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.
In this episode, we delve into the fascinating theory of Charles Tilly, a renowned political scientist who argued that states are not inherently peaceful and benevolent entities, but rather emerged from war-making and are essentially akin to organized crime.
Discover the fascinating history of Tibet and its relationship with China in this 1 hour and 30 minute episode. From the Chinese government’s takeover of Tibet to the current autonomous region, this episode covers it all
We discuss Michel Foucault’s article “The Subject and Power” in which Foucault discusses his concept of power as action between individuals and how we must get out of the “‘double bind’ which is the simultaneous individualization and totalization of modern power structures.”
With guest Stefan Huddleston we discuss the depiction of law enforcement in the media. From Dirty Harry and Bullitt to Law and Order and CSI, the police are typically portrayed as having the people’s best interests in mind even when they’re breaking the law themselves.
We discuss the 1973 article “The Ideology of the Motorcar” by Andre Gorz.