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A podcast on radical politics, critical theory, and history. Hosted by Alex Doherty.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/poltheoryother

Contact: politicstheoryother@gmail.com

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A podcast on radical politics, critical theory, and history. Hosted by Alex Doherty.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/poltheoryother

Contact: politicstheoryother@gmail.com

    Excerpt - Richard Seymour on the US right's partial disenchantment with Israel

    Excerpt - Richard Seymour on the US right's partial disenchantment with Israel

    In part one of a two-part episode Richard returns to give his thoughts on an apparent turn against Israel on parts of the American right, the significance of the protests against Netanyahu within Israel, the role of students in the Palestine solidarity movement, and his view of post-Marxist thought.

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    Late capitalism or technofeudalism? w/ Yanis Varoufakis

    Late capitalism or technofeudalism? w/ Yanis Varoufakis

    Yanis Varoufakis joins PTO to discuss his book, Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism. We discussed why Yanis believes capitalism is no longer the appropriate term to describe contemporary economic and social relations. We also talked about the financial crisis, the Covid19 pandemic, and how central bank responses to both crises served to build the power of the tech giants. Finally, we also briefly discussed the situation in Gaza and why Yanis believes reports of the decline of US global hegemony are, for the moment, exaggerated.

    • 43 min
    Excerpt - Richard Seymour on Israel's drift towards pariah status

    Excerpt - Richard Seymour on Israel's drift towards pariah status

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    Richard Seymour returns to discuss the likelihood of Israel launching its assault on Rafah (in the context of Israel's deliberate starvation of the Gazan population). We talked about the position of the United States and its recent resolution at the United Nations security council and the extent to which - if at all - it represents a shift away from unequivocal support for Israel. We also discussed the decline of liberal Zionism, as Israel increasingly becomes a pariah state, and finally we discussed "normie socialist" and post-left perspectives on the history of Israel-Palestine.

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    The seventies and us w/ Michael Hardt

    The seventies and us w/ Michael Hardt

    The 1970s is often depicted straightforwardly as the moment when the radical movements of the 1960s fractured, failed, and radicalised in ways that were self-destructive. In The Subversive Seventies Michael Hardt argues that not only is that a much too simplistic understanding of the decade, but that it serves to prevent us from drawing important lessons and inspiration from the radical movements of the 1970s. We talked about popular misconceptions about the movements of the 70s, how to understand the turn towards projects characterised by autonomy and in some cases armed struggle. And finally we also talked about why the emergence in the 70s of a multiplicity of struggles can be seen as a source of strength for the left, rather than evidence of irresolvable division.

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    The crisis is permanent - MENA after the Arab Spring w/ Gilbert Achcar

    The crisis is permanent - MENA after the Arab Spring w/ Gilbert Achcar

    Thirteen years have passed since the Arab Spring and the great hopes aroused in 2011 have been overwhelmed by counter-revolution and civil war. And yet, the region is anything but restabilised: Instead of the events of 2011 heralding a brief period of democratic transition akin to earlier developments in East Asia and Eastern Europe they instead, Gilbert Achcar argues, inaugurated a long-term revolutionary process, based in a deep-rooted socioeconomic crisis that is far from played out. In this talk Gilbert assesses the dynamics of MENA region, the factors hindering regional change, and he cautions against overly optimistic readings, while nonetheless arguing that there remain reasons for hope.

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    PTO Extra! - Richard Seymour answers listeners questions

    PTO Extra! - Richard Seymour answers listeners questions

    In the latest PTO Extra! Richard Seymour returns to answer your questions on the impact of the Gaza protest movement, Israel's eroding international support, what a Trump presidency might lead to in US domestic politics, and where the late Christopher Hitchens' would have positioned himself in the current conjuncture.

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41 Ratings

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New to this. Great show. Well researched and excellent guests.

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Great lefty listen!

Strongly recommended for left-wing listeners – a podcast I’ve listened to consistently for years. Alex interviews academics, writers and activists from across a broad range of left positions. The questions are always well-researched and the interviews are historically detailed and politically substantial: not much waffle here! One of those podcasts where even if the subject or interviewee doesn’t especially appeal, or I disagree with their position, I nevertheless learn a lot.

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PTO Review

This is a terrific podcast, consistently featuring in depth analysis from some of the most interesting contemporary radial left intellectuals. As an early career academic I find PTO an invaluable resource (as anyone similarly working on neoliberalism would) but I imagine the program would appeal to any leftist looking to the vanguard of radical political theory/cultural studies.

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