Every Wednesday throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Everyday Analysis will be hosting political debates, guests and questions on Zoom.
Biden’ Time with Heidi Matthews and David Slavick (Wednesday October 21st, 8.30pm UK Time)
The threads of Heidi Matthews’ heretical early critiques of #MeToo, feminism and the law are knotting together once more, in a presidential election where most liberals and the left have banded behind a Democratic candidate with #MeToo allegations against him, and under the shadow of a second Supreme Court Justice appointment by Donald Trump. Everyday Analysis join Professor Matthews and “Mr Heidi Matthews”, political commentator and producer of the Michael Brooks Show, David Slavick, to discuss America’s current conjuncture, what liberals get wrong about the law, the implications of a Joe Biden presidency (or a second Trump one…) for feminists and the left.
Join via this Zoom Link or using this meeting ID: 842-7238-7631
Houellebecq Girl, with Anna Khachiyan
Everyday Analysis welcome one of the most idiosyncratic, razor sharp and hilarious cultural critics of the moment, Red Scare’s Anna Khachiyan, for a primer on the French novelist Michel Houellebecq’s most recent book, Serotonin. ‘Hatred for women and hatred for ’68 culture, are the repeated threads of Houellebecq’s work’, remarks Bifo Berardi, ‘nevertheless, I think he is one of the most important authors of our time, as he opens a window on the psychosphere of the age in which we are living’. Anna’s own critique of the fucked-up pleasures and self-deceptions of neoliberalism make her the perfect company with whom to step out of that window.
Before that, we are joined by J.G. Michael, host of Parallax Views, about the crazier interviews he’s conducted with McAfee enthusiasts, QAnoners and former politicians and FBI agents, as well the huge names his podcast has welcomed into strange conversations since 2018.
Tweet Fighter with Leah “Gllty” Hayes
Former professional Street Fighter gamer Gllty left small-town Bible Belt America to compete in international eSports tournaments around the world, eventually moving to Japan. She has been critical of the gaming and eSports industries as they relate to female and trans players like herself in what can be a toxic and damaging culture. She joins us to talk honestly about her experiences for the first time, the heteronormative masculinity of the game world and the political trends and potential that remain in the industry.
Zer0 Sum Game with Douglas Lain
He’s the legendary extremely online Marxist editor of Zer0 Books, the talented sci-fi novelist whose writing connects revolution, comedy, UFOlogy and videogames and the one man band behind a classy socialist YouTube channel. Join us with the inimitable Douglas Lain to talk about the coming election, the Left and its problems, post-Bernie lows and the ‘choice’ between Trump and Biden.
Before that, we are joined by poet, critic and podcast host C Derick Varn of Mortal Science and Pop the Left podcasts (and now working on Chistopher Lasch) to set the scene. Don’t miss it.
Critical Practice 2020 with Catherine Belsey
Belsey’s Critical Practice, published in 1980, brought an intense form of post-structuralist critique into the British academia and into the discipline of literature studies. Throughout an incredible career of writing on Shakespeare and establishing the renowned Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff, Catherine has pioneered the cause of critical theory as a way to understand politics, media, culture and discourse. She joins us for a critical reading of 2020.
Q-Theory with Julian Feeld of QAnon Anonymous
The team are joined by Julian Feeld of the legendary QAnon Anonymous Podcast to talk about everything from the original breadcrumbs and bakers to the latest in global conspiracies from 5G to Free Britney. Join us with author, host and editor Julian and bring your conspiratorial questions.
Before that the team welcome Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal to analyse the coming Kanye West presidency.
Afraid of Americans with Trevor Beaulieu and David Neiwert
The team catches up with Trevor Beaulieu (host of intersectional antiracism podcast, Champagne Sharks) and David Neiwert (author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump), to discuss the history of the white militia movement, racism and anti-racism under Trump, and responses to Black Lives Matter from the radical right to the corporate mainstream.
Cities of Men with Leslie Kern + QAnon Anonymous’s Annie Kelly on UK Conspiracy Theory
From the gentrification of our businesses to the psychogeography of our architecture, social inequalities are built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Ultimately, these become the cities of men, men of a particular class, ideology and orientation. We’re joined by Verso’s Leslie Kern, author of Feminist City, to discuss building the cities of the future that can be fair, equal and transformative for women and for others.
Before that, a favourite topic of the pod as we talk conspiracy theory in the UK with Annie Kelly from the influential QAnon Anonymous Podcast, in light of the recent anti vaxxer protests in London.
Everything You Wanted to Know About #MeToo* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) JoAnn Wypijewski + Hegel’s Birthday with Borna Radnik
JoAnn Wypijewski was an editor at The Nation for two decades and sits on the editorial committee of the New Left Review. Her new book What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo is a brilliant and humane attempt to make sense of the mess of human sexuality, power, and the law: from AIDs and Woody Allen, to paedophile priests and the Kavanaugh hearing, up to the digitally mediated sexual negotiations and accusations of the present.
Before that, its HEGEL’s BIRTHDAY as we are joined by Borna Radnik, PhD candidate at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London, to talk how and why Hegel is the absolute boy.
Idiot Wind with Peter Oborne
A uniquely dissident figure in both his party and profession, Tory journalist Peter Oborne has an unrivalled record of exposing the establishment’s corruption from within its own walls. Peter’s intellectual largesse brings him to Everyday Analysis, to lift the lid on Boris Johnson’s ‘client media’, Britain’s treatment of its Muslim citizens and adventures in the Middle East, and the political assassination of Jeremy Corbyn.
The Next Expulsions with Saskia Sassen
As the global economy becomes more complex, it becomes more brutally effective at expelling inconvenient people, populations, and even whole geographical regions from its gaze. Saskia Sassen – one of the most influential sociologists in the world today – joins us to discuss her pathbreaking analyses of globalization, movement of people, and cities, and to assess the new kinds of ‘expulsions’ already evident in the post-COVID global economy.
Rustbelt with Laura Smith
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.
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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