Marxism vs. The Media (w/ Batya Ungar-Sargon)

A Marxist Jew with a PhD in crap takes down identity politics.

  
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Batya Ungar-Sargon, deputy opinion editor for Newsweek and self-proclaimed "vulgar Marxist," is still a lefty — even if the left no longer wants her. We talk to Batya about her upcoming book (Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy), debate the liberal media's criminal avoidance of class inequality (which, to her, explains the underpinnings of its current obsession with race), and even get into the differences between Israeli and diaspora Jews.

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On the agenda:

  • -Into the ickiness (why we started uncertain things) [6:09]

  • -Intro to Batya [10:10]

  • -Getting called out for calling out Anti-semitism [14:05]

  • -What happened at the New York Times [23:05]

  • -Misdirection, race, and moral panic [37:20]

  • -Class and its dubious champions [47:35]

  • -The betrayal of the left (on welfare and UBI) [58:43]

  • -Trump's working class wins [1:09:05]

  • -A perfect defense of the status quo [1:13:30]

  • -The woke theology and bowling alone [1:19:00]

  • -Israeli Jews, diaspora Jews, and anti-zionism [1:29:20]

Uncertain Things is hosted and produced by Adaam James Levin-Areddy and Vanessa M. Quirk. For more doomsday ruminations, subscribe to: uncertain.substack.com.