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Inside Zero Books #51: Occupy, the Left, and Generation X

David Blacker is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. He is the author of the Falling Rate of Learning, a book that came out from Zero Books in 2013. He is also a returning guest, not to this podcast but to Lain’s podcasting efforts generally. This episode features

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Zero Squared #128: Antisemitism as a Symptom of Capitalism

Moishe Postone is a Western Marxist and a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and he is the author of the book Time, Labor and Social Domination a book that won the American Sociological Association’s prize in theory. Postone is the guest on this podcast and he discusses an essay he wrote entitled

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Inside Zero Books #50: Blade Runner without a Subject

This episode of Inside Zero Books features a conversation between Douglas Lain and C Derick Varn about the Blade Runner sequel. Feeling out of step with many critics and progressive fans, Lain felt both underwhelmed by the sequel and lonely in his disdain. Varn, always one with a quick dis, came to the rescue in

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Symptomatic Redness: A Critique of Pankaj Mishra’s Age of Anger

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 episode features a critique of Pankaj Mishra’s Age of Anger. From the book

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Inside Zero Books #49: How the Establishment Uses Free Speech

This episode of Inside Zero Books features a conversation between Douglas Lain and his son Benjamin. Benjamin is a student at the University of Oregon and he was recently involved in organizing a protest against the tuition hike at the U of O. Benjamin explains a bit about the left scene on campus, the process

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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

Review of Lenin Lives!

Review of Lenin Lives -by Reid Kane Kotlas (originally published on Amazon) I can think of no other way to describe Cunliffe’s remarkable book than as a work of historical significance. That may seem to be a premature assessment, but the force of its argument is that profound, and matched only by the accessible and

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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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