Novara - Season 02

Season 2 of the Novara show on Resonance FM.

S02E001 - The graduate without a future

An edition of the Novara radio show looking at the theme of the ‘graduate without a future’ with James Butler @piercepenniless and Aaron Peters @aaronjohnpeters. While broad-ranging the parameters of the discussion will include this piece by Paul Mason, economics editor of BBC Newsnight, and this response by Butler.

What does the future look like? Is there a future for the university and will it change? Has it changed? What is the relationship between education and the social democratic compromise now in free fall which permitted unprecedented numbers of people access to university and other social goods, and, the very category of the future itself? Will new political subjects, such as the graduate without a future, become political agents? 
In conclusion, to quote Butler, “now we know there’s no future, what are we going to do about it?”

Franco “Bifo” Berardi, After the Future (2011)

Novara - a weekly show on Resonance FM discussing political theory, practice and aesthetics. Discussions and interventions will be with workers, theorists, students and activists. Hosted by Aaron Peters.

S02E002 - The graduate without a future (II) : Inter-generational justice

The second show follows on from the previous discussion about the ‘graduate without a future’ by looking at austerity through the lense of generational justice. What does such a lense contribute to political debate? Should those subjects ‘without a future’ see such a lense as a locus around which to organise or is it instead a wedge that obscures political antagonism under capitalism, namely class?

Aaron Peters (@aaronjohnpeters) and Seth Wheeler (@sethnotes) will be joined by writer and journalist Shiv Malik (@shivmalik1). Shiv is on the advisory board for the Intergenerational Justice Foundation and is the co-author, with Ed Howker, of Jilted Generation: how Britain has bankrupted its youth.

Novara - a weekly show on Resonance FM discussing political theory, practice and aesthetics. Discussions and interventions will be with workers, theorists, students and activists. Hosted by Aaron Peters.

S02E003 - The refusal of work and the politics of Beverly Hills Cop 2

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Seth Wheeler as they discuss the ‘Refusal of Work’ as the catalyst for capitalist re-composition. The conversation examines the politics of OK! magazine, the Jetsons, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Saturday Night Fever.

S02E004 - All Cops Are Bastards (redux)

An edition of the Novara radio show in discussion with James Butler (@PiercePenniless) and Fergus Jenkins speaking on behalf of the Network For Police Monitoring (@Netpol). The discussion looks at policing in the run up to the Olympics, the recent acquittal of PC Harwood for the death of Ian Tomlinson and the Hicks Judgement.

S02E005 - Olympic monumentalism, Cobra meetings and Critical Mass

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Wail Qasim as they discuss the opening of the Olympic Games and the arrests of Critical Mass cyclists.

S02E006 - The English riots one year on

In this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler are joined by Nina Power, author of ‘One-Dimensional Woman’. They ask whether one year after the ‘English Riots’ anything has changed and whether they could happen again?

S02E007 - The dayglo mendicancy of the 'lympics

This week Aaron Peters is joined by Seth Wheeler as they discuss 'legacy' and the 'bio-political roadmap' for social control after the London Olympic Games.

S02E008 - Austerity – what is it and when does it finish?

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the big question – what exactly *is* austerity? When did it begin and under what conditions will it finish?

S02E009 - Utopia and the valley of tears. Discussing the Spanish crisis

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Dan Hancox as they discuss the ongoing economic crisis in Spain through the prism of Dan's new book 'Utopia and the Valley of Tears'.

S02E010 - Bloody Nasty People – discussing contemporary fascism

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler are joined by Dan Trilling, assistant editor of the ‘New Statesman’ and author of ‘Bloody Nasty People’, as they discuss the British Nationalist Party and some of the distinctive elements of contemporary fascism.

S02E011 - How do we define political action?

On this week's show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss 'political action'. What is the relationship between praxis (action) ethics and theory? What do we mean by politics and valuable political action?

S02E012 - A future that (doesn't) work

On this week's show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss 'A Future That Works'. What do the TUC want from the October 20th march and why is their policy pamphlet for the day so banal?

S02E013 - Novara special - Oct 19th 2012

Prelude to A Future That Works, Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the concept of "a future", work, the role of trade unions, political power and homogeneity, and the merits of marching.

S02E014 - October 20th and a ‘future that works’ – a retrospective

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Hannah Forbes-Black as they reflect on the October 20th TUC Demo ‘A Future That Works’.

S02E015 - Dead end. ‘No future’, utopia and optimism.

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters discuss the relationship power and hope. Is there a place for optimism when engaging with power and a propositional politics?

S02E019 - ‘The making of global capitalism’ in conversation with Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

On this week’s show Aaron Peters interviews Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin authors of ‘The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire’.

S02E020 - Finance, financialisation and English higher education

In this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters are joined by independent writer and researcher Andrew McGettigan as they discuss the financialisation of the UK higher education sector.

S02E021 - Finance and finding returns after the global financial crisis

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler look at two areas which are, and could in the future, bring large returns for investors, even amid crisis. One is social impact bonds the other is student housing funds.

S02E022 - Tax, sclerotic profit and the UK high street amid the ‘great recession’

Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss corporate tax avoidance particularly by ‘consumer facing’ high street retailers such as the Arcadia Group and chain cafes such as Starbucks. Here such tax avoidance will be analysed within the context of the ‘Great Recession’ and a crisis of profitability.

S02E023 - Foreclosure 2013 – a look at the year ahead

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the coming year and potential moments of crisis. The conversation includes the return of heightened intensity in the Eurozone crisis specifically Spain, Italy and France.

S02E023 - ‘Why it’s (still) kicking off everywhere’ – in conversation with Paul Mason

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters are joined by Paul Mason, economics editor for BBC Newsnight, as they discuss some of the issues in the second edition of his book ‘Why It’s (Still) Kicking Off Everywhere’.

S02E024 - On ‘columnism’ in discussion with Laurie Penny

This week’s discussion features James Butler, Laurie Penny and Aaron Peters as they discuss Ulrike Meinhoff’s essay ‘On Columnism‘ and it’s relationship to the limits of contemporary journalism and dominant media practices.

S02E025 - ‘Once upon in (a ‘deadbeat’) America’ – where next for the US economy?

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the US economy in 2013 and beyond – is it, to use the words of Barack Obama, a ‘deadbeat’ economy?

S02E026 - What is revolution?

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the concept of revolution – is the binary of reform and revolution a useful one in informing ‘what is to be done’?

S02E027 - Surplus – labour and capital, utopia and dystopia

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler are joined by Hannah Forbes Black as they discuss ideas of surplus in relation to labour and capital, utopia and dystopia.

S02E028 - Is there such a thing as ‘the real economy’?

On this week’s edition of Novara Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the idea of the ‘real economy’ as being independent from the supposedly ‘unreal’ financial economy. Does this binary still cohere with the observable workings of contemporary production in the 21st century?

S02E029 - Policing, prisons and ‘the society of control’

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters discuss issues of disciplinarity, punishment, control and policing – offering context as the state further cuts back on its social welfare role and increases the strength of its repressive functions within the Great Recession.

S02E030 - ‘The invention of the land of Israel’ – in conversation With Shlomo Sand

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler are joined by author and academic Shlomo Sand as they discuss his new book ‘The Invention of the Land of Israel’.

Special - The TUC – why does it exist?

This week James Butler and Aaron Peters are joined by Richard Bernard as they discuss the TUC (Trades Union Congress) it’s historical role and it’s present function in relation to the Labour Party in the context of austerity.

S02E032 - ‘Five Star Shaman’ – the meaning of Beppe Grillo

On today’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Federico Campagna as they discuss the rise of the Italian ’5 Star Movement’ and its charismatic leader, Beppe Grillo.

S02E033 - Right on! Where next for austerity fundamentalism as crisis deepens?

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss ‘the great moving right’ show as crisis deepens and Plan A is seen for the abysmal failure it was always destined to be.

S02E034 - Networks and undead institutions – the crisis of the state-form?

On this week’s show James Butler is joined by Eleanor Saitta as they discuss networks, technology, undead institutions, the state-form and the ‘coming crisis’.

S02E035 - ‘A4E in the UK’ the political economy of outsourcing in the UK since 2010

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss outsourcing in the UK. Outsourcing has seen a massive explosion since 2010 with the UK now being the world’s second largest outsourcing market.

S02E036 - Welfare ‘dependency’ and the crisis of work

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the raft of incoming welfare reforms and their relationship to the political economy of austerity and any supposed ‘recovery’.

S02E037 - ‘The lady is not returning’ – examining the Thatcher legacy

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters discuss the legacy of the recently deceased former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

S02E038 - ‘Immaterial labour isn’t working’

On this week’s edition of Novara James Butler and Aaron Peters discuss ‘immaterial labour’, its use as a concept to inform political action and its relationship to the crisis.

S02E039 - Psychiatry and the post-traumatic subject

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Hannah Proctor as they discuss contemporary practices of psychiatry and their relationship to the post-traumatic subject.

S02E040 - The crisis of European centre-left parties

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the crisis of nominally left social democratic parties in Europe since 2008.

S02E040 - The housing crisis

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the housing crisis. We need homes, but why growth?

S02E041 - The future of the UK in the EU, UKIP, referenda

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss the future of the UK in the EU, UKIP and referenda.

S02E042 - The crapulent moronism of Will Hutton (or ‘on automation’)

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss automation, value, the secular crisis and the society of work.

S02E043 - The beach beneath the crisis. In conversation with McKenzie Wark

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters talk to author and academic McKenzie Wark.

S02E044 - In conversation with ‘Wu Ming’

On this week’s Novara Aaron Peters and James Butler talk to two members of the Italian writing collective ‘Wu Ming’.

S02E045 - Post-China and the spatial fix

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Ashok Kumar as they discuss increasing costs of labour in China, increasingly sclerotic growth in the ‘BRIC’ economies and the ‘Japanification’ of the global economy.