/91/ Exhaustion Revealing ft. Leigh Phillips

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On environmental protest politics. Extinction Rebellion and the Climate Strike have brought eco protest back to the front pages. But it all seems a bit of a flashback to the 2000s. We examine the protests’ alarmism and post-political positioning. After inequality and class have been put on the agenda again, do these protests represent a step back? We also ask what might be done about climate change if we don’t go along with these groups’ interpretations and demands. 

Excerpt: /90/ Work, Bitch ft. Amber A’Lee Frost

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On UBI and social reproduction.
 
Following on from ep. 88 where we discussed post-work with Anton Jäger, we have Amber on to talk about her recent article in Jacobin on Andrew Yang’s proposals for a Universal Basic Income. Is a citizen under a UBI regime really assimilable to a mid-century American housewife? How free is either? Does fully automated luxury communism put too much emphasis on luxury and not enough on communism? And would UBI lead to a more or less alienated society?
 
Reading:
Andrew Yang and the Failson Mystique, Amber A’Lee Frost, Jacobin
 
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Excerpt: /88/ Vouchers for Toxicity ft. Anton Jäger

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On post-work. We discuss Anton’s review of David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs and why it seems to have such appeal, even amongst elites. There is a crisis in the work ethic, but is it an error to counterpose work and leisure and simply opt for leisure? Is leisure even ‘ours’ anymore, or has it been fully colonised by capitalism? Ultimately, is the problem today more about bullshit in jobs, rather than bullshit jobs per se?

Readings:

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/86/ Monsters of the Interregnum ft. Rune Stahl

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Why hasn’t neoliberalism died? We talk to Rune Møller Stahl about his paper “Ruling the Interregnum” in which he examines previous interregnums, such as the 1920s or the 1970s, and the forces that led to the establishment of new orders. What points the way forward today: resilient neoliberalism, economic nationalism or left populism?

Reading:

Ruling the Interregnum: Politics and Ideology in Nonhegemonic Times, Rune Møller Stahl

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.

Readings:

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/79/ CaliBunga: Tech, Drugs & Capitalist Soul, Pt. 4 [UNLOCKED]

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In part four, we broaden the scope, to talk about the Frankfurt School, the humanities and ‘romantic anti-capitalism’. If modernity features a battle between romanticism and rationalism, then the hippies represented an attempt to re-enchant a disillusioned world. But as that spirit was incorporated into market dynamics, it became rationalised and commodified. George and Alex sat down with Catherine Liu and Tyrus Miller (Dean of the UCI School of Humanities, and expert on Lukács) to mull over these questions.
 
#CaliBunga is a 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.
 
Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.
 
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/79/ CaliBunga: Tech, Drugs & Capitalist Soul, Pt. 4 [UNLOCKED]

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-vixyn-b90dd2

In part four, we broaden the scope, to talk about the Frankfurt School, the humanities and ‘romantic anti-capitalism’. If modernity features a battle between romanticism and rationalism, then the hippies represented an attempt to re-enchant a disillusioned world. But as that spirit was incorporated into market dynamics, it became rationalised and commodified. George and Alex sat down with Catherine Liu and Tyrus Miller (Dean of the UCI School of Humanities, and expert on Lukács) to mull over these questions.
 
#CaliBunga is a 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.
 
Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.
 
Subscribe for full access: patreon.com/bungacast