For our sixth episode, and rounding off the year, the gang delved into Daphne Lawless’ essay Against Conservative Leftism and some of the subsequent articles that spun off it. We talk about the relevance of the essay to New Zealand activists, how well it translates to other countries, what we like about it and our criticisms. No Pacific Roundup this time round, and it might not return for a few episodes due to a heavy workload on my end.

Tracks featured are Polygondwanaland and Horology from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s recent album Polygondwanaland, get it for free here.

Postscript notes:

The articles we discussed are as follows…

Against “conservative leftism” : Why reactionary responses to neoliberalism fail

To the people- a reply to “Against Conservative Leftism”

Auckland’s no-choice elections: blue-greens and conservative leftists

Trump, Brexit, Syria… and conservative leftism

Winning with Conservative Leftism: Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit

…and the suggestion we gave at the end of the episode are

The Cult at the End of the World: The Terrifying Story of the Aum Doomsday Cult (1996) by David E. Kaplan

Mike Duncan’s two podcasts The History of Rome & Revolutions