Episode 8: A Long Journey From Marxists to Marx, Part 2

This is the long-promised second part of Brendan Cooney’s reflections on his political-theoretical evolution, in an interview conducted by his RFH co-host, Andrew Kliman. The discussion now turns mainly to Brendan’s critique of David Harvey’s theory of capitalist economic crisis.

This concluding part of the interview should be listened to in conjunction with Part 1 (Episode 5), which mapped Brendan’s initial attraction to thinkers such as Harvey, his eventual disillusionment, and his journey to Marxist-Humanism. It focused especially on what Brendan has called “That 70’s Show”––the intellectual climate in which the work of such thinkers is rooted, in which “[a] false-dichotomy between ‘open-minded reinterpretations’ and ‘deterministic orthodoxy’ is too-often erected as a substitute for a real argument.”

During the interview, reference is made to Andrew’s 2007 book, Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital,” and to his three-part article, “Harvey versus Marx on Capitalism’s Crises” (also available in the MHI pamphlet, “Capitalism’s Crises: A Debate”).

In this episode’s current-events segment, Brendan and Andrew discuss the post-impeachment fight for a fair trial of Donald J. Trump in the Senate, and whether widening divisions among evangelical Christians indicate a weakening of support for Trump within his “base.”

Radio Free Humanity is a podcast covering news, politics and philosophy from a Marxist-Humanist perspective. It is co-hosted by Brendan Cooney and Andrew Kliman. We intend to release new episodes every two weeks. Radio Free Humanity is sponsored by MHI, but the views expressed by the co-hosts and guests of Radio Free Humanity are their own. They do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of MHI.

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January 3, 2020

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