DiscoverTHIS IS REVOLUTION >podcastTHIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 156: Who Are the Professional Managerial Class w/ Ben Burgis, C. Derick Varn, and Foreign Policy Crüe
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 156: Who Are the Professional Managerial Class w/ Ben Burgis, C. Derick Varn, and Foreign Policy Crüe

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 156: Who Are the Professional Managerial Class w/ Ben Burgis, C. Derick Varn, and Foreign Policy Crüe

Update: 2021-07-16
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Perhaps no term has caught the imagination of political circles on both the right and the left as the term “Professional Managerial Class” (PMC). The term was first coined by John and Barbara Ehrenreich to describe a caste of middle-class professional elites who increasingly controlled production through their specialist training and educational credentials. While the work of the Ehrenreich's was certainly significant, their hypothesis was not an entirely new one. In the 1940s, the Trotskyist-turn-conservative James Burnham penned the “Managerial Revolution” which hypothesized that society was increasingly falling under the domination of a managerial elite with specialist knowledge.


 
In recent times, especially in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis and the 2020 COVID pandemic, such analysis and criticism has gain popularity on both the right and left. However, how useful is the term PMC? Are the PMC a coherent social class? And in what ways does the convergence of discourse between both right and left on the “PMC thesis” obfuscate more than it elucidates?
 
About Ben Burgis:
Ben Burgis is a philosophy professor and the author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left. He is host of the podcast Give Them An Argument.
 
Listen to Ben's show, Give Them An Argument:
https://www.youtube.com/user/benburgis1
 
Read Ben's Work in Jacobin here:
https://www.jacobinmag.com/author/ben-burgis
 
Watch Derick's Varn Vlog here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMuZYE1Q9yNpzn4dzsPtmcQ
 
Watch Derick on Zero Book's Pop the Left here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nFVU7JbT-g&list=PLFad02vA5AOH8vV8rUp6mwkACCa77u2UM


 
 
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The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series):
https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw


 
Medium:
https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d


 
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https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal Robert


 
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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 156: Who Are the Professional Managerial Class w/ Ben Burgis, C. Derick Varn, and Foreign Policy Crüe

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 156: Who Are the Professional Managerial Class w/ Ben Burgis, C. Derick Varn, and Foreign Policy Crüe

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