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The Value of Everything: Council Communism vs. Anarcho-Syndicalism

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Arguing the best path forward for the proletariat.

On episode 127 of The Value of Everything Charles Owen moderates a debate between myself and the Australian anarcho-syndicalist theorist Benjamin Smith. Among other subjects, we address our respective theories of revolution, industrial unionism, the labor theory of value, universal basic income, and the free rider problem.

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The Value of Everything: Dissecting Charlottesville and “Alt” Politics

VoE 130

The absurd spectacle of late capitalism.

I join my frequent podcast partner Charles Owen, once again, to discuss the recent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia between various segments of the so-called alt-right and antifa on The Value of Everything. We also touch on Enlightenment values, economic forecasting, and council communist theory.

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The Value of Everything: Rivers of Blood

VoE 119

Populism and the divide between fascist and communist radicalism.

In this episode of The Value of Everything, Charles Owen and I discuss the potential consequences of Brexit, the ascent of Jeremy Corbyn and revival of Old Labour, British populism, and the extensive history of the communist and fascist movements’ mutual hostility.

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(The entire series of dialogues between Charles and I can be accessed here.)

Council Communism vs. Anarcho-Capitalism Debate: Property and Exploitation

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Is private property defensible? Can stateless capitalism be exploitative?

The first part of my debate with Charles Owen was recently released on The Value of Everything podcast, and has since been edited by my comrades at the Friedrich Engels Institute for Scientific Socialist Research. Before beginning this episode, however, I recommend listening to our preliminary discussion, wherein Charles and I briefly outline our respective political philosophies.

In this part of the series, we debate the legitimacy of private property and discuss whether or not wage labor is an exploitative practice. The second part of our series will be recorded in the coming weeks and released sometime thereafter.

If this exchange should elicit any questions you’d like to put forward, please feel free to comment below and I’ll do my utmost to provide a swift reply.

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The Value of Everything: Post-Election Analysis

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Discussing the meaning of Donald Trump.

Trump’s electoral victory shocked the liberal establishment and even slightly surprised me (I lost a $25 bet to someone over it, in fact). In episode 113 of The Value of Everything, Charles Owen and I discuss themes from my essay “America’s Populist Moment” and speculate on what might come of Trump’s presidency. We also touch on religion and the “new atheists,” and critique intersectionality and the ever so trendy theory of “structural racism.”

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