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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.

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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.

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Great topics, great discussions, but

By nycfluxster - Oct 26 2018
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I enjoy the discussions, but the sudden sound clip interruptions are jarring. From the 5-star reviews here it looks like it doesn’t bother anyone else, so maybe this won’t change, but I hope it’ll at least be reconsidered.

Great podcast!

By Popparedpill - Aug 05 2016
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Thanks for all the fantastic topics and interesting guests! Loved the White Isles

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55 Ratings
Average Ratings
51
3
1
0
0

Great topics, great discussions, but

By nycfluxster - Oct 26 2018
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I enjoy the discussions, but the sudden sound clip interruptions are jarring. From the 5-star reviews here it looks like it doesn’t bother anyone else, so maybe this won’t change, but I hope it’ll at least be reconsidered.

Great podcast!

By Popparedpill - Aug 05 2016
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Thanks for all the fantastic topics and interesting guests! Loved the White Isles
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From Alpha To Omega

Latest release on Feb 19, 2020

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Rank #1: #054 Councils Upon Councils

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This week I am glad to welcome C. Derrick Varn back to the show. We discuss the council communism and the Ultra-left, a man who told Stalin where to go and survived, autonomous Marxism and the Occupy Movement, and the failure of revolutions. Enjoy! The music and voice used on this show are: ‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra Paul D'Amato discussing the life and work of Antonio Gramsci ‘The Charleston’ by Django Reinhart 'Working Class Hero' by John Lennon 'Destroy Everything' by Dr. Peacock & Repix 'Wild Colonial Boy' by Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers.

Sep 22 2014

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Rank #2: #108 Marx's Critique of Politics Part 1

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This week Grant from Swampside Chats and his friend David Rylance to the show to discuss Gary Teeples really brilliant book: “Marx’s Critique of Politics’. This is the first of a three parter, the last installment of which will be a patreon episode. Teeple’s book is really a Marxist tour de force in my opinion, and all good Marxists looking at the tawdry state of left politics today would do well to read it. We go off on a Brexit/UK Election tangent in this episode, but don’t worry, we return with great unfettered force to the main seam in the following parts.

Jan 11 2020

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Rank #3: #047 The Failure of Capitalist Production

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This week I am delighted to have Prof. Andrew Kliman back on the show to talk about his latest book - ‘The Failure of Capitalist Production’. The book is a brilliant example of empirical economic research, and shows us how relevant and insightful Marx’s work still is, in helping us understand the workings of our capitalist economy. We discuss the empirical evidence in the US that supports Marx's Tendential Fall in the Rate of Profit, the stagnation of capital accumulation, and the role of the IT revolution in the state of the economy. We also talk of the Great Depression, how it sowed the seeds for the renewal of the global economy, and what is behind the growing inequality we see around us today. You can find Andrew's book on sale here: (I very much recommend buying a copy!) http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Failure-Capitalist-Production-Underlying/dp/0745332390 And his blog is here: http://akliman.squarespace.com/ Enjoy!

Mar 15 2014

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Rank #4: #104 Communist University

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This week we welcome James to the show, a long time listener and patron who I met recently at the CPGB Communist University this summer. We give a thorough analysis of the event, our thoughts on the talks, the people we met there, and our overall general impression. For those unaware, Mike MacNair, whose book ‘Revolutionary Strategy’ we are currently studying on the podcast, is a member of the CPGB. He gave a number of talks related to the book, and was where I got to sit down with him to talk about brexit for the recent episodes.

Sep 28 2019

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Rank #5: #068 Knowing The Future

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This week I am delighted to welcome back Derick Varn to the show. After listening to the previous show about Cultural Marxism with Doug Lain, Derick sent me an email saying he’d like to come on the show and give his two cents. What followed was a wide ranging discussion on ideology, value theory, and the historical emergence of capitalism. We also discussed the possibility of a revolutionary movement based on a system without abstract value, Marx’s critique of the Gotha Program, and Star Trek as a Marxist Tract. And top of all that, the possible productivity of a communist state, game theory and alternative histories, and the Spanish revolution. You can find Derick’s blog here: https://symptomaticcommentary.wordpress.com/ You can find Derick’s and Amogh’s Podcast here: http://sympthomaticredness.libsyn.com/ The music on this episode was: 'The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters' by Sun Ra and his Arkestra 'If Not For Money' - The Wytches

Apr 13 2016

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Rank #6: #020 Revolutionary Strategy Series

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This week start afresh with Chapter 7: ‘The Workers Government Slogan’ and discuss the revolutionary potential of toilets. Great hilarity ensues. The panelists are: C. Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Pouya - Machine noise expert

Aug 13 2019

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Rank #7: #003: Sex, Lies, & Economics

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This week we are joined by Professor Michael Perelman of the California State University, Chico. He is an economist and economic historian of the Marxian bent, a prolific author, and the writer of the award-wining blog 'Unsettling Economics'. We start off with a discussion of his upcoming book: 'Sex, Lies, & Economics', which tells the story of the zany, dishonest, violent, and hugely prolific lives of the early great economists. We also talk about Cromwell, the Scottish Highland clearances, duelling with butchers axes in darkened basements, the potato, Gulliver's Travels, the East-Asian tiger economies, the end of Empire, and how to use cucumbers as an energy source. Make sure to check out the Professor's blog at: http://michaelperelman.wordpress.com/ And while your at it, why not buy one of his books as well: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Perelman/e/B001ITVL14/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1335443472&sr=8-1 The show also features the music of 'w@rd', a listener and anti-authoritarian, folk-punk, protest musician. You can find more of his music here: http://www.reverbnation.com/wardnc Over and Out.

Apr 26 2012

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Rank #8: #028 Revolutionary Strategy Series

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This week we continue our mega-intense reading of Chapter 8: ’Political Consciousness’ and riff poetical on historical materialism and markov chains. The panelists are: C Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Kyle - General Intellect Unit Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Pouya - Lord of the Serfs Sophia - Trans Trans Revolution

Oct 28 2019

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Rank #9: #061 The Calculation Problem

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After repeated requests from a number of listeners, this week I am delighted to welcome back to the show Dr Paul Cockshott, a reader in the computer science department of Glasgow University. We talk of the Socialist Calculation debate, the Soviet plans for their own internet, Google vs a planned economy, and the problems with Council Communism. If you'd like to listen to the show on your phone, you can now also listen with TuneIn here: http://tunein.com/radio/From-Alpha-To-Omega-p686756/

Mar 25 2015

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Rank #10: #105 The Lessons of 1917 w/ Jack Conrad - TEASER

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On the latest patreon only episode we discuss the political economy of the Soviet Union and what we can learn from the failures of the Russian revolution with Jack Conrad of the Weekly Worker.

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #11: #001 Refuting Marx's Inconsistency & The TSSI

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Part 1 of the Refuting Marx's Inconsitency & The TSSI Reading Group To Donate Click Here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr... Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FromAlpha2Omega Interview Date: 11 August 2018 The panel this week consists of: Lexi from https://soundcloud.com/swampsidechats Emanuel & Aiden from https://soundcloud.com/enforloradsak Amogh from https://www.mixcloud.com/symptomatic-... Alex - a listener of the show

Aug 13 2018

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Rank #12: #062 Closet Marxists

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This week I am delighted to welcome back to the show Michael Roberts, author of the ‘Next Recession’ blog. We talk about the new reports out on the world economy from the IMF and the Bank of International Settlements, and how Ben Bernanke has come out as a closet Marxist after all these years. We also discuss the recent debate between David Harvey on one side, and Michael and Andrew Kliman on the other, about the relevance / reality of the law of the tendential fall in the rate of profit, and the politics behind it all. You can find Michael's most prolific Blog here: https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/ The music on this show was: ‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra ‘Missing You’ by John Waite ‘The Drug Song’ by Amateur Transplants ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T and the M G's

May 06 2015

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Rank #13: #048 Whither Underconsumptionism?

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This week we have the second part of our interview with Professor Andrew Kliman. We continue our discussion about his latest book - ‘The Failure of Capitalist Production’ - and in particular focus on Andrews critique of the Underconsumptionist Theory of Crisis, which is pretty dominant on the Marxist and non-Marxist left alike. We hear how the empirical evidence sits squarely in the face of this theory, what role financialisation has actually played in the economy, and the similarities between Keynesianism and Underconsumptionism. We also talk about the new book Andrew is working on, and just how impressed I am by how well Marx’s theories are able to explain the world around us today. You can find the article for the New Left Project that Andrew mentions in the interview, critiquing Sam Gindin's view of the crisis as financial, here: http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/clarifying_secular_stagnation_and_the_great_recession And you can find Sam Gindins response to Andrew here: http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/underestimating_capital_overestimating_labour_a_response_to_andrew_kliman Enjoy!

Mar 28 2014

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Rank #14: #067 Cultural Marxism

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This week I am delighted to welcome Doug Lain back to show, for a discussion about cultural marxism, an argument about worker controlled workplaces, and some thoughts on what we can learn from the Inca’s. Doug is the host of the Zero Squared podcast, previously the Diet Soap Podcast, and is the publisher of Zero Books. He is also a sci-fi author, and has been nominated this year for the Phillip K. Dick Award for his latest novel, After the Saucers Landed. You can buy his book here: http://skyhorsepublishing.com/titles/641-9781597808231-after-the-saucers-landed You can find out everything Doug related here: http://douglaslain.com/ And all about Zero Books here: http://www.zero-books.net/ The music on this episode was: 'All You Need Is Hate', by The Delgados 'Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get' by The Dramatics 'All About Us' by Teen

Mar 08 2016

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Rank #15: #010: Living Through The Monetarist Experiment

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This weeks guest is Philip Pilkington, a prolific economic contributor to the excellent ‘Naked Capitalism’ blog. 'Naked Capitalism' is one of the most visited economics blog on the web, featuring some of the top Political Economy bloggers on the planet. The show is loosely based around a series Philip wrote for the blog on Monetarism - the economic theories of Milton Friedman. We cover such rocky territory as the intellectual battles between the Keynesians and Monetarists, the Austrian School of Economics and Political Propaganda, Maggie Thatcher and class war, Union Busting and Military Coups, Finance vs Industry, and the return of the Gold Standard. That's all folks!?!#@**&^!! You can find Philips writing here and here: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/ https://fixingtheeconomists.wordpress.com/

Jul 20 2012

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Rank #16: #090 Capitalism vs Freedom

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This week we welcome Rob Larson, Professor of Economics at Tacoma Community College, to the show. We talk about his new book ‘Capitalism vs Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom’ recently released by Zero Books. Enjoy!

Nov 17 2018

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Rank #17: #012 Refuting Marx's Inconsistency & the TSSI

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Hello and welcome to the 12th episode of the Refuting Marx's Inconsistency - Capital & the TSSI series. This week we dismember the rotting corpse of the Fundamental Marxian Theorem in our close reading of chapter 10 Andrew Kliman’ s ‘Reclaiming Marx’s Capital’. This weeks panelists are: Lexi - https://soundcloud.com/swampsidechats Emanuel - from https://soundcloud.com/enforloradsak Pouya - The Mashed Up Marxist

Jan 03 2019

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Rank #18: #102 Brexit w/ Mike MacNair

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This week we welcome back Mike MacNair to the show. We caught up at the recent CPGB Communist university and sat down to talk about the history of the UK’s role in the EU, Brexit, and why he considers himself an ex-Trot.

Sep 18 2019

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Rank #19: UK Election Dung-heap Post Mortem

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Join us as the Emancipation network crew join me to analyse the UK election post-fight shit-show. The MacNair stuff never seemed so relevant.... Panelists: Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Kyle - General Intellect Unit Shane - General Intellect Unit

Dec 15 2019

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Rank #20: #028 The Vanguard Party

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This weeks guest is the C Derick Varn, Poet, Lecturer, and resident of South Korea. Derick writes for ‘The (Dis)Loyal Opposition Blog’, and includes among his interests: alternative visions of the future, the failures of nationalist Marxism, early Leninism, and the relationship between anarchism and Marxism. We discuss the Russian revolution, the Vanguard Party and it's problems, the profound failures of the cultural revolution, and the emergence of decentralised movements like occupy and the 5-Star Movement. Derick has also just interviewed myself, for his Blog, where I get to expound a few of my own opinions for a change. If you are interested in reading these incoherent babbles, you can find them here: http://skepoet.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/interview-with-tom-obrien-one-marxism-mmt-and-the-eurozone-crisis/ Here is the link to his blog: http://skepoet.wordpress.com/ And you can also find him appearing regularly on the 'Pop The Left' Podcast with Doug Lain over at: http://douglaslain.com Enjoy!

Mar 23 2013

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