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Podcasts, readings, lectures and events: big ideas and radical discussion from authors and collaborators with Verso Books

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Podcasts, readings, lectures and events: big ideas and radical discussion from authors and collaborators with Verso Books

    Reactionary Democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream

    Reactionary Democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream

    Co-organised by the IPR, PoLIS, Verso and Surviving Society

    Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter speak to co-hosts of the Surviving Society podcast, Chantelle Lewis and Tissot Regis; chaired by Dr Fran Amery.

    • 1 hrs 1분
    Sinews of War and Trade: Laleh Khalili speaks to Rafeef Ziadah

    Sinews of War and Trade: Laleh Khalili speaks to Rafeef Ziadah

    Sinews of War and Trade: Laleh Khalili speaks to Rafeef Ziadah by Verso Books

    • 45분
    The Socialist Manifesto: Bhaskar Sunkara in conversation with Dawn Foster

    The Socialist Manifesto: Bhaskar Sunkara in conversation with Dawn Foster

    In the current race to be Democratic presidential candidate, a socialist is in second place. Meanwhile, in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn’s left-led Labour Party has revived a political idea many had thought dead. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system look like today?

    Bhaskar Sunkara is joined by journalist and author Dawn Foster to examine the key ideas behind his new book, The Socialist Manifesto.

    In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin magazine, argues that socialism offers the means to achieve economic equality, and also to fight other forms of oppression, including racism and sexism. The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare, education, and housing and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and communities. The book both explores socialism’s history and presents a realistic vision for its future. A primer on socialism for the twenty-first century, this is a book for anyone seeking an end to the vast inequities of our age.

    This is a recording of an event at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, on the 30th of May 2019.

    • 1 hrs 8분
    Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights

    Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights

    Juno Mac and Molly Smith in conversation with Frankie Mullin about how the law harms sex workers—and what they want instead

    Do you have to think that prostitution is good to support sex worker rights? How do sex worker rights fit with feminist and anti-capitalist politics? Is criminalising clients progressive—and can the police deliver justice?

    In Revolting Prostitutes, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to questions that have long been contentious. Speaking from a growing global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.

    • 58분
    New Dark Age: James Bridle and Ben Vickers on Technology and the End of the Future

    New Dark Age: James Bridle and Ben Vickers on Technology and the End of the Future

    What is technology trying to tell us in an emergency? James Bridle, in conversation with Serpentine Galleries CTO Ben Vickers, discusses 'New Dark Age' and the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.

    As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. What is needed is not new technology, but new metaphors: a metalanguage for describing the world that complex systems have wrought. We don’t and cannot understand everything, but we are capable of thinking it. Technology can help us in this thinking: computers are not here to give us answers, but are tools for asking questions. Understanding a technology deeply and systemically allows us to remake metaphors in the service of other ways of thinking – without claiming, or even seeking to fully understand – and to ask the right questions to guide us through this new dark age.

    The discussion, presented in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries and the Goethe-Institut, also featured a performance by artist and writer Erica Scourti and a screening of We Help Each Other Grow (2017) by They Are Here, a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison.

    • 1 hrs 14분
    Tariq Ali discusses May '68 on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, February 2018

    Tariq Ali discusses May '68 on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, February 2018

    1968 was one of the most seismic years in recent history -- Vietnam, the Prague spring, Black Power at the Olympics and protests on the streets of Paris and London. This interview is part commemoration, part reassessment. What remains of that turbulent time and where can we discern its features in our political landscape today?

    • 53분

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