In this bonus episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show, instead of having a conversation with a guest, Brendan O’Neill delivers a lecture on The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois. This work expresses Du Bois’ unflinching commitment to universalism and his robust defence of the sovereign individual. It stands in stark contrast to the regressive racial essentialism of modern identity politics.
This lecture was one of a series of talks at the boi charity’s Academy Online II: Race and Racism – a day of discussions about the intellectual history of race. The rest of the talks from that event, along with recordings of previous Academy events, are available on the boi charity’s Ideas Matter podcast. Find more here.
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