The Regrettable Century

The Regrettable Century

www.patreon.com/theregrettablecentury
The old forms of the left are moribund and the new forms are stupid. We’re making a podcast that talks about the need to organize a dialectical pessimism and develop a Marxist salvage project capable of putting up a good fight as the world burns around?


PATREON TEASER: Conspiranoia! - Patron Roundtable
Oct 22 • 8 min
conspiracy, x files, regrettable century, dialectical pessimism, lost horizons network, socialism, communism, marxism, Fredric Jameson
Supreme Leap Backward: Thoughts on Why the Supreme Court is Actually Very Bad
Oct 18 • 77 min
Steven from The Supreme Leap Forward is back to talk about why the Supreme Court is a regressive, reactionary, and profoundly undemocratic institution that needs to be abolished. Waiting for…
The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity (Part IV)- With Red Library
Oct 11 • 126 min
Wherein we are joined by Red Library to discuss part III of the Enchantments of Mammon, by Eugene McCarraher.
The Role of the Individual in the End of the End of History
Oct 7 • 61 min
Wherein we discuss the role of the individual in history and “great man” myths
Can Woke Capitalism Save the World?
Sep 21 • 91 min
Wherein we discuss how woke capitalism can’t save us.
UNLOCKED: Science Impregnated With History- PART II, Marxism and Reason (With Chris Manno)
Aug 30 • 56 min
Wherein we continue our discussion Marxism and Reason with Marxist philosophy prof, Chris Manno
PATREON TEASER: Everything is Recuperated
Aug 27 • 6 min
Wherein we discuss how authentic outrage is recuperated.
The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity (Part III)- With Red Library
Aug 16 • 122 min
Wherein we are joined by Red Library and Kevin to discuss part III of the Enchantments of Mammon, by Eugene McCarraher.
Aut Caesar, Aut Christus: Christian Marxism, Liberation Theology, and Catholic Communism (With Mir Bal)
Aug 9 • 90 min
Wherein we discuss Christianity and Marxism with Mir Bal.
PATREON TEASER: Science Impregnated With History PART II
Aug 4 • 8 min
Head over to our Patreon and join for $2 a month to hear part two of our conversation with Chris!
The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity (Part II)- With Red Library
Jul 26 • 125 min
Wherein we discuss Part II of the Enchantments of Mammon with Red Library.
Science Impregnated With History: Marxism and Reason PART I (With Chris Manno)
Jul 22 • 76 min
Wherein we discuss Marxism and Reason with Marxist philosophy prof, Chris Manno
The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity (Part I)- With Red Library
Jul 5 • 114 min
This week we are joined by Adam from the Red Library podcast, who was nice enough to record and edit the episode for us. We start our multi part series tackling the monster tome by Eugene McCarraher, The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the…
We Never Learned Anything About Lacan: With Neil from the From 78 Podcast
Jun 29 • 94 min
Wherein Neil from the From 78 podcast teaches us about Lacan.
The End of Policing?
Jun 22 • 78 min
Wherein we discuss the police, failed reform, and how it all might end.
We Are All Unclean: On Covid Vigilantism and Burning Cop Cars
Jun 10 • 58 min
Wherein we discuss plague, fire, and covid vigilantism.
Tragedy, Farce, and Apocalypse: The Shambling Corpse of Bonapartism- With C. Derick Varn
May 25 • 78 min
Wherein we hang out with Varn and talk about Bonapartism.
A Time of Monsters: Episode III- More Marxist Theories of Fascism
May 18 • 96 min
Wherein we finish our discussion the dizzying variation in early Marxist theories of fascism.
The Angel of History: Walter Benjamin, Myth, Rationality, and Modernity— With Patrick from the Radical Thoughts Podcast
May 4 • 79 min
Wherein we discuss Walter Benjamin, myth, rationality, and modernity with Patrick from the Radical Thoughts Podcast
Lost Horizons Network Roundtable: Well… Here we are, still, after all (EPISODE I)
Apr 26 • 67 min
Wherein we kick off our network collaboration podcast with From78, and Red Library
BONUS- A Rising Every Generation: James Connolly, the Easter Rising, and Irish Republican Socialism
Apr 24 • 94 min
Wherein Chris ,Kevin, Jason, and Steven talk about Irish Republican Socialism
PATREON TEASER: Four Theses on the Comrade
Apr 22 • 2 min
This week, Jenny, Chris, and Jason read and discussed Jodi Dean’s essay: The Four Theses on the Comrade.A comrade is much more than an identity that one adopts. It is an ethos, an ideal for the collective reorganization of the world. We talk about how…
The Church of the Better Apocalypse
Apr 13 • 91 min
Wherein we sit down with our friend Michael to talk about how to build a better world after the apocalypse.
Marxism Against the Tide of Modernity: Uniting the Promethean and Romantic (PART II) With Donald Parkinson
Apr 6 • 61 min
Wherein Chris and Jason sit down with Donald from Cosmonaut finish up our talk about Marxist Romanticism and Promethianism
PATREON TEASER: Scattered Thoughts on Electoralism, Coronavirus, and What to Do Next With CPUSA Brad
Apr 3 • 5 min
Wherein we discuss electoralism and what the hell we think is coming next with our friend Brad from the CPUSA.
Marxism Against the Tide of Modernity: Uniting the Promethean and Romantic (PART I) With Donald Parkinson
Mar 29 • 64 min
Wherein Chris and Jason sit down with Donald from Cosmonaut to talk about Marxist Romanticism and Promethianism
Pashukanis and the Origins of Soviet Legal Theory
Mar 16 • 85 min
Wherein we talk about Pashukanis, Marxist legal theory, and Soviet jurisprudence.
We Would Prefer Not To: Against a Politics of Catharsis- UNLOCKED
Mar 2 • 51 min
Wherein we talk about Zizek’s Bartelby Politics and rail against the politics of catharsis.
An X-Ray of Socialist Yugoslavia: With Adam from Red Library (Part II)
Feb 16 • 49 min
Wherein we continue our discussion with Adam about Socialist Yugoslavia.
An X-Ray of Socialist Yugoslavia: With Adam from Red Library (Part I)
Feb 9 • 70 min
Wherein we discuss Socialist Yugoslavia as seen by Darko Suvin.
Socialism Without Sacrifice and Other Fake Futures We are Against
Feb 3 • 60 min
Wherein our friend Annalies hates on Fully Automated Luxury Communism way harder than we do.
PATREON TEASER: On the Flinching of Cowards and Sneering of Traitors- Part II
Jan 15 • 3 min
Head over to Patreon and sign up for $2 a month to hear the second part of the discussion.https://www.patreon.com/theregrettablecentury
On The Flinching of Cowards and Sneering of Traitors: BONUS EPISODE!
Jan 12 • 56 min
Wherein four American’s shoot off at the mouth about the stupid British election.
PATREON TEASER: Socialism In One Country- With C. Derick Varn: Part II
Jan 5 • 3 min
Wherein we continue our discussion with Derick, head on over to our $2 a month Patreon.
Socialism in one Country, but Then Like all the Countries: With C. Derick Varn
Jan 1 • 76 min
Wherein the guys and Varn answer the national question and set the stage from proletarian victory.
Partially Automated Regular Communism
Dec 8, 2019 • 83 min
Wherein we talk about partial vs full automation and comfort versus luxury and also about communism.
PATREON TEASER: We Would Prefer Not To
Dec 4, 2019 • 5 min
Wherein we read about and discuss Zizek’s Bartelby Politics.
A Time of Monsters: Part II- Marxist Theories of Fascism
Nov 24, 2019 • 84 min
Wherein we discuss the dizzying variation in early Marxist theories of fascism.
The Long Halloween: Year One of the Regrettable Century
Nov 11, 2019 • 64 min
Wherein we reflect on the first year of the Regrettable Century.
Anti-Communism Without Communism
Oct 23, 2019 • 42 min
Wherein we talk about how stupid and bad it is to conflate communism and fascism.
The Law is Bad; Cops, Courts, All of it
Oct 6, 2019 • 89 min
Wherein our lawyer friend comes back to talk about the courts, Marxist notions of justice, and a little bit about Soviet jurisprudence.
The Future Has Been Canceled
Sep 15, 2019 • 71 min
Wherein we lament capitalism’s inability to produce anything groundbreaking in the realm of culture and the paltry number of cameras on our iphones.
PATREON TEASER: The Red Jacobins and the Thermidor of 1921
Sep 9, 2019 • 3 min
Check out some Real Nerd Hours when Chris and Jason have a discussion about a not very well known article from an obscure Trotskyist journal written around a decade ago…It generated a little bit of a buzz, but was mostly ignored. We think that was a…
No One is Bored, Everything is Boring, Everyone is Anxious
Sep 1, 2019 • 83 min
Wherein we feed content into the gaping maw of the content machine that keeps us all compulsively scrolling through banal minutia every free moment we have.
Dialectic of Defeat: A Collaboration with Red Library, Part II
Aug 18, 2019 • 93 min
Part II of our 2 part discussion with Red Library about Russell Jacoby’s book The Dialectic of Defeat: Contours of Western Marxism
Dialectic of Defeat: A Collaboration with Red Library, Part I
Aug 11, 2019 • 76 min
Wherein the gang and Adam from Red Library, read and discuss The Dialectic of Defeat, by Russell Jacoby.
PATREON TEASER: Goodbye Lenin: Melancholic Thoughts
Aug 2, 2019 • 3 min
Teaser for a bonus episode about the movie Goodbye Lenin, posted on our Patreon account.
The Children of the Counterrevolution
Jul 29, 2019 • 71 min
Wherein we talk about growing up after the end of history in the forefront of the counterrevolution.
The Proper Amount of Bumming People Out: Pessimisms and Optimisms of Intellect and Will
Jul 15, 2019 • 45 min
Wherein we bum people out, but not too much with revolutionary pessimism and mourning.
Scattered Thoughts on Melancholia and the Organization of Pessimism
Jun 24, 2019 • 50 min
We read a bunch of stuff about Walter Benjamin and Enzo Traverso and tried to have a conversation about it. We’ve only managed to reinforce the idea that “The organization of pessimism” is the only slogan that can save us from death. Traverso, Enzo….
Marxism & Religion & Everything Else & Religion, With C. Derick Varn
Jun 9, 2019 • 72 min
We sat down with veteran Marxist podcaster and poet, C Derek Varn to talk about everything… and religion.
PATREON TEASER: Many Roads To Socialism? The Early Comintern Debates On “Workers Governments”
Jun 3, 2019 • 3 min
Jason and Chris talk about the concept of the “Workers’ Government” as discussed by the 4th Comintern Congress.
Neither Socialism From Above, Nor Below…but definitely Socialism
May 27, 2019 • 60 min
This week we discuss whether or not there really are only “Two Souls of Socialism” and if idea of “socialism from below” is a useful analytical framework or tool around which to organize our politics.
A Time of Monsters #1: Towards a Working Definition of Fascism
May 12, 2019 • 67 min
Wherein we attempt to cobble together a working description of fascism that we can use for the rest of the series.
Zizek v. Peterson: The “Debate of the Century” that We Deserve
Apr 29, 2019 • 42 min
Chris, Jenny, and Jason watched the Zizek v. Peterson debate so you don’t have to.
Not With a Bang, But With a Purge, a Split, and a Public Statement: The Death of the Micro-Sect
Apr 22, 2019 • 69 min
Wherein we discuss the end of the era of the micro-sect and lament the prospects of the new terrain.
Changing the City, to Change Ourselves : A Discussion on the Right to the City
Apr 3, 2019 • 72 min
Wherein we discuss the idea of The Right to the City as conceived of by David Harvey and Henri Lefebvre
The Open Road to the Stars: A Discussion With Donald Parkinson of Cosmonaut Magazine
Mar 24, 2019 • 65 min
This week Chris and Jason talk to Donald from Cosmonaut Magazine about the current state of the socialist movement and how we should be optimistic about post apocalyptic eco-war communism.
The People’s Commissariat for Gettin’ It On: Sexual Radicalism and Liberation Under 20th Century Socialism
Mar 17, 2019 • 71 min
This week the gang talks about the radical liberatory programs of the Bolsheviks, the failure of these programs, the conservative reaction of Stalin, and the renewed blossoming of these ideas in the Cold War era Eastern Bloc.
Lawyerization and Its Discontents: A Discussion on Marxist Jurisprudence with Steven from Supreme Leap Forward
Mar 11, 2019 • 73 min
Wherein we hang out with a Marxist lawyer to discuss crime, prison, cops, and Soviet jurisprudence.
The Uses and Abuses of Identity Politics
Mar 4, 2019 • 71 min
Wherein we discuss the uses and abuses of identity politics and the structural nature of oppression.
Anarchism, Environmentalism, and Anti-Fascism: An Interview With Alexander Reid Ross (PART I of II)
Feb 25, 2019 • 55 min
Wherein Kevin interviews anarchist author Alexander Reid Ross about things he knows a lot about.
Gothic Marxism and Marxist Romanticism: Horror, Witches, and Gothic Fascism (Part II of II)
Feb 18, 2019 • 55 min
Wherein we finally get around to talking about horror movies and fascism.
Gothic Marxism and Marxist Romanticism: Embracing All That Makes Us Human (Part I of II)
Feb 10, 2019 • 52 min
Wherein we discuss Marxist Romanticism and the gothic strain in Marxism, or “gothic Marxism.”
Disagreements With the Unabomber
Jan 28, 2019 • 62 min
Wherein we disagree with the Unabomber, primitivists, green-anarchists, and also maybe agree just a little bit.
Strasserism, National Bolshevism, and Third Positionism (Part II of II)
Jan 20, 2019 • 49 min
Wherein we finish out the topic with a discussion of Russian Nazbols and American Third Positionism.
Strasserism, National Bolshevism, and Third Positionism (Part I of II)
Jan 16, 2019 • 56 min
(Part I of II): Wherein we discuss Strasserites, Nazbols, Third Positionists, and other fascist anti-capitalists.
EPISODE 0: Capitalist Realism, Our Original First Episode.
Jan 7, 2019 • 42 min
Wherein we reveal our original first episode and talk about Mark Fisher’s “Capitalist Realism”
A Situationist New Year’s Spectacular: Discussion about Guy Debord, the Situationists, and the Society of the Spectacle
Dec 31, 2018 • 59 min
Wherein we try to place Situationism back into its Marxist context and reclaim it from Adbusters and anarcho-liberalism.
Art, Revolution, and the Popular Avant Garde
Dec 18, 2018 • 59 min
Wherein we talk about the Popular Avant Garde and Transgression
Pessimism of the Intellect, Pessimism of the Will
Dec 14, 2018 • 47 min
A clean, honest, and unsentimental melancholy is required; we’ve cultivated one and would like to share it with you.
Organizing on the Edge of the Abyss: Building Class Power and the Looming Apocalypse
Nov 28, 2018 • 53 min
Wherein we discuss a long term strategy for a short term scenario, what base building is and isn’t, and why we can’t afford to keep repeating the same mistakes.
Fascism, Post Fascism, and Not-Fascism: PART II
Nov 16, 2018 • 59 min
Wherein we discuss modern post fascism and how it differs from classical fascism.
Fascism, Post-Fascism, and Not-Fascism: PART I
Oct 31, 2018 • 61 min
Part one of our series examining all of the fascisms (This is a re-upload with some sound issues resolved)https://www.patreon.com/theregrettablecentury
Reign of the Vampire Castle: A discussion about Mark Fisher, call out culture, and online left-toxicity.
Oct 23, 2018 • 59 min
We discuss the always controversial Mark Fisher article, Exiting the Vampire Castle.