/232/ Reading Club: Cold, Hard / Warm, Soft

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-d9n5i-115d579 On Eva Illouz's Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism How has the cold and hard world of bureaucratic, instrumental rationalism penetrated the intimate sphere of love and relationships? And how has open communication and emotional understanding been used…

Excerpt: /227/ Reading Club: All That Is Solid

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2yuve-1142f48 On modernity's contradictions.   In this month's Reading Club, we discuss the introduction to Marshall Berman's marvellous All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.   This is an excerpt. For the full episode, subscribe for $10/mo at patreon.com/bungacast  …

/210/ Reading Club: Psychoanalysis & Spirit of Capitalism

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7uize-10bd914 We discuss Eli Zaretsky's essay, "Psychoanalysis and the Spirit of Capitalism" (also available as a chapter in his book Political Freud).   How convincing is Zaretsky’s idea that, as capitalism was becoming more organized and systematic, it also liberated…

UNLOCKED /179/ The Hobbyist Left ft. David Swift

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ivqvz-1008eca 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.…

Excerpt: /178/ Reading Club: Societies of Control

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-sbyri-fbfb1f 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,…