May 8 • 1HR 45M

Against the Vortex w/Anthony Galluzzo

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Yasha Levine
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A podcast by Evgenia Kovda and Yasha Levine.
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We have our friend Anthony Galuzzo on to talk about his upcoming book, Against the Vortex: Zardoz and Degrowth Utopias in the Seventies and Today, which will be published by Repeater later this year. Anthony uses John Boorman’s Zardoz — first a box office flop, now a cult film — to tell the intellectual history of utopian thought and to sketch out his own political manifesto.

Talking to Anthony, we realized that Zardoz perfectly predicts the Silicon Valley of today: a sterile techno-utopia built on global exploitation, a place where people want to live forever and where no one’s fucking or having fun. In the ep we go over all sorts of things: the politics of technology, degrowth, the Enlightenment, post-leftism, Prometheanism, Soviet cosmism, and the difficulty in getting people interested in de-consumerized and de-industrialized political alternatives today.

We last had Anthony on in August 2022 about what he’s termed “the Jetson left.”

He is a lecturer at the New School. His focus is on early American and Romantic literature. You can follow him on Twitter and read some of his work here and here and here.


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