Tech Won't Save Us
Tech Won't Save Us
Dec 23, 2020
The Complex Systems that Govern Our Lives w/ Tim Maughan
Play • 57 min

Paris Marx is joined by Tim Maughan to discuss the exploitative infrastructures that make the modern world possible, how complex technological systems rob us of our power to control our collective destiny, and why predicting trends isn’t hard when you understand capitalism.

Tim Maughan is the author of “Infinite Detail” and “Ghost Hardware.” He’s also written for BBC Future, New Scientist, and Motherboard, and is writing a new column for OneZero. Follow Tim on Twitter as @timmaughan.

Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter, and support the show on Patreon.

Find out more about Harbinger Media Network at harbingermedianetwork.com.

Also mentioned in this episode:

  • Read about the trip Tim took with Unknown Fields on a container ship, at manufacturing sites in China, and near a toxic lake in Inner Mongolia that’s the product of mining rare-earth minerals.
  • Read the first article in Tim’s new column, No One’s Driving.
  • Kim Stanley Robinson says billionaire space visions are “just a fantasy of our culture right now.”
  • Media mentioned by Tim: Judge Dredd comics, The Running Man, RoboCop, Rollerball, and Ad Astra.

Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)

Working Class History
Working Class History
Working Class History
E50: Working Class History the book
Podcast episode in which we talk about our new book, Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance & Rebellion, with our friends at the Coffee with Comrades podcast, which they edited and put out as their episode 114. They kindly shared the audio with us, which we have lightly edited for brevity and include here as our latest episode. In it, we discuss the book, the WCH project, the nature of people's history, our approach to class and its intersection with other forms of oppression. Our conversation also touches on lots of stories of rebellion, including the fight for the weekend, and tea breaks, opposing the Ku Klux Klan, resisting the police and more. Copies of the first printing of the book are still available in our online store: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/products/working-class-history-everyday-acts-resistance-rebellion-book And for our lovely patrons, depending on your level you may be entitled to a free e-book version ($10/month and up), paperback ($20/month and up) or hardcover ($50/month and up). For patrons at other levels you can get 20% off it and every other book in our online store using an exclusive discount code. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Links Full show notes, links, acknowledgements and transcript here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/02/09/e50-working-class-history-the-book/ This original episode on Coffee with Comrades: https://coffeewithcomrades.com/episode-114-history-from-below-ft-working-class-history More about Coffee with Comrades: https://coffeewithcomrades.com/ Follow them on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/coffeewcomrades Acknowledgements Thanks to you, our generous patrons for making this podcast possible. Special thanks to Conor Canatsey, Ariel Gioia, and Shae. Photo courtesy https://www.instagram.com/katyeross/
1 hr 7 min
Acid Horizon
Acid Horizon
Acid Horizon
The Contactee Experience: The UFO Phenomenon As Examined by Carl Jung and Jacques Valée (with Andy from Caïna)
*CW: discussions of psychological trauma, sexual assault, suicide, depression, and anxiety* Welcome to the first episode of the new series ‘Inner Experience’ from Acid Horizon! A show about exploring our consciousness, the weird, the eerie, and the beyond. For this episode, Craig, Will, and Adam are joined by Andy (@cainalikehyena), the Black Metal and Industrial maestro behind Caїna and Ritual Object, to discuss his 'inner experience' of UFOs and of communion with a liminal unknown. As conceptual tools to guide us on our way, we read Carl Jung’s 1959 Text Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies as well as Jacques Vallée’s work on the cybernetics of the UFO phenomenon as a behavioural ‘control system’ in his text Dimensions. We also discuss H.G. Wells, Leibniz, Aleister Crowley, Hegel, Whitley Strieber, and the intersection of the early US Labor Movement and alien contact.  Link's to Andy's music: https://cainaband.bandcamp.com/album/take-me-away-from-all-this-death https://apocalypticwitchcraft.bandcamp.com/ https://ritualobject.bandcamp.com/ Contribute to Acid Horizon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi  Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com New Revolts (Matt’s Blog): https://newrevolts.com/ ​Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com ​Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/ ​Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/ ​Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
1 hr 10 min
Marxist Voice
Marxist Voice
Socialist Appeal
Art and revolution
In this talk, Alan Woods - editor of marxist.com - discusses the relationship between Marxism and art, noting the nature of art under class society and how we can create a world where everyone can express themselves freely through art. Marxists are sometimes accused of only being interested in pouring over economic data and political analysis; that we have no interest in art and culture. Nothing could be further from the truth. By striving for the end of capitalism, and freeing men and women from exploitation, we seek to give ordinary workers more time to enjoy and participate in culture, and to raise art to new heights. Art under capitalism is chained to the profit motive. Culture is a business. And many of humanity’s finest works of art, music, and literature are locked up in private collections or reserved for the wealthy. Moreover, art has become increasingly shallow and pedestrian, reflecting the crisis of the capitalist system itself. Rather than empowering artists to experiment and develop new ideas, billions are thrown at derivative dross by a shrinking handful of media monopolies. The rot of capitalist society is reflected in a rotten culture. The solution to art's problems is not to be found in art itself, but in society. In this session, Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, will offer a fascinating Marxist analysis of the history of art – pointing the way towards the liberation of art and all human culture from the shackles of capitalism. Join - socialist.net/join Donate - socialist.net/donate Subscribe - socialist.net/subscribe Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our podcast, Marxist Voice: Facebook - facebook.com/SocialistAppeal YouTube - youtube.com/c/SocialistNet1917 Twitter - twitter.com/socialist_app Podcast - wavve.link/marxistvoice
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