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Zero Squared #224: The Failure of the Impeachment
December 23, 2019 09:16 PM PST
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Margaret Kimberley is a New York-based writer who Dr. Cornel West has called“one of the few great truth-tellers who, along with Glen Ford, Adolph Reed, Jr. and Bruce Dixon, preserved her integrity during the Obama years.” She has been an editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006 and she the author of the book Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents (https://www.amazon.com/Prejudential-America-Presidents-Sunlight-Editions/dp/1586422480) which is due out from the imprint Truth to Power in February of next year, and she is a regular guest on this podcast. This time we discuss her skepticism regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump and the limits of the democrats.

This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone. Our patrons get access to two podcasts every week: Pop the Left 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.

Symptomatic Redness: The End (pt. 2-teaser)
December 20, 2019 12:12 PM PST
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In this teaser, Derick and Amogh discuss contemporary right-wing American politics, and whether there even is such a thing.

An Interview with Slavoj Zizek with Commentary (Recorded on Thanksgiving)
December 19, 2019 04:07 PM PST
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This interview with Slavoj Zizek originally appeared on our youtube channel. In it we discuss topics covered in his book "Sex and the Failed Absolute." and I offer some comments and points of clarification. The interview was recorded on our new Twitch channel on Thanksgiving.

Zero Squared #223: Critical Theory, Subjectivity and Descartes [teaser]
December 16, 2019 04:33 PM PST
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Conrad Hamilton is a co-author of the book "What is Postmodern Conservatism?" and studies Marxist theory at Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. In this episode we discuss the ideas of Alfred Sohn-Rethel and humanism.

This week’s podcast is available in full for patrons only. Our patrons get access to two podcasts every week: Pop the Left 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. Patrons also receive access to our new video series called The History of Communism and get access to the Capital Reading group. Book Club members receive electronic copies of new Zero Book titles every month and are invited to an online discussion group.

Symptomatic Redness: The End
December 12, 2019 07:16 AM PST
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In the first part of the final series of episodes of Symptomatic Redness, Derick and Amogh look back over the past five years of the show to consider how the political and intellectual landscape has changed, consider the various left-wing responses to the financial crisis, and return to a question that has been central to the show from the beginning: what would a Marxist theory of mind look like?

Zero Squared #222: Humanism in the Age of Trump
December 08, 2019 08:00 PM PST
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Ashley Frawley is the author of the Semiotics of Happiness, a University lecturer and a reader at Zero Books. This week she returns to discuss emotions in politics, the therapeutic turn, and humanism in the age of Trump.

This week’s podcast is available for everyone. Our patrons get access to two podcasts every week: Pop the Left 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. Patrons also receive access to our new video series called The History of Communism and get access to the Capital Reading group. Book Club members receive electronic copies of new Zero Book titles every month and are invited to an online discussion group.

Pop the Left Intro: Part 2 (teaser)
December 04, 2019 06:12 PM PST
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In this teaser clip of the second part of the first episode of the new Pop The Left podcast, C Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss their plans for the project.

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Zero Squared #221: New Work/New Culture
December 01, 2019 07:36 PM PST
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Frithjoff Bergmann spent most of his academic career at the University of Michigan, where he was a professor and visible political activist. He taught also at The University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and The University of California at Santa Cruz. His book New Work, New Culture recounts the development of Bergmann's ideas on how humanity might devise an alternative to the job system.

This week’s podcast is available for everyone but, starting soon we’ll be returning to our usual approach of two podcasts a week, one for everyone and one for our patrons. We’ll be phasing out Derick Varn’s Symptomatic Redness and introducing two new podcasts. The first one, with Derick Varn and myself, will be called Pop the Left. Long-time listeners to this podcast may remember an earlier incarnation of this one. The idea will be to tackle longstanding problems and issues in left or, more specifically, socialist politics. The second podcast that we’ll be introducing will be on the topic of sectarian splits on the Marxist left and might be entitled splitting. If you’re a fan of this podcast and want to hear all of the new podcasts that are coming consider becoming a patron. We’ll also be releasing our videos as podcasts for patrons in December, and restarting our patron first video series on the history of communism.

The New and Improved "Pop the Left"
November 25, 2019 07:11 AM PST
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In this first part of the promo episode of the newly resurrected Pop The Left podcast, C. Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss the impetus behind bringing back the show, freewheeling into topics of political determinism, the various camps of the actually existing Left, and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Pop The Left will replace Symptomatic Redness as a fixture in your Zero Books feed, but the final episode of Symptomatic Redness with Amogh and Derick is forthcoming.

Zero Squared #220: A Discourse on the Night
November 18, 2019 05:24 PM PST
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Jason Mohaghegh is as Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Babson College. His focus is upon tracking emergent currents of thought in the Middle East and the West, with particular attention given to exploring concepts of chaos, violence, illusion, silence, sectarianism, mania, disappearance, and apocalyptic writing. His book Night: A Philosophy of the After Dark is due out from Zero Books in December.

This week’s podcast is available for everyone but, starting soon we’ll be returning to our usual approach of two podcasts a week, one for everyone and one for our patrons. We’ll be phasing out Derick Varn’s Symptomatic Redness and introducing two new podcasts. The first one, with Derick Varn and myself, will be called Pop the Left. Long-time listeners to this podcast may remember an earlier incarnation of this one. The idea will be to tackle longstanding problems and issues in left or, more specifically, socialist politics. The second podcast that we’ll be introducing will be on the topic of sectarian splits on the Marxist left and might be entitled splitting.

If you’re a fan of this podcast and want to hear all of the new podcasts that are coming consider becoming a patron. We’ll also be releasing our videos as podcasts for patrons in December, and restarting our patron first video series on the history of communism.

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