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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.

Click here to download or stream the recording via SoundCloud.

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.”

Download the episode here, or stream it on YouTube.

The Value of Everything: Forecasting Trumpism

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What might we expect from a Trump or Clinton presidency?

In the latest episode of The Value of Everything, I join my friend Charles Owen to discuss Donald Trump and the future of the United States’ polity.

As Charles explains in the introduction, some of the content is going to sound dated, as a consequence of our exchange having been recorded in October. Nevertheless, the preponderance of our talk remains relevant, and we touch on a number of other topics as well (e.g., “cultural Marxism,” anarchism, and contending theories of capitalist crises).

Those awaiting our debate will, unfortunately, have to wait a little longer. The first half has been recorded, but my increasingly demanding schedule has interfered with my ability to set aside adequate time to finish the episode. But rest assured, it shall happen.

I encourage listeners to subscribe to the podcast’s YouTube channel, if you enjoy Charles’s material.

Debate Update

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The great debate is near…

I just wanted to inform those who have been following the dialog series I’ve been engaged in with Charles Owen of The Value of Everything podcast that our debate on council communism and cybernetic anarcho-capitalism will hopefully be recorded sometime in early October. Unexpected events in my personal life have delayed things, but I’m confident I’ll be able to make time for the discussion very soon.

I’d also like to vow to my comrades that I shall competently defend, and persuasively advance, our political philosophy. Charles is an honorable adversary, so I know we’ll be provided a fair hearing.

The Value of Everything: Fact and Fiction in Conspiracy Theories

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Dissecting the material bases behind popular conspiracies.

In episode 104 of The Value of Everything, Charles Owen and I trace the genealogy of several consequential conspiracy theories, consider the promise and perils of independent media, criticize speech censorship and groupthink, analyze various social management projects undertaken by Western governments in recent decades, discuss the latest news in the American election cycle and its ramifications, and stress the benefits of critical inquiry.

Listeners exhausted with our lengthy, mechanical discussions on political economy will likely consider this episode a welcome change of pace.

Click here to download episode #104. (Or, if you prefer YouTube’s format, click here.)

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