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Becoming Other
A Political Philosophy podcast beyond left and right (BLR). Critical of capitalism, the state, & all ideologies (left, right and center).
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Becoming Other 2h
Imagining harder, no matter how difficult, is the only way out of the current nadir we find ourselves in. And that requires at least the acknowledgement that there is something to imagine outside of current coordinates of what we believe is possible/desirable.
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Becoming Other 2h
The ideas circulating on the left are fundamentally inadequate on the most basic level. Communism (in terms of how it was actually implemented, state central planning) is discredited and is a dead god, which we can no longer believe in.
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Becoming Other 2h
Silicon Valley ideology is definitely cringe in a lot of aspects, but in some ways represents something more progressive and relevant than attempting to resurrect the lost romantic revolutionary past over and over again. Progress should be fundamentally *looking forward*.
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Becoming Other 2h
You can see the reactionary nature of the left, when faced with a practical measure to relieve suffering on a mass scale like UBI, they resist because this does not satisfy (and maybe threatens) their inner romantic narrative of defeating the capitalist baddies.
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Becoming Other 2h
If there is one constant aspect to history its that power always reconfigures itself, and that domination/exploitation are always aspects of it. Progress would consist of practically addressing these rather than fantasizing about an impossible state where they're done away with.
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Becoming Other 2h
At least not for the foreseeable future. If there is a collapse of legitimacy then space would open up for something else. But I don't think we can assume anymore that that something else will be the thing that redeems it all.
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Becoming Other 2h
The deeper the left goes into its historical narrative of redemptive revolution, the more irrelevant and isolated it becomes, because it is practically self-evident in developed countries at least that revolution is not on the table.
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Becoming Other 2h
This is one reason why I think Yang (whatever his shortcomings) is more in tune with modern sensibilities. How can you argue with a bag of cash? There is only the minimum of narrative required to unite us. Robots are coming, people are sad.
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Becoming Other 2h
We are not all acting in the same movie, following the same script. The left's attempt to get us to do that is a pathetic indication of its failure to meet current conditions. True progressive politics should be post- historical narrative and post-romance with the past.
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Becoming Other 2h
Hegel and Benjamin (however interesting) are relics of another era, when history even could have a meaning (at least one universally agreed upon). Now we just take whatever we like from the past and it doesn't combine into any coherent picture.
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Becoming Other 3h
Why has the left not had any major victories in the past 50 years? Maybe its because they're enacting a drama in their heads that no one cares about anymore. It's fine to be inspired by the past but you also have to know when to let it go.
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Becoming Other 11h
Social media produces mass cynicism about humanity. Maybe we weren’t supposed to know how degraded everything is, content in our bubble of illusion.
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Becoming Other 15h
Neither can truly accept that the past is dead, old analyses of the system are hopelessly outdated, and that true progress requires wiping the slate clean and constructing entirely new categories of thought.
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Becoming Other 15h
Both in some sense seek to return to some past era of glory, either where men were men and women were women (in the case of the right), or when revolutionaries were revolutionaries (in the case of the left). That is the textbook definition of reactionary.
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Becoming Other 15h
Like Zizek says, its time to reverse Marx. Previously we have only attempted to change the world, now the point is to interpret it.
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Becoming Other 15h
The religious leap of faith required to be committed to leftist politics is precisely the problem. Not to say that doesn't makes sense for some people who are more committed to acting than thinking. But as a thinker it warps your perspective.
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Becoming Other 15h
The more left and right calcify into their respective positions, the greater and more interesting the space outside of them grows. (and the less interesting the space inside them becomes, which turns people off from politics).
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Becoming Other 15h
... are the ones that no one has articulated and fully argued for yet. And its possible that reactionaries have some inkling of these ideas which they try to put their own spin on.
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Becoming Other 15h
(picking ideologies like a consumer picking items off a shelf?) And then their tendency to relinquish any idea, territory or symbol as the domain of reactionaries if they lay claim to it first. It is quite possible that the most interesting and provocative ideas...
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Becoming Other 15h
One of the things I dislike about the left is their reliance on a Big Other "one who is supposed to know" - in particular intellectuals who have already articulated some position, so that the only thing to decide is which tendency to align yourself with.
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