On German's elections – and the costs of stability.

Wolfgang Streeck is back on the podcast to round-up Germany's elections last Sunday (26 September). What's behind the emphasis on continuity and competence? Is Germany stuck in the 2000s?

We also discuss the importation of US-style culture wars into Germany, the country's role in the Eurozone, and strategic relations with France. 

The second part of the conversation – where we debate the end of neoliberalism and capitalist crisis – is over at patreon.com/bungacast.


The second in a special five-part series on generational consciousness and conflict.

In this episode, we look at the emergence of 'youth' as political concept in the age following the French Revolution, and its shifting meanings. How important was generational consciousness in the Young Italy movement and its imitators in the 19th century, and how should we understand the so-called 'Lost Generation' of 1914?

Guests include:

  • Niall Whelahan, Chancellor’s Fellow in History, Strathclyde University

Original music by: Jonny Mundey

Additional music:

  • Leimoti / Don't Leave It Here / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com
  • Leimoti / The Small Things / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com
  • Philip Ayers / Trapped in a Maze / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com
  • Walt Adams / Dark Tavern / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

Other Clips:

  • Black 47 Trailer © 2018 - WildCard Distribution
  • Arracht Trailer © 2019 - Break Out Pictures
  • The Sun Also Rises © 2019 - 20th Century Fox
  • Mr Lloyd George Speaks To The Nation (1931) British Pathé


For access to all Aufhebunga Bunga content, including the entirety of this series, subscribe at patreon.com/bungacast

This month's Reading Club is on Mike McNair's "Intersectionalism, the highest stage of western Stalinism?" from the journal Critique (pdf attached on Patreon).
How convincing is his genealogy in which he traces intersectionalism back to the 1930s Popular Front and 1960s soft Maoism? What function does intersectionalism play on the Left - and for the ruling class? And is McNair right that intersectionalism is self-defeating on its own terms? Or is it self-perpetuating?
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On Germany's election this week.

Merkel has led Germany since 2005, outlasting any number of politicians across the West. What accounts for her longevity? How has such a non-ideological, post-political figure lasted so long? 

Germany is finally leaving her motherly embrace. But why is continuity on the cards, despite the many global crises Germany has passed through?

The first in a special five-part series on generational consciousness and conflict.

In this episode, we look at the current, vexed discourse around generations, and analyse competing theories on how to understand generational cleavages.

Guests include:

  • Felix Krawatzek, political scientist at the Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin
  • Jennie Bristow, sociologist at Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Joshua Glenn, semiotician, author, and publisher of HiLoBrow

Original music by: Jonny Mundey

Additional music:

Peter Kuli / OK Boomer / courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, Inc.

Liru / For the Floor / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com


For access to all Aufhebunga Bunga content, including the entirety of this series, subscribe at patreon.com/bungacast

On the long history of involuntary celibates.
Alex Gendler talks to us about his essay in American Affairs, "The New Superfluous Men". With growing global concern about incels and increasing anti-terrorism focus on the supposed risks posed by lonely, angry men, we discuss why this discussion has emerged today and why it's gone global. 
Why do our societies seem no longer to find use for young men? Do they benefit from patriarchy? And how does this all relate to class?
The full episode is available to subscribers only. Sign up at patreon.com/bungacast

On Covid and the end of the end of history.

Adam Tooze joins us to discuss his new book, Shutdown. In 2020 everything changed... so that everything might remain the same.

What were the reasons behind the global shutdown? Was it a result of over-protection, a policy of repression, or the result of structural tensions? Has China been the winner of the pandemic? How have central banks been victims of their own success? And does this represent the end of neoliberalism?  

The latter part of the interview continues over on patreon.com/bungacast

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