I recently appeared on the Living The Dream podcast hosted by Jon Piccini (@jonpiccini) and Dave Eden (@withsobersenses), talking about the concept of anti-politics that Elizabeth Humphrys (@liz_beths) and I developed over the last five years here at Left Flank. I also responded to some of the misunderstandings and criticisms of the concept.
As Jon and Dave wrote on the blog The Word From Struggle Street, “Tad argues that politics is increasingly detached from society and what this means and how communism as ‘the real movement’ can and should related to politics. Tad argues that this analysis has serious and devastating implications for what we call The Left and Activism. We debate if there is any role, before the emergence of social movements, for the agency of anticapitalists.”
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Suggested further reading:
- On anti-politics in general (with Liz Humphrys): https://leftflank.wpengine.com/2013/10/31/anti-politics-elephant-room/
- On anti-politics and neoliberalism (with Liz Humphrys): https://oxfordleftreview.com/olr-issue-14/tad-tietze-and-elizabeth-hymphreys-anti-politics-and-the-illusions-of-neoliberalism/
- On Greece: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/syriza-referendum-podemos-austerity/
- On Australia: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/09/labor-tony-abbott-rudd-gillard-shorten/
- On Trump: https://leftflank.wpengine.com/2016/01/25/the-trump-paradox-a-rough-guide-for-the-left/
- On recuperating politics: https://leftflank.wpengine.com/2017/02/03/why-better-politics-cant-make-anti-politics-go-away/
- The Piping Shrike on Corbyn: http://www.pipingshrike.com/2017/06/the-confusions-of-anti-politics-uk-edition-an-update.html