/126/ Mr Bunga Goes to Washington (3) ft. Angela Nagle & Michael Tracey

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-eu78z-de730c

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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/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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/116/ Mr Bunga Goes to Washington

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-r8kzh-d86200

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?

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/107/ Ireland’s Return to History ft. Colin Coulter

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zf4ti-d2a84d

On Ireland’s elections.

With Sinn Fein riding high in the polls, are we looking at an upset? Is this a populist upsurge in Ireland, finally, more than a decade after the start of the crisis? We discuss what Ireland’s ‘end of history’ was like and how the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy sustained it; and look at how the country was the EU’s “model prisoner” of austerity. Are there new stirrings? And what are the prospects for unification?

/101/ UK Election: A Disaster Foretold

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-4g52r-cb8a14

On how Labour lost.

Was it Brexit that did for Labour? In what sense? What now for the British Left – and for democracy?

Running order:

  • 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

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/93/ Hot Chile and Other Neoliberal Failures ft. Pablo Pryluka

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-eeph3-c481cf

On Argentina’s elections and Chile & Ecuador’s revolts. 

Macri’s election was heralded by the right across the continent as the end to a sequence of centre-left governments in South America. Now only four years later, he is likely to be thrown out of office by the return of ‘Kirchnerismo’. Next door, the supposedly “stable and growing” Chile is in flames as protests and riots challenge the conservative Piñera administration and the country’s deep inequality. This follows on the heels of weeks of mobilisations in Ecuador against the ending of a fuel subsidy. What’s going on and what does it all signify?

[Chile & Ecuador discussion starts at 46mins]

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/83/ Now It’s Syrizous [UNLOCKED]

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ikfyj-bf230e

Syriza lost the last Greek elections after 4 1/2 years in power. What happened to a party that, for a time, represented the European radical left’s hopes? Did it achieve anything in power? Many talk about Tspiras’ “betrayal” – is that the right way to look at it? And what are the wider consequences of this defeat: is time up for this wave of “left populists”? 
 
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Excerpt: /83/ Now It’s Syrizous

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Syriza lost the last Greek elections after 4 1/2 years in power. What happened to the party that for a time represented the European radical left’s hopes? Did it achieve anything in power? Many talk about Tspiras’ “betrayal” – is that the right way to look at it? And what are the wider consequences of this defeat – is time up for this wave of “left populists”? 
 
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