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Pop the Left #2: Sexy Anarchists vs Marxist Eggheads
January 30, 2013 12:15 AM PST
This week on the Diet Soap channel: Pop the Left #2
Pop the Left is currently a special program done irregularly with C Derick Varn (a University Lecturer living in Jeonju) and Nicholas Pell (a freelancer writer and cynic living in LA) and this episode features a conversation with Varn as we dissect just why Anarchists are so different, so appealing, while Marxists look like they've spent the evening coughing into their overgrown beards and forgetting to clip their fingernails.
The other question we ask is why is it that Anarchists and Marxists alike can't really think past Capitalism.
However, the weird thing is that by the end of this second episode we've stumbled into our unconscious and end up in a seemingly never ending stream of penises...I mean Freudian slips.
Enjoy!Diet Soap Podcast #158: Are Abstractions Necessary?
September 21, 2012 11:48 AM PDT
The guest this week is the youtube star and Marxist Brendan Cooney and we discuss Marx and Hegel. This is the second half of our conversation, slightly edited. You can find more from Cooney on his Kapitalism101 blog.
I am still planning on canceling the Podomatic feed for Diet Soap and moving the podcast to douglaslain.com. If you subscribe to podcast through podomatic you'll need to change over to the new feed by the end of the month, that means that this podcast will be the last podcast on the podomatic website and next week you'll find instructions on how to switch the feeds instead. When I make the switch I'm also going to restart the Diet Soap philosophy workshop and that workshop will continue weekly, or at least it will be a part of every episode. That means that while I'll continue on discussing Hegel once a month, I've decided to expand the workshop to a weekly format. After each Diet Soap episode subscribers to the podcast will get a chance to participate in a conversation about that episode. So, yes, there will be regular Hegel episodes, but subscribers will also get a chance to discuss all the different subjects that we cover or bring up their own ideas. Finally, I am also going to start a monthly podcast with C. Derick Varn called Pop the Left. We'll take a critical look at the politics of the Left from a Leftist perspective and, at first, that'll be hosted through the same RSS feed as Diet Soap, but if a few more people donate or subscribe I'll start a second feed for Pop the Left on its own. So, you can help me start a new podcast by donating today.Diet Soap Podcast #157: Real Abstract Robots?
September 13, 2012 11:36 PM PDT
The guest this week is Brendan Cooney and we discuss his Law of Value youtube video series (I play the soundtrack for his second video), and discuss real abstractions as explained in Marx's bestselling book Capital. We start off discussing whether Data from the television show Star Trek the Next Generation would generate value if he time traveled to this current Capitalist economy.
I am still planning on canceling the Podomatic feed for Diet Soap and moving the podcast to douglaslain.com. If you subscribe to podcast through podomatic you'll need to change over to the new feed by the end of the month, that means that the next podcast will be the last podcast on the podomatic website. In that episode I'll try to explain just how to find the Diet Soap RSS feed from Blubrry. When I make the switch I'm also going to restart the Diet Soap philosophy workshop and that workshop will continue weekly, or at least it will be a part of every episode. That means that while I'll continue on discussing Hegel once a month, I've decided to expand the workshop to a weekly format. After each Diet Soap episode subscribers to the podcast will get a chance to participate in a conversation about that episode. So, yes, there will be regular Hegel episodes, but subscribers will also get a chance to discuss all the different subjects that we cover or bring up their own ideas. Finally, I am also going to start a monthly podcast with C. Derick Varn called Pop the Left. We'll take a critical look at the politics of the Left from a Leftist perspective and, at first, that'll be hosted through the same RSS feed as Diet Soap, but if a few more people donate or subscribe I'll start a second feed for Pop the Left on its own. So, you can help me start a new podcast by donating today.Diet Soap Podcast #140: The Reality of Economic Abstractions
April 17, 2012 12:49 PM PDT
The podcast has been on a temporary hiatus as I've struggled to revise a novel as quickly as possible, but we return this week despite the fact that I haven't quite finished yet. I've been up to my eyeballs in dreams, Christopher Robin Milne, cats that turn into toys, and the strikes of May 1968, but the podcast continues.
I want to thank all of the subscribers to the podcast who are participating in the Diet Soap philosophy writers workshop and urge you to either subscribe or donate. I currently have 12 copies left of my book "Wave of Mutilation" and even more copies of my surrealist memoir on urban foraging entitled Pick Your Battle, and a subscribing or donating $6 or more entitles you to a copy of one of these books.
I should point out that this week marks the third year for the Diet Soap podcast. The very first episode was produced on April 16th, 2009. This is also the last week that Diet Soap will feature a Titanic Factoid. Sunday was the 100 year anniversary of the sinking and Miriam has decided to commemorate April 15th, 1912 with a sinking of the factoid. So, this week we say goodbye to the Titanic, but I look forward to seeing what Miriam comes up with next and she promises that she'll continue in some way or another.
My conversation with Brendan Cooney went on for a good while and wandered, so this may be a two parter. We'll see. I've currently got at least five weeks of interviews in the archive. So in coming weeks we'll hear conversations with Paul Shetler on surrealism, with KMO and Olga on Zombies, with Ross Wolfe on Taylorism or Fordism, with Jon Meade on the Production of Space, and with the bizarro writer Bradley Sands on why he's Sorry He Ruined Your Orgy.
October 10, 2011 01:28 PM PDT
This is a podcast that sees and wants to seize the Late Capitalist moment. On Diet Soap we consider what it would mean to #occupyingeverything and we attempt to realize philosophy. The guest this week is Brendan Cooney and we'll be finishing off the second part of our conversation about Crisis theory and three Marxists thinkers. We discuss David Harvey, Rick Wolff, and Andrew Kliman. There is also an interesting conversation about the role of theory and the need for political movements, a conversation that seems dated to me now that #occupywallstreet has found its legs.
The show has moved to Mondays because I've found part time work for the Oregon Symphony and will have to put the shows together on the weekends. Also, that move back to the Symphony might mean that the podcast features even more Classical music. We'll see.
Diet Soap has been on hiatus for the past few weeks, but I want to thank Andrew M, Pieter L, Michael T, David B, and Bruce P for donating in the last few weeks. It's great to get so much support even though the podcast was shut down due to technical difficulties. My old iMac died just before Steve Jobs shed his mortal coil, but now I've got a little Mac Mini. What I'd really like is a Linux machine made out of recycled wood and spit that will upgrade itself using nanotechnology. Anybody know where I can find one of those for the price of an iPad? Anyhow, copies of Pick Your Battle are still available through the end of this month, and Bruce P and Pieter L will be receiving copies of the book soon (the other donors had already received copies).
In other news, a few things have happened since the last podcast. I mentioned #occupywallstreet at the start, and I have to say that while I was skeptical about the movement as it was described by Adbusters over the summer, I have to say that the movement has already transformed itself and is getting stronger. At the end of this episode Cooney comments that there is no movement of radicals who could use and transform radical theory. That might have been true when he said that a month or so ago, but it may not be true anymore. We'll see.
I'd promised to include excerpts from my upcoming novella Wave of Mutilation on the podcast until I'd finished reading the whole story, and I'll return to that. But in an effort to get this podcast out I'm skipping that segment this week. The music you're listening to now is El Cholu by Tosca Tango which is the theme from the Linklater film, waking life, but in just a moment you'll be listening to Brendan Cooney and I discuss how to #occupywallstreet
The music and sounds this week include music from Tosca Tango and Waking Life, the human microphone at #occupywallstreet chanting the words of my hero Slavoj Zizek, Brendan Cooney's youtube video What is Capitalism, Arturo Toscanini conducting the Internationale in 1944, and an advertisement for #occupywallstreet.Diet Soap Podcast #117: The Democracy of the Proletariat?
August 26, 2011 12:32 AM PDT
The guest this week is the Marxist and academic expert on post-Marxism Geoffrey Boucher. Professor Boucher wrote an essay criticizing Zizek's rejection of direct democracy for the Journal of Zizek Studies, and he was very kind to come to Diet Soap and discuss it.
I want to thank a listener for sending me a handmade pipe (I feel it adds to my pseudointellectual persona) in exchange for a copy of my book Pick Your Battle, and also thank Nicholas J and Sam Q for donating to the podcast. Those copies of my surrealist self-help (that's PIck Your battle Your guide to Urban Foraging, Hollywood Movies, Late Capitalism, and the Communist ALternative) will be arriving in your mailboxes soon.
I also want to tell everyone to find Diet Soap on Facebook, find me under douglain on twitter, to find my blog douglaslain.com, to find the dietsoapcast.com blog (and I promise I'll update it really soon, it's been dead for a month), and if you're wanting to read very odd short stories you can find me on amazon.
May 12, 2011 01:37 AM PDT
The returning guest this week is the philosopher and psychoanalyst Adrian Johnston, and we discuss his book Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations. This is part two of a two part conversation.
Thank you Andrew M, Kurt O, Penny R, Michael S, and Lukas M for donating to the podcast and getting the Pick Your Battle book. The book is at the printers now and should be arriving here around the 26th. Those of you who haven't already ordered a copy can get one by donating to the podcast. The minimum donation is $6 to receive the book in the mail, but I should tell you the book is now available in the Amazon Kindle store for $5.95 as well, so if you prefer to read on a Kindle and save a nickle that's an option too.
I should also announce that my second short story collection entitled "Fall Into Time" was recently released from Eraserhead Press and is also available on Amazon.Diet Soap Podcast #102: How to Act In Case of an Event
May 05, 2011 01:05 AM PDT
The philosopher and psychoanalyst Adrian Johnston returns this week to discuss his book Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations. The conversation lasted two hours so this episode will be part one of a two part examination of the act, the event, and how to strive for both.
Also, in case you're wondering, Osama bin Laden is still dead.
The Pick Your Battle guide to Urban Foraging, Critical Theory and groping towards a Praxis is still available to everyone who donates $6 or more to the podcast, and I want to thank Andrew M, Sami R, Richard B, and James L for making a donation in exchange for a copy of the book.Diet Soap Podcast #97: Capitalism's Cycles of Crisis
March 31, 2011 12:33 AM PDTBrendan Cooney returns for the second part of a two part conversation about the economic crisis, the declining rate of profit, underconsumption, and the economic philosophy of our best pal Karl Marx. We also discuss Net Neutrality and the great Comcast/Apple Computer conspiracy (the name of that conspiracy is of course Capitalism.) We say goodbye to Joe Bageant this week. Joe was taken by cancer, and I like to think he's up in heaven tripping balls with Tim Leary and Terence McKenna. Joe was a true working class hero and a terrific writer. His books Deer Hunting With Jesus and Rainbow Pie put the Red in Red Neck, while his spirit and humor put heart and soul back into politics. Listen for a homage sound montage at the end of the podcast. I'll miss you, Joe. There is a Counter-Counter Insurgency Convergence at Reed College this weekend. That's my neighborhood so if you're in Portland and want to meet up for this contact me through douglaslain.com. Diet Soap Podcast #96: Marxism and Value
March 24, 2011 01:07 AM PDT
The Marxist autodidact, youtube star, and blogger Brendan Cooney discusses the economic philosophy of that big German guy Karl Marx. Cooney is a very accessible and entertaining thinker and pedagogue.
Zero Squaredis a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.
Douglas Lain is the publisher of zero books. He is also a novelist and podcaster. His novel “Billy Moon” tells the story of Christopher Robin Milne’s fictional involvement with the French general strike in May of 1968, and was published by Tor Books in 2013.
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