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#074 The Bittersweet Science Pt.1
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November 24, 2016 01:25 PM PST
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This week we have a change of tack, a complete break from the Donald and that jazz. We delve into the shady of world of Professional Boxing, with the former Boxing Manager, Gambler, Gangster, Jazz Pianist, Writer, and Fight-Fixer, Charles Farrell. Boxing is a sport that has always fascinated me. It’s much more than a mere sport - it’s a metaphor for life itself, full of light and shadow, failure and redemption. Charles has led a life of a pulp-fiction novel character, from living on the streets of Boston from the age of 12, and playing piano in the hotels and brothels of Boston, to managing former heavyweight champion of the world, Leon Spinks. Charles is also starring in a new documentary, Ditry Games, about the corruption and fixing in the world of sport, and is appearing in the new book ‘The Bittersweet Science’, a collection of essays from some of the greatest writers on boxing, which is due out early next year from the University of Chicago Press.

You can find out more about the film Dirty Games here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5068818/

And you can find out more about the book ‘The Bittersweet Science’ here:
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo22758559.html

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'I Love This Place' by Charles Farrell

#073 US Election Special
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November 09, 2016 01:13 PM PST
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In a first for the podcast, we do a live hangout with Doug Lain and C. Derick Varn to talk about todays Donald Trump election victory. We discuss race, gender, geo-politics, the falling rate of profit, economic stimulus, and manage to disagree and agree on absolutely everything. Enjoy!

#072 The Long Depression
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November 01, 2016 12:14 PM PDT
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After an unplanned hiatus, I am delighted to welcome back Michael Roberts to the show. Michael has a new book just out, called ‘The Long Depression: How it happened, why it happened, and what happens next’. We discuss the main thesis of the book - the idea of a long depression, the problems with Keynesian accounting identities, the hopes for a capitalist revival, and chances of a breakdown.

You can find Michael’s blog here:
https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/

You can buy his book here:
https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/693-the-long-depression

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'No Woman' by Whitney

Enjoy!

#071 Solar To The Rescue?
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August 04, 2016 01:21 PM PDT
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This week I am delighted to welcome back Ugo Bardi to the show. Ugo is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence, and the man behind the Cassandras Legacy blog, where he writes about resource depletion, climate change, and renewable energy amongst other things. We discuss the recent drop in global C02 emissions and what it means for our global economic system, the hopes for a soft landing post peak-oil and coal, solar panels as our great saviour, and his thoughts on the likelihood of global demographic decline.

You can find Ugo’s blog here:
http://cassandralegacy.blogspot.co.uk/

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'Luce Cannon ' by White Isles

#070 Money And Power
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July 15, 2016 01:47 PM PDT
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This week, I am delighted to welcome Alexander Douglas, a lecturer in philosophy at St. Andrews University, to the show, to talk about his recent book: The Philosophy Of Debt. It was great to talk to Alex about the nature of debt and money, and how all of this stuff is explicitly linked to the power relations and class structure of our society. We also got to talk about how this MMT stuff can be viewed or fits in from a Marxist point of view, a synthesis of which I think could be extremely fruitful.

You can find Alex’s blog here:
https://originofspecious.wordpress.com/about/

You can find Alex’s book here:
https://www.routledge.com/The-Philosophy-of-Debt/Douglas/p/book/9781138929746

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'People Move Along' by Pipe-eye

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#069 Culture Vs Class
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June 18, 2016 01:59 AM PDT
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In this episode, we have part 2 of the Derick Varn interview, where we discuss the history and theories of Cultural Marxism in great detail. This bumper episode, also veers off into a long discussion on Black Lives Matter, how we need more than just culture wars - how’s about some class wars! Class wars where we call the shots, for a change. Speaking of all this, we start the conversation with myself and Derick talking about Accelerationism and previous guest Nick Srnicek’s new book - ‘Reinventing The Future’. This is a long one people, as it was a pretty unstructured conversation, and I was suffering from a flu at the time of recording. My powers of conversation dipped in the middle, so I let Derick do his thing, but I rally back with some counter-punches of my own, in the later rounds.

You can find Derick’s blog here:
https://symptomaticcommentary.wordpress.com/

You can find Derick’s and Amogh’s Podcast here: http://sympthomaticredness.libsyn.com/

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'Holy Moly' by Matthew E. White

#068 Knowing The Future
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April 13, 2016 09:08 AM PDT
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This week I am delighted to welcome back Derick Varn to the show. After listening to the previous show about Cultural Marxism with Doug Lain, Derick sent me an email saying he’d like to come on the show and give his two cents. What followed was a wide ranging discussion on ideology, value theory, and the historical emergence of capitalism. We also discussed the possibility of a revolutionary movement based on a system without abstract value, Marx’s critique of the Gotha Program, and Star Trek as a Marxist Tract. And top of all that, the possible productivity of a communist state, game theory and alternative histories, and the Spanish revolution.

You can find Derick’s blog here:
https://symptomaticcommentary.wordpress.com/

You can find Derick’s and Amogh’s Podcast here: http://sympthomaticredness.libsyn.com/

The music on this episode was:
'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'If Not For Money' - The Wytches

#067 Cultural Marxism
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March 08, 2016 04:00 AM PST
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This week I am delighted to welcome Doug Lain back to show, for a discussion about cultural marxism, an argument about worker controlled workplaces, and some thoughts on what we can learn from the Inca’s.

Doug is the host of the Zero Squared podcast, previously the Diet Soap Podcast, and is the publisher of Zero Books. He is also a sci-fi author, and has been nominated this year for the Phillip K. Dick Award for his latest novel, After the Saucers Landed.

You can buy his book here:
http://skyhorsepublishing.com/titles/641-9781597808231-after-the-saucers-landed

You can find out everything Doug related here:
http://douglaslain.com/

And all about Zero Books here:

http://www.zero-books.net/

The music on this episode was:
'All You Need Is Hate', by The Delgados
'Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get' by The Dramatics
'All About Us' by Teen

#066 Inventing The Future
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February 05, 2016 04:00 PM PST
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After an unplanned hiatus, the show is back with a bang. This week I am delighted to welcome Nick Srnicek to the show. Nick, and his co-author Alex Williams, has recently released a new book with Verso called: “Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work’. I bought this book as a christmas present for myself, and it didn’t disappoint - it’s just the book I have been waiting for someone to write! Indeed, I’m kinda annoyed with Nick and Alex, because it’s the book I really wanted to write! In the interview we cover the first half of the book, which takes a critical look at the functioning of the political left today, and a deep look at the history, strategy and tactics of the neoliberals as a counterpoint. I hope to have Alex back on the show in the near future to discuss the second half of the book, which is much less critique and more ‘what is to be done’. Us leftie’s need to get beyond critique, and that includes this show.

You can find Nick and Alex’s book here:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/1989-inventing-the-future

You can also find their blog here:
https://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/

The music on this episode was:
‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
‘USA iii: rail’ by Dan Deacon
‘Crying In The Chapel’ by Charles Bradley
‘Now Is The Time Of Emotion’ by Prince Rama

#065 Robots and AI: Utopia vs Dystopia
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October 16, 2015 01:02 PM PDT
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This week I am delighted to welcome back to the show Marxist blogger extraordinaire, Michael Roberts. Michael’s blog, ‘The Next Recession’ is one of the best Marxist economics blogs out there, and he also runs a very active facebook group too.

We talk about a recent series of articles Michael wrote called: ‘Robots and AI: Utopia or Dystopia, which was prompted by Paul Mason’s recent book Post-Capitalism.

You can find the articles and facebook group here:

https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/robots-and-ai-utopia-or-dystopia-part-one/

https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/robots-and-ai-utopia-or-dystopia-part-two/

https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/robots-and-ai-utopia-or-dystopia-part-three/

https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Roberts-blog-925340197491022/

The music on this episode was:
‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
'Planet Junior' by The Babe Rainbow

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