Capitalism, Alone, Branko Milanovic, Harvard UP
The Aloofness of Pax Sinica, Branko Milanovic, Global Policy Journal
On Anthony Giddens' The Consequences of Modernity (ch.3)
In the second episode of the Cynical Ideology section of the 2022 Reading Club, we look at what trust is and why it has declined so precipitously in recent decades, especially in relation to institutions.
Is the opposite of trust mistrust, or is it existential angst? What's the link between the absence of trust and a sense of impending apocalypse? Is money or the market the only abstract entity we still trust? And what about the state?
The Consequences of Modernity, Anthony Giddens (1990), ch. 3
War at the End of History, Adam Tooze, Chartbook 109
The End of the End of the End, Sam Kriss, First Things
Book Review: The End of the End of History, Jason C. Mueller, Critical Sociology
How long is the end of history?, Connor Harney, Platypus
Beginning of the End, or End of the Beginning?, Park McDougald, American Affairs
Book Review: The End of the End of History, Dan Taylor, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
Certainly the End of Something or Other, Joseph Keegin, The Bellow
New Perspectives journal roundtable (forthcoming) on The End of the End of History: Daniel Zamora, Anton Jäger, Richard Sakwa, Nicholas Kiersey
On Frank Furedi's How Fear Works.
Following on from last month's discussion of Corey Robin's Fear, we examine a differing attempt to demystify the politics and culture of fear.
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Over on Patreon you can hear the second part of the interview, plus our After Party debating the contemporary Left's connection to Marxism, the history of social democracy, and moral versus materialist critique.
On class & material self-interest.
We talk to Vivek Chibber about his new book, The Class Matrix: Social Theory After the Cultural Turn, which seeks to answer why capitalism has proven remarkably stable. Vivek explains why classical Marxism does not need 'ideological supplements' to explain why there hasn't been revolution; instead, structural class theory already provides the answers.
We go back to basics, looking at the role of interests, debate what the real role of ideology is (not 'false consciousness'), and look at why particularism, rather than the universal collectivism of class, now dominates.
Part two of the interview, plus the After Party, is available over at patreon.com/bungacast
On Giorgio Agamben's State of Exception (2005).
How did a darling of the left during the War on Terror become a resource for the right during Covid? Is Agamben right to blur the boundary between fascism and liberal democracy? And if we are in a 'permanent state of exception', what is the right response?
And we discuss your questions.
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- The Crisis of the Crisis: Is Covid politics the real emergency?, Geoff Shullenberger, The New Atlantis
On Carl Schmitt's Political Theology (1922).
We ask why people are scared of sovereignty – as opposed to state power per se, and analyse what is significant about the way in which Schmitt defines sovereignty. And what is the meaning of 'political theology'?
And we discuss your questions.
This is an extended excerpt of the first 30 mins of the episode. For the full thing, go to patreon.com/bungacast
- The shibboleth of sovereignty, Martin Loughlin and Stephen Tierney, Modern Law Review, 2008 (pdf)
- The Fed policy error that should worry investors, John Hussman, FT
- The Death of the Central Bank Myth, Adam Tooze, Foreign Policy
Why the left must abandon the myth of British decline, David Edgerton, New Statesman