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What is happening to our economy and our politics? Are we stuck forever in this corporate dystopia? What can we learn from the failures of radical politics over the last 100 years? Commandante Alpha talks in depth to experts from the fields of Political Economy, Politics, Science, Philosophy, Complexity, Mathematics, Music, and the Environment.

From Alpha To Omega Tom O'Brien

    • Politics
    • 4.9, 10 Ratings

What is happening to our economy and our politics? Are we stuck forever in this corporate dystopia? What can we learn from the failures of radical politics over the last 100 years? Commandante Alpha talks in depth to experts from the fields of Political Economy, Politics, Science, Philosophy, Complexity, Mathematics, Music, and the Environment.

    #007 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    #007 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    We continue Marx’s lambasting of the social democrats in Chapter 3 - ‘The Defeat of the Petit Bourgeois Democracy’.

    Charles and Camilla acting weird:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqtOA2GdsV4

    The artwork for the show was created by the Korean artist, and author of the 2019 Marx/Engels Illustration book.

    https://www.deviantart.com/rono1848

    https://twitter.com/RN_fortuna

    https://www.patreon.com/rono1848

    Panelists:

    C Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness
    Ezri - Swampside Chats
    James Knight - Wax Cylinder Expert
    Kyle - General Intellect Unit
    Sophie - Jumpsuit Utopia

    • 57 min
    #006 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    #006 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    We jump into the white hot burning fire of Marx’s critique of the social democrats that is Chapter 3 - ‘The Defeat of the Petit Bourgeois Democracy’.

    The artwork for the show was created by the Korean artist, and author of the 2019 Marx/Engels Illustration book.

    https://www.deviantart.com/rono1848

    https://twitter.com/RN_fortuna

    https://www.patreon.com/rono1848

    Panelists:

    C Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness

    Kyle - General Intellect Unit

    Ezri - Swampside Chats

    • 59 min
    #125 The CHAZ/CHOP w/ Ben Lain - TEASER

    #125 The CHAZ/CHOP w/ Ben Lain - TEASER

    Today, we speak with Ben Lain, who recently returned home from a 2 day trip to the CHAZ/CHOP in Seattle.

    • 2 min
    #005 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    #005 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    This week we continue our analysis of Chapter 2 - ‘The Downfall of the Republicans’.

    The artwork for the show was created by the Korean artist, and author of the 2019 Marx/Engels Illustration book.

    https://www.deviantart.com/rono1848

    https://twitter.com/RN_fortuna

    https://www.patreon.com/rono1848

    Panelists:

    C Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness

    Kyle - General Intellect Unit

    Ezri - Swampside Chats

    • 42 min
    #124 Prefigurative Politics w/ Red Plateaus

    #124 Prefigurative Politics w/ Red Plateaus

    Today we speak with Paul and Eivind, the brains behind the ‘Red Plateaus’ youtube channel. We discuss their excellent recent video on ‘Pre-figurative Politics’ and why this concept is so important for our revolutionary politics. Paul is the co-author of the recent book on the topics: Prefigurative Politics: Building Tomorrow Today. This was recorded a few weeks ago, before the outbreak of the BLM protests across the US.

    Book: https://www.wiley.com/en-gb/Prefigurative+Politics%3A+Building+Tomorrow+Today-p-9781509535910

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/RPlateaus

    Youtube: youtube.com/c/redplateaus

    Patreon: patreon.com/redplateaus

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #123 The US Revolution II - The Sequel

    #123 The US Revolution II - The Sequel

    An emergency Emancipation network collaboration on the staggering political developments stateside....

    FEEL THE POWER!

    • 2 hrs 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

ChrisPCarroll ,

Great Podcast

A relaxed podcast with very interesting guests. I'm also sad that the music has to be restricted a little, it gives a nice break for some pretty heavy intellectual topics. I've listen to a good bit of the back catalogue and feel I've learnt a lot. I am a member of a Marxist political party but the topics of discussion cover areas of Marxist/economic thought that I would not have otherwise come across.

Jehack ,

Here it is!

Great show! Gives you the perspective and information you just don't get from most podcasts/media

Terrenorb ,

The Materialist Conception of Podcasting

A long time ago, in a continent not so far away, there once existed a labour movement inspired by the prophets Marx and Engels. Over the course of 150 years it built up steam, not only by siding with the exploited in its struggles for liberation, but also by providing the some of the leading thinkers in social analysis: Kautsky, Luxemburg, Bogdanov, Gramsci, Hilferding.

The tradition continues and even today, when a mass Marxist movement is much harder to find in the advanced capitalist countries, there still exist a myriad of fascinating thinkers, both within Marxism and ones who orbit around it.

But with the demise of the Marxist inspired labour movement, the intellectuals tend to be cut off from a wider audience, a misfortune facilitated by their entrance into the academy. The internet with sites like marxists.org has in some ways alleviated the problem, but on the whole the gap between the public and Marxian ideas is growing. There are plenty of Christian and Islamic apps available on iTunes for example. There are very few Marxist ones.

From Alpha to Omega is a podcast that does its bit to narrow that gap by giving some welcome airtime to left and, more importantly, Marxist intellectuals. And, of course, like any genuine philosophical journey it functions by treating its framework, in this case Marxism, as an approach to scientific investigation rather than as a set of revealed truths. This lends it a non-dogmatic air.

The format is simple: the host, a simple Irish peasant, invites on guests who have produced work he has found stimulating. For the most part his judgement is sound; rare is the episode in which my interest flounders, even when my disagreement is pretty vehement (I'm looking at you Council Communism).

The guests themselves tend to be eclectic in nature. Early episodes feature a distinct environmental tinge, veering a little towards the catastrophic (e.g. peak oil, permaculture). But the context of the economic crash dominates and there is good coverage of the money system, Keynesianism, and arcana like the falling rate of profit.

However it isn't a current affairs podcast: it is a philosophy one, so the context serves to ground the discussions rather than imprison them. Combined with the host's liberal disposition in pursuing a non-confrontational interview style, this leads to an expansive conversation, one that seeks to explore more general philosophical questions.

On occasion the philosophy is just pursued straight up, e.g. with Gregory Chaitin's fascinating contributions on consciousness, evolution, and mathematics.

Other highlights for this reviewer were Thom Workman's excellent defence of Marxism as an anti post-modernist philosophy, Rick Rozoff's cold sober analysis of NATO, and Matias Vernego on Dollar Hegemony.

And yes, as other reviewers have noted, the musical interludes are genuinely interesting such that even a philistine like myself can enjoy them.

The boy from Athboy done good.

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