This is the second half of the interview with socialist scholar-activist David McNally. In this second part, we move from talking about the effects of the global slump on working people and the future of capitalism to talking about the social and cultural effects neoliberal capitalism has had, following David’s book Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism.
We talk about the significance of popular culture’s love for zombies, both about how the image of the zombie says much about the experience of working life and how the sense of trying to survive through such hard times might be what people identify with in the zombie apocalypse scenario.
David discusses Marx’s use of the language of monstrosity and his literary depiction of capitalism to explain the system—something that’s often overlooked when talking about Capital. We then get an overview of the anti-capitalist themes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and end by talking about the “next new left”.