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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.

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.

To get access to the Zero Books Parrot room support us on Patreon:

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?

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