/312/ Consolation-Prize Marxism & the Bunga-Bunga State ft. Dylan Riley


On the achievement of democracy and the ‘impartial’ state.

We speak to sociologist Dylan Riley about his new book Microverses, a series of aphorisms on social theory and politics.

The rational-legal state seems to be under threat by politicians who have no sense of the division between public and private – patrimonialists like Donald Trump, or Silvio Berlusconi. What are we to make of this attack on the notion of office?

Anti-corruption politics is often the response, but what happens when the left positions itself as the defender of the ‘impartial’ bourgeois state – rather than its overthrower? And was democratic capitalism the achievement of a militant working class – or a concession made after the working class had already been disciplined by fascism and war?

The second half of the interview, and our After-Party, is available at patreon.com/bungacast


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