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Episode 884

Party Animus

Jan 23 2016

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Jodi Dean

The individual is a fiction: Why the left must return to party politics.

Political theorist Jodi Dean explains why today's left, mired in self-denial and end-stage identity politics, can use post-Occupy discontent around economic inequality to construct a revolutionary party, one that mobilizes individuals to form a collective with the goal of building a new (Communist!) society over the ruins of capitalism.

Jodi is author of Crowds and Party from Verso Books.

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Lisa McGirr

How Prohibition set the blueprint for modern forms of state power.

Historian Lisa McGirr traces current day drug-war and mass-incarceration policies back to Prohibition-era expansion of federal power, where concerns over immigration, poverty and morality forged a bi-partisan coalition willing to embrace a muscular, interventionist government that sustained itself long after the appeal of the Eighteenth Amendment.

Lisa is author of The War on Alcohol Prohibition and the Rise of the American State.