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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.

Zero Books Special: A Report From Peru
November 18, 2020 09:08 PM PST
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Camilo Gómez is the man behind the History and Politics podcast. Living in Peru, he agreed to talk to Douglas Lain in order to give Zero Books readers and listeners information about the recent coup there, and in order to explain the scope and meaning of the mass protests that have swept through the country.

Zero Squared #256: How to Overcome Capitalism
November 15, 2020 06:58 PM PST
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Rick Kuhn is a Marxian economist, political analyst and reader at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is a translator and editor of the works of Henryk Grossman and a radical in his own right. In this Zero Books interview, he discusses the pessimism of David Harvey and the possibilities for revolutionary socialism.

What Does the Trump Supporter Think? (An Interview)
November 09, 2020 01:48 PM PST
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Stephen Janicki is an inventor living in Indiana and a Trump supporter. His most recent invention is called the Driigunproject project. The Facebook page for the Driigunproject describes this invention as a "revolution in art, gaming and education." He holds an Associates's degree in marketing with a minor in philosophy. In this video, Douglas Lain and Stephen Janicki discuss the election results, the possibility of voter fraud, the evidence of corruption around Biden and Trump, and whether we can trust our political institutions to render judgment.

Pop The Left: An Election in Atomized America
November 07, 2020 10:24 AM PST
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain preempt the scheduled interview with Rick Kuhn in order to offer choice hot takes on the US Presidential election as the votes are slowly counted. Questions raised will include, why is Trump so successful in the current climate, how are elite media institutions failing, and what will life under Biden be like for the left.

If you enjoy the conversation join us in the Parrot room as we take the gloves off and dish dirt on the contemporary scene. Possible topics for Patrons will include the wit and wisdom of Nathan J. Robinson, why Zero Books can get on Sky News, and the pitfalls of pursuing politics in an apolitical age.

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