Book Chat: New Politics

Here’s some book recommendations along political lines, including some stuff about Venezuela and communes, as well as some stuff about intellectual disability and what it can tell us about democracy.

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Recommended Reading:
Ciccariello-Maher, “Building the Commune” https://tinyurl.com/ya7tyj5s
Simplican, “The Capacity Contract” https://tinyurl.com/y9qjpk9n

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Comments

Kaiah Neal says:

is it bad that i watched ur entire live stream about the 200k subs even tho i watched the livestream like 2 weeks ago lol and its funny that i dont even read books i just listen to u when i play games like the karl series :)))

Laura Carías says:

3:20 You want t know how this work in Venezuela? The community “leaders” receive the food and they distribute it in the barrios as they like. If you are considered a political enemy, and they want to punish you, you don’t receive the food.

Joshua Grierson says:

If there is no “self”, then is there no “others”?

Celina K says:

4:24 bees have the best democracy

Slapping Qp says:

Anybody read the second sex wanna know your thoughts?

phatnom 1985 says:

socialists dont say… “blehh bleh bleeeehh”

Sub Roy says:

8:54 me for the last two years of books I bought lol

Sub Roy says:

I love and learn from the Book Chats, but I still wish you did the monthly book recommendations. 🙂

Peter Tel says:

Damn this channel! It already made me spend about 150 euros on books in the last couple of months.

Samuel Owen says:

I too felt really moved the moment you shared the bit about basing our politics on a sense of shared vulnerabilities rather than shared capacity; I had never heard it put quite that way before.

Perspective Philosophy says:

I would very much like to see a video on the poltical state in Venezuela. Something that delve into many right wing crituqes on current affairs, please 🙂

Alasdair Church says:

Thanks Olly. As ever both informative and enjoyable. As someone who studied Hispano-American history and lived in Central America I get so very tired of people making ill-informed and tendentious declarations about that part of the world. Venezuela is of course one of the biggest targets of such mass credulity in the face of nefarious right-wing disinformation and it’s good that you are helping to correct it.

oaxacachaka says:

And this is why they eat rats in Venezuela

Dwr Budr says:

My brain is like a patato at the moment. And I’m taking it to the peeler as at the moment it’s all covered in knots, and crusty skin. And dirt as well. It needs a real wash, you know what I mean?… and then a patato for brain for brain? – I am banking on creating a new structure out from which I maybe able to transcend…. But first, I need to question “transcending” itself? But, my serious point is – wondering about who I am? – without living in someone else’s shoes, or even being aware of other experiences. How can I assess my own experience?….

…To put it in cold objective terms: most of what we know about the function of human anatomy has come from studying what happens when it goes wrong (disabilities, brain injuries and so on…) – and yes, there is an absolutley horrifying past of scientific research that treated people with disabilties as expendable, but I guess that reflected the level of research they were undertaking which was asking very crude questions and giving very crude answers (or no answers at all to their torturous examinations).

In perhaps the living memory of everyone watching this video, transgender people have died either from the effects of “conversion therapy” (as part of what seems to me to be the consensus scientific approach of the time) or really still today from having to go through an intensley humiliating probing and drawn out medical and legal process (and political process) – arguably worse than any hassle from the genral public – unlike being able to declare their identity in the way Lesbian, Gay and Bisexaul… and ‘certainly’ heteronormative cisgender people can (or can they?). And yet, in terms of classification, someone who is disabled and transgender probably sees no difference in how they are treated either in terms of their disbilities or their gender indentity as a trans person and the challenges they both bring from not being “normal” – i.e. we don’t class transgender as a disability even though in reality being transgender effects their ability to live a “normal” life (for a whole range of reasons).

I am saying that you can’t just know thyself from just instinct – not in a way that is helpful to living in our complex human societies anyway. You need to know what happens when you crash a car at 50 mph into a brick wall. Just as much as you need to know about other people’s experiences to inform your own. And in that sense – beyond having sympathy – people who are different have value. Because we are not absolutes. But then I guess “value” is the problem – but there again, seeing how anyone who is different is treated (due to their disabilities) – e.g. casually disregarded as “scrap” – reveals how much we care we take to assign value, which is relevant to ourselves and how likely we would be to point to gun at our own heads should we slip and break our legs through a drainage gate (or even get a persistent cold).

Refer to the Ministry of Information for further details.

Linear Zoetrope says:

I read the book on Venezuela based on your recommendation and got to speaking with a leftist Venezuelan on Discord who’s very critical of the way the state has handled communes, and wrote their thesis on the big flaws in the way the state defines who “people” are in relation to the communes (it erases POC and queer people, largely, apparently). They recommend Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle by Rafael Uzcategui for an alternate perspective by an Anarchist who argues that the entire Bolivarian Revolution and ensuing government was ultimately just another in a long line of Latin American states ultimately subservient to US interests.

Om says:

It’s a bit meta but have you addressed and approached your channel and educating the populist on politics as a political act – the self awareness of the discussion

Chester Jay Celis says:

Hey can you make a simplified version of Hegelian philosophy and Dialectic?

blazmaverick says:

I finally see why everyone is talking about Venezuela! Thank you!

looshlus shlafer says:

I love the conclusion to this video and your take on Simplican’s distinction, but how do you believe we should account for the differing amount of vulnerability amongst us (religion, sexuality, gender, etc.)? Is solidarity that doesn’t acknowledge the difference between people what our new politics should be based on?

Thanks so much I love your videos <3

cubankhan says:

Hi Olly, Venezuelan here. The comunas were mentioned by Chavez frequently but for the most part there was never nationwide awareness of them beyond merely microdistricts of political support for Chavez. He gave political power to these subdivisions to take power away from middle class neighborhoods which had no comunas.* The vast majority of Venezuelans lived in a system identical to other countries, with a (terminally corrupt) state and a (terminally corrupt) police and all that. Inside this comunas people are still subject to the state (today more than ever). And any self rule is from heavily armed gangs called “collectivos” which rule these areas with an iron fist.

* A good example of this was this past election of a new constitutional assembly, only this comunas could nominate candidates, and they are by definition made up of exclusively chavista supporters. So it was basically used to remove democratic character from the country, rather than increase it.

Ffion Wyn Jones says:

Totally relate to trying to force the book on the shelf

Malbec Manarchist says:

don’t old people basically run the political landscape though?

Conner Fields says:

I have autism, and I totally get the thing about “Different ways of engaging in politics that others don’t see” thing. I’ve had my views dismissed all the time.

Dwr Budr says:

4:30 “Balls”?: –
Marty: Hey, Doc, we better adjust the steam governor. We don’t have enough space between the governer balls and the adjacent walls!
Doc: Balls? Where we’re going, we don’t need balls.

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