An oldie but a goodie: I talked with Patrick Sheehan for the New Books Network about Keywords: check it out here.
New posts on terrible words may appear here from time to time, but for now, they're in my new language column at The New Republic, called "Loose Talk." Here they are, so far: Progressive Policy Populism The Economy Green
I was very excited to get to talk to some of the most excellent podcast hosts on the left recently: Katie Halper & Gabe Pacheco and Dan Denvir. Listen to my discussion with Katie and Gabe here: https://actifypress.com/228-the-new-language-of-capitalism-with-john-patrick-leary-kthalps/ And Dan Denvir, one of the best interviewers in the game, talked to me on The Dig. … Continue reading Podcasts!
a pound of flesh Bernie Sanders' proposals for medicare-for-all and universal student debt relief have fired up the wonks. Charles Lane recently wrote a column in the Washington Post that has some bad news for American democratic socialists: actually, Nordic social democracy isn't socialism. And he has a JP Morgan Chase report to prove it. … Continue reading Skin in the game
Hey Londoners--I'll be chatting with Oliver Eagleton about Keywords tomorrow, May 29, at the Mayday rooms. Hope to see you then.
I was a guest on WNYC's On the Media, direct from a recording studio in Lisbon (thanks Dizplay Soundlab!), to talk about the scandal of meritocracy. Meritocracy is a particularly strange keyword, because it was originally coined by Michael Young as a satirical mockery of a fantasy it has now come to earnestly represent: social … Continue reading On meritocracy and the Varsity Blues scandal
Thanks to Sam Seder and Majority Report for letting me gas on about Keywords. We focused mostly on horrors of grit and meritocracy. Listen here: https://youtu.be/wupiZTV-rZc?t=1457
Thanks to Oliver Eagleton and Counterfire for this insightful review of Keywords. I appreciated Eagleton's serious engagement with the book, and for this critique in particular: While Williams chose to analyse words which could be reclaimed for the left, his inheritor seem to think that ‘the new language of capitalism’ must be rejected wholesale. His … Continue reading New Keywords review published
I was back on WNYC's "On the Media" direct from Lisbon, talking about the college admissions scandal and the weird history of "meritocracy": a word coined to mock the celebration of a oligarchic elite shaped not by high birth, but by access to academic institutions access to which is actually shaped by high birth. Listen … Continue reading “On the Media” and the myth of the myth of “meritocracy”
When your business metaphors and your biological metaphors get a little too close for comfort: from Lisbon.