Episode 46: Argumentation and Exploitation – Interview with Ben Burgis (Part 2)
Brendan and Andrew welcome back Ben Burgis––a philosophy instructor, popular leftist podcast host, and author of Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left––in this concluding part of their two-episode interview. They continue to “give him an argument” about his essay, “Marx’s Theory of Exploitation,” and especially about his endorsement of the “plain argument” for exploitation put forward by G. A. Cohen, a so-called analytical Marxist. Andrew explains why he thinks the “plain argument” is just plain bad, while Ben defends it. They then evaluate the “plain argument” and Marx’s theory in its original form. A key point of contention throughout the segment involves Cohen’s premise that “the labourer is the only person who creates the product.” Ben keeps insisting that Andrew is merely objecting to the premise. Andrew keeps insisting that he accepts Cohen’s premises, but that Cohen was unable to show that they imply that workers are exploited.
Plus current-events segment on “the Left” serving the right: The co-hosts discuss Nathan J. Robinson’s Current Affairs article on Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi. Why are they serving the right? And for how long have they been doing so?
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