The Regrettable Century

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By: Chris, Kevin, Jason, & Ben

The old forms of the left are moribund and the new forms are stupid. We're making a podcast that discusses the need to organize a dialectical pessimism and develop a Marxist salvage project capable of putting up a good fight as the world burns around us. A clean, honest, and unsentimental melancholy is required; we are cultivating one and would like to share it with you.

Patreon Preview -- The Question of Nationalities and Social Democracy by Otto Bauer: Regrettable Book Club (Episode II)
Last Thursday at 9:00 PM

Back at it again with the national question and soldiering on through chapter 1...

A link to the PDF:
https://libcom.org/article/question-nationalities-and-social-democracy-otto-bauer

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It Sucks Out There: Hyper-Individualization, Tiktok, and the Terminal Decline of American Society
#12
06/10/2024

We invited podcast alumnus, Jess, back to talk about how terrible everything is. We touch on Tiktok houses, literature, and the death of the future.

The End of The Future                           
 
https://jacobin.com/2024/03/left-politics-future-history-capitalism-progress 

Why Is Our Culture So Obsessed With Individual Experience
https://jacobin.com/2024/03/anna-kornbluh-immediacy-individualism-capitalism/

Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle: Are We Defined by How We Appear
https://www.thecollector.com/guy-debord-society-of-the-spectacle/ 

The Anxiety of Influencers
https://harper...


Patreon Preview -- Boundless and Bottomless Seas: Dugin's 4th Political Theory (Part V)
06/06/2024

Jason, Varn, and Sean KB continue the forced march through the Aleksander Dugin's Fourth Political Theory.

Check out Varn Vlog here:
https://www.patreon.com/varnvlog/posts

Check out Antifada here:
https://www.patreon.com/theantifada

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Patreon Preview -- Turns Out I Will Also Rule: An Addendum to our Fascism and Anarcho-Individualism Discussion
06/02/2024

This week we are tying up some loose ends we left unexplored in our last regular episode on Fascism and Anarcho-Individualism. Enjoy this bonus content!

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Turns Out I Will Be Ruled: Anarcho-Individualism and Italian Fascism
#11
05/22/2024

This week we discussed one of the many currents of thought that led to the creation of Italian Fascism, Anarcho-Individualism. It seems counterintuitive that anarchism would have made any contribution to the creation of fascism, until you think about it.

Whitaker, Stephen B. The Anarchist-individualist Origins of Italian Fascism. Peter Lang Incorporated, International Academic Publishers, 2002.

From Stirner to Mussolini: The Anarchist-Individualist Origins of Italian Fascism
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/william-gillis-from-stirner-to-mussolini.pdf

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On Liberal Socialism: Results and Prospects
#10
05/13/2024

This week Jason and Kevin discuss the Liberal Socialism; what it is, where it comes from,  its impact on the development of the left, its prospects, and its limitations.

What Is Liberal Socialism?
https://www.liberalcurrents.com/what-is-liberal-socialism/

The Idea of a Liberal Socialism
https://www.socialeurope.eu/the-idea-of-a-liberal-socialism

Liberal Socialism Now
https://aeon.co/essays/the-case-for-liberal-socialism-in-the-21st-century

Toward A Liberal Socialism?
https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/toward-a-liberal-socialism/

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Patreon Preview -- The Question of Nationalities and Social Democracy by Otto Bauer: Regrettable Book Club (Episode I)
05/09/2024

We are back at it again covering Otto Bauer's unique Marxist take on the national question.
This week we began to cover Chapter I.

A link to the PDF:
https://libcom.org/article/question-nationalities-and-social-democracy-otto-bauer




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Patreon Preview -- Boundless and Bottomless Seas: Dugin's 4th Political Theory (Part IV)
05/01/2024

Jason, Varn, and Sean are back and talking Fourth Political Theory once again. 

Check out Varn Vlog:
https://www.patreon.com/varnvlog/posts

Check out the ANTIFADA:
https://www.patreon.com/theantifada

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Ideology, Fetishism, Apophaticism: Marxist Criticism and Christianity with Daniel Saunders
#9
04/29/2024

The Marxist/Christian dialogue continues!
This week Jason and Ben sat down with Daniel Saunders to discuss an article he wrote called Ideology, Fetishism, Apophaticism: Marxist Criticism and Christianity:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/nbfr.12642

Daniel's paper "explores Christianity’s ambiguous relationship to capitalism by engaging Marx’s notion of the fetishism of commodities as a way of rethinking Marxism’s critique of religion from the standpoint of political economy. "

Other Daniel stuff can be found here:
https://daniel-saunders.com/

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Patreon Preview -- Patron Q&A
04/18/2024

This week we tried something new, we put out a call on our Patreon and Discord for questions and y'all responded with 10 pretty good questions. Questions about democracy, ethics, children, etc...

We answered them.

Enjoy!

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