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The old forms of the left are moribund and the new forms are stupid. We're making a podcast that talks about the need to organize a dialectical pessimism and develop a Marxist salvage project capable of putting up a good fight as the world burns around us. A clean, honest, and unsentimental melancholy is required; we've cultivated one and would like to share it with you.

The Regrettable Century Chris, Kevin, Jason, and Jess

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The old forms of the left are moribund and the new forms are stupid. We're making a podcast that talks about the need to organize a dialectical pessimism and develop a Marxist salvage project capable of putting up a good fight as the world burns around us. A clean, honest, and unsentimental melancholy is required; we've cultivated one and would like to share it with you.

    Patreon Preview: Labriola's Socialism & Philosophy, Part II

    Patreon Preview: Labriola's Socialism & Philosophy, Part II

    From the second installment of the Regrettable Book Club's reading of Antonio Labriola's Socialism and Philosophy covering the introduction by Paul Piccone.

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    • 9 min
    No Royal Road- As Old Worlds End and New Ones Begin: Part III (With C. Derick Varn)

    No Royal Road- As Old Worlds End and New Ones Begin: Part III (With C. Derick Varn)

    Welcome to the third episode of a new collaborative series with Varn Vlog and the Regrettable Century, where we will be talking about history, historiography, social technologies, relations of production, modes of production, and most importantly, transitions.

    In this episode, we continue talking about the other transition, the transition to the feudal mode of production.

    Chris Wickham, THE OTHER TRANSITION: FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD TO FEUDALISM, Past & Present, Volume 103, Issue 1, May 1984, Pages 3–36

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    PATREON PREVIEW: Chris and Neil Talk About Academia

    PATREON PREVIEW: Chris and Neil Talk About Academia

    Last year, Neil Gorman and Regrettable Chris hung out during the Christmas break to talk about how bad higher education had gotten during the pandemic. This clip however, is a little preview of the other stuff they talked about.

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    • 2 min
    No Ethical Technological Innovation Under Capitalism

    No Ethical Technological Innovation Under Capitalism

    This week we further explore our critique of technology under capitalism. Chris was absent from the recording due to grad school reasons, so Jess led the charge on this one. We ultimately determine that technology is bad and the Luddites were right.

    The Rise of the Machines
    https://jacobinmag.com/2013/04/the-rise-of-the-machines  
    The Ideology Behind Technology
    https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3333-the-ideology-behind-technology
    The Case Against Naive Technocapitalist Optimism
    https://consilienceproject.org/the-case-against-naive-technocapitalist-optimism/
    Marx on Technology
    https://andymerrifield.org/2019/09/29/marx-on-technology/ 
    HYPER-REALITY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJg02ivYzSs&t=291s 

    Music: Bathsheba- At the End of Everything


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    • 55 min
    The Tragedy of American Socialism: Part I

    The Tragedy of American Socialism: Part I

    This week Jason teaches us about the history of American socialism. We start with the beginnings of the movement in the late 19th century and ends just after the Second World War.

    Cannon, James P. The History of American Trotskyism, 1928-1938 : Report of a participant. New York: Pathfinder, 2002.

    Drucker, Peter. Max Shachtman and His Left : A Socialist's Odyssey Through the "American century. Amherst: Prometheus, 2001.

    Foner, Philip S. The Great Labor Uprising of 1877. New York: Pathfinder, 2002.

    Ginger, Ray. The Bending Cross : A biography of Eugene Victor Debs. Chicago, Ill: Haymarket Books, 2007.

    Gornick, Vivian. The Romance of American Communism. London Brooklyn, NY: Verso, 2020.

    Johanningsmeier, Edward P. Forging American Communism : The Life of William Z. Foster. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994.

    Kelley, Robin D. Hammer and hoe : Alabama Communists During the Great Depression. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
    Kipnis, Ira. The American Socialist Movement, 1897-1912. Chicago, Ill: Haymarket Books, 2004.

    Naison, Mark D. Communists in Harlem During the Depression. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005.
    Weinstein, James. The Decline of Socialism in America, 1912-1925. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1984.

    Music: Talking Union- Pete Seeger 


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    No Royal Road- As Old Worlds End and New Ones Begin: Part II (With C. Derick Varn)

    No Royal Road- As Old Worlds End and New Ones Begin: Part II (With C. Derick Varn)

    Welcome to the second episode of a new collaborative series with Varn Vlog and the Regrettable Century, where we will be talking about history, historiography, social technologies, relations of production, modes of production, and most importantly, transitions.

    On this episode we continue  talking about the other transition, the transition to the feudal mode of production.

    Chris Wickham, THE OTHER TRANSITION: FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD TO FEUDALISM, Past & Present, Volume 103, Issue 1, May 1984, Pages 3–36

    https://www.patreon.com/varnvlog
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)

    • 1 hr 21 min

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