Join your faithful podcast hosts B and John as they welcome special guest-host Erika Iverson and delve into neoliberalism. We discuss chapter 9 – on American neoliberalism – from The Birth of Biopolitics by Michel Foucault “Neoliberal Worlds” from Constructions of Neoliberal Reason. Weaving the economic, the political, the state, and the historical ontology of neoliberalism is no small feat–but our hosts take on the challenge with gusto.We explore how to define neoliberalism, whether it should be defined, securitization, neoliberalism and the state, how neoliberalism and racism interact, how to teach neoliberalism, and more. Some of the more contentious and most contemporary topics include racial violence, the protests in Ferguson, MO, and immigration. We hope you enjoy this fascinating look into the connective tissues of neoliberalism(s) and lived experience.
In the “My Tumblr Friend from Canada” segment, we dispense invaluable advice on starting a band (hint: start a queer metal band), and how to say no to things in academia (and how none of us can do this).
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- Foucault website with many resources, including a glossary of important concepts
- Birth of Biopolitics on GoodReads
- Jamie Peck’s academic website at University of British Columbia
- Constructions of Neoliberal Reason at Oxford UP
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Liberalism
- Ferguson links: “America is not for Black People” by Greg Howard; “Things To Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person Gets Murdered By Police” by Mia McKenzie
- Judith Butler speech, “Speaking of Rage and Grief“
- New York State Youth Leadership Council, an undocumented youth organization in NYC
- John’s article “Behavioral economics as neoliberalism: Producing and governing homo economicus” in Contemporary Political Theory
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