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Abolition Part 2: Proletarian Self-Abolition, Nagarjuna, Baudrillard

On this episode, I deliver the second part of my theory on abolition as it brings together “identity politics” in its highest forms, the movements to abolish race and gender. I show how these movements lead naturally, if uneasily, to the Marxist project of proletarian self-abolition, whereby the proletariat destroys itself, and all other classes, it its coming to exist for itself as a class.

This paradoxical notion leads us to Nagarjuna, who 1500 years before Marx was already working through the problem of mounting a global movement of awakening (Bodhicitta or the Buddhist project of eliminating suffering in all sentient beings) while not believing in categories. Nagarjuna was an early anti-essentialist and also shows there is nothing European about questioning essentialism.

Lastly, we turn to Baudrillard for his own views on abolition (of the distinction between life and death), and his own blend of imminent uptopianism. True revolutionaries “speak of the world as non-separated,” and these sense informs all transpolitical activity.

Stay tuned! Next week I’ll be interviewing Dr. Peter Lindsay of GSU, and I’m sure we will have another episode soon on this abolition business.

Abolitionism Part One: Race, Gender, Class

I’m going solo this week to share with you the fruits of a book I got at the Radical Book Fair: “What Is Gender Nihilism?” I draw on essays by “Nihilist Women,” Monique Witting, Noel Ignatiev, Laboria Cuboniks, and more as I delve into gender nihilism, which means the denial that gender is a properly existent entity. The effects of its perception are not denied.

This opens the conversation onto gender abolition, which immediately brings along race abolition and tends toward class abolition. Thus, we have great cause to discuss abolishing whiteness, abolishing gender, and how they fit into the proletarian project of self-negation.

This is only part one, because next week we have a couple more essays from the reader to get to, and then citations by Marx, Debord, Baudrillard, and Nagarjuna to round out the analysis. Because we are not just satisfied with funneling identity politics into Marxism; it remains to be seen how Marxism is an identity politics and remains to be transformed by an encounter with Buddhism (Nagarjuna) and Baudrillard.

Chris Gabriel on Meme Analysis

On this week’s episode, I’m joined by Chris Gabriel of the Meme Analysis YouTube channel. In his work, he applies the theory of Carl Jung, Wilhelm Reich, and William S Burroughs, among others, to the study of memes and their import for today’s “society.”

We dive into Ultra-Instinct Shaggy, the role of 4chan in meme culture, and tips and tricks for those looking to become meme lords, or at least gain a foothold into this uproarious and fascinating aspect of modern society,

Zummi 2.0: This Time it’s (More) Comprehensible

On this week’s show, we are lucky enough to have Zummi come back and try to explain the relevance of the arcane knowledge which is part of the r/SorceryOfTheSpectacle research paradigm, and how even everyday people can find an inroad into this deep dive on symbolism, language, technology, and politics.

A caller calls in to say that Zummi was “excellent,” and talked about her own practice of “self-parenting.” The upshot of Zummi’s analysis is that whatever task we have in front of us, we will be held back by our relationship to language and concepts as long as we aren’t aware of the long history that got us to the present age of hyper-specific terminology. He explains how this change to “voidal” language (which can be grasped by thinking about the relatively recent invention of the concept of zero) is part of the origin of the relentless internal monologue that we all experience, even if we are too ashamed or afraid to share this experience.

So, if you’re trying to understand what all the talk these days about narratives and frameworks is all about, or if you’re wondering how to take the arcane madness in your mind and be able to talk about it in meatspace, this conversation will hopefully be a great resource!

Zummi on Anthropology, Philosophy, and Sorcery

On this episode, I pull in Zummi from r/SorceryOfTheSpectacle (on Reddit) to talk about the SotS research project. Get your dictionary ready, because Zummi will get into a very interesting, if dense and hard to parse analysis of the evolution of human communication, and the relevance for a magical/anthropological/Buddhist orientation toward the world.

Note: Zummi used profanity a couple of times, and the vocabulary is challenging. This was just the first collaboration between us, but I think there will be much more to come!

Dr. Guy McPherson on Abrupt Climate Change, Human Extinction, and Planetary Hospice

My hour-long interview with Dr. Guy McPherson, where we talk about abrupt climate change, the near certainty of human extinction, and how to behave rightly knowing that all this is coming to an end: Planetary Hospice. Callers also submit their opinions and questions for Dr. McPherson

Guy McPherson, r/SorceryOfTheSpectacle, Ben Zweibelson

Forgot to mention: started recording a few seconds after the show started! Sorry about that…

On this week’s show, I play you some unfiltered Dr. McPherson smackdown on how industrial civilization and stopping it both lead to extinction. Then let’s get magical and think about r/SorceryOfTheSpectacle, which took Marxist aesthetics and got weird with it. Lastly, no direct Baudrillard this time but guess what: Major Ben Zweibelson, who is “Program Director for Design and Innovation at the Joint Special Operations University” (AKA real shit), writes many papers talking about Baudrillard’s relevance to strategic consideration at the highest levels. Here’s one.  Here’s to learning how to die, symbolically and (if it comes to it) biologically.

Birthday show: Bunkers, Epstein, and Innocence

Fallout Boy

On this week’s show, I relate a couple anecdotes about my trip to Germany, cover the headlines that I missed, and talk about Baudrillard’s theories of character armor and cuteness.

What does it mean to have a Real Conversation about Race?

This week, I decided to make the theme of the show a phrase I’ve heard from many callers. People will say, “Until we have a real conversation about race, nothing is going to change.” Well, what do we mean when we say a “real” conversation about race? I open up the discussion with an article by Dr. George Yancey, and we wind up discussing everything from Western culture to reparations. We’ll keep going on the same topic next week, so stay tuned from noon-1 PM EST on Thursdays! You can listen to WRFG at 89.3 FM in Atlanta, at WRFG app.