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Red Library: A Political Education Podcast for Today's Left

Apr 7, 2019

OG Comrade Commissar Don joins me on this week's episode to discuss a book very near and dear to my heart, Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory by Enzo Traverso. THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL.

This is the first of a two-part exploring Traverso's ideas about why the Left has lost its ability to invent the future. We explore how our melancholy over the losses and defeats radical movements no longer sustain us but bind us to a Freudian relationship with the past. Throughout setting up the analysis and theorizing in the book, we also discuss Walter Benjamin, the film, Goodbye, Lenin!, and the personal relationship we have to left-wing melancholia. You also get to hear Don talk about stealing Soviet valor.

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