[One of the outcomes of the most recent acute crisis in imperialism is just how naked the functioning of the system has become to more and more people. Reality is piercing through the ideological veil that the bourgeoisie drapes over the social and economic system. Critiques and ideas that once only emerged from the most radical sections of politics have begun to creep outwards, as we see in the podcast linked below. Even the fact that people are using the word “capitalism” is a vast improvement over 10 or 20 years ago. The question then becomes: how do we win over these petty bourgeois journalists, intellectuals and cultural personalities to the side of revolution? – Simon, RI.]
Listen here: Litte Atoms Podcast: John Lanchester – Whoops!
From Little Atoms:
Little Atoms is a live talk show about ideas and culture with an emphasis on ideas of the Enlightenment. We actively promote science, freedom of expression, scepticism and secular humanism.
Our guests bring ideas that are challenging, sometimes controversial, often polemical, but always interesting.
John Lanchester is the author of: Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. As a journalist and novelist, he was winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award for his debut The Debt to Pleasure. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and The New Yorker, and a restaurant critic for the Guardian. He also writes a monthly column form Esquire. John’s article on our love affair with the City “Cityphilia” generated much response on its publication in January 2008, and indeed predicted a worldwide crash based on the misuse of financial derivatives. In October 2008 he charted the financial crisis as it had developed over the year in “Citiphobia”.