Excerpt: /119/ Reading Club: Digital Socialism


On whether new tech can help build decentralised socialism.

We discuss Evgeny Morozov’s New Left Review essay, Digital Socialism? The Calculation Debate in the Age of Big Data. A useful companion to this (mentioned by George in the episode) is a lecture given by Morozov, that can be found at the bottom of this page.

Thanks for all the questions, they are addressed in the last third of the episode. 

Excerpt: /118/ Three Articles: Covid


This episode is for subscribers only. To hear the full thing, go to patreon.com/bungacast
In this latest Three Articles, we discuss responses to Covid-19.

/116/ Mr Bunga Goes to Washington


In the first of an occasional series of episodes on the US presidential election and the Left, we talk to Nick Frayn, a volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign in New England. How have things gone on the campaign trail? What is next for the Democratic primaries delayed by the corona outbreak? Can Bernie regain ground in the primaries against Joe Biden? How will the corona crisis impact the Democratic primaries?


Excerpt: /115/ Singapore Shangri-La ft. Lee Jones


Singapore is held up as a free-market utopia: rich, orderly and clean. But the reality is quite different. Why does Singapore exert such a magnetism for neoliberals, when its reality strays from orthodox prescriptions? What and who made this model ‘global city’, and how does its communist and anti-colonial past lead to its hyper-capitalist present?

Excerpt: /114/ Reading Club: The Light That Failed


This episode is for our $10 and up patrons. Go to patreon.com/bungacast for access.

On the end of the Age of Imitation.

We discuss Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes’ The Light That Failed: A Reckoning and their arguments for why liberal democracy stopped being the model to follow – in Eastern Europe, Russia and even the USA.

Thanks for all the questions, they are addressed in the last third of the episode. 

/113/ Globoville ft. Richard Williams


On global cities. 

Global cities flaunt themselves to global capital and are shaped by it. They are self-conscious and eager to transmit ‘globalness’. But why? And how has the city under globalisation been reshaped? What is the role of money and power – not to mention sex and culture? And does the sameyness of global cities now mean that medium and small cities are where we should be looking for cultural and political change? 

Subscribe to our patreon for original episodes: patreon.com/bungacast