Raj Patel on The Dinner Table After the Revolution
Laborwave Radio and Opening Space for the Radical Imagination present a podcast mini-series, After The Revolution.
After the Revolution is inspired by the desire to offer more than a diagnosis of what is wrong with today by focusing on what we might be able to bring about instead. Each episode within this series will begin by highlighting the importance of considering one particular feature of society, then imagining what it might look like after the revolution, and finally offering some ideas on how we get to this revolutionary society.
Our first episode is The Dinner Table After the Revolution featuring Raj Patel, writer, activist, and academic who has authored the books Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food Sytem; The Value of Nothing; and The History of the World in Seven Cheap Things with co-author Jason W. Moore.
“The idea that you have in your mind when you hear “dinner table,” whether it’s around mommy and daddy and two kids or around a small group affair, is itself a product of our times. If one imagines a future after the revolution it’s not just the size of the dinner table or the labor that goes into the food that appears on the dinner table, it’s the whole string of commodities and relationships of power that go into thinking about who’s there, and who’s labor is there, and what nature and capital flows through this dinner table in a way that’s emancipatory where capitalism of course now is not.”