The global politics podcast at the end of the End of History. From a left perspective. Join us as we chart a course beyond the age of ’bunga bunga’.
/303/ The Failure of the French Forever War ft. Yvan Guichaoua
On Mali and the Sahel.
French president Emmanuel Macron declared the end of Opération Barkhane on 9 November 2022, bringing to an end to nearly 10 years of French military intervention in Mali. But what is the legacy of the French Forever War in the Sahel, and what happens next?
Sahel expert Yvan Guichaou joins us to talk about French defeat in the war on terror, the continued French military presence in the region, the growing extent of jihadi power, as well as the crisis of the post-colonial state in Africa and the new geo-politics of Franco-Russian competition in the region. How do these various political forces intersect with the political economy of aid and smuggling networks?
[Part 2 is available to subscribers at patreon.com/bungacast]
Norms, non-combatants' agency and restraint in Jihadi violence in Northern Mali, Yvan Guichaoua and Ferdaous Bouhlel, International Interactions
The bitter harvest of French interventionism in the Sahel, Yvan Guichaoua, International Affairs
Music: Nous Non Plus / Bunga Bunga / courtesy of Sugaroo!
OK BUNGER! The Problem of Generations (FULL)
A special five-part series on generational consciousness and conflict. We examine the theory of generations, followed by the emergence of generational consciousness in the 19th and early 20th century. We then explore the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Gen Z, in turn. With multiple guests and original music.
Excerpt: /302/ Aufhebonus Bonus (Nov 2022)
On your questions & criticisms.[Patreon Exclusive]
The weakness of anti-EU forces; the implications of defending Ukrainian sovereignty; what should we call the new far-right and what does it *do* in power? And the gravity of nuclear war
Also, is Phil okay?
Excerpt: /301/ Reading Club: Neo-Feudalism
On Joel Kotkin's The Coming of Neo-Feudalism
We start off by discussing your points on the last RC, on conspiracy theory.
Then we delve into Kotkin's book, asking whether he has an adequate understanding of feudalism, and whether this is the right lens to understand transformations underway now. Is 'techno-feudalism' not just a downturn in 'systemic cycles of accumulation', related to the decline of the US empire? And what are Kotkin's politics and how do they relate to his analysis?
Thanks for all the questions received on this one, we discussed them as we went through the episode.
The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class, Joel Kotkin, Encounter Books
Techno-Feudalism Is Taking Over, Yanis Varoufakis, Project-Syndicate
Next month: Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Atle Mikkola Kjøsen and James Steinhoff, Pluto Books
/300/ Bunga at the End of the World
On nuclear exterminism.
To commemorate our 300th episode, we discuss how the world is closer to a nuclear conflict than at any point since the Cold War. After decades of inconsequential 'permawar' (at least inside the Western bubble), the proxy war in Ukraine between NATO and Russia is suddenly very consequential indeed.
How does our situation differ from that of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis? Why might it be more unpredictable? Does today's very different ideological configuration make war more or less likely?
Before that, we reflect on five and half years of Bungacast, how the world has changed over the period, and pick out some of our favourite episode from the past half-decade.
The main discussion begins at 23mins.Readings:
Who will stop Putin from going nuclear?, Philip Cunliffe, UnHerd
How to prevent World War III, Philip Cunliffe, UnHerd
Notes on Exterminism, the Last Stage of Civilisation, EP Thompson, New Left Review
The War in Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War, Anatol Lieven, Quincy Institute
/299/ Micropower & Transcendence in Brazil (Bungazão 2022) ft. Miguel Lago
On reclaiming populism.
With only a couple of days to go until the decisive runoff between Lula and Bolsonaro, we continue our Bungazão 2022 series by talking to to political scientist Miguel Lago about how Lula and Bolsonaro both construct a Brazilian people. Lula does so broadly on class lines, while Bolsonaro's construction is a moral one: "good citizens" and those to be excluded.
Why is populism the right way to analyse the election, and how might Lula re-embody Brazil's greatest populist leader, Getúlio Vargas? We discuss how Bolsonarismo works on the basis of 'micropower' – that is, it appeals to those who hold power over others in any walk of life.
And we conclude by looking at Bolsonaro's combination of transcendence and transgression, and how it has re-politicised Brazilian society. Why is this recipe proving more successful than the transactional politics of old?
Batalhadores do Brasil, Miguel Lago, piauí (in Portuguese)
The self-help guru who conquered Brazil, Alex Hochuli, UnHerd
What Lula's Comeback Means, Alex Hochuli, Compact
Do que falamos quando falamos de populismo, Miguel Lago & Tomás Zicman de Barros, Companhia das Letras (in Portuguese)
Linguagem da destruição, Miguel Lago et al., Companhia de Letras (in Portuguese)
On anti-corruption: /297/ Bungazão 2022 (Clean & Godly) ft. Benjamin Fogel (on anti-corruption)
On the war of all against all: /292/ Bungazão 2022: Unrealistic Pragmatism, ft. Unbridled Possibility Collective
On the role of the military: /284/ Bungazão 2022 ft. Alcysio Canette
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