The Politics & Letters Podcast – a (joyous) discussion on my TECHNOFEUDALISM

22/02/2024 by

What isn’t ending?  What isn’t on the verge of extinction?  It’s a short list of exemptions these days, and we, us human beings, aren’t on it. Neither are bees, bipartisanship, butterflies, coastlines, childhood, civility, coral reefs, democracy, elephants, empire, facts, families, frogs, gender, glaciers, God, higher education, humanities, love, male supremacy, manatees, manhood, men, morality, middle classes, minibars, national borders, Nature, objectivity, party systems, patriarchy, religion, science, sex, soil, tigers, transgression, whiteness, work . . . and these species are endangered according to activists, journalists, and writers of every political persuasion.   And now, if we are to believe Quinn Slobodian, Clara E. Mattei, McKenzie Wark, and Yanis Varoufakis, capitalism, too, has outlived its expiration date. Once upon a time, as the saying goes, it was easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism. No longer.

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