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What are the real stories behind the most misunderstood and abused ideas in politics? From Conspiracy Theory to Woke to Centrism and beyond, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey dig into the astonishing secret histories of concepts you thought you knew.
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A new six-part series from the makers of Oh God, What Now? and The Bunker.

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What are the real stories behind the most misunderstood and abused ideas in politics? From Conspiracy Theory to Woke to Centrism and beyond, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey dig into the astonishing secret histories of concepts you thought you knew.
Want to support us in making future seasons? There are now two ways you can:

Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/originstorypod - get early episodes, live zooms and more from just £5 per month

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A new six-part series from the makers of Oh God, What Now? and The Bunker.

Ouvir em Apple Podcasts
Requer uma assinatura e o macOS 11.4 ou superior

    BONUS: Origin Extracast - How the Tory leadership contest murdered language

    BONUS: Origin Extracast - How the Tory leadership contest murdered language

    In our latest exclusive podcast for Patreon people, Ian and Dorian look at how the candidates in the Conservative leadership race used and abused some of the topics they’ve looked at in Series One of Origin Story. There was a LOT to dislike in the contest, not least the contestants and the winner. But political thought took a big kicking too, as you will hear…

    Thanks as ever for listening and for backing us. Series 2 of the podcast is well under way. News coming soon.

    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt. Audio edit by Jade Bailey. Origin Story is a Podmasters production.

    BONUS: Origin Extra, Episode 2

    BONUS: Origin Extra, Episode 2

    What does wokery really mean? Do we really live in a call-out culture? And can every form of speech that does not align with current norms make people feel unsafe? In a Patreon only Origin Story, Dorian and Ian answer your questions about the series.

    “Three words get used in the Tory leadership campaign – Remainer, woke, and blob.” – Ian Dunt
    “Wokery is a garbage concept that means nothing at all.” – Dorian Lynskey
    “You must reject the framing of woke and anti-woke.” – Dorian Lynskey
    “Virtue signalling is used to discuss a lot of murky stuff.” – Dorian Lynskey
    “We liberals have taken an absolute kicking the last 15 years. Is that fair?” – Dorian Lynskey
    “If you’re talking about tenacity and cunning, I give the neoliberals credit for their long march through the institutions.” – Dorian Lynskey
    “If you nationalise everything, you’ll have some successes and some failures.” – Dorian Lynskey
    “We live under capitalism, so we see the flaws all the time. But our governments refuse to acknowledge them.” – Ian Dunt
    “I’m not a big believer in the big ideas. I like the little ideas because we know how to make things work.” – Ian Dunt
    “Liberalism and left wing identity politics have things to learn from each other.” – Ian Dunt
    “There’s a whole new dimension of freedom we can grasp by listening to things like queer theory.” – Ian Dunt
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    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt. Audio production and music by Jade Bailey. Logo art by Mischa Welsh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Origin Story is a Podmasters production

    BONUS: Origin Extra, Episode 1

    BONUS: Origin Extra, Episode 1

    Work is continuing apace on Origin Story Season 2… but tide you, our beloved supporters over until it starts, Dorian and Ian are recording special extra editions where they answer your questions and reflect on the topics of Season 1.

    Have they changed their minds about anything? Centrism and Neoliberalism: crossover, intimately related or circular Venn Diagram? And where’s the best place to start if you want to read superhero comics? All these topics and more are covered in our first Origin Extra edition, exclusive to our subscribers and Patreon people.

    Neoliberalism: Everything’s for sale

    Neoliberalism: Everything’s for sale

    Neoliberalism has become an all-purpose insult, but what does it actually mean? In the final episode of Series 1, Dorian and Ian tell the extraordinary story of how a friendless group of outsider economists started a decades-long campaign to turn their fringe ideas into mainstream orthodoxy – and succeeded. 
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    Neoliberalism: A Reading List
    From Ian:
    Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiment by Adam Smith. Both of these can be read in their own right, they're not as tough-going as you think
    History of Economic Thought by Lionel Robbins. One of the greatest economics books ever written. Or spoken rather, given that they're basically transcripts of Robbins’ lectures at the LSE. Masterful. 
    The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek. Quite completely insane. Rather fun.
    Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crisis Changed the World by Adam Tooze. Arguably the best single account of the financial crash. Can be tough going, but it’s worth it.
    From Dorian:
    Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones. It gets a little dry towards the end but it’s still a valuable attempt to ground an intellectual history of a movement in the combative personalities of the people who created it.
    A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey. Does what it says on the tin from a left-wing perspective. He’s not a fan.
    The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. Her thesis might be overstated but Klein shows how the economists of the Chicago School teamed up with authoritarian leaders such as Pinochet to turn entire countries into experimental laboratories for neoliberalism.
    A reading list and whistle-stop history from the academic and author of The Limits of Neoliberalism, William Davies. 
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    “What you see here is the fetishisation of economics above all other concerns. An anatomised view of humanity as economic agents and very little else.” – Ian 



    “One of the big problems with the term neoliberalism is that it gets applied equally to Barack Obama and General Pinochet.” – Dorian 



    “Friedman didn’t even believe in certificates for doctors. He thought the market would protect everyone. So this guy chopped up your auntie? That’s OK, the market realises he should no longer practice…” – Ian 



    “These guys embarked on a 20 year process of legitimising these ideas. They trained people so that when things start to go wrong in the late 60s, they were ready.” – Dorian 



    “Sometimes Hayek sounds like he’s having a religious experience. The market is unknowable. It’s almost like it really is the hand of God.” – Ian 


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    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt. Audio production and music by Jade Bailey. Logo art by Mischa Welsh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Origin Story is a Podmasters production
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    • 1h 14 min
    Woke: The word that splits the world

    Woke: The word that splits the world

    Who turned Woke from a badge of African-American pride into a hammer to beat liberals with? How does it relate to PC? And what are Erykah Badu, Piers Morgan, the weaponisation of African-American slang against black people, Julie Burchill and Google’s salad emoji doing in the eye of the Culture War storm? 
    Ian and Dorian investigate another world-changing concept you thought you knew. 
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    Woke: A Reading List
    From Dorian:
    The War of the Words by Sarah Dunant. Fascinating 90s collection of essays about political correctness from writers across the political spectrum. We are still having many of the same arguments.
    Debating PC by Paul Berman. As above but American.
    Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture by Geoffrey Hughes. A serious attempt at a history of PC.
    The Culture of Complaint by Robert Hughes. Extremely opinionated and entertaining 1994 polemic against censors and heresy-hunters on both left and right.
    The Myth of Political Correctness by John Wilson. This forensic examination of the original anti-PC backlash reveals how many of the key case studies were exaggerated or invented, and the role that right wing think tanks played in drumming them up. Sounds familiar.
    The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom. Of historical interest only. The cranky jeremiad that became a colossal bestseller and kickstarted America’s obsession with political correctness.
    And from Ian:
    Wake Up by Piers Morgan. Don’t read this.
    Welcome To The Woke Trials: How Identity Killed Progressive Politics by Julie Burchill. Don’t read this.
    The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Jonathan Heidt and Greg Lukianoff. Don’t read this, but if you’re really going to insist on reading one of these, I guess make it this one.
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    “Even racists seem to want to appropriate MLK. Maybe if you’re woke and dead you’re OK?” – Dorian Lynskey

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    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt. Audio production by Jade Bailey and Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Logo art by Mischa Welsh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Origin Story is a Podmasters production. 
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    • 1h 6 min
    Superheroes: Truth, justice and the outsider way

    Superheroes: Truth, justice and the outsider way

    It had to happen! Superheroes have shaped our shared culture – both popular and political – but where did the idea of the “good superman” come from? How did idealism, power fantasy and radicalism merge so that an outsider generation of young (often Jewish) Americans could transform America? 
    Join Dorian and Ian on a senses-shattering odyssey that takes in socialist Superman, juvenile delinquents, the polyamorist roots of Wonder Woman, the Nazis (again), the great lost horror comics of the 50s, Stan Lee, how Churchill and FDR inspired Spider-Man… and which one of the X-Men was based on Menachem Begin. 
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    Superheroes: A Reading List
    From Ian:
    American Comics by Jeremy Dauber. Really comprehensive and full of love for the genre. But maybe a bit too comprehensive. Dauber covers absolute everything, so it can feel a bit too thinly spread.
    The Ten Cent Plague: The great comic book scare and how it changed America, by David Hajdu. Absolutely masterful retelling of the 50s moral outrage against comics. Impeccably researched, brilliantly written, and full of striking insights.
    Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison. If you were to read these three together, even as a non-comics fan, you would get a really good crash course in the different approaches taken to the genre since the 80s.

    From Dorian:
    Supergods by Grant Morrison. One of the all-time great comic-book writers has also the written the most entertaining and provocative history of the superhero.
    Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe. Essential reading for anyone interested in the people who built the Marvel universe. Howe has all the stories. I’ve given this book as a gift more than once.
    All Of The Marvels by Douglas Wolk. The Marvel Universe as explained by somebody who has read all 27,000 comic books. While Howe covers the creators, Wolk digs into the evolution of the characters and ideas.
    True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman. Juicy and unflinching biography of Mr Marvel.
    The Comic Book Heroes by Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones. Dated but interesting 1985 encyclopaedia of superheroes.
    The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. New Yorker writer’s eye-opening history of the love triangle that gave us Wonder Woman.
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    “Even by thinking about superheroes, you’re thinking about politics. What is politics about but power and how you use it?” — Dorian
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    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music by Jade Bailey. Logo art by Mischa Welsh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Origin Story is a Podmasters production
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