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The Machiavellians, Defenders of Freedom?
June 19, 2021 02:17 AM PDT
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In this episode of Pop the Left Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss Paul Matticks critique of James Burnham's "The Machiavellians, Defenders of Freedom." We ask the question, "Why do right-wing theories of social class so frequently infect the left and Marxism?"

Chris Cutrone on Lenin's Liberalism
June 14, 2021 06:35 AM PDT
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Responding to some recent Zero Books podcasts (The Lenin Legend and Did Marx Hate Liberals?) Chris Cutrone returns to discuss an essay he wrote in 2011 entitled "Lenin's Liberalism."

Relevant Essay

Lenin's Liberalism by Chris Cutrone
https://platypus1917.org/2011/06/01/lenins-liberalism/

Identity Politics is Right Wing
June 04, 2021 04:26 PM PDT
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Christine Louis-Dit-Sully is a freelance writer, and she is currently researching for a second PhD. Her research is focused on the issues of race, identity, social justice, and the demand for ‘safe spaces’ in US and UK universities. Her book from Zero Books is entitled “Transcending Racial Divisions: Will You Stand By Me” and in it, she examines the origins of racial thinking and the relationship between race and culture.

The Lenin Legend
May 28, 2021 11:20 AM PDT
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Paul Mattick's essay "The Lenin Legend" was published in 1935. Mattick's essay begins with these lines: "The yellower and more leathery the skin of the mummified Lenin grows, and the higher the statistically determined number of visitors to the Lenin Mausoleum climbs, the less are people concerned about the real Lenin and his historical significance." In this video Djene Rhys Bajalan and Kuba Wrzesniewski join Doug Lain to discuss the essay and whether Mattick's polemic holds up today.

Pop the New Deal
May 20, 2021 01:10 PM PDT
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain return to discuss Paul Mattick Sr.'s 1939 essay "Roosevelt's 'New' New Deal."
Paul Mattick was a council communist and left critic of Bolshevism. Mattick was heavily influenced by the work of Henryk Grossman, but unlike Grossman, he was a critic of Leninism. His essay on the New Deal argued that support for the New Deal was crippling the workers movement.

What is Imperialist Realism? (ft Daniel Bessner)
May 06, 2021 08:36 PM PDT
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Since its emergence in the middle of the twentieth century, the American Empire has been fueled by the search for an enemy. This episode of Zero Squared features a conversation with Daniel Bessner features a conversation about Karl Schmidt, the friend/enemy distinction, the cold war, and American Empire's role in the world today.

What Was The Dictatorship of the Proletariat? (and what is "Political Marxism")
April 30, 2021 11:30 AM PDT
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss the failings of a sect of Trotskyism known as "Political Marxism" after discussing just what Chris Cutrone might have meant when he asked Doug to join his effort to create a "Dictatorship of the Proletariat." Can Marx's ideas become politically relevant today? What are the impediments to socialism today?

Relevant Essays:

The ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ in Marx and Engels by Hal Draper
https://www.marxists.org/subject/marxmyths/hal-draper/article2.htm

Is There Anything to Defend in Political Marxism by Neil Davidson
https://isreview.org/issue/91/there-anything-defend-political-marxism

What Comes After Critical Theory? (ft. Chris Cutrone)
April 22, 2021 12:17 PM PDT
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Following up on a panel discussion for the Platypus Affiliated Society, Chris Cutrone stops by to ambush Douglas Lain about whether he'd support a "dictatorship of the proletariat." Other topics include whether Christopher Lasch was a conservative or a socialist, the nature of bourgeoise justice, the political character of Donald Trump, and what it means to be an aging Gen Xer today.

Glenn Greenwald Is Not Your Enemy
April 10, 2021 09:19 AM PDT
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Glenn Edward Greenwald is an American journalist, author, and former attorney. He is the author of the book "Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro’s Brazil," and the King of Twitter. In this conversation he discusses the corruption in Bolsonaro's Brazil and why it is that the American left no longer embraces him.

A Marxist Critique of the Contemporary Left
April 01, 2021 10:31 PM PDT
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Dr. Elena Louisa Lange is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer of Japanese Studies at the University of Zurich. Her current research focuses on the reception of Marx's Critique of Political Economy in 20th century Japan, and especially on the critical analysis of its interpretation in the influential economist Uno Kôzô (1897-1977). She views her work roughly situated in the reconstruction movement of the Critique of Political Economy today known as the "Neue Marx-Lektüre" (especially the work of Helmut Brentel) and the legacy of critical Hegelian Marxism. Her teaching broadly covers the intellectual history of modern Japan, with an emphasis on modern philosophy, sociology (critical theory), the history of Marxism, postmodernism, the student and the New Left movement. Joshua Depaolis is an independent researcher on Marxist theory and an editor at an upcoming journal called CounterAttack which was also the name of an anti-communist journal in the 1940s and 50s.

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