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A conversation with Gary Hall about pirate philosophy, academic celebrity and social theory

In this interview, Gary Hall asserts that if we want to proceed to a post-capitalist society, we will need to experiment with new methods of doing and being that are based less on notions of self-centred individualism, competition and celebrity, and much more on openness, cooperation and the present.




The university, he suggests, is someplace we can actualise such alternative modes of thinking and functioning, as it’s one of the few spaces in post-industrial society in which the forces of modern neoliberalism are still being overtly opposed, to a certain extent at least. A persona he suggests we embrace in order to do so is that of the pirate, this being for him somebody who attempts, teases and troubles in addition to strikes our present economic, political and legal models.

Pirate Philosophy: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/pirate-philosophy
Uberfication of the University: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-uberfication-of-the-university

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