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Liv Agar

Liv Agar

By Liv Agar
Solo philosophy podcast for Liv Agar which generally covers current political events through a continental philosophical lens.
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Contrapoints and Nietzsche: Why Twitter Is Bad For You
Also available in video form at https://youtu.be/NUPWY_evu30 In a recent video by Contrapoints, she goes over her account of envy and its connection with online politics. In doing so she utilizes Nietzsche (alongside a critique of Nietzsche). How accurate is this account to Nietzsche's work and where does it go wrong?   Thank you to We're in Hell, BadEmpanada, and Chelsea Manning for the voice lines!  Edited by Lexi Fontaine: https://twitter.com/softgothoutlaw  Music by Alex Ballantyne: https://transistorriot.bandcamp.com  This was an early release to my patrons at https://pateron.com/livagar  Watch me stream on twitch at https://twitch.tv/livagar  All of my links athttps:// livagar.com
01:02:52
September 25, 2021
In Search of Hyperborea: Part 2, The Indo-European Homeland and Esoteric Fascism
This episode investigates how a similarity between Hindi and Sanskrit, languages spoken in Northern India, and European languages such as Latin, Greek, and German helps spark an esoteric fascist ideology that would be an essential social and philosophical building block for the Third Reich. This episode was released a week early for patrons for 2$ a month on: https://patreon.com/livagar Music in earlier part of the episode by Jan Janko Močnik: https://janjmocnik.bandcamp.com/album/pagania-i
59:52
August 20, 2021
In Search of Hyperborea: Part 1, Ancient Greek Mythology and Modernity
"Hyperborea" was noted by the Greeks to have been a land beyond the vicious boreal winds of the north, in a sunlit realm of justice with no disease, war, old age, or labour. Where did this mythology come from and why is it still being referenced today?  Part 2 will be out early for 2$ a month for Patrons at patreon.com/livagar . Additional bonus content about hyperborea will also be posted there. Music in earlier part of the episode by Jan Janko Močnik: https://janjmocnik.bandcamp.com/album/pagania-i  Sources used in this episode: Hyperboreans : myth and history in Celtic-Hellenic contacts, Timothy P. Bridgman. Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity, Jonathan M. Hall.  Adam, Eve, and Agriculture: The First Scientific Experiment, Harry White. https://vimeo.com/145285143 How to change the course of human history, David Graeber and David Wengrow.  Elevating optimal human nutrition to a central goal of plant breeding and production of plant-based foods, David C Sands et al. 
39:56
July 16, 2021
Explaining Marx's Capital Volume 1: Chapter 9
Continuing with the Das Kapital reading series! Second half of the episode available for 2$ a month at https://www.patreon.com/posts/52742942/ Reading guides/secondary literature I've used: Harvey's "Companion to Marx's Capital" Stephen Shapiro's "How to Read Marx's Capital" Heinrich "An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Capital Fredric Jameson's "Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One" All of my links at livagar.com
20:23
June 21, 2021
Explaining Marx's Capital Volume 1: Chapter 8
Continuing with the Das Kapital reading series! Second half of the episode available for 2$ a month at https://www.patreon.com/posts/52506968 Reading guides/secondary literature I've used: Harvey's "Companion to Marx's Capital" Stephen Shapiro's "How to Read Marx's Capital" Heinrich "An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Capital Fredric Jameson's "Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One" All of my links at livagar.com
13:27
June 14, 2021
Explaining Marx's Capital Volume 1: Chapter 7
Continuing with the Das Kapital reading series! Second half of the episode available for 2$ a month at https://www.patreon.com/posts/52353952 Thank you to Corey, Please! Don't Fire Us, and Sierra for supporting me on Patreon (I forgot to say it in the episode my apologies)  Reading guides/secondary literature I've used: Harvey's "Companion to Marx's Capital" Stephen Shapiro's "How to Read Marx's Capital" Heinrich "An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Capital Fredric Jameson's "Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One" All of my links at livagar.com
30:52
June 10, 2021
Explaining Marx's Capital Volume 1: Chapters 4-6
Continuing with the Das Kapital reading series! Second half of the episode available for 2$ a month at https://www.patreon.com/posts/explaining-marxs-51932878 Reading guides/secondary literature I've used: Harvey's "Companion to Marx's Capital" Stephen Shapiro's "How to Read Marx's Capital" Heinrich "An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Capital Fredric Jameson's "Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One" http://la.utexas.edu/users/hcleaver/357k/357ksg.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ECaJ031Q0 All of my links at livagar.com
18:31
May 31, 2021
Marx's Refusal of the Labour Theory of Value
In this episode I take a short break from the Capital reading series to talk about Marx and the labour theory of value, specifically arguing he is in fact critiquing the labour theory of value and does not himself subscribe to it. Listen to the premium episode where I go more in depth into this account of marx for 2$ a month at https://www.patreon.com/posts/51688032 All my links at: www.livagar.com Sources used: Diane Elson, "The Value Theory of Labour" Michael Heinrich, An introduction to the three volumes of Karl Marx's Capital John Milios, "Marx’s Value Theory Revisited. A ‘Value-form’ Approach" David Harvey, “Marx’s Refusal of the Labour Theory of Value” Cockshott, "Did Marx Have a Labour Theory of Value?" Marx, Theories of Surplus Value Part III
21:33
May 25, 2021
Explaining Marx's Capital Volume 1: Chapter 3, Money
Continuing with the Das Kapital reading series! Second half of the episode available for 2$ a month at https://www.patreon.com/livagar Reading guides/secondary literature I've used: Harvey's "Companion to Marx's Capital" Stephen Shapiro's "How to Read Marx's Capital" Heinrich "An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Capital Fredric Jameson's "Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One" http://la.utexas.edu/users/hcleaver/357k/357ksg.html All of my links at livagar.com
24:49
May 17, 2021
Explaining Marx's Capital Volume 1: Chapter 2, Exchange
Continuing with the Das Kapital reading series! Second half of the episode available for 2$ a month at https://www.patreon.com/posts/50860734 Timestamps for the episode: 00:00 – 02:46 Intro 02:46 – 06:06 The conditions for commodity exchange 06:06 – 11:02 The peculiarity of commodity exchange 11:02 – 14:03 Barter 14:03 – 15:51 Money 15:51 – 16:58 Outro Reading guides/secondary literature I've used: Harvey's "Companion to Marx's Capital" Stephen Shapiro's "How to Read Marx's Capital" Heinrich (my favourite of them) "An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Capital Fredric Jameson's "Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One" http://la.utexas.edu/users/hcleaver/357k/357ksg.html All of my links at livagar.com
16:58
May 04, 2021
Explaining Marx's Capital Volume 1: Chapter 1, The Commodity
This episode is an overview of the first chapter of Karl Marx's Capital Volume 1. This is mean both as something to listen to before reading it yourself, or for those who simply want a short summary of it in audio form. The premium goes more in depth in Commodity Fetishism as well as the four developments of the value form https://www.patreon.com/posts/50528956/  Timestamps for the video: 00:00 – Intro 2:30 – Use Value and Exchange Value 5:59 – Labour and Value 14:35 – Marx’s Law of Value and Supply and Demand 16:45 – The Division of Labour and the Commodity 20:03 – The Coat and the 20 Yards of Linen 20:50 – Commodity Fetishism 29:48 – The abolition of Labour 32:29 – Outro Reading guides/secondary literature/sourced material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEGYaxWHwSE http://la.utexas.edu/users/hcleaver/357k/357ksg01.html Sweezy, The Theory of Capitalist Development Stephen Shapiro, Marx's Capital Arthur L Thomas, The Allocation Problem in Financial Accounting Theory All of my links at: www.livagar.com
33:28
April 27, 2021
What is Class? Marx vs Weber
This episode goes into the concept of class, specifically how both Karl Marx and Max Weber conceptualize it, and the differences/similarities between their conceptions. Next episode will be Marx vs Weber on the subject of swag.  Listen to the premium episode for a longer, unstructured analysis of the contents of this weeks episode: www.patreon.com/livagar All of my links at: www.livagar.com
36:19
April 21, 2021
QAnon as a Despotic Regime of Signs
This week goes into the QAnon baking process and its paranoiac features. Sorry for the delay in episodes, will be back to the regularly scheduled weekly releases. Listen to the premium episode for a longer, unstructured analysis of the contents of this weeks episode: www.patreon.com/livagar All of my links at: www.livagar.com
21:39
April 14, 2021
In Defense of the Guillotine
Satire, noun, the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. Listen to the premium episode for a longer, unstructured analysis of the contents of this weeks episode: www.patreon.com/livagar All of my links at: www.livagar.com
15:27
March 28, 2021
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Forget
In this episode I read out two short pieces of writing dealing with the future of the left, nihilism, and historical necessity. The first section is meant to be a nihilistic/hopeless articulation and the second is meant to provide a solution. Listen to the premium episode for a longer, unstructured analysis of the contents of this weeks episode: www.patreon.com/livagar All of my links at: www.livagar.com
16:11
March 19, 2021
QAnon and Blockchain Based Disruption (3/3)
This episode I will go over the concept of "disruption" from a Marxist perspective, and show how connected the blockchain technology is to the creation of online far right content like QAnon. Listen to the premium episode for a longer, unstructured analysis of the contents of this weeks episode: www.patreon.com/livagar All of my links at: www.livagar.com
28:28
March 12, 2021
QAnon and the Crypto-Rhizome (2/2)
This week I'm finishing up the second part of my series on the connection between cryptocurrencies and QAnon, considering their analogical structure and its root causes. Listen to the premium episode for a longer, unstructured analysis of the contents of this weeks episode: www.patreon.com/livagar This week's covert art done by: https://twitter.com/schizoidvisions/ All of my links at: www.livagar.com
31:24
February 24, 2021
CryptoCurrency and the End of Capitalism (1/2)
This episode goes over the general details of crypto and how it may appear as if it is a radically decentralized and non-authoritarian form of currency (not contingent on states or central banks) it nevertheless is not. Listen to the premium episode for a longer, unstructured analysis of the contents of this weeks episode: www.patreon.com/livagar This week's covert art done by: https://twitter.com/schizoidvisions/ All of my links at: www.livagar.com
19:42
February 16, 2021
Explaining Foucault's Concept of Biopower in a Pandemic
Foucault believes that in any public health program there is a biopolitical distinction between those who are saved and those who are excluded from good health and left to die. How is this applicable in our current context where our intimate lives are dictated by public health management? Listen to the premium episode at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47250498 Find this in written form (as well as with audio so you can read along) at: https://livagar.substack.com/p/explaining-foucaults-concept-of-biopower All my links at http://www.livagar.com
17:23
February 07, 2021
WallStreetBets, Gamestop, and Nietzsche's Account Of Nihilism
Here is a link to the premium episode: www.patreon.com/posts/46804339 Here are all my links: www.livagar.com
31:05
January 29, 2021
Ideology is good, actually: Zizek and the Capitol Hill incident
Trying something different with the music. Let me know if you prefer it or not. Premium episode on Patreon.com/livagar
29:23
January 15, 2021
The Singularity Estimator
This ep is a little different, some fiction instead of non-fiction to talk about a political/philosophical subject. Here is part two read out on my patreon: www.patreon.com/posts/45818308 Here is the full story (both parts) written out for free on medium/substack: https://livposting.medium.com/the-singularity-estimator-b162f2ff86a9 https://livposting.substack.com/p/the-singularity-estimator
21:45
January 04, 2021
The 2020 Election Did Not Take Place
Premium part of this out soon. Will be released for 2$ a month on Patreon.com/livposting
21:54
November 19, 2020
Comedy's Relationship to Philosophy
This one took a lot of research, part two about Zizek, Lacan, Hegel, and Humour related to trump available on patreon.com/livposting Works cited/used for this episode “Refiguring Socrates: Comedy and Corporeality in the Socratic Tradition” by Daniel McLean “Postmodern Platos: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Strauss, Derrida” by Catherine Zuckert “Nietzsche and Comedy: Provocative Laughter Amidst a Tragic Philosophy” by Michael C. Rudar “The Odd One In: On Comedy” by Alana Zupancic  “Recent Continental Philosophy and Comedy: Comic Overflow” by Bernard Freydberg “The Idea of Comedy: History, Theory, Critique” by Jan Hokenson
22:50
October 31, 2020
"The Storm Down to Earth," Fascism, QAnon, and Astrology
Finally back for another episode of the podcast, this time talking about Adorno and Horkheimer's analysis of the how irrationality within the enlightenment leads to fascism, its connection to new age astrology, and how this perfectly combines into an analysis of QAnon in the contemporary period. A big thank you to @ArifHasanNFL for helping me with some of the Adorno and Horkheimer "Dialectics of Enlightenment" stuff, as well as @QanonAnonymous for providing me with the new age example of "Krystal Tini" in their 94th episode: Qanonanonymous – Episode-94-the-new-age-to-qanon-pipeline
57:05
October 12, 2020