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The Revolution and Ideology Podcast

A sociologist and historian explore revolutionary theory and history.

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About Revolution and Ideology

“Revolution and Ideology” was started by Nick Lee and Jared Benson, university instructors of sociology and history respectively. Nick and Jared currently co-teach three humanities courses titled “Resistance and Revolution,” “Ideology and Isms,” and “Stateless Societies.” In the first, They explore the theories and historical examples of revolution and social change. In the second, they examine various historical and modern ideologies and the ways in which they motivate how people think and behave today. In the third, they analyze various theories and histories of stateless societies. In this podcast, they explore the ideas from their courses. 

Recent Episodes

Prison – Can the System be Changed from the Inside?

Our friend and prison abolitionist Donte Young got a job at a youth detention facility and tried to change things from the inside. He provides an insightful, emotional, and at times chilling account of how things went.

DayZ: A Simulated Social Experiment?

DayZ is one of many games set in an apocalypse, but unlike all others, it forces the player to create their own “narrative.” Thus, it presents the opportunity to offer commentary on both conscious and subconscious popularity of consuming apocalyptic media. Further, by placing the consumer into the story in ways none of the other mediums can, it may offer insights into the way consumers think about their role in a post-apocalyptic world.

Georg Simmel’s “The Ruin”

https://youtu.be/aldg4YNobdU We discuss the 1911 essay "The Ruin" by German sociologist, philosopher, and critic Georg Simmel in which he discusses the importance of architecture compared to the other arts and why ruins hold a special meaning for humans. The Ruin:...

Could Utopia be Apocalyptic?

Continuing our series on the apocalypse, we discuss the chapter “Dying of Happiness: Utopia at the End of this World” in Maria Manuel Lisboa’s book “The End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture” and the idea that utopia itself might bring about the apocalypse.

Meet The Hosts

Nick Lee

Nick Lee

Jared Benson

Jared Benson

“Revolution and Ideology” was started by Nick Lee and Jared Benson, university instructors of sociology and history respectively. Nick and Jared currently co-teach three humanities courses titled “Resistance and Revolution,” “Ideology and Isms,” and “Stateless Societies.”

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