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Pill Pod 45 - FIGHT NIGHT: Political Theory is the Cops (Ranciere vs. Honneth)

Pill Pod 45 - FIGHT NIGHT: Political Theory is the Cops (Ranciere vs. Honneth)

July 2, 2021

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 partial to the format, you can find Round 1: (Baudrillard vs. Foucault) and Round 3: (Foucault vs. Derrida) over at www.patreon.com/plasticpills

 

Pill Pod 44 - Critical Race Hysteria (Preview)

Pill Pod 44 - Critical Race Hysteria (Preview)

June 25, 2021

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?

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Therapy Culture & Happy Signifiers (ft. Ashley Frawley)

Therapy Culture & Happy Signifiers (ft. Ashley Frawley)

June 16, 2021

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 discourse' reifies status quo politics.

 

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Pill Pod 19 - Derridalirium *UNLOCKED*

Pill Pod 19 - Derridalirium *UNLOCKED*

June 11, 2021

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!

Pill Pod 43 - FIGHT NIGHT: Foucault Slaps Back (Preview)

Pill Pod 43 - FIGHT NIGHT: Foucault Slaps Back (Preview)

June 4, 2021

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 juridically separates them so as to exclude madness from meditation.

 

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Victor Interviews a Debate Bro (ft. Mouthy Infidel)

Victor Interviews a Debate Bro (ft. Mouthy Infidel)

June 2, 2021

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.

Pill Pod 42 - FIGHT NIGHT: Derrida vs. Foucault

Pill Pod 42 - FIGHT NIGHT: Derrida vs. Foucault

May 28, 2021

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 Foucault's reading of Descartes was "naive," enough for Foucault to freeze him out for the next 20 years.

 

Tune in next week for Foucault's long-awaited defense from 15 years later...

Libertarian Lulz ft. Ben Burgis

Libertarian Lulz ft. Ben Burgis

May 21, 2021

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 Everyone Needs to Know.

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Pill Pod 41 - FIGHT NIGHT, Round 1: Baudrillard vs. Foucault (Preview)

Pill Pod 41 - FIGHT NIGHT, Round 1: Baudrillard vs. Foucault (Preview)

May 21, 2021

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 will Baudrillard be forever condemned to circle in the Disneyland teacups alone?

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Pill Pod 40 - Non-Fungible Future: The Memeing of Mark Fisher (ft. Mike Watson)

Pill Pod 40 - Non-Fungible Future: The Memeing of Mark Fisher (ft. Mike Watson)

May 14, 2021

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).

 

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