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

VoE 127

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: 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.

Download the episode here or stream it on YouTube.

(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.

Click here to download or stream the recording via SoundCloud.

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.)

The Value of Everything: Understanding Council Communism

 

VOE 102

One man’s conception of the movement for, and realization of, proletarian emancipation.

In part 2 of our ongoing dialogue, Charles Owen provides me with an opportunity to elaborate to listeners of The Value of Everything on how I envisage council communism coming into existence and functioning via his aplication of the ever illuminating Socratic method. The preponderance of this lengthy interview (over 3 hours!) therefore centers on revolutionary theory and political economy, but Charles and I also spend a considerable amount of time discussing the recent Dallas shootings, religion, the national question, criminal justice, the philosophy of education, transhumanism, the sociology of the family, and even the Zeitgeist movement. In other words, there’s something for everyone in this episode.

(Pardon the occasional delays on my side of the recording, as my internet connection was rather sporadic during part of the interview.)

Click here to download episode #102.

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