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Alternatives #2: Matt Taibbi
December 06, 2017 08:50 AM PST
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J.G. Michael and C Derick Varn have a new podcast called "Alternatives" which will be featured monthly on either the member's only Inside Zero Books feed page or here on the Zero Squared feed. Alternatives is a podcast about culture, specifically about alternatives to mainstream culture (or the absence of alternatives.)

This second episode of Alternatives features a conversation about Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, the new media, Generational Politics, and no platforming.

Will Taibbi survive #metoo given the tone and character of his work with The Exile in 2002?

We’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This makes it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. We’ll be restarting our reruns of the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

Zero Squared #133: The Anti-Politics of the Present
November 23, 2017 08:52 AM PST
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C Derick Varn is the ranting voice behind Symptomatic Redness and a reader at Zero Books. This week he rants on the topic of antipolitics while touching upon self-care politics, Angela Nagle and the reaction to her work, Bordiga, and so on.

we’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers.

Pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

Zero Squared #132: Lenin and Brexit
November 15, 2017 10:05 PM PST
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Philip Cunliffe is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He joined the university in 2009 after completing his doctoral studies at King's College London. His book “Lenin Lives” was published in September by Zero Books.

It’s Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

I want to remind you that we’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

And if you’re a former member who emailed your address to take me up on the Zero Books parting gift of a random paperback that should be on its way.

I also want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

Zero Squared #131: Fire Hides Everywhere
November 09, 2017 01:19 PM PST
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Julian Feelds is a Swiss novelist, filmmaker, and visual artist. Throughout his life, Julian has lived across South America, Europe, and the United States He currently works and lives in Los Angeles, California.

I want to remind you that we’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

And if you’re a former member who emailed your address to take me up on the Zero Books parting gift of a random paperback that should be on its way.

I also want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

Zero Squared #130: Education, Identity, and Taxi
November 02, 2017 11:24 AM PDT
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David Blacker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. He is the author of the Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal end game which came out from Zero Books in 2013 and a returning guest.

I want to remind you that we’ve moved. The Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account so if you missed them the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

And if you’re a former member who emailed to take me up on the Zero Books parting gift of a random paperback that should be on its way to you within the next week.

I also want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

Zero Squared #129: Value, Crisis, and the Writing on the Wall
October 25, 2017 06:19 AM PDT
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Anselm Jappe is the author of several major works of critical theory, most famously a book entitled simply “Guy Debord” which is a critical biography of the famous leader of the Situationist International, and is a contributor to the German ‘critique of value’ journal Krisis. In 2015 Jappe was listed by Le Magazine littéraire as one of 'Thirty Names in French Thought to Watch Out For' and in 2014 he was the subject of a thirty-minute radio interview on France Culture. His books have received international interest and been translated into a number of languages, including English, and his most recent book is The Writing on the Wall for Zero Books.

If you’re a current member of the Zero Books club I want to remind you that we’re moving the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast.

I want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

Zero Squared #128: Antisemitism as a Symptom of Capitalism
October 18, 2017 08:10 PM PDT
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Moishe Postone is a Western Marxist and a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and he is the author of the book Time, Labor and Social Domination a book that won the American Sociological Association’s prize in theory. Postone is the guest on this podcast and he discusses an essay he wrote entitled Anti-Semitism and National Socialism.   If you’re looking for a book to help you understand late capitalism pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall which is a collection that brings an understanding of Marx’s Value Theory to bear on political questions, Terry Tapp’s A Serf’s Journal which tells the story of the longest wildcat strike in US history, and, of course, Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies which is turning out to be a great conversation piece.   If you’re a current member of the Zero Books club or if you’re interested in listening to the Inside Zero Books podcast I want to let you know that were be moving from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to listen to the member’s only podcast on a mobile device using a podcatcher. You can find links to our Patreon subscription page for a second hour of the Zero Books podcast in the show notes. Right now the latest episode is a conversation with C Derick Varn analyzing the movie Blade Runner 2049.
Symptomatic Redness: A Critique of Pankaj Mishra's Age of Anger
October 11, 2017 11:05 PM PDT
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The Symptomatic Redness podcast presents conversations on political economy and history. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu, the program was an independent project for several years but is now hosted by Zero Books on the Zero Squared podcast feed. This episode features a critique of Pankaj Mishra's Age of Anger. From the book jacket: How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world―from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century before leading us to the present.
Zero Squared #127: Nagle Answers Her Critics (Such as They Are)
October 04, 2017 10:58 PM PDT
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Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies earned her the title "an old leftist's idea of what a young leftist should be" by her detractors and "one of the brightest lights in a new generation of left writers who have declared independence from intellectual conformity' by her champions. We at Zero Books are proud to have published her book and glad to welcome her back as the guest on this week’s podcast.

If you’re a current member of the Zero Books club I want to let you know that we’ll be moving from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast. Current members of the Zero Books club will be receiving a complimentary copy of a Zero Books title, chosen at random, as a parting gift and with the hope that they’ll continue on supporting the imprint and the podcast. An email will be going on soon.

Zero Squared #126: Free Speech, Communism and the DSA
September 27, 2017 10:20 PM PDT
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Adam Proctor is a scholar in Neo-Marxian state theory and class formation, labor history in the 20th century, and the development of racial formations. He is also a member of the DSA and the host of one the new leftist podcasts that make me feel old and out of touch. His Dead Pundits Society podcast has arrived on the podcasting scene with a roar as Adam has interviewed a slew of smart guests including Christian Parenti, Adolph Reed and Zero Books’ own Angela Nagle.

If you’re looking for a book to help you understand late capitalism pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall which is a collection that brings an understanding of Marx’s Value Theory to bear on political questions, Chris Nineham’s How the Establishment Lost Control, and, of course, Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies which is turning out to be a great conversation piece. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

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