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Zero Squared #228 [teaser]: Should We Cancel When the Courts Won't?
January 27, 2020 11:50 AM PST
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Sandy Baldwin is the author of “The Internet Unconscious: On the Subject of Electronic Literature,” and was a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology until a newspaper reported that he’d been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor based on the WEST VIRGINIA COMPUTER CRIME AND ABUSE ACT, a law regarding harassing and threatening communications by computer, cell phones and electronic communication devices. This charge was a downgrade offered by prosecutors after Baldwin had been arrested for a felony charge of soliciting a minor via computer. Baldwin is the guest on this podcast in order to discuss what our social responsibility is regarding platforming people after such an event and the degree to which the decisions of the courts should lead social attitudes and consequences for those accused and convicted.

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Zero Squared #227: Capitalism on Edge
January 20, 2020 03:04 PM PST
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Albena Azmanova teaches at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies and her book Capitalism on Edge is out now from Columbia University Press.

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Zero Squared #226: German Krisis and Value Theory
January 14, 2020 08:46 AM PST
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The editors of the German Marxist Journal "Krisis" are the guest this week. The discussion ranges from the death of traditional Marxism to the negation of the concept of the "revolutionary subject." The journal "Krisis" is published in German but some essays in English are available on their website. https://krisis.eu/marx-from-the-margins/

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Zero Squared #225: The Sci-Fi Myth
January 08, 2020 12:23 AM PST
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Tom Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness and the author of Science Fiction - The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future. In this episode, we discuss cosmic consciousness, social change and science fiction.

This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone.

Symptomatic Redness: The End (pt. 3)
January 02, 2020 07:51 AM PST
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In the third part of the final series of Symptomatic Redness, Derick and Amogh discuss the history of the left podcast scene, leading them to a discussion of the upcoming presidential election and the DSA’s role in it, and the question of how much has really changed since 2004, or even 1968.

After Symptomatic Redness’s final run, its place in your feed will be filled by the new and improved Pop The Left with C. Derick Varn and Douglas Lain.

Zero Books Special: Ashley Frawley with Luke Gittos
December 29, 2019 05:28 PM PST
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In this episode Zero Books reader and author of the book "The Semiotics of Happiness" interviews the Zero Books author Luke Gittos about his book "Human Rights-Illusory Freedom."

Luke Gittos is a lawyer, writer and is legal editor for Spiked, online-only UK current-affairs magazine. He regularly contributes across broadcast media on issues relating to law and politics, as well as participating in television and radio legal debates, and the Battle of Ideas festival. Gittos recently set up the City of London Appeals Clinic, and he presides over the London Legal Salon. His book Why Rape Culture is a Dangerous Myth: From Steubenville to Ched Evans was published in 2015.

Zero Squared #224: The Failure of the Impeachment
December 23, 2019 09:16 PM PST
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Margaret Kimberley is a New York-based writer who Dr. Cornel West has called“one of the few great truth-tellers who, along with Glen Ford, Adolph Reed, Jr. and Bruce Dixon, preserved her integrity during the Obama years.” She has been an editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006 and she the author of the book Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents (https://www.amazon.com/Prejudential-America-Presidents-Sunlight-Editions/dp/1586422480) which is due out from the imprint Truth to Power in February of next year, and she is a regular guest on this podcast. This time we discuss her skepticism regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump and the limits of the democrats.

This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone. Our patrons get access to two podcasts every week: Pop the Left and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week.

Symptomatic Redness: The End (pt. 2-teaser)
December 20, 2019 12:12 PM PST
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In this teaser, Derick and Amogh discuss contemporary right-wing American politics, and whether there even is such a thing.

An Interview with Slavoj Zizek with Commentary (Recorded on Thanksgiving)
December 19, 2019 04:07 PM PST
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This interview with Slavoj Zizek originally appeared on our youtube channel. In it we discuss topics covered in his book "Sex and the Failed Absolute." and I offer some comments and points of clarification. The interview was recorded on our new Twitch channel on Thanksgiving.

Zero Squared #223: Critical Theory, Subjectivity and Descartes [teaser]
December 16, 2019 04:33 PM PST
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Conrad Hamilton is a co-author of the book "What is Postmodern Conservatism?" and studies Marxist theory at Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. In this episode we discuss the ideas of Alfred Sohn-Rethel and humanism.

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