Special multipart series on the Californian Ideology: the seemingly paradoxical hybrid of New Left and New Right ideas – the synthesis of hippies with yuppies, all tied together with the promise that technology might liberate us.
In part one, we talk to Richard Barbrook about the Californian Ideology today before discussing health and mental illness with the ‘States of Wellness’ group at UC Irvine (Catherine Liu, Benjamin Kruger-Robins, Michael Mahoney, Thomas Williams).
Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.
- Natural Causes, Barbara Ehrenreich
- The Happiness Industry, William Davies
- Coming Up Short, Jennifer Silva
On the 2019 Academy Awards. Maren Thom joins us again to see what we can learn from the Oscar nominations. We debate when exactly Hollywood’s ‘end of history’ was, and take film criticism to task for its literal-minded desire for representation. Has Hollywood – like so many other liberal institutions – tried so hard to be relevant that it has made itself irrelevant?
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In which we discuss (post)modern relationships: dating, narcissism and capitalism. Are we all scared of each other? Are we trying to quantify the interpersonal? What does #MeToo et al suggest about contemporary womanhood?
Plus assorted stuff on Russophobia, fascism and anti-fascism, and how great Lana del Rey is.
Christopher Lasch on narcissism: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1976/09/30/the-narcissist-society
The Last Psychiatrist: https://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2010/11/a_generational_pathology.html
In which we talk to Amber about the limitations of liberal feminism and why socialism is better (duh). Personal trauma as a form of political argumentation is critiqued. And we debate the unfashionable topic of parenting and families. Maybe, beyind so much beyond subcultural squabbling and posturing on the Left, is actually a deep-rooted individualism. So we discuss how to get beyond that.
Confession Booth: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/confession-booth-frost
It’s Okay to Have Children https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/its-okay-to-have-children
In which we ask whether political consumerism is still a thing. We chart its course from 90s Adbusters-style anti-branding, to 2000s ethical consumerism, through to today’s woke outrage economy. Has commodification and cynicism overwhelmed all consumer activism?
Plus, we catch up with election results from Sweden and look forward to next month’s Brazilian elections.
The Philanthropy Racket https://jacobinmag.com/2018/08/the-philanthropy-racket