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Inside Zero Books #36: There is no West

In this week’s Inside Zero Books podcast C Derick Varn outlines how illusory the notion of the West really is and discusses Jasper M. Trautsch’s essay “The Invention of the West.” Here’s an exceprt: How the concept of the West evolved is a question which historians have largely ignored. While there is an abundance of

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Zero Squared #115: The Evergreen Struggle Sessions

This week’s episode of the Zero Books podcast features a conversation with Professor Pete Bohmer from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Evergreen has been in the news lately as students have protested professor Brett Weinstein over an email he sent to a private faculty list. In the email Weinstein objected to the students reversing

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Symptomatic Redness: Left Politics and Identity

The Symptomatic Redness podcast presents conversations on political economy and history. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu, the program was an independent project for several years but is now hosted by Zero Books on the Zero Squared podcast feed. This second podcast of Symptomatic Redness hosted by Zero Books features Amogh Sahu interviewing

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Zero Squared #114: Comey’s Dismissal and Trump’s Incompetence

Margaret Kimberley discusses the dismissal of Comey, the character of Trump, and how the left needs to break with the DNC. A regular columnist for the Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley is also a regular guest on the podcast. It’s Wednesday, June 14th, 2016 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the

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Inside Zero Books #36: Cutrone pt 2

This week’s Inside Zero Books features the second half of a conversation with Chris Cutrone. Cutrone is the founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society. He is also the author of the rather infamous essay “Why Not Trump?” Trump’s claim to the Presidency is two-fold: that he’s a successful billionaire businessman; and that he’s

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Promotions

Zero Squared #95: Žižek and the Double Blackmail

Slavoj Žižek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak he’s received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail. “[A]n urgent and entertaining diagnosis of the ongoing refugee crisis and global terror threat, highlighting the glaring

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Zero Squared #90: From 4Chan to the White House?

Angela Nagle is a writer based in Ireland. Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, the Dublin Review of Books, and the Atlantic. Her article “The New Man of 4Chan” for the Baffler was the basis for a book coming out from Zero Books next year tentatively titled “Kill All Normies: The online culture

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Events & Announcements

Upcoming Left Forum Panels in June: Killing Normies and Capitalism Falling Down

Kill All Normies: From 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the alt-right A discussion about the rise of the racist right and protofascism led by Angela Nagle. Angela Nagle is a cultural critic living in Ireland and writes for the Baffler, Current Affairs, Jacobin and the Dublin Review of Books. Her essay “The New Man of

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Overcoming Capitalism at Left Forum

  Overcoming Capitalism 22 May, 2016 Sun 12:00pm – 01:50pm Room 1.109 Participants: Douglas Lain — Publisher, Zero Books Pete Dolack — Zero Books, author of It’s Not Over Terry Tapp — Zero Books, author of A Serf’s Journal Anne Jaclard — Marxist Humanist Initiative Andrew Kliman — Pace University Introduction: To take up the

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Book News

A Call For Introductory Theory and Philosophical Novellas

In the last few weeks the Zero Squared podcast has featured unusual guests, guests who were not always strictly of or from the left/Marxist tradition that Zero Books embraces. This was undertaken in an effort to discover what ideas current left intellectuals (we writers and thinkers of the left who so easily embraced Alexis Tsipras,

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Radical Publishing and Contradictions in Clickbait

This is a rough draft for a presentation to be given at the start of a Panel Discussion at the Left Forum at the end of May. The panel is entitled Radical Publishing: Contradictions in Clickbait and will feature Aaron Leonard, Michael Thomsen, and Johan Kugelberg as participants. I (Douglas Lain) will be the moderator

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