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The Pill Pod gets academic as our new volume is out, edited by Matt and featuring contributions Victor, Erik and our episode guest Ben (@benburgis) of Give Them an Argument. We argue that much of the antagonism between socialism and liberalism has been fabricated by internet creatures who want to piss off their dads.The exorbitantly expensive volum…
 
We are name dropping that Baudrillard, Virilio and trying to remember what Emmanuel Levinas said, giving a biased review of the new Pills vid, and trying to figure out what's up with all the images.Get the full ep and hours more educational content by supporting our efforts over at www.patreon.com/plasticpills…
 
Jordan DeJonge joins the pod to revisit the question "just how reactionary was Nietzsche?" as asked in Domenico Losurdo's newly translated intellectual biography: Nietzsche, The Aristocratic Rebel (https://amzn.to/3mF15gS). While most left-wing intellectuals read Nietzsche selectively, this 1000 page tome opts to take seriously the implications of …
 
Evoked by no less than Agamben, Byung-Chul Han, Deleuze, and Zizek's wardrobe, Bartleby is a compelling character. This week we are joined by Lit Vic to bust us into some literary analysis of a prophet of American capitalism: Herman Melville, in his text "Bartleby, the Scrivener." Read the text for free here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11231 …
 
Professor Jeremy Gilbert from across the pond gives a primer on his primer: Twenty-First Century Socialism. Gilbert gives a jargon-free explanation as to why buy-in to the system of consumer product bribery is no longer working, how "socialism" is being detoxified in the anglosphere, along with some proposed goals for socialists if we can avoid mic…
 
Part 1 of our reading of Zizek's attempt to take down Deleuze, whom he calls an ideologist of late capitalism in "Organs Without Bodies."Join up with us on Patreon to get the full dish, and find out who reigns supreme in the final decision next week www.patreon.com/plasticpillsPlasticPills による
 
Jack Black (no, the Other Jack Black) joins the Pill Pod to discuss his new book "Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy: A Psychoanalytic Exploration." Cover the hits from Hegel to Monty Python, and up to Žižek, Zupančič and Sacha Baron Cohen. Check out Jack's book here: https://amzn.to/3kGAEq6…
 
This is a preview for a 2.5 hour romp through performativity and performative speech acts in analytic and continental philosophy, stopping off at J.L. Austin, Louis Althusser and others on the way to Judith Butler.Get the full ep and hours more educational content by supporting our efforts over at www.patreon.com/plasticpills…
 
In memoriam of the coalition state-building adventure in Afghanistan, we look to the inveterate morons who continue to ventriloquize the "humanitarian empire" of the United States, including Canada's own failed philosopher king: Michael Ignatieff. Way back in 2001, Ignatieff painted the picture of the Afghanistan project in the New York Times, whic…
 
As a supplement to Plastic Pills' new documentary on Project Cybersyn, the Pill Pod is joined by Marion, who is usually our Foucault correspondent but here in her capacity as a Mexican political theorist. We get through a segment on some unanswered questions about the documentary, and then an brief overview of Latin American politics, as well as so…
 
Quarantine Agamben! He's at it again! This episode we getinto it the kindred bond between critical theory and conspiracy theory, how states do and do not dominate in response to pandemics, and how Deleuze dominates Agamben in response to Foucaults.Find Agamben's blog post here: https://www.quodlibet.it/giorgio-agamben-cittadini-di-seconda-classe Ge…
 
Professor David Matijasevich, author of Radical Democracy and Its Limits, joins Matt and Victor to discuss the limits of radical democracy and the aesthetic ideal of protest politics, and how they are often the luxury of those who are already cozy in a political system wherein are not threatened by existing power structures. He contends that our un…
 
Here's a preview of this week's episode featuring Uncle Bob, Baudrillard, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Lacan and the simple question: Dude, why not just bin "meaningfulness" as an evaluation of life?Full episode is a click away at www.patreon.com/plasticpillsPlasticPills による
 
In Round 4 of the Pill Pod's Fight Night, we feature a theoretical battle over the foundation of politics: is politics founded on the struggle for recognition? Or is it the aesthetic creation of a future? French Insurrectionist Jacques Ranciere pits himself against the chief of the Frankfurt School's third generation, Axel Honneth. If you're partia…
 
This week we depart from the usual solemnities to diagnose the latest object of conservative hysteria: critical race theory. It's being banned from curricula, bounced around conservative media outlets, and kicking off the careers of some new fear-mongering pundits. But what actually is it?Find all our exclusive episodes over on Patreon https://www.…
 
Professor Ashley Frawley, author of The Semiotics of Happiness, joins us to discuss the cyclical history of some slippery signifiers: "self-esteem," "well-being," and "mental health," the only productive value of which is the generation of corporate consultants, conference panelists, and mind cops. In this interview, she explains how 'trauma discou…
 
The Pill Pod is off this week for an AFK project, so please enjoy this unlock from the exclusive patron vault, which sorta serves as an intro to Derrida, who's been hot on the pod lately. It's pretty old so our production requires some forgiveness. Cheers nerds!PlasticPills による
 
Not to be called a n00b, Foucault slaps back at Derrida (eventually) with "My Body, This Paper, This Fire" defending his Madness and Civilization from Derrida's critique (see Pill Pod 42). Foucault claims Derrida can't read Latin properly, and more substantively, that Derrida includes subsumes madness under the dreaming philosopher, while Descartes…
 
Victor interviews Mouthy Infidel from the Mouthy Infidel YouTube channel, which features debates, debunks and arguments from a left perspective. This ranging discussion covers online debate culture, Mouthy's debate prep, some policy questions and proposals, and language games. You can find @MouthyInfidel on Twitter or on Youtube.…
 
The Year is 1963 and our Versus Series continues with Fight Night Round 2, in which a young challenger, Jacques 'Derridevil' Derrida, comes at Dr. Archaeology himself, Michel Foucault, accusing him of committing the cardinal cosmological sin: METAPHYSICS. After a sound pounding through the first few pages, Derridevil lands a crippling blow, that Fo…
 
Today we have a heady one for ya. This is some in-the-weeds political theory, where Ben, Matt, and Victor consider libertarianism via professional sophist, Jason Brennan. Are there good libertarian arguments? Or are they exclusively hasty consequentialist defenses of one sublime object: the market? Find out in our review of Libertarianism: What Eve…
 
Welcome to Round 1 of our new series, which covers theorists' takedowns of other theorists. This episode features an exciting 1977 bout between the young iconoclast, Jean Baudrillard and the king of the French academy, Michel Foucault, as found in the provocatively titled: Forget Foucault. Can a well-timed tag team with Deleuze save Foucault? Or wi…
 
Mike Watson of the Acid Left (@_leftaesthetics) joins Matt (@mattpolprof) and Pills (@plasticpills) to talk about Acid Communism, Adorno, and The Memeing of Mark Fisher, Mike's new book (due out September 2021). As always, all the extra content is still at www.patreon.com/plasticpillsPlasticPills による
 
The Pill Pod is joined by Meaghan, a real life cognitive scientist and VR researcher, to answer our ignorant questions about brains, behaviour, and perception while we try to deduce whether or not Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology holds up in virtual reality. Visit www.patreon.com/plasticpills for this and the rest of our exclusive episodes.…
 
The Pill Pod takes on two definitive philosophers opposed to the fantasies of uploading consciousnesses into machines: John Searle and Hubert Dreyfus. Apologies in advance but we gotta burst your 20-year-old-cousin-who-retweets-Elon-Musk's techno-utopian bubble in a Chinese room. If you've gone through the public feed there's more exclusive audio a…
 
Matt and Victor are joined by Meagan Day (@meaganmday) to discuss Michael Brooks' ambitious proposal for cosmopolitan socialism, its relation to particularity and difference, and what it could mean for the future of the left. Find Meagan's article Unions are Essential for Eliminating Racism here www.jacobinmag.com/2020/07/multiracial-solidarity-uni…
 
Matt (@mattpolprof) and Victor (@victorbruzzone) are joined by cartoonist J. Andrew World (@rightaboutnow2) to talk Marvel, DC, and artists' intellectual property. World is perhaps best known 'round these parts as the cover artist for Michael Brooks' Against the Web, and you can find him inking on YouTube (www.youtube.com/jandrewworld) or on Substa…
 
So we had some different interpretations as to whether Can't Get You Out of My Head is art, history, documentary, art-history, history-documentary or art-documentary. In any case, it's one of the more interesting media artefacts of the year. Listen to this episode and our other bonus content on Patreon, at www.patreon.com/plasticpills…
 
Matt tricks the Pill Pod into reading analytic philosophy: "Personal Identity" by Derek Parfit (1971), who challenges intellectualist ideas of selfhood with thought experiments about splitting brains and sending your consciousness to Mars. Are you your soul, your memories, or nothing at all? Follow @PodPill and check out www.patreon.com/plasticpill…
 
The Pill Pod discusses the rage of elites: ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM. But that's not all! There's also the techno-material conditions for intellectuals, cocaine in coffee houses, and how the university itself has become an anti-intellectual institution.Listen to this episode and our other bonus audio/video content on Patreon, at www.patreon.com/plasticp…
 
Professor Dale Turner joins Matt and Victor to discuss Wittgenstein, 'ways of life', and their application to indigenous politics and treaty relationships in settler states. Turner is a political theorist at the University of Toronto and author of This is Not a Peace Pipe: Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy https://amzn.to/3fettog…
 
Spoiler warnings: That new DC film, Fight Club, Starship Troopers. This is a performative attempt to theorize the relationship between popular cultural, moral totems, and a libidinal economy. Follow @PodPill and check out www.patreon.com/plasticpills to dose up on exclusive episodes and video content.…
 
Join Pills, Matt, and Erik for our Patreon voted topic: A romp through the Formation of the Intellectuals from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci. Listen to this episode and our other bonus content on Patreon, at www.patreon.com/plasticpillsPlasticPills による
 
The accusations fly again this week: Who's more crypto-normativist? Who has fewer implied premises? Who really has the moral high ground? Whence Nietzsche? Who even picked this episode topic anyway? Follow @PodPill and check out www.patreon.com/plasticpills to dose up on exclusive episodes and video content.…
 
In an attempt to foster Rational Discourse™, Matt (@MattPolProf) interviews Nate Hochman (@njhochman) to discuss topics including insanity, Truth, and the common ground of the non-institutional left and right.PlasticPills による
 
Doomscrolling, Cthulu, and Mark Fisher. Why's theory more cool when it's unhappy? We try to catheterize depressive tendencies and make happy based. Follow @PodPill and check out www.patreon.com/plasticpills to dose up on exclusive episodes and video content.PlasticPills による
 
Was the Reichstag fire a false flag? Did the Nazis uncover secret alien technology in Antarctica? Was Trump a Fascist? The answers may shock you! The PillPod welcomes our first knight to the podcast, historian Richard J. Evans, author of the Third Reich Trilogy and the newly released The Hitler Conspiracies, available here: https://amzn.to/3azsMTP…
 
Matt interviews @Galen_Watts on liberal religion, i.e. those who identify as "spiritual but not religious," using the sociological method of Emile Durkheim. Listen to this episode and all of our other bonus content on Patreon, at www.patreon.com/plasticpillsPlasticPills による
 
The PillPod's bubbling civil war over political theory finally boils over into full-blown conflict. @Plasticpills and @T8Erik face off against @MattPolProf and @VictorBruzzone, debating the value of liberalism. Follow @PodPill and check out www.patreon.com/plasticpills to dose up on exclusive episodes and video content.…
 
Pills and Erik kick off a new series on the SIGNificance of semiotics in 20th century. Check out the forthcoming episodes or our previous series on cybernetics and systems theory on the Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/plasticpillsPlasticPills による
 
Before we can get to the other stuff we like in 20th century philosophy, we have to go back to the synthesizer of modern philosophy, the philosopher's philosophy, Immanuel Kant, to lay some groundwork. This is our best attempt to liven up the very dry Critique of Pure Reason. Listen to this episode and all of our other bonus content on Patreon, at …
 
Our political half is joined by Jacobin Magazine founder Bhaskar Sunkara to talk socialist history, the Nordic Model, and what happens five minutes after capitalism ends—themes undertaken in Bhaskar's book, The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (https://amzn.to/36FlwTO)…
 
We get asked this question frequently, and the answer is NO, DON'T GO (or maybe do it). This episode is required listening before making a life-altering decision that you can quite easily change at any time. The Pill Pod is @plasticpills, @victorbruzzone, @mattpolprof, @t8erik. Check out www.patreon.com/plasticpills to dose up on exclusive episodes…
 
Here's a brief introduction to The Burnout Society by Byung-Chul Han. Listen to this episode and all of our other bonus content on Patreon, at www.patreon.com/plasticpills Find the book here: https://amzn.to/3sW85ILPlasticPills による
 
Fascism, folk music, Bannon and Dugin: the Pill Pod's Matt and Victor interview Benjamin Teitelbaum, a scholar of contemporary European radical nationalism, to discuss his new book, War For Eternity (Find it at https://amzn.to/38QrC5q) Follow @PodPill @Victorbruzzone @Mattpolprof @BenTeitel for more work. Check out www.patreon.com/plasticpills to s…
 
Ben Burgis joins the Pill Pod to discuss the divide between analytic and continental philosophy before analyzing the geneology of debatelordism from Richard Dawkins to Ben Shapiro to whatever is happening on Twitch. Find links to Ben's Give Them An Argument Podcast, YouTube Channel, and other work at benburgis.com. Check out our bonus audio and vid…
 
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