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Biden Can Do a Lot (If He Wants to) w/ David Dayen
This week, we're joined by David Dayen, executive editor at American Prospect, to discuss the COVID situation along with what a Biden administration could do even without Democratic control over the Senate. Don't let these excuses and malarky re: his powerlessness fool you!
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Find the Day One Agenda here: https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda
The essays discussed in the opening can be found here:
Losers, Malarky, and A Few Big Fat Question Marks w/ Branko Marcetic
Branko Marcetic, author of Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden, joins us once again to talk about Trump the Loser, Joe the Enigma, Kamala the Cop, and what kind of clusterfuck progressives and socialists will be up against over the next four years.
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Looking Backwards and Forewards at the Trans-Atlantic Left w/ Joe Guinan
This week, we're joined by Joe Guinan, VP at the Democracy Collaborative, to discuss the fate and the prospects of the Trans-Atlantic Left. Feeling adrift in the wake of thee Sanders and Corbyn moments? We've got your antidote (and you might even like it).
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Rise of the Dead Pundit, with Adam Proctor (Part I)
My good friend Nick Kiersey was kind enough to invite me onto his podcast, Fully Automated. Part 2 of our chat will be available for patrons of DPS, so be sure to support DPS on Patreon for full access:
Here is the original write-up:
Hey everyone! Welcome to Episode 26 of Fully Automated… or, at least, Episode 26, Part One!
This is a super long overdue episode with a guest I have wanted to have on the show for a long time: Adam Proctor, the host of Dead Pundit’s Society. Adam has been doing his show FULL TIME for the last four years, delivering not only on his commitment to evangelizing “socialism for ordinary ass’ed people” but to making an incredibly important (and often misunderstood) contribution to the critique of political economy.
In Part One of this episode, we discuss Adam’s background, and the story behind the Dead Pundit’s Society. DPS emerged as part of the 2016 leftist podcast wave. Some I suppose would associate Adam with the “dirtbag left,” and shows like Chapo Trap House. But the story is more complicated than that.
One of the interesting things about DPS is the niche it has always occupied, between audience accessibility and issues-driven programming, on the one hand, and a commitment to rigorous academic thought, on the other. There’s a certain public intellectual function to the show. So, in this episode, we discuss the role of the left intellectual. And the question of how to balance this sort of awkward relationship, of being neither an entertainer nor an academic, but something in between.
DPS covers a wide range of themes — everything from state theory through race essentialism. These are less controversial topics today, perhaps, but in 2016 Adam was taking huge risks by trying to mainstream them among an American left that was still largely committed to horizontalist or “occupy” style ideals. Four years into this project, it is clear that DPS has played a major role in articulating these ideas to a wider audience that one might have imagined possible, back in 2016.
In Part One, you’ll hear us address the early days of the show, and Adam’s notorious attempts to take on freedom of speech issues, cancel culture, and race essentialism. We also talk socialist strategy, and the application of work by Sam Ginden and Leo Pantich to the Grexit question. And as if these takes weren’t controversial enough, wait ’til you see what we get into in Part Two! (Coming later this week).
Coalition or Confrontation? Which Way Forward? w/ Jared Abbott
This week the gang is joined by Jared Abbott to talk about his latest Jacobin essay titled, "The Two Paths of Democratic Socialism: Coalition and Confrontation," which attempts to lay out the progressive vs. democratic socialist debate regarding the capture of political power. Should progressives (and the left) engage in coalition with mainstream Democratic Party coalitions, or should they be more adversarial and confrontational regarding these coalitions?
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Find the essay here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/08/the-two-paths-of-democratic-socialism-coalition-and-confrontation
Hamilton and the Invention of Actually-Existing Capitalism w/ Christian Parenti
The gang is joined by Christian Parenti, who talks about the birth of actually-existing capitalism narrated in his latest book, Radical Hamilton. We open by discussing a series of new cancellations and why this moralistic approach to politics lets institutions and the powerful off the hook. Next, we're joined by Christian who makes a spirited case for revisiting the Developmentalist model of Hamilton's "American School."
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Find out more about this book here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/3186-radical-hamilton
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