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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

Is There Anything to Defend in Political Marxism by Neil Davidson

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.

Did Doug Really Invite Jesse Singal onto Zero Books? OMG!
March 25, 2021 07:26 PM PDT
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Jesse Singal is a contributing writer at NY Magazine and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, and other outlets. He is also one of the most hated men on the internet and the target of a perpetual defamation campaign. He is the co-host of the podcast Blocked and Reported, and the author of a new book entitled the Quick Fix.

Has the American Left Been Absorbed by the Dems? (ft. Margaret Kimberley)
March 21, 2021 10:04 PM PDT
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Has the American left been captured by the Democratic Party? Was Bernie Sanders just a sheep dog after all? Can we build a movement for socialism in the Biden era? Margaret Kimberley is the author of PREJUDENTIAL: a concise, authoritative exploration of America’s relationship with race and black Americans through the lens of the presidents who have been elected to represent all of its people. Relevant Books Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents.

Bordiga, Communism, and the Need for a Party
March 15, 2021 06:49 PM PDT
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Patrick Higgins is replacing C Derick Varn in this week's Pop the Left. In this episode, we discuss the collection The Science and Passion of Communism. What does Amadeo Bordiga have to offer today's left? What are his limits? Is Central Planning enough?

Richard Wolff: Capitalism and the Pandemic
March 07, 2021 10:08 AM PST
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The coronavirus pandemic, the deepening economic crash, dangerously divisive political responses, and exploding social tensions have thrown an already declining American capitalist system into a tailspin. In this video the economist Richard D. Wolff discusses how capitalism works and doesn't work as he describes his new book from Democracy at Work "The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself" and Douglas Lain tries to set up a conversation on State Capitalism and Workers Co-Ops for the parrot room.

Democracy at Work

Relevant Books
The Sickness is the System by Richard Wolff

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The Black Ponderer (Neal Trotter) on Kierkegaard and Philosophy
February 21, 2021 04:39 PM PST
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Neal Trotter is a philosophy hobbyist and enthusiast interested in critically thinking with others. He reads philosophy books (primarily classics) and discusses them on Youtube. In this video Neal discusses Kierkegaard, despair, and the power of philosophy.

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