Novara - Resonance FM

A developing archive of the 'crucial' Resonance FM radio show Novara, discussing capitalism, crisis, communism and more.

Novara is an autonomous media assemblage.

What does this mean?

It means we are thinking and seek to offer such thought to others who may be inclined to, if not think like us, at the very least share our questions while not admonishing our curiosity. We seek to bring together different media – audio, video, written text – in our content, while also not deferring to the strict temporality of a mainstream media which confuses a deadline for a truth, the arbitrary decision of an editor for the very wisest words.

As a consequence you may find a one-minute podcast where useful or a five minute video interview where expedient. the form is determined by the content.

In spite of such flexibility of form the ambition we possess for our content is entirely concrete. We wish to create regular output which is sharp, insightful and well researched. We wish to render slightly more intelligible the complexity of a crisis we never thought would come in our lifetimes. We wish to illuminate those holes evacuated by politicians and journalists through lack of either will or intellect. We wish to refine our own questions and answers in doing so. We wish to discuss with you, with all of you all of you – the fact that this is a crisis which can not be solved without its own sacred precepts being rendered profane. We do not pertain to ‘impartiality’ nor do we coronate ourselves with the title of ‘counter-media’. We do not claim to possess an intellectual capacity greater than anyone else, we do not claim to speak for anyone other than ourselves.The analysis here, the thoughts, the conclusions – are our own. They are however the ones we find within us as we speak among our friends, our neighbours, eminent thinkers – our class.

Omnia Sunt Communia

Novara - Season 01

Season 1 of the Novara show on Resonance FM.

S01E001 - Memetics of protest - with Ryan Gallagher and DSG

On this show, the first broadcast of Novara, Aaron Peters is joined in the studio by Ryan Gallagher and DSG as they discuss memetics and protest.

S01E002 - The 'democratic paradox' - discussing the politics of Chantal Mouffe

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Matt Hall and Guy Aitchison as they discuss the idea of the 'Democratic Paradox' in the work of political theorist Chantal Mouffe.

S01E003 - The 'New College of the Humanities' and the future of UK HE

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Sean Rillo Racza and Andrew McGettigan as they discuss the future of higher education in the UK after the news that AC Grayling is to head up the 'New College of The Humanities'.

S01E004 - New movements, new unions?

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Mark Bergfeld, Jacob Bard Rosenberg and Donnacha De Long (President of the NUJ). They discuss different and innovative kinds of organising in the context of the Great Recession.

S01E005 - Autonomia – 1968 to the ‘Year of ’77′

An edition of the Novara radio show discussing the history and analysis of the Italian workerist movement, Autonomia and its continued relevance and resonance within anti-austerity movements today with Federico Campagna of Through Europe.

This week, Workerism, Autonomia and Lessons from the Italian Left; What can 2011 learn from Italy in the 1970s - with Federico Campagna from Zed Books.

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.

S01E006 - Struggles in space – the neo-liberal city

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Alex Vasudevan as they discuss the relationship between contemporary social movements, space and ‘neo-liberal’ capitalism.

S01E007 - Strikes, direct action and new technologies

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Simon Behrman and Joss Hands as they discuss the impact of technological change on various protest repertoires and industrial action.

S01E008 - Anarcho-syndicalism – a new world in the shell of the old?

An edition of the Novara radio show discussing anarcho-syndicalism with Joseph Kay of Solidarity Federation.

"Anarcho-syndicalism; a new world in the shell of the old? Joseph Kay - Solfed - talks to Aaron John Peters". http://www.solfed.org.uk/

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

S01E009 - The English riots

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by James Butler and Dan Hancox as they discuss the recent English riots.

S01E010 - The English riots – addendum

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Corinne Dondee, a film student, and two students in further education, Aadam and Boston. They discuss issues of race in relation to the recent English Riots.

S01E012 - Discussing 'occupy everything'

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by James Butler as they discuss recent developments in what was to become the 'Occupy Movement'.

S01E013 - What is the role of the intellectual within crisis?

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Federico Campagna as they discuss the role of the intellectual in relationship to the body politic before focusing on the role of the intellectual (or lack thereof) during the Great Recession.

S01E014 - In discussion with Billy Bragg

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Billy Bragg.

S01E015 - After the future. In conversation with Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Federico Campagna and Franco Bifo Berardi as they discuss life after the global financial crisis, semiocapitalism and the end of ‘future as utopia’.

S01E016 - Capitalist realism. In discussion with Mark Fisher

An edition of the Novara radio show in discussion with Mark Fisher, the author of 'Capitalist Realism, is there no alternative?', which is out under Zer0 Books and available to read here. As a blogger he writes as K-Punk.

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.

S01E017 - Student movement(s) and Millbank 1 year later

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by James Butler and 'Mediocre Dave' as they look ahead to the November 9th student demonstration and prospects for resistance from students and higher education workers one year after Millbank.

S01E018 - In conversation with 'the real social network'

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by the team behind the 'Real Social Network' documentary.

S01E019 - Pirates of the Niger Delta

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Tim Concannon and Joe Croft as they discuss piracy in the Niger Delta and the Horn of Africa.

S01E020 - Occupy LSX - what is going on?

S01E021 - Occupy, the 15M movement and new directions

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Anthony Barnett as they discuss 'occupy' its relationship to the antecedent 15M movement.

S01E022 - Happy new year. predictions for 2015 – ‘austerity dysphoria’

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler are joined by Federico Campagna as they discuss possibilities as the Great Recession continues all the way up until, and beyond, the next general election in 2015. The Rise of the Millenariat.

S01E023 - Anarchist practice with the ‘new social movements’ after 1989

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Saul Newman as they discuss the relationship between anarchist practice and the ‘new social movements’ specifically after 1989.

S01E024 - New media/old media - return of the public?

In this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Dan Hind as they discuss the future of 'popular' debate within a changing media landscape and the role of new media.

S01E025 - Uneconomics

This week Aaron Peters is joined by Will Davies as they discuss the new 'Uneconomics' debate over at Open Democracy.

S01E026 - The problem with full employment utopias

An edition of the Novara radio show in discussion with Danny Hayward looking at 'Full Work Utopias' and recent variants of vulgar Keynesianism which seek to situate themselves as 'solutions' to the current global financial crisis.

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.

S01E027 - DEBT>DEBT>DEBT

An edition of the Novara radio show talking to David Graeber about debt, its history and the possible future(s) for the debt-riddled countries of the global north.

David Graeber is an anarchist anthropologist and is a lecturer at Goldsmiths University in London. He is the author of 'Debt: The First 5,000 Years' and you can follow him on Twitter at @DavidGraeber.

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.

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.

Novara - Season 03

Season 3 of the Novara show on Resonance FM.

S03E001 - Fascism, anti-fascism and the state

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss fascism, anti-fascism and the relation of both to the state.

S03E003 - The Golden Dawn: Who are they and what do they want?

On this week’s show James and Aaron are joined by writer and journalist Yiannis Baboulias as they discuss Greece and the rise of the neo-fascist ‘Golden Dawn’ party.

Resources:

↝ 'A Golden Dawn member murdered an anti-fascist rapper In Athens last night' (Yiannis Baboulias, Vice)

S03E004 - Angela Merkel in the autumn

On this week’s show Aaron Peters is joined by Mark Bergfeld as they discuss the results of the recent German elections.

Resources:

↝ 'The many faces of Frau Merkel' (Al Jazeera English)
↝ 'Reflections on the German elections' (Mark's blog)

S03E005 - Ralph Miliband: The marxist who hated nationalism

On this week’s show Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss Ralph Miliband, the man who hated nationalism, and his legacy.

S03E006 - Regeneration, gentrification and social cleansing

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters discuss regeneration, gentrification and social cleansing.

S03E007 - Liars, fantasists, murderers

On this week’s show James and Aaron discuss the police, Mark Duggan, ‘spycops’ and Plebgate – are the police immune from any consequences when they lie, cheat and murder?

S03E008 - England and the politics of Englishness

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Peters are joined by Niki Seth-Smith as they discuss the politics of English nationalism and ‘Englishness’.

S03E009 - Failure of the 2010 UK student movement: A diagnosis

This week’s show asks why the UK student movement of 2010 proved incapable of enduring after the passage of the Higher Education Bill into law.

S03E012 - Unions without a Cosa?

On this week’s show Aaron Bastani and James Butler discuss the ’3Cosas’ campaign and forthcoming strikes throughout UK higher education. Can the larger incumbent unions adapt and remain relevant?

Resources:

↝ 3Cosas Campaign Tumblr
↝ 3Cosas Strikefund Video
↝ '3Cosas, independent unions, and transforming the labour movement' (Daniel Cooper, Alliance of Workers Liberty, September 2013)

S03E013 - Feminism, class, work

On this week’s show James Butler is joined by Dawn Foster as they discuss feminism and class.

Resources:

↝ Dumbing down feminism for the working class is tedious and offensive (Dawn Foster, New Left Project)

S03E014 - Growth, austerity, poverty

On this week’s show James Butler and Aaron Bastani discuss Britain’s recent growth data. What does it tell us about austerity and what is it’s relationship to declining wages and living standards?

S03E15 - "No justice, no peace": How did the Duggan inquest get it so wrong?

On this week’s show Aaron Bastani is joined by Nina Power as they discuss the conclusions of the recent inquest into the killing of Mark Duggan. How did the jury get it so wrong?

Resources:

↝ "This Perverse Mark Duggan Verdict Will Ruin Our Relations with the Police" (Stafford Scott, The Guardian: 2014)
↝ "Jury's Determination and Conclusion" (Duggan Inquest: 2014)
↝ "Mark Duggan, State Violence and the Long History of British Propaganda" (Adam Elliot-Cooper, Ceasefire: 2014)
↝ "Boris Johnson's Call for Water Cannon Shows a Contempt for the People" (Nina Power, The Guardian: 2014)