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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.31.17

 On today’s program, Vince airs Wendy Brown’s lecture, “In the Account of Neoliberalism.” Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley. Her research interests include the history of political and social theory, Continental philosophy, and critical theory, together with the examination of contemporary capitalism. In her research into the problems that plague contemporary capitalism and …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.24.17

On today’s program, Vince quickly runs through some current events, shares his reflections on what turned out to be a really useful gathering of progressive activists and organizers over the weekend, and mentions about some of the upcoming events taking place at PARC – Politics Art Roots Culture during the month of August. He also shares some of his first impressions of …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.17.17

On today’s program, Vince plays Part 3 of Adam Curtis’ documentary series, “The Trap.” The final program of Curtis’ 2007 series focuses on the concepts of positive and negative liberty introduced in the 1950s by Isaiah Berlin. Curtis briefly explains how negative liberty could be defined as freedom from coercion and positive liberty as the opportunity to strive to fulfill …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.10.17

On today’s program, Vince plays Part 2 of Adam Curtis’ documentary film, “The Trap: The Lonely Robot.” Part two reiterated many of the ideas of the first part, but developed the theme that drugs such as Prozac and lists of psychological symptoms which might indicate anxiety or depression were being used to normalize behavior and make humans behave more predictably, …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.03.17

 On today’s program, Vince features Part 1 of Adam Curtis’ documentary series, “The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom?” Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It’s what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose freedom around the world. But if you …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 06.26.17

 On today’s program, Vince examines the conspiratorial left and the organizations, media outlets and individuals who support it. In order for poor and working-class people to effectively organize in the long-term, we must reject the nihilism, cynicism and apathy produced by those entities. Unfortunately, these trends are not limited to progressive movements in the U.S. Download this episode (right click …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 05.08.17

On today’s program, Vince plays Part 4 of Adam Curtis’ documentary, “Century of the Self.” In this episode, “Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering,” Curtis explains how politicians on the left, in both Britain and America, turned to the techniques developed by business to read and fulfill the inner desires of the self. Both New Labour, under Tony Blair, and …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 05.01.17

Monday, May 1st – On today’s program Vince plays Part 3 of Adam Curtis’ documentary, “Century of the Self.” In the 1960s, a radical group of psychotherapists challenged the influence of Freudian ideas in America. They were inspired by the ideas of Wilhelm Reich, a pupil of Freud’s, who had turned against him and was hated by the Freud family. …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 04.24.17

On today’s program, Vince plays Part 2 of Adam Curtis’ documentary “Century of Self” – “Engineering Consent.” This episode explores how those in power in post-war America used Freud’s ideas about the unconscious mind to try and control the masses. The US government, the CIA and corporations came to believe Freud’s underlying premise – that deep within all human beings …