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Left Forum Panel: Surplus Value vs Surplus Enjoyment
June 13, 2018 11:13 AM PDT
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This week instead of an interview we're bringing you the audio from the Zero Books panel "Surplus Value vs. Surplus Enjoyment." The participants in the debate included Vakhtang Gomelauri from Occupy Psychoanalysis, Mia Vallet from CUNY, Douglas Lain from Zero Books, and Ashley Frawley from Zero Books and Swansea University. The moderator for the panel was Pete Dolack author of It's Not Over. Here's the description of the panel that ran in the Left Forum program. There are many definitions of "surplus value" on the left, perhaps too many. This debate/panel discussion will take a look at two approaches to the surplus created under capitalism. One version of surplus value comes to us from Marx and his law of value, while the other emerged from Jacques Lacan's return to Freud. What is the relationship between Lacan and his followers psychoanalytic reinterpretation of Marx and Marx's original theory? Can one hold with both Marx and Lacan?
Zero Squared #157: Schiff's Insider Critique of Peterson
June 06, 2018 09:30 PM PDT
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Bernard Schiff is an Emeritus professor at the University of Toronto and the man responsible for helping Professor Jordan Peterson get hired some 20 years ago. Professor Schiff is also the author of a piece entitled “I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter. Now I think he’s dangerous” that was recently published in the Toronto Star newspaper, and the guest on this week’s podcast.

This week you’ll hear from JG Michael who co-hosts the Alternatives podcast with Derick Varn and hosts his own podcast called Parallax Views as he interviews Schiff on why Jordan Peterson is dangerous.

Thanks go out to Erik TK, Liam M, Alex Mirro and 337 other supporters on Patreon who get access to the Inside Zero Books podcast every weekend. Coming up this weekend Patrons will get to hear the panel discussion on video games and in future weeks I’ll be releasing the Surplus Value vs. Surplus Enjoyment debate on the main feed.

Zero Squared #156: The Revolutions of 1848
May 30, 2018 02:44 PM PDT
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Pam Nogales is a PhD History Candidate at New York University, a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society, and a co-host of the Shit Platypus Says podcast, and she stops by the Zero Books podcast this week to discuss the revolutions of 1848 and the leftist tradition.

Zero Books will be hosting three-panel discussions at the Left Forum this weekend all of them on Saturday. Video Games Technology and Revolution will be in Room 1.100 from Noon to 1:50pm, Surplus Value vs Surplus Enjoyment will be in Room 1.115 from 2pm to 3:50pm, and Teaching Wildcat Strikes will be in room 1.71 from 4pm to 5:50. If you’re going to the Left Forum please do catch our panels.

Also, the next Zero Books youtube video will be out tomorrow and it’ll feature an animated version of the text I’ll be reading at the video game panel, so if you can’t make it the Left Forum you can still check out what I have to say about video games.

Zero Squared #155: On Hypermodernity
May 23, 2018 12:44 PM PDT
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John David Ebert is the author of nearly 20 books, a youtuber responsible for over 500 videos on philosophy, and a blogger at cultural-discourse.com. This week he is also the guest on this podcast. We discuss his essay On Hypermodernity.

We want to encourage you to check out Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It is absolutely still relevant to today's political scene and she is planning to return to the Zero Books podcast to discuss the ideas of Christopher Lasch. If you haven’t read Kill All Normies now is the time. Pick it up from an online store, at your a local bookstore or at your local library.

Finally, if you aren’t supporting this podcast through the Inside Zero Books Patreon page you’re missing out on a second podcast every week. I’d urge you to go ahead and take the plunge. For five dollars a month you’ll receive a second Zero Books podcast every weekend.

Inside Zero Books #71: Comedian Jake Flores' visit from Homeland Security
May 19, 2018 05:34 PM PDT
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Stand-up comic Jake Flores tweeted out a joke thread about killing ICE officers and got a visit from Homeland Security who were not so amused. Jake stops by to tell the tale of his visit and reflect on the question of free speech in America. From Jake's webpage: Jake Flores was born in Austin TX in a dumpster full of Chinese food after an old jacket had sex with another old jacket. The jackets named him Jake, after the fact that they were jackets. Then in 2007 he was in the finals of NBC's Stand Up For Diversity. He's has been doing stand up for slightly longer than the current booming glut of millennial iPhone wielding irony zealots so he feels a completely undeserved sense of superiority for being an android wielding sincerity zealot. He yelled a lot about his drinking problem and then in 2014 Stand Up Records! decided to secretly record one of his yelling sessions and it became an album called Humours (Stand Up! Records). It did pretty well so he moved to New York to start yelling at a professional level. The Jackets are very proud of him.
Zero Squared #154: Sam Harris, Race Science, and Nerd Logic
May 17, 2018 07:47 AM PDT
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Michael Brooks is the co-host of the Majority Report and the host of The Michael Brooks Show and this week he’s returning to the Zero Books podcast to discuss a debate between Sam Harris and Ezra Klein. The debate about “racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over Harris’s podcast with Charles Murray” was released as episode 123 of the Waking Up podcast. Brooks and I discuss both who won and what epistemological problem was at the center of the debate.

Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies is absolutely still a book worth reading and that she is planning to return to the Zero Books podcast to discuss the ideas of Christopher Lasch in June. If you haven’t read Kill All Normies now is the time. Pick it up from an online store, at your a local bookstore or at your local library.

Also, the newest Zero Books youtube video is entitled The Intellectual Dark Web is Afraid of Marx. If you like this podcast you should check out the Zero Books youtube channel.

Finally, if you aren’t supporting this podcast through the Inside Zero Books Patreon page you’re missing out on a second podcast every week. I’d urge you to go ahead and take the plunge. For five dollars a month you’ll receive a second Zero Books podcast every weekend.

Alternatives: Interview with Eric Wison
May 12, 2018 01:04 PM PDT
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Eric Wilson is the author of The Republic of Cthulhu and the guest on this special edition of Alternatives. Alternatives is a monthly podcast that you'll usually find on the Inside Zero Books patreon feed. This episode is being released on all of the Zero Books feeds in an effort to entice people to support us on Patreon.

From the book jacket of The Republic of Cthulhu:

If parapolitics, a branch of radical criminology that studies the interactions between public entities and clandestine agencies, is to develop as an academic discipline, then it must develop a coherent theory of aesthetics in order to successfully perform its primary function: to render perceptible extra-judicial phenomena that have hitherto resisted formal classification. Wilson offers the work of H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) as an example of the relevance of subversive literature—in this case, cosmic horror and the weird tale—to the parapolitical criminologist.

Zero Squared #153: Syria and the Kurds
May 09, 2018 01:26 PM PDT
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Dr. Bajalan is historian of the Middle East specializing in issues pertaining nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Bajalan also serves on the editorial board of the journal Kurdish Studies and publications including Turkeyscope, Jacobin, OpenDemocracy, and Jadaliyya have featured his commentary on present-day Middle Eastern affairs. He is the guest this week as we revisit the questions around the Syrian civil war, US involvement in the region and how the Anglophone left should understand and possibly intervene in the conflict.

I want to point out that the latest Zero Books youtube video is online. This week’s video pulls a quote from the Zero Books title Dead Man Working in order to better understand what the dominance of FB means for humanity.

I also want to thank Harry A, Guy M, Alban M, Dra kuma, and a person calling themselves suckmydickeaterson for supporting us on Patreon.

If you aren’t supporting this podcast through the Inside Zero Books patreon page you’re missing out on a second podcast every week. I’d urge you to go ahead and take the plunge. For five dollars a month you’ll receive a second Zero Books podcast every weekend.

Zero Books #152: CGI Animation and the Death of the Real
May 02, 2018 11:51 AM PDT
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Deborah Levitt is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School. Her publications include an essay on media and biopolitics in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life (Edinburgh University Press 2008) and the Animatic Apparatus which is out now from Zero Books. In this interview, we discuss Porn Envy, gender dysmorphia, CGI celebrities, and Ghost in the Shell.

Turning to Zero Books I should point out that Jason Barker, author of the Zero Books title Marx Returns, celebrated May Day by publishing an early birthday greeting for Karl Marx in the New York Times. His lauding of Marx in the Times brought down angry tweets from Jordan B Peterson and James Woods and inspired Glenn Beck to write an angry blog post denouncing Barker and Marx both. Good job, Jason!

And speaking of far right hacks like Beck and Peterson, the newest Zero Books youtube video takes a look at how the far right disingenuously embraces free speech rhetoric in order to propagate their ideas. If you like this podcast you should check out the Zero Books youtube channel.

Finally, if you aren’t supporting this podcast through the Inside Zero Books patreon page you’re missing out on a second podcast every week. I’d urge you to go ahead and take the plunge. For five dollars a month you’ll receive a second Zero Books podcast every weekend.

The music you’re listening to right now is an 8bit cover of Take on Me by Ah-Ha, but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Deborah Levitte and I discuss CGI Animation and the Death of the Real.

Zero Squared #151: Revolutionary Keywords
April 25, 2018 10:50 PM PDT
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Ian Parker is an activist and academic, a revolutionary Marxist, and practising Lacanian psychoanalyst in Manchester, involved in various political movements in the past forty years. He is also the guest this week as we discuss his book Revolutionary Keywords for the New Left.

Next week Deborah Levitt will be on to discuss her book Animatic Apparatus. Her book is about how new modes of life are now produced by simulations, from CGI in Hollywood blockbusters to animal cloning. Her book is coming in May and available for pre-order.

I want to thank Jeramie P, Ben W, Raymon L, and Cryptov R along with 270 other Patreon supporters and listeners to the Inside Zero Books podcast. You are all making the expansion of Zero Books’ digital content production possible.

If you enjoy the podcast you might consider becoming a patron too. You’ll get access to a second podcast every week including monthly installments of C Derick Varn’s podcasts Symptomatic Redness and Alternatives.

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