20. The purpose of doing history: to create knowledge of the past or to inform where we are headed in the future?

Greg and Mike think about what the practice of history is for — whether or not it should have a purpose or destination, how it opens up or forecloses certain possibilities, and what historical ‘objectivity’ really consists of.

19. What are revolutions, and when are they necessary?

Greg and Mike talk (political, social, economic) revolution: what it is, when it’s necessary, how it’s represented, and what history has to teach us. Then, they turn to the present—the revolutions, or lack thereof, that we’re facing, and the challenges that incipient revolutionaries face in current conditions.

02. What is our object of study? Seeing things holistically

Greg and Mike discuss the vital importance of thinking holistically, working with an expanded concept of ‘culture’ to define why we have to think about material and immaterial issues at the same time, and some of the common intellectual habits that prevent us from seeing things holistically.

01. First things: The many crises we share

Greg and Big Mike jump right in: the crises we face; the immense scale of the change necessary to avoid a bleak, bleak future; the history of the systems, among them capitalism and socialism, that have brought us to this point.