Fascism, Fanaticism and Neoliberalism — with Alberto Toscano


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Critical theorist Alberto Toscano joins Am Johal in conversation about his work and writings, as he joins SFU as a visiting faculty member with the Digital Democracies Institute in SFU’s School of Communication. In this episode, they discuss Alberto’s writing on the philosophy of fanaticism, and conflicting discourse and counter-histories around the figure of the fanatic, which historically takes many forms, from abolitionist leaders to peasant revolutionaries. Alberto and Am also dive into global and historical trends of authoritarianism, racial capitalism and the notion of ‘late fascism.’ Alberto speaks to expanding our concept of fascism, to recognize iterations outside of what could be thought of as European fascism. They also talk about neoliberal tendencies in post-secondary administration, and the workings of mechanisms that maintain or fortify power structures within institutions. Episode web page: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/community-engagement/Below-the-Radar/episodes/episodes1/ep129-alberto-toscano.html Read the transcript: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/community-engagement/Below-the-Radar/transcripts/ep129-alberto-toscano.html Resources: — Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought: https://cpct.uk/about/ — Seagull Books: https://www.seagullbooks.org/our-translators/t/alberto-toscano/ — Digital Democracies Institute: https://digitaldemocracies.org/ — The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781403997807 — Fanaticism: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2475-fanaticism — Cartographies of the Absolute: https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/cartographies-of-the-absolute — Wolfen movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L46RneepoxQ — Pli journal: https://plijournal.com/

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