 Reaction of various Labour factions
- 01:03:10 Future of left-populism
- How class, turnout and the Brexit party shaped the general election result, Financial Times
- The Failure of the Left to Grasp Brexit, Michael Wilkinson, Verfassungs Blog
- Anti-politics & the last gasp of British Labourism, Tad Tietze, Left-Flank
- Hate to say it, but #BrexitWouldveWon, Alex Hochuli
- Don’t blame Corbyn or Brexit: Labour failed to rage against the hated political system, Adam Ramsay, openDemocracy
On the 30 years since 1989.
For our 100th episode, we invited our favourite guests to reflect on the question: “What one event, personal or political, most captures for you the past thirty years, since 1989?”
Are we still living in the death throes of the 20th century, or is something new emerging?
- 00:07:42 – Maren Thom
- 00:14:14 – David Broder
- 00:21:33 – Ashley Frawley
- 00:26:11 – Catherine Liu
- 00:33:05 – Angela Nagle
- 00:40:49 – Benjamin Fogel
- 00:46:25 – Alex Gourevitch
- 00:51:31 – BungaCast hosts
- 00:59:22 – David Adler
- 01:04:05 – Amber A’Lee Frost
- 01:08:48 – James Heartfield
- 01:16:17 – Anton Jaeger
- 01:23:24 – Leigh Phillips
- 01:30:25 – Lee Jones
- 01:36:03 – Karl Sharro
UK general election preview.
Is is really the Brexit election, if Labour doesn’t want it to be? We survey the parties’ positions, and promises, and ask some big what ifs. Could there be a major realignment in the offing? And we make some predictions – which you can hold us to account for later on…
On working class pain and politics.
We talk to Jennifer Silva about her most recent book, and working class Americans’ experience of and perspectives on pain. We discuss racial, gender and class identities and sense of relative losses and gains. If the American Dream has been ‘stolen’, how can the working class dream again? What are the prospects for socialist politics when distrust of politics predominates?
On algorithms and politics.
Can we “blame the media” today for political outcomes? Who’s responsible for The Discourse in a fragmented landscape? It seems like there’s increasing polarisation today, driven by social media ‘filter bubbles’. Are they real? Who’s responsible?
Plus: we talk about the media portrayal of Jeremy Corbyn; culture wars vs class politics; Brazil’s craziness; and why arguments and interaction matter.