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Zero Squared #177: The Beauty of Class
November 15, 2018 10:26 AM PST
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Walter Benn Michaels is a well known literary theorist and the author of political books such as The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and essays like The Beauty of a Social Problem. He is a controversial guest and one I was glad to talk to especially in the context of the reaction to my video critiquing intersectionality.

If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters receive access to a second podcast every week. Our patrons are helping us continue and expand our online production including doing more podcasts like Symptomatic Redness and expand the content on our youtube channel. We currently have 493 patrons and we’re hoping to reach 500 patrons by this time next week.

Inside Zero Books #82: The Facebook Economy
November 11, 2018 02:57 PM PST
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Zero Books author Rob Larson returns to discuss his most recent writing project on the digital landscape and capitalism. We discuss Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, and Usenet and the utopian promise of this series of tubes known as the internet. How much of the US GDP comes from digital content? Does Mark Zuckerberg own our identities? Are we all unpaid laborers producing content for Google?

Zero Squared #176: Bolsonaro and the Limits of Anti-Corruption
November 08, 2018 12:38 PM PST
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Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report, and now an author for Zero Books. In this episode, we discuss the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and the rising right-wing populism around the world.

If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters receive access to a second podcast every week. If you’re curious about it then watch this space this coming weekend as we’ll be releasing a special edition of Inside Zero Books with Rob Larson that will be available for everyone in order to entice you to support us. Our patrons are helping us continue and expand our online production including doing more podcasts like Symptomatic Redness and expand the content on our youtube channel. We currently have 493 patrons and we’re hoping to reach 500 patrons by this time next week.

Zero Squared #175: A Report from Brazil
October 31, 2018 10:30 PM PDT
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Mateus Grazina is a 27 year old brazilian artist living in São Paulo working on a television show for the Cartoon Network about a school aged penguin named Oswaldo. He is part of what might be called the algorithmic left and in this episode of the podcast we discuss the 2018 presidential election in Brazil, the campaign and victory of the far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the recent struggles and the judicial coup that struck the Brazilian Worker’s Party, and the consequences of both the Brazilian recession and the carwash scandal.

If you like this podcast consider supporting us on patreon. Our patreon supporters are helping us continue to produce this podcast and our youtube videos.

Zero Squared #174: The Left Through the Looking Glass
October 25, 2018 11:12 AM PDT
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Terry Newman is currently an MA student in the Media Studies Department at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a Teaching Assistant in Concordia’s Engineering Department and the author of Through the Looking Glass at Concordia University.

It’s Wednesday, October 25th, 2018 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

We’ve started a Zero Books reading group for our patrons. It runs $15 a month on Patreon and this month’s book is Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno. All of our supporters get access to the Symptomatic Redness and Alternatives podcasts, and patrons who donate five dollars a month or higher get access to Inside Zero Books podcast as well, which means they get access to a second podcast every week. Patreon supporters are helping us continue to produce our youtube channel and other online projects like our online Capital reading group which will be revived this month as well.

Zero Squared #173: The Kavanaugh Show Trial
October 17, 2018 08:04 PM PDT
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Professor Heidi Matthews is Assistant Professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she Co-Directs the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. In this week’s podcast she stops by to discuss her essay in the conversation “Why the Kavanaugh hearings were a show trial gone bad” We’ve started a Zero Books reading group for our patrons. It runs $15 a month on Patreon and this month’s book is Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno. All of our supporters get access to the Symptomatic Redness and Alternatives podcasts, and patrons who donate five dollars a month or higher get access to Inside Zero Books podcast as well, which means they get access to a second podcast every week. And if you like this week’s podcast you might drop by our Patreon to hear Heidi Matthews discuss Kavanaugh and the law. Patreon supporters are helping us continue to produce our youtube channel and other online projects like our online Capital reading group which will be revived this month as well.
Zero Squared #172: A Swedish Utopia
October 10, 2018 09:51 PM PDT
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Mir Bal is the host of the A Lost Cause podcast out of Sweden, he is also a former social worker turned barista, an immigrant, and a socialist. He joins the Zero Books podcast in order to discuss immigration to the Swedish Utopia and why the Scandinavian Model really is a worker’s paradise...or maybe that’s not the conclusion we reached.

If you haven’t already supported us on Patreon you’re missing out on a second podcast every week and if you haven’t joined the Zero Books reading group then you’re missing out on a chance to discuss Adorno. We’re edging up towards 500 patrons so now is a good time to join in.

Symptomatic Redness: Scientific Socialism and Cold Stars
October 04, 2018 01:15 PM PDT
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Amir of Cold Dark Stars joins C Derick Varn to discuss the over-complexity of capitalism, planning, and understanding dynamic systems. Amir is a Ph.D. student in theoretical astrophysics trying to resist the tyranny of over-specialization. Cold Dark Stars is his notebook for exploring issues concerning society, philosophy of science, and capitalism, from a Left perspective using his scientific training as a lens. The name of the blog is a reference to a neutron star – the cold, dead shell left behind after a massive star consumes all its fuel and blows up as a supernova.

Symptomatic Redness is a show on political economy and historical analysis hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu. They interview various people on the subject of economics and politics from a historical materialist perspective and look at alternate modes of economic and political organization as well as offering commentary.

Zero Squared #171: Pssst...Socialists Oppose Reaction
September 26, 2018 05:48 PM PDT
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The following podcast was recorded at the request of a former Zero Books author named Nicolas Hausdorf after I mentioned on my blog that, in light of the positions he'd taken in essays written for a reactionary online journal, that we would no longer be publishing his work.

In 2015 we published Nicolas Hausdorf’s book Superstructural Berlin, a “frivolous” work that plays around with critical theory in order to provide the reader with an impressionistic picture of Berlin’s nightlife, drug culture, and tourism industry. Since the publication of his book with Zero, Nicolas has moved to the right. Given his transformation politically Zero Books won’t be publishing his work again. Because he was offended to discover our intent not to publish him and because he took to twitter to object, I invited him onto the podcast in order to explain the decision to him.

I want to remind listeners that Zero Books produces two podcasts every week, one for free and one for people who support us on Patreon. We also run a youtube channel featuring video essays from myself and the Zero Books team, and we have just started a Zero Books reading group. The next book on our reading list will be Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno, and Patrons who support us at $15 a month receive access to the book and an invitation to an online discussion group.

Zero Squared #170: The Revolutionary Subject?
September 20, 2018 12:49 PM PDT
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Peter Hudis is a professor of the Humanities at Oakton Community College, he is the author of several books including Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades, and Marx and the Third World: New perspectives on writings from his last decade, and a member of the International Marxist Humanist Organization. He is also the guest on this week’s podcast.

I want to remind listeners that Zero Books produces two podcasts every week, one for free and one for people who support us on Patreon. We also run a youtube channel featuring video essays from myself and the Zero Books team, and we have just started a Zero Books reading group. The next book on our reading list will be Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno, and Patrons who support us at $15 a month receive access to a ebook of this book later today.

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