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58. Old Gods, New Enigmas | Mike Davis

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DISCORD: https://discord.gg/bJtAEbFS Is there even still a working class to hang our hopes and dreams on? What is revolutionary agency? Who has it? Is tea even good? All these questions answered today AND MORE as we dive back into longtime friend of the show Mike Davis. Plus, a special listener comment! Reading: Old Gods. New Enigmas (2018) by Mike Davis

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