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Symptomatic Redness: Jamie Curcio on Philosophy and Fiction [teaser]
March 17, 2019 11:45 AM PDT
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This week's Symptomatic Redness is available in full for our Patreon supporters.

The co-founder of the “Evolving Media Network” media collective, author of the novel Join My Cult! (published by New Falcon Press) and the founder of the band Babalon. His nonfiction work includes works of philosophy, mysticism, myth, and psychology and his first full length nonfiction book is entitled Narrative Machines.

Derick Varn and Jamie Curcio discuss far right or fascist aesthetics, chaos magic, Heidegger, Mishima, and David Bowie.

"I didn't even know if there was a direct connection between Mishima and Bowie when I started."

Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness 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.

Zero Squared #191: Brooks on 2020
March 13, 2019 01:36 PM PDT
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Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report with Sam Seder, and a soon to be author here at Zero Books. In this episode Michael Brooks discusses Bolsonaro’s Brazil and what promises to be a torturous 2020 US presidential campaign.

This week’s podcast is available in full. Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness 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. At the moment we have 572 patrons. When we reach 600 we’ll introduce a new series of patron only videos tentatively entitled Communism 101.

Symptomatic Redness: Conversation with Ed Simon (pt. 2)
March 10, 2019 10:48 AM PDT
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C Derick Varn continues his conversation with Ed Simon. Ed Simon is an editor at Berfrois, a British magazine of “Literature, Ideas, Tea,” and a staff writer at The Millions, which the New York Times has called the “indispensable literary site.” Simon is also the author of "America and Other Fictions" from Zero Books.

The conversation begins with Derick explaining the American Southern Left and their alienation, but quickly moves on to the significance of the 2016 American presidential election, Ta-Nehisi Coates, whether race or economics were most significant in 20016, and the way in which the political chattering classes cynically frame questions, white Evangelicals, the DSA, and so on and so on...

Zero Squared #190: Race and Capitalism [teaser]
March 06, 2019 11:47 AM PST
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Peter Hudis is a professor of the humanities and philosophy at Oakton Community College and a member of the IMHO or International Marxist Humanist Organization and in this episode of the Zero Books podcast we attempt to discuss the idea that African Americans are the vanguard of revolutionary socialism but pretty quickly get stuck discussing just how or whether the racial categories that are have arisen historically and are familiar to us today are intrinsic to capitalism as a mode of production.

This week’s podcast is available in full for our patrons. Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness 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. I hope you enjoy them.

Symptomatic Redness: Ed Simon on America and Other Fictions [teaser]
March 03, 2019 03:50 PM PST
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Derick Varn interviews Zero Books author Ed Simon about his book America and Other Fictions, secularization theory, and religious life in a modern world.

Here's the back of the Jacket copy for Ed Simon's book:

At a moment of cultural and political crisis, with forces of reaction seemingly ascendant throughout the West, it's fair to ask what use does anyone have for America, God, or any other similar fictions? What use does theological language have for the radical facing the apocalypse? Among the subjects considered: the need for an Augustinian left, legacies of American violence, speaking in tongues, the humanities facing climate change, the maturity of realizing that you will die, how to sail towards Utopia, and witches.

Zero Squared Special: Henryk Grossman, Crisis, and Rick Kuhn
February 27, 2019 11:44 AM PST
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Welcome to a special edition of the Zero Books podcast. Ashley Frawley is a member of the Zero Books team and this week she is the host of the Zero Books podcast. Frawley, being interested in Marxist crisis theory, interviewed professor Rick Kuhn who has spent over twenty years studying the Marxist economist Henryk Grossman and in this episode, Frawley and Kuhn discuss the declining rate of profit, countervailing tendencies, the Frankfurt school, and the cultural turn.

This week’s podcast is available in full. Our patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness 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. I hope you enjoy them.

Symptomatic Redness: Mark Rainey on Capital 2 & 3
February 23, 2019 08:01 PM PST
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Friend of the podcast Mark Rainey joins Derick Varn to discuss Capital Volumes 2 and 3, and the obscure academic battles that are often ignored on the left. Why are socialists so allergic to Marx's critique of political economy? Why is it so uncommon to read Marx's actual writings?

Is there a way to bring theory and activism together in praxis?

Zero Squared #189: Free Speech Debate (pt. 2) [teaser]
February 20, 2019 12:18 PM PST
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Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, the host of Symptomatic Redness, and my nemesis. In this episode you’ll hear the second half of our debate the question of Free Speech as it relates to our mutual ill-defined Marxist socialism.

This is part two of a two-part conversation and is available in full for our Patreon supporters. Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening for free you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. I hope you enjoy them.

Zero Squared #188: A Free Speech Debate
February 13, 2019 04:49 PM PST
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Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, the host of Symptomatic Redness, and my nemesis. In this episode of Zero Squared Derick and I debate the question of Free Speech as it relates to our mutual, ill-defined, Marxist socialism.

This is part one of a two-part conversation and is available for free. The second half will be available to our Patreon supporters next week. Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening for free you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. I hope you enjoy them.

Symptomatic Redness: Swampside and Parkinson
February 10, 2019 04:11 PM PST
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This week's Symptomatic Redness features a conversation with Donald Parkinson. Parkinson was formerly of the Communist League of Tampa and the Swampside podcast, and he discusses the state of the radical socialist left today.

Swampside Chats is the podcast where, every week, communists shoot the shit about current events, history, political economy, and theory.

"You are free not only to invite us, but to go yourselves wherever you will, even into the Swamp. In fact, we think that is your proper place, and we are prepared to render you every assistance to get there. Only let go of our hands, don’t clutch at us and don’t besmirch the grand word freedom, for we too are 'free' to go where we please, free to fight not only against the Swamp but also against those who are turning towards the Swamp!"

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