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Pop the Left: Pop The Left: From the Capitol Riots to Jimmy Dore
January 18, 2021 12:45 PM PST
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss last week's riot at the Capitol Building and the AOC vs. Jimmy Dore debate. Along the way the topics of standpoint epistemology, class consciousness, and the difference between a coup and a revolution will be explored.

Zero Books Special: From the New Left to the Trumpist Right? ft. Mickey Kaus
January 16, 2021 02:55 PM PST
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This interview explores how "Marxist" ideas, when disconnected from Marx's own theory especially in Capital, can lead radicals in a multitude of directions, including to the right. The subject of the interview is Mickey Kaus.
Mickey Kaus is a journalist and political blogger who started the website Kausfiles in 1999. He has written for the New Republic, Newsweek, Slate and the Daily Caller and he is the author of the book “The End of Equality.” He the co-founder of bloggingheads.tv along with Robert Wright and he appears weekly with Robert in their parrot room.

Zero Squared #259: Does Parecon Escape the Logic of Capitalism?
January 10, 2021 02:47 PM PST
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Michael Albert is an organizer, publisher, teacher, and author of over twenty books and hundreds of articles. He cofounded South End Press, Z Magazine, the Z Media Institute, ZNet, and various other projects, and works full time for Z Communications. He is the author, with Robin Hahnel, of the economic vision named participatory economics. He helped create the International Organization for a Participatory Society in 2012. He is also the podcaster behind Revolution Z and an instructor at the School for Social and Cultural Change.

Pop the Left: Will the Politics and Crises of 2020 Continue?
January 04, 2021 09:51 PM PST
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain are the hosts of Pop the Left, a video podcast presented on this channel every other Thursday. This week we say goodbye to 2020 and consider the year of COVID in the context of both capitalist crises and the rise and fall of socialist movements.

Chris Cutrone on Adorno, Value and Capital
December 28, 2020 01:16 PM PST
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The former president of the Platypus Affiliated Society returns to the channel/podcast in order to defend the memory of Theodor Adorno after viewing our video "Class Consciousness vs. the Fiction of 'Class First' Politics."

Is Adorno REALLY to Blame?
December 20, 2020 02:31 PM PST
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Douglas Lain and Derick Varn discuss the early days of the Frankfurt School, the relationship between Critical Theory and Marxism, and discuss just how much credit or blame thinkers like Horkheimer and Adorno really deserve.

Why We Should Unlearn Marx
December 13, 2020 02:44 PM PST
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Steve Paxton both studied with GA Cohen at Oxford before and works blue-collar, white-collar and no-collar jobs. His book, Unlearning Marx considers Marx without Marxism.

The Cultural Nationalism of Harold Cruse
December 07, 2020 10:49 PM PST
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The cultural critic Christopher Lasch praised Harold Cruse and his book The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. Specifically, Lasch looked to Cruse as Lasch explored the need for the development of a working-class culture after WW2. In this video Derick Varn and Douglas Lain explore the limits of Cruse's conception of national identity even as they consider the reasons why Cruse felt compelled to seek out a black national culture in the United States.

Zero Squared #257: The End of the End of History
November 29, 2020 02:26 PM PST
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Alex Hochuli is a co-host at the Aufhebunga Bunga podcast, a writer for magazines such as Damage and Jacobin, and a co-author of the upcoming Zero Books book "The End of the End of History." From the book jacket: The End of the End of History examines how the political consequences of the 2008 financial crisis have come home to roost. If Trump and Brexit shattered the liberal-democratic consensus in 2016, then the global pandemic of 2020 put a final end to the “End of History”. Politics is back, but it’s stranger than ever.

Pop the Left: Are We Living in the Post-Revolutionary Age?
November 22, 2020 06:17 PM PST
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This Pop the Left podcast features Derick Varn, and Douglas Lain as they continue their conversation about the writings of Christopher Lasch and specifically examine his essay "Is Revolution Obsolete?" from his book A World of Nations. The ideas of Harold Cruse will also be examined as we try to wrangle out just what contemporary socialists can gain from understanding the legacy of Lasch.

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