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Inside Zero Books #28: Norman Continues

The second half of a conversation with Norman Finkelstein is featured in this week’s Inside Zero Books podcast. Finkelstein discusses white racism, Obama’s “brilliance,” Marx’s law of Capitalist accumulation, and Mao’s stance on free speech issues and the importance of intellectual freedom. About half-way through you’ll find this quote from Capital, Volume 1, set to

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Inside Zero Books #28: Norman Continues

The second half of a conversation with Norman Finkelstein is featured in this week’s Inside Zero Books podcast. Finkelstein discusses white racism, Obama’s “brilliance,” Marx’s law of Capitalist accumulation, and Mao’s stance on free speech issues and the importance of intellectual freedom. About half-way through you’ll find this quote from Capital, Volume 1, set to

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Zero Squared #103: Norman Finkelstein on Academic Freedom

Norman Finkelstein is a controversial figure on the left and he’s the guest this week. However, while Finkelstein is famous for his books about the Israel/Palestine conflict, we don’t discuss that topic, but instead discuss a book he’s working on entitled On Academic Freedom. Finkelstein has taught political theory for years. A former Maoist he

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Capitalist Realism: Is Art the Alternative? Dialogue between Mark Fisher and Mike Watson

The following dialogue was first published in 2010 on Freize.com and subsequently reposted on conceptualmilitancy.com, a wordpress blog which was opened to coincide with the publication of Mike Watson’s Towards a Conceptual Militancy (Zero Books, May 2016). Following a (targeted or untargeted) hacking incident which bought down thousands of wordpress blogs the dialogue is being

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Inside Zero Books #27: A Fractured Left

In this week’s Inside Zero Books we have the second half of a conversation with C Derick Varn that drifts away from Gilles Dauve’s essay “When Insurrections Die” and onto topics such as the GDP of Russia, Brexit, book publishing in the digital age, Universal Basic Income, automation, Bill Gates and the robot tax, and

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Zero Squared #102: When Insurrections Die

C. Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a poet, blogger and podcaster. His podcasts have included Symptomatic Redness and Former People and he is a frequent guest on Zero Squared. This week we discuss Gilles Dauve’s essay “When Insurrections Die” and discuss the relevancy of Dauve’s ideas in the Trump era. Here’s an

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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 #83: Taste the Vapor

Grafton Tanner is a writer and musician from Georgia. His writing has appeared in Paste magazine, Film Matters, and The Blue Indian, and his debut book, Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts, was published by Zero Books on June 24, 2016 Thanks go out to Mir B, Seamus M, Paul H, Mathieu D,

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Events & Announcements

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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Zero Books, Summer Reading, Libraries

This coming summer, starting on the 20th of June, twenty or more Zero Books authors from around the world are going to give book readings in the local branches of their public libraries. The idea is to work against the notion that summer reading is always “escapist,” to propose that escaping from Capitalist Realism and

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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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