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The global politics podcast at the end of the End of History. From a left perspective. Join us as we chart a course beyond the age of 'bunga bunga'.
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On class reductionism, commodity fetishism, and value theory. To discuss Covid, the state as 'PMC leviathan', and the politics of value theory, we’re joined by philosopher Elena Louisa Lange, who also explains why class reductionism is not a theoretical position or a mere mistake, but a social reality. We also address the value of 'going back to school', take on the new Leftist 'holy trinity' of class-race-gender, and hear from Elena why we need to theorise the world before we change it. Readings: The Middle-Class Leviathan: Corona, the “Fascism” Blackmail, and the Defeat of the Working Class, Elena Louisa Lange and Joshua Pickett-Depaolis, Crisis and Critique, 2020 Marxism and the Crisis of Development in Prewar Japan, Germaine A. Hoston, Princeton, 1987 Lawyer’s Fees, Beetroot, and Music, Elena’s Substack Value Without Fetish, Elena Louisa Lange, Brill 2021 Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World, Raju J. Das, Haymarket, 2018
On memes and the counter-culture.   Theorist and curator Mike Watson advances the argument for "acid leftism". What is this, and why do we need a new counter-culture? Is contemporary leftism lacking a utopian imaginary?   Plus: slow memes and fast memes; the democratisation of art and media; and generations: which ones became conservative, which might not?   Running order: (00:04:15) - Interview with Mike Watson (01:02:00) - 'Afterparty' discussion on what a counter-culture might look like today Readings: Can the Left Learn to Meme? , Mike Watson, Zero Books The Acid Left, YouTube channel The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin (pdf)
On Latin America's progressive wave and its discontents. A new book on Latin America argues that 'pink tide' governments tried to treat the symptoms of neoliberal capitalism while allowing the underlying situation to worse. We talk to the author, Fabio Luis, about cases across the region, including the election in Ecuador and Venezuela's disaster, to Bolivia's coup and Argentina's "path of least resistance". How important is regional integration and what does an alternative socialist vision entail? And we ponder a sad question: is the dream of development and modernisation over?  Readings: Power and Impotence: A History of South America Under Progressivism (1998-2016), Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos, Haymarket /93/ Hot Chile and Other Neoliberal Failures ft. Pablo Pryluka Bungacast
How to address the political problems of leftwing parties today?   Liverpudlian historian David Swift argues that the problem is hobbyism - people for whom politics constitutes their identity rather than expressing their interest in social and political change. He joins us to take us through his arguments about hobbyism, and how he thinks the Left might change for the better. Readings: A Left For Itself, David Swift, Zer0 Books How the Left lost all purpose, James Bloodworth, Unherd How not to be a white anti-racist, David Swift, Unherd
On the end of the End of History and neo-feudalism. This episode is for subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast In a continuation of our discussion on the emerging transfer state, we ask whether the end of neoliberalism entails the end of the 'End of History'. What are the determinate features of the End of History that we are leaving behind? Which are still with us? Also, what to make of arguments that our future is neo- or techno-feudal? Do these terms make any sense? Or is it better to think of two alternate futures: Japanisation or Brazilianisation?  The End of the End of History, Bungacast, Zer0 Books Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism?, Jodi Dean, LA Review of Books Neo-feudalism in California, Joel Kotkin, American Affairs  
On cash welfarism and state investment. Plus regionalism in Belgium & the UK. Anton Jäger is back on the pod to discuss the emerging 'transfer state'. We examine Biden's massive trillion-dollar spending plans and ask if this means we're leaving neoliberalism. What are the limitations to the 'cashification of welfare'? Also comparisons with cash transfers or lack thereof in the UK, Brazil and Belgium. Plus Anton talks us through recent Belgian history and why its immobilism and bureaucracy has actually prevented a full-on neoliberal assault.  [Part 2 available at patreon.com/bungacast] Readings: “Welfare without the welfare state”: the death of the postwar welfarist consensus, Anton Jäger & Daniel Zamora, New Statesman Joe Biden Is a Transformational President, David Brooks, NYT
On Covid state failure + responses to listeners.    The full episode is for subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast   We start off by discussing listener points and criticisms – e.g. is PMC a useful category? Is a counterculture a terrible idea? Were we wrong on Deleuze? More on the lockdown debate... – before featuring the second part of our discussion with Lee Jones on the coronavirus and state failure (from 45:30).   We look in depth at what went wrong in Western state responses to the pandemic, why they didn't follow their own plans, and compare this to South Korea's relative success.   Readings: How the pandemic has exposed Britain’s failed ‘regulatory state’, Lee Jones, Daily Telegraph COVID-19 and the failure of the neoliberal regulatory state, Lee Jones and Shahar Hameiri, Review of International Political Economy
On the uprising in Myanmar, plus Covid state failure. Southeast Asia scholar (and Bunga recidivist) Lee Jones joins us to talk about the coup in Myanmar (and why the word “coup” can be misleading), and explains the nature of the forces opposing the military, in the context of the country’s recent transition to civilian rule. Then, from 40mins, we discuss how the UK failed in dealing with the pandemic, and how this applies across the West. Lee's recent work looks at the neoliberal "regulatory state" and its incapacities, so we compare the UK's failure with Korea's relative success. Readings: Preliminary thoughts on the Myanmar “coup”, Lee Jones, Medium Responding to the Myanmar coup, Crisis Group How the Civil Disobedience Movement can win, Aye Min Thant and Yan Aung, Frontier How the pandemic has exposed Britain’s failed ‘regulatory state’, Lee Jones, Daily Telegraph COVID-19 and the failure of the neoliberal regulatory state (pdf), Lee Jones and Shahar Hameiri, Review of International Political Economy 
We discuss the first of Perry Anderson's new essays on Europe published in the London Review of Books, which focuses on Luuk van Middelaar - described as the EU's first organic intellectual. We discuss what that means, as well as the role of the "coup" in forming the EU. Reading Club episodes are for subscribers $10+. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast
On memes and the counter-culture.   This is a sample. For the full episode, subscribe at patreon.com/bungacast   Theorist and curator Mike Watson advances the argument for "acid leftism". What is this, and why do we need a new counter-culture? Is contemporary leftism lacking a utopian imaginary?   Plus: slow memes and fast memes; the democratisation of art and media; and generations: which ones became conservative, which one might not?   Running order: (00:04:15) - Interview with Mike Watson (01:02:00) - 'Afterparty' discussion on what a counter-culture might look like today Readings: Can the Left Learn to Meme? , Mike Watson, Zero Books The Acid Left, YouTube channel The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin (pdf)
In this latest Three Articles, we examine the rise of 'techno-populism', look at the EU's vaccine debacle, and question whether cinema - and popular culture in general - is being desexualised and pornified at the same time.   This episode is for subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast   Readings: The rise of the technopopulists, Chris Bickerton, New Statesman (pdf attached) Accelerating Decay, Wolfgang Streeck, Sidecar - NRL blog Everyone is beautiful and no one is horny, RS Benedict, BloodKnife
On the socialist case for Scottish independence. David Jamieson and Cat Boyd, writers and hosts of Conter, the Scottish anti-capitalist website and podcast, join us to to talk about the prospects for Scottish independence in advance of the Scottish parliamentary elections in May. Would an independent Scotland within the EU be a contradiction in term? How would an independent Scotland fare - and what would it mean for the "national question" across Europe? And what's up with the factional strife among Scottish nationalists? Readings: Contercast, podcast hosted by Cat & David Independence Beyond Salmond and Sturgeon, David Jamieson, Conter The Origins of Scottish Nationhood, Neil Davidson, Pluto Press
On gay liberation and sexual politics. After big advances over the past decades, we can now ask, did the gays win? And if so, so what? Mark Simpson in the UK and River Page in Florida join us to discuss whether something was lost in that victory.  We ponder whether gay politics was the original identity politics and what happens when a narrow focus on equality triumphs over liberation. Do sexual liberation politics have any future? Plus: how Blairism was the biggest drag act of all.  Readings: Anti-Gay, Mark Simpson (Bloomsbury, 1996) Being Gay in the Thirties (Gay Life), documentary mentioned by Mark Trading in the Past: Queer London, Mark Simpson The Standpoint Bureaucracy, River Page, TwinkRev The Woke Resurrection of a Gay Sex Panic, River Page, TwinkRev
How to address the political problems of leftwing parties today?   Liverpudlian historian David Swift argues that the problem is hobbyism - people for whom politics constitutes their identity rather than expressing their interest in social and political change. He joins us to take us through his arguments about hobbyism, and how he thinks the Left might change for the better.   This is a sample. For the full episode, subscribe at patreon.com/bungacast Readings: A Left For Itself, David Swift, Zer0 Books How the Left lost all purpose, James Bloodworth, Unherd How not to be a white anti-racist, David Swift, Unherd
We've exceptionally unlocked one of our recent Reading Clubs. For access to all the monthly Reading Clubs - as well as our ~2 patreon episodes a month - subscribe at patreon.com/bungacast for $10.  ––  On Richard Tuck's The Left Case for Brexit, a book composed of essays written throughout the Brexit process, providing a diary of Brexit of sorts, as well as political and historical arguments around sovereignty. We also take the opportunity to debate its global implications - what are the possibilities for popular sovereignty in a globalised world? On the final deal and its implications, see: The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Minimum Brexit 
We discuss Gilles Deleuze's short essay, Postscript on the Societies of Control and ask whether his understanding, according to which society has changed from one where discipline is exercised in institutions to one where control is implemented across society, holds water.  The monthly Bungacast Reading Club is for patrons $10+. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast
We respond to your questions and comments from the past two months. Plus a continuation of our chat with Catherine Liu (from 55mins onwards) - on PMC unions, PMC child-rearing and the culture industry.   This episode is for subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast   Readings: The PMC Gets Organized, Dominic King, Damage Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional-Managerial Class, Catherine Liu, University of Minnesota Press, 2021
On the Professional-Managerial Class.    Catherine Liu joins us to talk about the worst class in history (the PMC), and how and why they hoard all forms of secularised value. We discuss the development of the PMC as a class, figure out when it stopped being "heroic", and debate who the PMC'S leader might be. We conclude by asking whether the Left needs the PMC (or vice versa?).    The discussion will continue next week – focusing on recent unionising in professional workplaces, how the PMC brings up its children, and whether the "culture industry" is still a thing – in a subscriber-only episode on our patreon.    Readings: Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional-Managerial Class, Catherine Liu, University of Minnesota Press, 2021 Moral Minoritarianism from the Ashes of Left Populism, George Hoare, Damage Saving Britain's Universities report, Lee Jones & Phillip Cunliffe, Cieo
On the relevance of psychoanalysis. In a continuation of our talk with Benjamin Fong, editor of Damage Magazine, we discuss the relevance of psychoanalysis today. What happened to the marriage of Marx and Freud – and what does the decline of both say about our times? We criticise social media as the latest instance of the culture industry as well as the growth of the US as a 'drugged society'. How can psychoanalysis be wielded against therapy culture, against a psychology that just helps us adapt to the world, and in favour one that makes us more free? This episode is for subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast   Readings: The Method and Function of Analytic Social Psychology, Erich Fromm (pdf attached on Patreon) Adorno’s critique of the revisionist psychoanalysis: An introduction to ‘The Revisionist Psychoanalysis’, Nan-Nan Lee, Discussion and translation of Adorno (attached as pdf on Patreon) Therapy Without Therapists, Briana Last, Damage
On American breakdown. Editor of Damage Magazine, Benjamin Fong, joins us to talk about the lack of shared narratives in contemporary America. We discuss QAnon and conspiracy theories, Biden's authoritarian liberalism, and "pro-worker" conservatives.  We also interrogate the use of psychological analyses of politics and reaffirm the value of psychoanalysis, in a preview of a more detailed forthcoming discussion on our patreon. Readings: The Siren Song of “Pro-Worker” Conservatism, Benjamin Fong & Dustin Guastella, Jacobin Unpacking the Left's Culture Baggage, Benjamin Fong, Damage Therapy Without Therapists, Briana Last, Damage
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Bon Jovi

I love Catherine because she always replies to my dumb comments on twitter

Feb 16th
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Alexandra P

My takeaway from this is that John McAfee is off his fucking rocker. Holy shit, that maniacal laughter.

Apr 28th
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