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Zero Squared #125: Overcoming Capitalism
September 14, 2017 06:41 PM PDT
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Terry Tapp is an artist and writer living in New York City. Originally from Central Appalachia, Terry spent many years working trade jobs, wandering through the American south, all the while creating art and writing. His book A Serf's Journal is a formidable first-hand account of American workers in Jeffersonville, Indiana, as they fought a multinational company and their corrupt union to stage the longest wildcat strike in US history. Tapp is the guest this week as we discuss overcoming capitalism.

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.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #124: Should We Keep Free Speech?
September 07, 2017 10:54 AM PDT
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C Derick Varn is back this week. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a University lecturer and teacher, a poet, and a frequent guest on this podcast. This week we discuss John Stuart Mills arguments for Free Speech as compared to Marx’s arguments, the Black Bloc, and the idea of the memory hole.

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.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #123: Gaffney Called Out
August 31, 2017 09:33 AM PDT
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Frankie Gaffney is the guest this week, and he’s the author of the novel Dublin Seven and a writer for the Irish Times, the Dublin Inquirer, Broadsheet and many other publications. In May this year, he wrote a piece for the Irish Times entitled Identity Politics is Utterly Ineffective at Anything Other than Dividing People which drew ire online and even inspired a hashtag and an open letter of condemnation.

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.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #122: Lacan's Television
August 24, 2017 09:44 PM PDT
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Vakhtang Gomelauri is a therapist and self-proclaimed psychoanalyst working in NYC who is influenced by the ideas of the Jacques Lacan and this week he’s stopped by to discuss the book Television by Jacques Lacan, and the televised broadcast that the book is based on.

If you’re looking for a book to help you understand psychology and its crisis you should pick up a copy of The Off Modern by Ron Roberts. Other Zero Books titles worth having would be 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, 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.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #121: Realizing Liberal Values?
August 16, 2017 06:37 PM PDT
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C Derick Varn is the guest this week. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a University lecturer and teacher, a poet, and a frequent guest on this podcast and many others. This week we discuss the contradictions in liberalism and debate whether the goal of Marx was to realize or abandon liberal values.

If you’re looking for some books to help you understand the current political crisis we’re in we at Zero Books have just the reading list for you. Edmund Berger’s Uncertain Futures provides a detailed look into the economic and political conditions of the Trump era from a Marxist perspective, Chris Nineham’s How the Establishment Lost Control offers an upbeat explanation for Corbynism and Brexit both, Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall is a collection of essays that brings an understanding of Marx’s Value Theory to bear on political questions, and Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies explains how the online culture war added fuel to the fire of right-wing reaction.

If you enjoy the podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #120: Why did leftists head to 8chan?
August 09, 2017 06:16 PM PDT
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An anonymous member of leftypol is the guest on this week’s Zero Books podcast. According to the website Know Your Meme leftypol “consists of users who sympathizes with communist ideology and viewpoint. Although many of the memes are centered around the USSR and Albania, almost all the users are opposed to both the USSR and Hoxhaist Albania. The board is also the home of left-wing discussion of ideology and culture, according to the board’s FAQ. The Board is also associated with the USSC (Union of Soviet Socialist Chans).”

If you’re looking for something to read Some Zero Books titles to check out include Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies, Joanna Demer’s Anatomy of a Thought Fiction, That Existential Leap: A crime story by Dolan Cummings, and Stephen Lee Naish’s Deconstructing Dirty Dancing.

If you enjoy the podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #119: How the Establishment Lost Control
August 03, 2017 12:46 PM PDT
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Chris Nineham is a founder member of the Stop the War Coalition. He was one of the organisers of the February 15th,2003 demonstration in London and central to the international co-ordination that led to the protests going global. His book How the Establishment Lost Control is due out from Zero Books on August 25th and in this episode we discuss the success of Jeremy Corbyn.

Some other Zero Books titles to check out include Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies, Joanna Demer’s Anatomy of a Thought Fiction, That Existential Leap: A crime story by Dolan Cummings, and Edmund Berger’s Uncertain Futures.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Symptomatic Redness: Symbolic Kinship (pt. 2)
July 21, 2017 01:03 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 podcast of Symptomatic Redness hosted by Zero Books is a continuation of a conversation between Amogh Sahu and C. Derick Varn on the history and prehistory of human societies.

Thanks goes out to Zero Books Club members. If you find this podcast helpful you might subscribe to the Zero Books podcast feed and keep listening or leave a review of the podcast on iTunes.

Zero Squared #118: Tweets, White Genocide, and Free Speech
July 13, 2017 06:55 PM PDT
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George Ciccariello-Maher is a professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University, the author of We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, and at the center of ongoing twitter storms. On Christmas Eve of 2016 the professor tweeted “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide” and in March of of 2017 he tweeted that he had to hold back vomit when a soldier was given a first class seat on a flight he was on two days after the US bombing of Mosul. In this week’s episode we discuss his tweets, academic freedom, and free speech.

I want to remind you that Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies is available through Amazon and encourage you to ask your favorite bookstore or library to carry Zero Books titles.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #117: Beyond the Black Body (pt. 1)
July 06, 2017 05:12 AM PDT
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RL Stephens is an organizer in Chicago, founding editor of Orchestrated Pulse, and the A. Philip Randolph Fellow at Jacobin. His essay The Birthmark of Damnation: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Black Body was published in May at Viewpoint Magazine and is the topic for this week’s Zero Books podcast.

It’s Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.
I want to remind you that Angela Nagle’s book and Joanna Demer’s book Anatomy of Thought-Fiction are both available through Amazon and other online vendors and encourage you to ask your favorite bookstore or library to carry Zero Books titles. Set some 200 years in the future, Demer’s Anatomy of Thought-Fiction treats a critique of the present, namely Demer’s own arguments about the connection between popular music, the collapse of liberal arts universities, and the current turn to the right as the McGuffin for a kind of meta science fiction.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

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