/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,…

Excerpt: /170/ Reading Club: Streeck’s Critical Encounters

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7nxqh-f7a502 This is a sample. Reading Clubs are for patrons $10+. Sign up now at patreon.com/bungacast  This month we discuss a book by leading German sociologist and public intellectual, Wolfgang Streeck. Critical Encounters is a compilation of book reviews, discussing…

/167/ The Kingdom of God Is on Main Street ft. Todd McGowan

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9zuq3-f565c2 On freedom, authority and responsibility. Theorist Todd McGowan joins us to talk about the End of History, what Hegel can teach us about emancipation, and why Slavoj Zizek’s reinterpretation of Hegel is so important. If contradiction is the basis…

/161/ Culture is Bad for You ft. Mark Taylor (UNLOCKED)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ak92q-f55eba On “culture”.   We discuss who produces culture and who consumes it – and what those inequalities reveal about culture today. Also, we ask what’s the ploblem with culture anyway and end up defending “low culture” from Red Hot…