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Zero Squared #188: A Free Speech Debate
February 13, 2019 04:49 PM PST
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
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!"Zero Squared #187: Critical Humanism [teaser]
February 06, 2019 05:24 PM PST
Ashley Frawley is a frequent guest on Sky News and the BBC, she is the author of the Semiotics of Happiness, and she’s on the editorial team at Zero Books. This week she also the guest on the podcast as we discuss the need for a recommitment to a critical humanism, the question of human subjectivity, and the UK smacking ban.
This week’s podcast is available in its entirety to our Patreon supporters which means if you’re listening to one of our three free feeds you’ll be hearing an excerpt from the interview. Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. If you’re listening for free you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcast each week. I hope you enjoy them.Alternatives: Conspiracy Theories Left and Right [teaser]
February 02, 2019 01:13 PM PST
C Derick Varn and JG Michaels investigate the difference between left and right-wing conspiracy theories. Covering everything from anti-vaccination conspiracies, communist fluoride, 9/11 Truth, Peak Oil, and the social sorting that occurred in the aughts.
This episode is available in full on our Patreon feed.Zero Squared #186: Made in Brooklyn
January 30, 2019 04:56 PM PST
Amanda Wasielewski is an artist and Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is also the author of Made In Brooklyn, a book that was published by Zero Books in June of last year, and she’s the guest on this week’s podcast
This week’s podcast is free to everyone and this weekend’s Symptomatic Redness will be available to our Patreon supporters. Patreon subscribers get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. If you’re listening for free you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcast each week. I hope you enjoy them.Symptomatic Redness: A Regrettable Century (pt. 2)
January 26, 2019 10:41 AM PST
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"A clean, honest, and unsentimental melancholy is required; we've cultivated one and would like to share it with you."Zero Squared #185: Nihilists believe in NOTHING! [teaser]
January 23, 2019 02:45 PM PST
Martin Frederiksen is the author of the book “An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular” which came out from Zero Books in August last year and he’s the guest this week as we discuss the group of nihilists he studied and their commitment to...well...nothing.
If you’re listening to this podcast through our Patreon feed you’ll hear about an hour conversation between Martin and me. You’ll hear me try to pin him down about just what these nihilists and their commitment to nothing means, and his continued insistence that they don’t have a meaning at all. If you’re listening through our regular feed on podomatic or blubrry you’ll hear a ten minute excerpt. Next week’s podcast will be available for free to everyone. Patreon subscribers get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. If you’re listening for free you’ll be able to access one or the other podcast each week. I hope you enjoy it.Symptomatic Redness: A Regrettable Century Part One [teaser]
January 19, 2019 08:49 AM PST
On our Patreon feed, you can hear the entirety of this interview with the hosts of the A Regrettable Century Podcast. The Regrettable Century podcast subscribes to what's called "revolutionary pessimism." The hosts describe themselves as both humanist and pessimist and the invite similarly hard headed people to listen.
"A clean, honest, and unsentimental melancholy is required; we've cultivated one and would like to share it with you."Zero Squared #184: Heidegger, Video Games, and Control
January 16, 2019 07:30 PM PST
Liam Mitchell is the author of the book “Ludopolitics: Video Games against Control” which came out from Zero Books in December and he’s the guest this week as we discuss Heidegger, universal reason, and video games such as Skyrim, Zelda, and the Duck Game.
It’s Thursday, January 16th, 2019 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.
This week’s Zero Books podcast is free for everyone. Next week’s podcast, on Nihilism, will be available in its entirety through Patreon. Patreon subscribers get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. If you’re listening for free you’ll be able to access one or the other podcast each week and this week you’re getting Zero Squared.Symptomatic Redness: Haider's "Mistaken Identity" pt. 2
January 12, 2019 12:26 PM PST
Symptomatic Redness is a podcast about political economy and historical analysis hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu and this week's podcast features the second half of a discussion of Asad Haider's book "Mistaken Identity."
Here's a blurb from Judith Butler for Haider's book:
“Asad Haider renews the critique of identity politics for the contemporary Left. Drawing on the work of British cultural studies, black feminism, and theories of the subject (and subjection), Haider writes in an open and persuasive prose to show how identity is always partial and ambivalent, deflecting from the larger racial ideologies while reproducing its terms. This is a fresh and timely book, thoughtful and provocative.” – Judith Butler, author of Gender Trouble and Frames of War
Zero Squaredis a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.
Douglas Lain is the publisher of zero books. He is also a novelist and podcaster. His novel “Billy Moon” tells the story of Christopher Robin Milne’s fictional involvement with the French general strike in May of 1968, and was published by Tor Books in 2013.
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