We continue the conversation on Universal Basic Income, this time with Demand the Future co-author Nick Srnicek. For more P2P-perspectives on Srnicek’s work, accelerationism and Demand the Future, please follow this link. Originally published in the From Alpha to Omega podcast.
After an unplanned hiatus, the show is back with a bang. This week I am delighted to welcome Nick Srnicek to the show. Nick, and his co-author Alex Williams, has recently released a new book with Verso called: “Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work’. I bought this book as a christmas present for myself, and it didn’t disappoint – it’s just the book I have been waiting for someone to write! Indeed, I’m kinda annoyed with Nick and Alex, because it’s the book I really wanted to write! In the interview we cover the first half of the book, which takes a critical look at the functioning of the political left today, and a deep look at the history, strategy and tactics of the neoliberals as a counterpoint. I hope to have Alex back on the show in the near future to discuss the second half of the book, which is much less critique and more ‘what is to be done’. Us leftie’s need to get beyond critique, and that includes this show.
You can find Nick and Alex’s book here: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1989-inventing-the-future
You can also find their blog here: https://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/
The music on this episode was:
- ‘The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters’ by Sun Ra and his Arkestra
- ‘USA iii: rail’ by Dan Deacon
- ‘Crying In The Chapel’ by Charles Bradley ‘Now Is The Time Of Emotion’ by Prince Rama