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Pop the Left: The Agony of the Left
November 01, 2020 12:00 PM PST
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss Christopher Lasch's 1969 book "The Agony of the Left." As we prepare for the possibility that the faux "populism" and attendant resistance that defined the Trump years are both on the verge of being relegated to the dustbin of history, we aim to take a step back and consider the left.

To listen to the Parrot Room conversation join us on Patreon.

Zero Squared #255: On Depression and Cancellation
October 30, 2020 07:30 PM PDT
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Nina Power is a cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator. She is the author of One-Dimensional Woman, a book that was published by Zero Books in 2009. Her Twitter bio claims she is uncancellable which is an indication that a few people have made an effort in that direction. In this Livestream for Zero Books, we'll be discussing her philosophical and political observations on the subject of depression, whether paganism can ever be countenanced, and what it means when men are sad.

Nina's appearance in the Parrot Room is available for Patrons.

Pop the Left: Did Marx Really Love Blueprints?
October 18, 2020 05:25 PM PDT
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October 18th, 2020

In this episode of Pop the Left Derick Varn and Douglas Lain consider whether a new Marxist party would need to include a clear plan for transforming the means of production along with a plan to obtain state power.

Recommended reading on Marx and Utopia:
Marx's Critique of the Utopian Socialists by ROGER PADEN https://www.jstor.org/stable/20718467?seq=1

The Development of Utopian Socialism by Frederick Engels https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/ch01.htm

Zero Books #254: What is Socialism?
October 12, 2020 08:53 PM PDT
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William Briggs, author of "Removing the Stalin Stain" returns to the channel to discuss Marx's vision of socialism, what Trotsky contributed to the socialist struggle, and the condition of socialist movements today.

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Pop The Left: The Meaning of Trump in 2020
October 04, 2020 06:05 PM PDT
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Douglas Lain and Derick Varn discuss the US presidential election, the degraded state of US politics, and what both mean for a left that may be as degraded as the rest of society. In this episode of Pop the Left we'll go beyond the question of whether US socialists should support Biden in this election and try to understand what this moment means and where we're headed.

Zero Squared #253: On Cancelling, Racefail and the Overproduction of Elites
September 23, 2020 10:43 PM PDT
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Ben Burgis and Douglas Lain start out descussing his upcoming book "Cancelling Comedians While the World Burns" but the conversation turns to memories of their respective writing careers, the cancel culture of the science fiction genre world during the zero years, and the question of the overproduction of elites.

If you enjoy this conversation support us on Patreon and get access to the Zero Books "parrot room" wherein Zero Books authors and other regulars debate, discuss and talk shit.

Pop the Left: Utopia Revisited
September 21, 2020 07:54 AM PDT
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain continue a discussion on the topic of Marx's feelings about utopianism and blueprints in this episode of Pop the Left. Can we develop a working-class project for socialism without having a good idea of what socialism will work and what will replace capitalist production? Did Marx think we could?

Zero Books Special: Dialogue on the Megamachine
September 18, 2020 12:26 AM PDT
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This conversation between Vandana Shiva and Fabian Scheidler is hosted by Nermeen Shaikh a weekly co-host at Democracy Now!
As per Wikipedia, Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalization author.
Fabian Scheidler co-founded the independent newscast Kontext TV and is the author of "The End of the Megamachine" which is coming out in English from Zero Books in September of 2020.

Zero Books Special: Watson on Politics
September 12, 2020 05:20 PM PDT
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Mike Watson is an art theorist, critic and curator, who holds a PhD in Philosophy from Goldsmiths College. Watson curated at the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale, as well as at Manifesta12 in Palermo. He has written regularly for Art Review, Artforum, Frieze, and Radical Philosophy. In this special edition of the Zero Books podcast he discuss the state left politics with Danny Scott aka Badman Massive.

Zero Squared #252: The Collapse of Civilization
September 10, 2020 04:07 PM PDT
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This week's podcast features an interview with Fabian Scheidler on the ideas in his upcoming book "The End of the Megamachine." The entirety of this interview is available as an audio "Zero Squared" podcast.

The book provides a uniquely comprehensive picture of the roots of the destructive forces that are threatening the future of humankind today. Spanning 5000 years of history, the book shows how the three tyrannies of militarized states, capital accumulation and ideological power have been steering both ecosystems and societies to the brink of collapse. With the growing instability of the Megamachine in the 21st century, new dangers open up as well as new possibilities for systemic change, to which everyone can contribute.

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