Ep. 89 George Monbiot “Beyond Salvation and Disaster”

June 06, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is activist, Guardian columnist, and author of Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of CrisisGeorge Monbiot.

Monbiot and Rushkoff discuss the abysmal failure of neoliberalism, a narrative that figures humans as self-interested, competitive, and greedy creatures. Monbiot offers compelling evidence, both from his own on the ground experience reporting on people’s movements in Indonesia and Brazil, as well as research in neuroscience and anthropology that break the neoliberal myth. But it’s not enough to merely break a myth with facts and figures. Monbiot argues that we must offer a new, engaging story. Can we harness our “narrative instinct,” to amplify participation in a politics centered on belonging, community, and restoring power back into the hands of team human?

Rushkoff opens thinking about the medium of podcasting itself. Is the podcasting landscape in danger of being overrun by cookie-cutter, corporate funded content factories? Is there still room for the quirky DIY show?

The first NYC Team Human Live event at the Alchemist’s Kitchen is on Thursday, June 21st with special guest Mark Filippi. Limited tickets are available, Free to Patrons. Get your tickets here or check the homepage at Teamhuman.fm for details. We’ll also be live in London on July 9thwith guests Pat Cadigan and Rupert Sheldrake.

On today’s show you heard intro and outro music thanks to Fugazi and Dischord records. You also heard “Walkabout” by Throbbing Gristle. Check out Episode 67 with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

Also mentioned in this show was the work of Episode 81 guest Jeremy Lent.

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Photo of George: By John Russell [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Story book Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


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