/129/ The Right Is Weak ft. Corey Robin

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ws9hf-e0b23a

On the left case for freedom.  

We talk to Corey Robin about how the left has sacrificed the realm of freedom to the right. And why the Left’s weakness is also the Right’s. Plus, why is it clear that Trump is not a fascist? And insight into the BLM protests in NYC and responses to the pandemic. 

Reading:

/128/ BACKLASCH! ft. Anna Khachiyan

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-msgg7-df4d87

On culturally conservative critics of capitalism. 

Neoliberalism’s fragmentary and atomising tendencies have gone too far. In response, some right-wingers have turned against the market. At the same time, there’s a (marginal) tendency on the left turning against cultural liberalism. Are we witnessing a major political realignment underway? What is the substance of these “culturally conservative” critiques, and do they offer anything new, beyond what people like Christopher Lasch advanced decades ago?  

Readings:

/128/ BACKLASCH! ft. Anna Khachiyan

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-msgg7-df4d87

On culturally conservative critics of capitalism. 

Neoliberalism’s fragmentary and atomising tendencies have gone too far. In response, some right-wingers have turned against the market. At the same time, there’s a (marginal) tendency on the left turning against cultural liberalism. Are we witnessing a major political realignment underway? What is the substance of these “culturally conservative” critiques, and do they offer anything new, beyond what people like Christopher Lasch advanced decades ago?  

Readings:

Excerpt: /120/ Damaged Beyond Repair ft. Anton Jäger

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9eraj-da98c3

On the end of Left Populism.
 
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Friend of the podcast Anton Jäger joins us to discuss the fate of Left Populism, investigate the response of the Left to the ongoing Coronacrisis, and question whether we’re really witnessing the end of neoliberalism. We refer to his recent piece in Damage magazine, in the readings below.
 
Did Left populism ask the right questions but get the wrong answers? Are the next three years going to see the blossoming of the ‘Well, Actually’ Left? Or is the stage set for the triumph of covid corporatism?
 
Readings:

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

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-q3anv-d761f8

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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. 

Excerpt: /112/ Ideologies of the Near Future

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hj7mw-d5d5b5

On political conflict over the next decade

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We debate what ideological contestation is going to look like in the next 2/5/10 years. Will liberalism adopt Silicon Valley solutionism? Does the centre-right become fully nationalist? And the far right have a future if that happens? And where does the left go next?

Excerpt: /110/ Three Articles: De-democratising

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In this latest Three Articles, we discuss American democracy and those who pretend to save it or undermine it. 

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Readings:

Excerpt: /105/ The Lorax & the AK-47 ft. Leigh Phillips

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-cur3n-d161aa

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On ecofascism.

Both the shooters in the Christchurch and El Paso massacres were declared ‘ecofascists’. Now, a new governing coalition in Austria brings together Greens and the hard right in an unconventional union.

How does Malthusianism link the far right and ecology? What are the dangers of ‘lifeboat politics’, and how can the Left resist this logic? Is the Green New Deal a solution?

Readings:

/104/ The Aristocracy of Finance ft. Alexander Zevin

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s9bpj-d0594d

On The Economist and the contradictions of global liberalism.

Alexander Zevin joins us to discuss his work on the 176 year history of the magazine that has accompanied liberalism’s global expansion. Has it just reflected the world or has it actually influenced politics? How has The Economist balanced of democracy against the interests of finance and the needs of empire? And is the magazine suffering from N.O.B.S.? 

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Running order:

  • (06:02) Overview & early days
  • (29:52) 19th century & empire
  • (34:18) 20th century, esp 1930s and ’40s
  • (48:08) End of the Cold War and NOBS
  • (01:02:19) Liberalism & its enemies