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Episode 1056

The Next Crash

May 19 2019

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Marshall Auerback

How capitalism manufactured the Boeing 737 crisis.

Economist Marshall Auerback connects the Boeing 737 disaster to the larger crises of late capitalism - as the failing aviation giant lifts above the reach of labor and regulation, a merge into the military industrial complex guarantees shareholder profit despite the company's decade of failing, and deadly, products.

Marshall wrote the article Boeing might represent the greatest indictment of 21st-century capitalism for Salon.



Jenny Odell

To do nothing: On rediscovering life outside the algorithms.

Artist Jenny Odell makes the case for reclaiming time, and attention, from the demands of capitalism - as the attention economy of social media colonizes and commodifies more of our daily life, we must learn how to redirect our focus toward exploring our world and each other, unmediated by algorithms and brands.

Jenny is author of How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy from Melville House.



Bhaskar Sunkara

To win a better world: On socialist possibilities in American politics.

Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara explores a path to socialism in America - as capitalism collapses and pulls politics towards the right, the promise of a worker-driven, democratic society built on equality and justice can be won by a broad, working-class movement rallying around social democracy.

Bhaskar is author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality from Basic Books.



Jasper Bernes

The Green New Deal will not save us.

Writer Jasper Bernes examines the dirty, old problems with the Green New Deal - as extractivist, pro-growth approaches to global warming push the climate, and capitalism in more dangrous directions, they blind us from the immediate task of tearing down the instrastructure and social relations at the heart of both crises.

Jasper wrote the essay Between the Devil and the Green New Deal for Commune.



Jeff Dorchen

The future is already past: Make something besides Soylent Green of yourselves.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen remembers nostalgically all the futures of the past - Mohammed Ali's future, Eminem's future, the planet's future - and realizes they've all already happened, mostly on TV, and the real future hasn't even happened yet, and probably won't while we're picking through the garbage heap of the past.

Read the transcript here