Archive for July 2015

Zizek’s Capitalist Realism?

Jul 29th, 2015 | By

Slavoj Zizek’s recent column “How Alexis Tsipras and Syriza Outmaneuvered Angela Merkel and the Eurocrats” is a good example of how left theorists who hold to what Andrew Kliman calls “political determinism” can go wildly wrong. Political determinists think “that the capitalists control capitalism—not the other way around—so that the system can become something it’s

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Zero Squared #29: Shooting the Moon

Jul 29th, 2015 | By

Brian Willems is Assistant Professor at the University of Split, Croatia, where he teaches literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and film theory at the Arts Academy and his book Shooting the Moon was published in May this year from Zero Books. Laurence A Rickels, author of Germany: A Science Fiction, blurbed the book this

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The Real Thing: Zero’s Capital Reading Group

Jul 26th, 2015 | By

Zero Books Capital Reading Group continues with Andy Marshall, Andrew Kliman, and Douglas Lain. We cover Chapter 9 of Capital. Excerpt from Capital: The surplus-value generated in the process of production by C, the capital advanced, or in other words, the self-expansion of the value of the capital C, presents itself for our consideration, in

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Parsing the Master’s Design: A close reading of the structure of theory/praxis polarity, for and against discourse analysis

Jul 22nd, 2015 | By

(This paper was originally intended to be read by Frank Smecker for Zero Books’ panel, ‘Theory vs. Praxis, or What is Praxis?, at the 2015 Left Forum.) Less than a week ago, as I was anxiously brooding over what I’d be coming out here with, staring blankly at a motley patchwork of text—(what is sometimes less modestly

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Zero Squared #28: Imaginary Games

Jul 22nd, 2015 | By

Chris Bateman is a game designer, outsider philosopher and author. His book Imaginary Games was published by Zero Books in 2011. Bateman is also the blogger behind Only a Game and he posts regularly in between writing how to manuals on game design and lecturing at the University of Bolton. Jon Cogburn, Director of Philosophy

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Prescience and Received Opinion

Jul 21st, 2015 | By

In response to my criticism of Paul Mason’s think piece “The end of capitalism has begun” the journalist Giulo Sica stopped by the Zero Books Facebook page to object, and to object strongly. Sica wrote: “Paul Mason’s piece is brilliant and prescient. Your response is incoherent. I’m glad you published it though. I’ve got a

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Post-Capitalism or Snake Oil?

Jul 20th, 2015 | By

Less than a week after Greece was forced to agree to stringent austerity measures in exchange for a three-year bailout, the journalist Paul Mason, a Channel 4 broadcaster whose coverage of the process of Syriza’s humilation sided strongly with the left coaltion party, has written a think piece for the Guardian that replicates the same

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When Something Fascist Happens: What the Queen’s Nazi Salute Shows Us

Jul 18th, 2015 | By

The biggest thing in today’s news is the video that has emerged from 1933-4 showing the 7-year-old queen raising her hand in a Nazi salute along with her mother and her uncle, who would go on to become King Edward VIII. The Sun, who uncovered the video, made a point of focusing their criticism away

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Zero Squared #27: Writing Through Time

Jul 15th, 2015 | By

Rudy Rucker is the guest this week and we discuss his recently published book Journals 1990-2014. Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who spent 20 years as a Silicon Valley computer scientist. He’s a contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His 37 published books include novels and

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The Real Thing: Zero Books Capital Reading Group

Jul 12th, 2015 | By

A discussion of Capital Volume 1, Chapter 9 on Surplus Value in Marx’s Capital.