Excerpt: /192/ Three Articles: Pandemic (Dis)Satisfactions

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ttqse-10321f3 On consequences of the pandemic + important local election results in Spain & UK.   We start off by discussing the telling results of some recent local and regional elections: in the UK, Labour continues its drift to becoming…

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.…

/187/ The Huge Package State ft. Anton Jäger

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jwdtt-1008d7a On cash welfarism and state investment. Plus regionalism in Belgium & the UK. Anton Jäger is back on the pod to discuss the emerging 'transfer state'. We examine Biden's massive trillion-dollar spending plans and ask if this means we're…

Excerpt: /182/ Three Articles: Sporno-Vaxxo-Techno-Populism

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-kdxy8-fe67ff In this latest Three Articles, we examine the rise of 'techno-populism', look at the EU's vaccine debacle, and question whether cinema - and popular culture in general - is being desexualised and pornified at the same time.   This…

/181/ Juche in North Britain? ft. Cat Boyd & David Jamieson

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-kkgbz-fdb581 On the socialist case for Scottish independence. David Jamieson and Cat Boyd, writers and hosts of Conter, the Scottish anti-capitalist website and podcast, join us to to talk about the prospects for Scottish independence in advance of the Scottish…

Excerpt: /179/ The Hobbyist Left ft. David Swift

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-8qcdt-fc4aa3 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.…