Excerpt: /85/ Reading Club No.1

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In our first Reading Club, we discuss Nancy Fraser’s The Old Is Dying and the New Cannot Be Born (Verso, 2019) and take readers questions and contributions.

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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.

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

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

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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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/59/ Übermenschen of Capital Pt. 3 ft. Leigh Phillips & Michal Rozworski

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On democratic planning. Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski propose we look at Walmart and other giant corporations as sites of planning, not of markets — and that this fact proves planning works. Rather than rely on markets and market actors to manage production and distribution, we should it ourselves. Do advances in computing mean that the old problems of planning have been overcome? Does planning lead to authoritarianism — or does authoritarianism lead to bad planning? Can we overcome the age of Capitalist Übermenschen?

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/58/ Übermenschen of Capital Pt. 2 ft. Ishay Landa

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On the links between economic liberalism and fascism. Ishay Landa talks to us about the “Apprentice’s Sorcerer”: how political liberalism enfranchises the masses, to the disgruntlement of economic liberals, who then have to turn to an authoritarian or fascist ‘daddy’ to save capitalism. What does the liberal divorce between economic and political liberalism tell us about the conflict between democracy and private property? How does the fascist “principle achievement” relate to today’s fondness for entrepreneurial heroes? Also, a restatement of how the horseshoe theory is horeshit.

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/54/ Numbers Are Too Powerful ft. William Davies

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We discuss Nervous States with its author: How has debate became so angery!1!! and fractious? Why don’t we trust institutions any more — or better, which institutions do we still trust and why? How has war increasingly encroached onto peace? And maybe believing in stats too much means that we now don’t believe in anything…

 

Readings:

Nervous States (William Davies)

Postscript on the Societies of Control (Gilles Deleuze)