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Pop the Left: The Communist Manifesto [teaser]
February 26, 2020 10:04 PM PST
In this episode of Pop The Left, Derick and Doug discuss the background to the Communist Manifesto: What circles were Marx and Engels moving in during the 1840s? What were their demands? What did “socialism” and “communism” mean to them, and what was their relationship to republicanism? Stay tuned for part two!Zero Squared #229: Indefinite Life Extension? [teaser]
February 17, 2020 02:26 PM PST
Aubrey De Grey is the founder of the SENS Research Foundation, an organization developing medical interventions to repair the damage the body does to itself over time. Stated more directly, Aubrey de Grey and his organization aim to defeat aging. In 2016 Douglas Lain interviewed him for the book "Advancing Conversations: Aubrey de Grey." The first part of the audio recording of that interview is available now for our Patreon supporters.Pop The Left #1 (pt 2): 1848 [teaser]
February 12, 2020 12:15 PM PST
Doug and Derick continue their discussion on the revolutions of 1848 and how the contemporary left is perhaps faced by issues and problems more analogous to the nineteenth century’s than those of the twentieth.
In order to listen to the entirety of this episode support us on Patreon.Pop the Left #1: What Happened in 1848
February 06, 2020 12:24 PM PST
In this episode of Pop The Left, Derick and Doug discuss the contradictions in premodern Europe that led to the revolutions of 1848 and give a rundown of the major events of that year. Stay tuned for part 2 for a more in-depth investigation of 1848 and its repercussions.The History of the American Left #1: Bourgeois Radicalism and the British Empire of Liberty
February 02, 2020 04:15 PM PST
Matt Cavagrotti is the host of a new Zero Books series with the straight forward title "The History of the American Left."
The first episode features a conversation with Postdoctoral Fellow James Vaughn. Vaughn taught at the University of Texas at Austin and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. His first book, The Politics of Empire at the Accession of George III (Yale, 2019), provides a revisionist account of British imperial expansion and politics during the eighteenth century. Another book, The East India Company and the English Revolution, c. 1640–1714 (Primus), will be out next year.Zero Squared #228 [teaser]: Should We Cancel When the Courts Won't?
January 27, 2020 11:50 AM PST
Sandy Baldwin is the author of “The Internet Unconscious: On the Subject of Electronic Literature,” and was a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology until a newspaper reported that he’d been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor based on the WEST VIRGINIA COMPUTER CRIME AND ABUSE ACT, a law regarding harassing and threatening communications by computer, cell phones and electronic communication devices. This charge was a downgrade offered by prosecutors after Baldwin had been arrested for a felony charge of soliciting a minor via computer. Baldwin is the guest on this podcast in order to discuss what our social responsibility is regarding platforming people after such an event and the degree to which the decisions of the courts should lead social attitudes and consequences for those accused and convicted.
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January 20, 2020 03:04 PM PST
Albena Azmanova teaches at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies and her book Capitalism on Edge is out now from Columbia University Press.
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January 14, 2020 08:46 AM PST
The editors of the German Marxist Journal "Krisis" are the guest this week. The discussion ranges from the death of traditional Marxism to the negation of the concept of the "revolutionary subject." The journal "Krisis" is published in German but some essays in English are available on their website. https://krisis.eu/marx-from-the-margins/
This week's podcast is availbale in full. Our Patreon supporters usually get access to two podcasts a week, audio versions of our youtube videos, and when the History of Communism video series starts up again in February they will get early access to that as well. Zero Books book club members get access to Zero Books titles each month as well as a chance to join in a discussion with Zero Books authors.Zero Squared #225: The Sci-Fi Myth
January 08, 2020 12:23 AM PST
Tom Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness and the author of Science Fiction - The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future. In this episode, we discuss cosmic consciousness, social change and science fiction.
This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone.Symptomatic Redness: The End (pt. 3)
January 02, 2020 07:51 AM PST
In the third part of the final series of Symptomatic Redness, Derick and Amogh discuss the history of the left podcast scene, leading them to a discussion of the upcoming presidential election and the DSA’s role in it, and the question of how much has really changed since 2004, or even 1968.
After Symptomatic Redness’s final run, its place in your feed will be filled by the new and improved Pop The Left with C. Derick Varn and Douglas Lain.
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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