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Episode 939

You Mad?

Feb 11 2017

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Pankaj Mishra

No alternative, no future: How anger consumed the modern world.

Author Pankaj Mishra examines the rise of populist anger across the modern world - as reaction to (and against) a neoliberal consensus with nothing to offer working people, and as sign of democracy's slow corruption under capitalism - and calls for the left to fundamentally transform its mission to one of solidarity and liberation, beyond the chains of economic self-interest.

Pankaj is author of Age of Anger: A History of the Present from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Nato Thompson

We are not smarter than how we feel: On art, influence and power.

Author Nato Thompson explains how art and culture became a weapon aimed at the public - by expanding the influence of the powerful across society, and revealing the deeply emotional dimension to life and politics long concealed by liberal appeals to rationalism - and what Roger Ailes understands about human nature that Plato just couldn't get.

Nato is author of Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life from Melville House.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine