Every Thursday throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Everyday Analysis will be hosting political debates, guests and questions on Zoom.
Rustbelt with Laura Smith (Thursday August 6th, 8.30pm UK TIME)
The 2016 Brexit vote set England’s deindustrialised periphery against its metropolitan centres, creating traps for both main parties, from which the right has now emerged victorious. But it didn’t have to be that way. Laura Smith was one of the surprise winners of Labour’s radical left 2017 election campaign, taking the seat of Crewe and Nantwich, which had voted over 60% to leave the EU. As Labour drifted Remain-ward in the run-up to the 2019 election, Laura was one of a minority of voices warning that England’s rustbelt wouldn’t stand for it. To discuss Corbynism, the Brexit vice grip, and what next for radical politics in the deindustrialised Midlands and North, EDA are honoured to joined by the former MP for Crewe and Nantwich.
Join via this Zoom Link or using this meeting ID: 842-7238-7631
Intersectional Games with Kishonna Gray
Gaming in lockdown? Animal Crossing to socialism? Join the team with none other than Kishonna Gray, huge digital herstorian and feministic tech activist, author of Intersectional Tech (forthcoming with LSU Press) and much much more to discuss the gaming industry and its future in race and gender politics, and how it relates to the battles we’re fighting elsewhere.
Before that, join Alfie with Holly Nielsen, historian of play and journalist for Guardian Games to discuss the state of gaming, its politics and its place in the arts.
Salted Earth with Daniel Finn
This week has seen actors from across the British establishment coalesce to ensure that, not only is the Corbyn project morally discredited, but that no one dare defend it from unfair criticism for fear of legal action. In 2017 Corbyn’s movement came tantalisingly close to turning power in the UK upside down. Apparently it is not enough that such a project is defeated electorally. It must be as if it never happened. And nothing there may grow. To discuss the great forgetting of Corbynism and the British establishment’s reaction to anti-imperialist projects, EDA is joined by Daniel Finn, features editor at Jacobin and author of One Man’s Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA.
Lock Him Up! with Aya Gruber
How did Women’s Liberation end up helping to remake America as a racialised prison state? The feminist legal scholar Aya Gruber joins EDA to discuss feminism’s collusion with the police state, the submerged conflicts between #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, and her timely and incendiary new book, The Feminist War on Crime.
Which Lives Matter? with Chardine Taylor-Stone
Chardine is an anti-racism campaigner and Momentum NCG candidate, a Black Feminist punk drummer, and the winner of several awards for LGBT advocacy. The EDA team welcome Chardine to discuss racism in Britain, professional class capture of social movements, and how to keep Black Lives Matter socialist.
Politicizing a Crisis 14 – The Liberal Within, with Anton Jäger and Paul O’Connell
The Bernie and Corbyn movements found success with a new coalition of working class ‘left behind’ voters and downwardly-mobile liberal graduates. Why did this coalition part company? And did the oppositional class interests involved mean it could never have been sustained? EDA are joined by political theorists Anton Jäger and Paul O’Connell for a late night debate on socialism’s most controversial question: what is to be done about liberalism?
Politicizing a Crisis 13 – No Girls on the Internet with Wendy Liu (Thursday June 25th, 8.30pm UK TIME)
Join us with former insider turned radical critic Wendy Liu to discuss Silicon Valley power-grabbing in the age of coronavirus, economies of automation and how technology can and must be urgently repurposed for the Left. Wendy’s book Abolish Silicon Valley is out now with Repeater Books, and her razor-sharp writing on the inequalities and power structures in the tech industry have made her a powerful voice of dissent.
We’re also joined by Socialists of Colour, a new activist group working from the left within the UK Labour Party.
Politicizing a Crisis 12 – White America Now, with George Yancy
From the provocative Dear White America in the New York Times to his book Backlash (one of more than a dozen he has written), professor of philosophy at Emory University George Yancy has been combatting racial injustice and bravely addressing questions of race and inequality for many years. He joins us to contextualise this ongoing battle in the world of today’s BLM protests, ongoing police brutality and the work left to do.
Politicizing a Crisis 11 – Global Lockdown, with Laleh Khalili
With confinement, policing, and counterinsurgency the sudden focus of the west, we welcome Laleh Khalili, a scholar whose career has chronicled these topics in the Middle East. Join us for a discussion of Professor Khalili’s extraordinary work on imprisonment, migration, militarization, and capitalism, and her new book from Verso, Sinews of War and Trade.
Politicizing a Crisis 10 – Hard Working Families with Sophie Lewis and Mareile Pfannebecker
The past few years have seen the a rise of voices that reject the cosmetic neoliberal feminism of the boardroom, and plead instead for a return to the forgotten radical utopianism of the 60s and 70s feminist Second Wave. From the abolition of the family and the full automation of reproduction, to ‘Wages for Housework’, join us in welcoming Sophie Lewis (Full Surrogacy Now, Verso Books) and Mareile Pfannebecker (Work Want Work, Zed Books) to discuss reproduction, work, and family in the present crisis.
Politicizing a Crisis 9 – Where Are We Now? with Richard Seymour
Richard Seymour’s writings have followed the successive crises of the 21st century, from the War on Terror and its liberal apologists, to austerity, to the rebirth of radical politics, and the rise of digital media. In his celebrated blog Lenin’s Tomb, his co-founded magazine Salvage and, currently, his remarkable daily Patreon essays, Seymour’s critique of the present arrives in some of the best and most devastating prose around.
Politicizing a Crisis 8- Tech Me, I’m Yours, with Anna and Kelly Pendergrast
Everyday Analysis welcomes San Francisco and Wellington-based communications strategists Anna and Kelly Pendergrast to our ‘Politicizing a Crisis’ weekly Zoom call. Anna and Kelly are emerging as among the most incisive critics of Silicon Valley’s metaphorical sleights of hand and bad politics, from drone photography and COVID tracking, to vegan meat. Join us to discuss surveillance capitalism’s great COVID power grab.
Politicizing a Crisis 7 – COVID SYMPTOMS, with Ian Parker
Thursday 21st May at 8.30pm (UK Time)
The team welcome legendary revolutionary psychoanalyst Ian Parker, author of Revolutionary Keywords for a New Left and dozens more books, to talk about Marxism, psychoanalysis and coronavirus. Can a new left emerge from out of the morass of pandemic symptoms?
Politicizing a Crisis 6 – Ruling Déclassé, with Dasha Nekrasova
Thursday 14th May at 8.30pm (UK Time)
From campaigning with Jeffrey Epstein survivors and directing a film set around Epstein’s death, to interviewing Steve Bannon on the Red Scare podcast, Dasha Nekrasova has tracked the ruling class in its most pathological aspects. Everyday Analysis welcome Dasha to discuss how the right and the left respond to ruling class power, as well as to treat us to Red Scare’s inimitable critique of the morbid pleasures of neoliberalism.
Politicizing a Crisis 5 – FURLOUGH ADDICTION – Thursday May 7th – 8.30pm UK Time
Join the team this week to discuss these hot topics:
- Rishi Sunak is a C**t Actually
- Psychoanalysis and the coronavirus brain worms
- Log the f**k off: app tracking and surveillance capitalism
Politicizing a Crisis 4 – Thursday 30th April – 8.30pm UK Time
Guests: Josie Sparrow (New Socialist), Jack Frayne-Reid (Reel Politik), Beth Redmond (Tenants’ Union).
Has the Corbyn/Bernie era killed the fantasy that the media exist to hold power to account? What would it take for new media to get left ideas a fair hearing? To debate these questions we are joined by Jack Frayne-Reid and Josie Sparrow, co-founders of two of the UK’s most dynamic cult new left platforms, the Reel Politik satirical podcast and New Socialist magazine, and Beth Redmond, an organiser with the Tenants’ Union and an architect of the most heterodox and effectual Momentum branch, Manchester Momentum.
Politicizing a Crisis 3 – Thursday 23rd April – 8.30pm UK
Join the team to talk public spaces, St George’s Day and pandemic nationalism, Ben Fogle, coronavirus football, and children and parenting during covid-19.
Politicizing a Crisis 2 – Thursday 16th April – 8.30pm UK
GUESTS: Marion Trejo and Matt McManus
Marion Trejo is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Tec de Monterrey. Her research is on the genealogy of political fear and contemporary feminist issues in Latin America.
Matt McManus is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Tec de Monterrey, and the author of Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law and The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism. His new projects include co-authoring a critical monograph on Jordan Peterson and a book on liberal rights for Palgrave MacMillan.
Politicizing a Crisis – Thursday 23rd April – 8.30pm UK
Join the team and guests to talk conspiracy theories, clapping out of the window and social distancing.
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