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Ep. 40: Naglemania & The Dirtbag Left w/ Angela Nagle and Amber A'Lee Frost

Joining me this week are Angela Nagle and Amber A'Lee Frost. We discuss the dirtbag left, the culture wars and the kind of socialism for normies that is so badly needed. Tune in for Naglemania and stay for the Frostival. ... yeesh... just listen, ok? Dateline ABC segment on the Kill All Normies Documentary: http://abcnews.go.com/US/documentary-alt-sheds-light-movements-alleged-roots/story?id=52420449 Readings mentioned on the show: -Mark Fisher, "Exiting the Vampire Castle," http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=11299 -Mark Fisher, "Why Mental Health is a Political Issue," https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/16/mental-health-political-issue -Nina Power, "In Memoriam," https://ninapower.net/2018/01/13/in-memoriam-mark-fisher-january-13th/ -G.M. Tamás, "Telling the Truth About Class," http://www.grundrisse.net/grundrisse22/tellingTheTruthAboutClass.htm Join the Dead Pundits Society to support the new left agenda and to get access to our back catalog of subscriber-only content. A mere $5/month will give you access to over a dozen hours of additional interviews. Join today! ————————- Twitter: @deadpundits Soundcloud: @deadpundits iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1212081214 Facebook: www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety Patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpundits

1hr 49mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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What Happened to the Anti-War Left? w/ Brad Simpson

Where has the anti-war movement gone? Joining us to answer that question is Brad Simpson, a longtime antiwar activist, and scholar of imperialist misadventure. We delve into the latest aggression by the Trump administration in Iraq and develop a genealogy of the antiwar movement from the 1980s to the present. Is the antiwar movement dead? Not entirely -- and the news is certainly not all bad. Tune in to find out why. DPS Media is funded entirely by its listeners. Become a subscriber today and receive access to weekly exclusive content: http://www.patreon.com/deadpundits Follow DPS on Social Media: Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deadpundits Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety


8 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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What Is Neoliberalism, Anyway? w/ Luke Savage

Newsflash: The neoliberals don't believe in neoliberalism. Luke Savage, staff writer at Jacobin and contributor at Current Affairs, argues that this unwillingness to recognize neoliberalism as the dominant ideology of wishy-washy liberalism indicates its success as an ideology. But WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Tune in to find out. -For more videos and podcasts from DPS Media: http://www.deadpundits.com--------------------------------Follow DPS on social media:-Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deadpundits-Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety-YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHahv2fM9eH2K4TzmsWl_Xg


15 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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[Classic DPS] Ep. 9: Exiting the Culture Warrior Clusterf*ck w/ Angela Nagle

I've come down with the Bubonic Plague this week, and I'm unable to speak. I'll be posting four of my greatest hits in between fits of fever and chills, starting with this classic interview with Angela Nagle. ------------------------In this week's episode, I talk with Angela Nagle about the alt-right and how to exit the dead end of culture warrior politics. Angela's book, Kill All Normies: The Online Culture Wars from Tumblr and 4chan to the Alt-right and Trump, will be out from Zero Books in May.We talk about the alt-right, alt-light, and the white nationalist elements of the movement. We discuss their tactics of baiting the left into street fights, and we finish with the desperate need for the left to develop better arguments for our complex times.This interview is an abbreviated version. To hear the full version, subscribe to the Dead Pundits Society Patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpunditsSee Angela's recent writings:-"The New Man of 4-Chan," thebaffler.com/salvos/new-man-4chan-nagle-"Paleocons for Porn," www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/paleocons-for-porn

1hr 39mins

14 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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The Bernie Effect, 2016-Present w/ Matt Karp

Matt Karp joins us for this week's A-Side to talk about the prospects, barriers, and pitfalls of a Bernie Sanders candidacy and what impact he's had on American politics since the 2016 Democratic Party primary race. Matt is an associate professor of history at Princeton and the author of many articles assessing the Bernie wave. Catch his recent thoughts in the latest Jacobin Magazine and in a forthcoming essay in The Nation. Become a member of the Dead Pundits Society to support this podcast and its political mission. You'll also get access to subscriber-only content and a partron-only forum. Sign up here: www.patreon.com/deadpundits Twitter: @deadpundits Facebook: facebook.com/deadpunditssociety iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1212081214 Patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpundits YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCHahv2fM9eH2K4TzmsWl_Xg

1hr 4mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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[Anti-Essentialism Series] Ep 1 - What Is Class and Why Does it Matter? w/ Vivek Chibber

We're currently in between Season 1 and Season 2, so we've decided to take the opportunity to reproduce the "Anti-Essentialism Series" from the summer of 2017 in a more linear and coherent fashion. Old and new listeners, alike, will benefit from this presentation that will unfold over the next week, which develops a critical analysis of the relationship between capitalism and the creation of marginalized identities (race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.) Episode 1 will revisit my discussion with Vivek Chibber: "What is class and why does it matter?" We discuss Vivek's article from Catalyst, Vol 1, Issue 1, called "Rescuing Class from the Cultural Turn," https://catalyst-journal.com/vol1/no1/cultural-turn-vivek-chibber Support the new left agenda by joining the Dead Pundits Society on Patreon and get access to the full back catalog of B-Sides and subscriber-only content: www.patreon.com/deadpundits Twitter: @deadpundits Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/deadpundits Facebook: www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1212081214 Patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpundits


24 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Ep. 22: Race, Class and DSA w/ Adolph Reed, Jr

Joining me to discuss race, class and the Democratic Socialists of America is Adolph Reed, Jr. He's a prolific commentator on black politics and has been on the socialist left for 50 years, so he's just the man to talk to about the upcoming DSA convention. In particular, we'll be addressing the proposal to establish an autonomous "Afro-socialist and Socialists of Color Caucus." The full resolution can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5P0FbY9YTM-UlVwTzRSTGhQRG8/view This is a shortened version of my interview with Adolph Reed, Jr. To get access to the full 2+ hours, subscribe to my patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpundits Twitter: @deadpundits Facebook: www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety

1hr 34mins

28 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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[Classic DPS] Ep. 15: The Panthers Can't Save Us Now w/ Cedric Johnson

My final installment of "Classic DPS" this week comes from Cedric Johnson. This was a great interview and it's an even greater essay, which has since been made available for free on the Catalyst website: https://catalyst-journal.com/vol1/no1/panthers-cant-save-us-cedric-johnson------------------------------In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the topic of "race and class" has been widely debated amongst socialists and progressives. Joining me this week to build on this discussion is Cedric Johnson, Associate Professor of African American Studies at University of Illinois-Chicago. He has an article in the first issue of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy called "The Panthers Can't Save us now: Anti-Policing Struggle & The Limits of Black Power." We discuss the current fad of romanticizing the Black Power moment, and highlight the limitations of this era in terms of forging a political strategy for today.Cedric's book, Revolutionaries to Race Leaders can be found here: www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/b…to-race-leaders--------------------Support the Dead Pundits Society on Patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpunditsTwitter: @deadpunditsFacebook: www.facebook.com/deadpundits

1hr 17mins

18 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Neoliberalism: What is it? Where did it come from? w/ Ray Kiely [UNLOCKED]

This is Part One of our series on neoliberalism. Joining us to break down the history, theory, and political economy of neoliberalism is Ray Kiely, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. We discuss his latest book The Neoliberal Paradox, and Ray offers some insight about what neoliberalism means for the future of both left- and right-wing political movements. The Neoliberal Paradox will be out in paperback in late summer 2019, but hardcover copies (quite pricey) can be purchased here: www.e-elgar.com/shop/the-neoliberal-paradox -- or, better yet, support your local public or university library. This B-Side has been unlocked thanks to the generosity of our patrons. To support this political project, become a subscriber at: http://patreon.com/deadpundits Twitter: http://twitter.com/deadpundits Facebook: http://facebook.com/deadpunditssociety iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1212081214 Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/deadpundits YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHahv2fM9eH2K4TzmsWl_Xg

1hr 28mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Why Are Progressives Wrong About Warren? w/ Ben Burgis

[This B-Side has been unlocked due to the suggestion and generosity of our Patreon supporters.]Ben Burgis joins us for the B-Side to give progressives an argument about the crucial distinctions between Warren and Sanders. Why are liberals flocking to the Warren camp? Can Bernie pull it off? Tune in to find out.Support DPS and receive access to weekly B-Sides: http://www.patreon.com/deadpundits----------------Twitter: www.twitter.com/deadpunditsFacebook: www.facebook.com/deadpunditssocietyiTunes: www.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1212081214YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCHahv2fM9eH2K4TzmsWl\_Xg

1hr 1min

9 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Progressivism vs. Democratic Socialism: Battle Royale 2020 w/ Steve Maher

This is the audio version of this week's A-Side Video Episode. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFtfARawIgY In this episode of Dead Pundits Society, we tackle the most important distinction between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren -- that is, Democratic Socialism vs. Progressivism. Why is it that Progressivism cannot achieve what it sets out, and why does democratic socialism offer the fix for progressivism's shortcomings? Tune in to find out. Become a patron of DPS to hear this week's subscriber-only B-Side: http://www.patreon.com/deadpundits Follow DPS Media -Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/deadpundits -Facebook: http://facebook.com/deadpunditssociety -YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHahv2fM9eH2K4TzmsWl_Xg


6 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Ep. 56: The Meaning of Democratic Socialism w/ Benjamin Studebaker

What is the meaning of Democratic Socialism? In the wake of both Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory and Cynthia Nixon’s claim that she identifies as a democratic socialist, activists and political actors of all stripes are circling the wagons as they attempt to carve out the meaning on democratic socialism. Joining us this week to hash out these questions is Benjamin Studebaker, a PhD student in Politics at Cambridge University, whose blog pieces claiming that “the left is not a church” caused quite a stir a few months ago. Tune in for a discussion on how socialists should engage with this exciting moment. -We referenced Michael Kinnucan’s excellent piece, “Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won,” towards the end of the episode: https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-election-crowley-democratic-socialists -Find Studebaker’s most relevant pieces here: “The Left is not a Church,” https://benjaminstudebaker.com/2018/04/28/the-left-is-not-a-church/ and “The Church Left is Proving My Point,” https://benjaminstudebaker.com/2018/04/29/the-church-left-is-proving-my-point/ The B-Side to this episode will launch in a couple of days. To get access to that subscriber-only content and our entire back catalog, join the Society at www.patreon.com/deadpundits ————————————- Twitter: @deadpundits 
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1hr 33mins

13 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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What Black Life Actually Looks Like w/ Cedric Johnson

Joining us this week to talk about the complexity of black political life and how much of the dominant discourse on “race and class” misses this complexity is Cedric Johnson. In the A-side, we discuss his latest essay “What Black Life Actually Looks Like” and analyze a recent debate that played out in the pages of New Politics on race and class. 

-What is the notion of “black exceptionalism” and how does it get in the way of producing adequate theories of not only black liberation but the liberation of all? -What is the “racial ‘we’” and how is it deployed to reproduce models of black exceptionalism?-What kind of politics do we need to finish the struggles of the Reconstruction era to the present? 

In the B-Side that follows, available for patrons of DPS, we discuss the New Deal — was it racist and do universal policies serve to reproduce racial inequities? Lastly, what should socialists make of the ADOS and Reparations movements? 

Cedric Johnson is one of the best commentators on these topics, so tune in and get smart!-To access the B-Side, join the Dead Pundits Society today: http://www.patreon.com/deadpunditsEssays mentioned in this episode: 

-Cedric Johnson, “What Black Life Actually Looks Like,” https://jacobinmag.com/2019/04/racism-black-lives-matter-inequality-Cedric Johnson, “Reparations Isn’t a Political Demand,” https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/03/cedric-johnson-brian-jones-ta-nehisi-coates-reparations-Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “The Consequences of Forgetting,” https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/05/reparations-slavery-racism-united-states-foundation
-Kim Moody, “Cedric Johnson and the Other Sixties’ Nostalgia, “https://newpol.org/cedric-johnson-and-the-other-sixties-nostalgia"-Mia White, “In Defense of Black Sentiment,” https://newpol.org/issue_post/in-defense-of-black-sentiment/————————————

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9 May 2019

Rank #13

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The Anti-LARPers Manifesto w/ Freddie deBoer

On this week’s episode, Freddie deBoer and I analyze the hyper-woke, virtue-signaling sect of the left, which has claimed an insignificant segment of cyberspace as its sovereign territory in absence of any real power in society. We also share our thoughts about campus activism, the “No Platform” technique and left censorship. Resist the allure of LARP culture and learn how to win a real socialist platform. Tune in to find out how. 

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20 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Should Billionaires Exist? ft. Luke Savage

Find the video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxi-Lx2EaxEShould billionaires exist? What do the different approaches to extreme wealth between Sanders and Warren say about each of their prospects as a serious candidate who can deliver big, structural change? Luke Savage, staff writer at Jacobin and regular contributor at Current Affairs, joins us to break it all down. To support DPS Media and receive access to a subscriber-only podcast each week, become. patron at: http://www.patreon.com/deadpunditsFor more videos and podcasts visit: http://www.deadpundits.com ---------------- Follow DPS Media: -Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deadpundits -Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deadpunditsso...


15 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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The Impeachment Debacle w/ Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti joins us to talk about the Democrats and their moronic impeachment process. Christian's latest, "Impeachment Without Class Politics: An Autopsy" can be found here: https://jacobinmag.com/2020/01/impeachment-class-politics-emolument-constitution Support DPS by becoming a member of the Dead Pundits Society: http://www.patreon.com/deadpundits Follow DPS on social media: http://www.twitter.com/deadpundits http://www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety


21 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Ep. 31 (Part 1): Make State Theory Great Again w/ Rafael Khachaturian

Joining me this week to talk about Marxian and Neo-Marxian State Theory is Rafael Khachaturian, a scholar and research associate at the University of Pittsburgh. We argue for the centrality of the capitalist state in our approach to achieving Socialism for Regular-Ass People, and we break down the concept of the state from Marx to Gramsci. 

 What is the State? Why does it matter? What did Marx, Lenin, and others have to say about it? Tune in to find out. Check out Rafael’s article that I mention early in the show here: “On Thinking With and Against the State,” http://logosjournal.com/2016/khachaturian-2/ In a couple of days, I will be posting the B-Side of this interview to the Patreon page. Get access to that content and much more for $5/month: www.patreon.com/deadpundits ————————— Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/deadpundits iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1212081214 Twitter: @deadpundits Facebook: www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety Patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpundits

1hr 5mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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Ep. 86: The ABCs of Capitalism w/ Vivek Chibber

Joining us for this week's A-Side is Vivek Chibber, editor of Catalyst journal and author of the ABCs of Capitalism series by Jacobin. We discuss the pamphlets, their purpose, and our role as socialists in the current political moment. Chibber is always full of critical insights -- don't miss them! Find out more about the ABCs of Capitalism here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/11/introducing-the-abcs-of-capitalism Order the pamphlets here: https://jacobinmag.com/store/product/56 To support the Dead Pundits Society and to get access to the B-Side dropping later this week, become a patron: www.patreon.com/deadpundits Twitter: @deadpundits Soundcloud: @deadpundits Facebook: facebook.com/deadpunditssociety 
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1hr 15mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 20: R.I.P. Woke Neoliberal Feminism w/ Katie Halper

Joining me this week to talk about woke, neoliberal feminism and gender essentialism is Katie Halper (@KTHalps), host of the Katie Halper Show. We go *in* on many un-dead pundits, from Sally Albright, Sady Doyle, Imani Gandy, Neera Tanden, and many more. Katie levels an interesting defense of caring about what happens on Twitter. Don't miss it. Her article, "A Millennial Feminist Explains the New Feminism to a Boomer Feminist Philosopher," can be found here: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/a-feminist-millennial-explains-feminism-to-a-femin.html------------------To get the full version of this episode and support the show, join the Patreon: www.patreon.com/deadpunditsTwitter: @deadpunditsFacebook: www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety

1hr 9mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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What is Neoliberalism in 2019? w/ Nick Kiersey

Is everything neoliberal these days? Joining us to discuss the meaning and impact of neoliberalism in 2019 is Nick Kiersey, professor of political science at the University of Texas-Rio Grande. We discuss the controversial legacy and Foucault and what his insights might add to a discussion of the political-economic dimensions of neoliberalism and late capitalism. Our recent series of public ownership begs an answer to the following question: if we seek to build a post-neoliberal society, what signposts might an analysis of contemporary neoliberalism provide in that effort? Tune in to find out! Support DPS Media by becoming a patron today: http://www.patreon.com/deadpundits (and receive access to our weekly B-Sides!) Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deadpundits Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deadpunditssociety YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHahv2fM9eH2K4TzmsWl_Xg

1hr 30mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #20