Archive for November 2015

Zero Squared #46: Political Determinism

Nov 25th, 2015 | By

C Derick Varn is a poet, teacher, and theorist. He currently lives in Cairo, Egypt and has previously taught in South Korea and Northern Mexico. He is a lecturer in English Literature, Composition, and Intercultural communication. Even though I have never met in him in person I consider Varn to be, at this point, an

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Where Zizek Goes Wrong

Nov 20th, 2015 | By

Zizek, don’t just write something… Reading Slavoj Zizek today is, unfortunately, an exercise in repetition. Like many established figures on the left, Zizek recycles his material. Sometimes this self-plagarism can be interesting, watching him redeploy old anecdotes and jokes to make philosophical points can even be enlightening. At other times, however, Zizek would do well

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Zero Squared #45: Psychology or Progress?

Nov 19th, 2015 | By

Ashley Frawley is the author of the Semiotics of Happiness from Bloomsbury, a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Swansea University, and a reader for Zero Books. She recently debated Zero Books author Mark Fisher on the subject of the importance of personal psychology to left organizing and spoke about the immigration crisis at

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Zero Squared #44: COINTELPRO and American Maoism in the 60s

Nov 11th, 2015 | By

Aaron Leonard is a writer and historian. He is a regular contributor to Truthout, Rabble.ca, the History News Network, PhysicsWorld, and Canadian Dimension magazine. His book Heavy Radicals was published by Zero Books in February of this year and he returns to the podcast to talk about COINTELPRO and American Maoism. Joshua Moufawad-Paul reviewed the

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Zero Squared #43: Talking to Coffeen

Nov 5th, 2015 | By

Daniel Coffeen is a rhetor and a philosopher — if by philosopher you mean somebody who plays with concepts and ideas. He formally taught at UC Berkeley and the SF Art Institute but now spends his time writing and consulting. Coffeen is a frequent guest to the Zero Squared podcast. In a recent blog post

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The Politics of not Leaving Martin Amis Alone

Nov 3rd, 2015 | By

This article neither deeply respects nor violently chastises Martin Amis. As a result, it is going to look pretty unusual on the internet today. Very recently Martin Amis criticized Jeremy Corbyn and he is neither the first not the latest (since this was a whole day ago) to do so. Generally speaking, it’s good to

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“Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” – Revolutionary Metaphysical Art

Nov 1st, 2015 | By

On the morning of August 24th I had a phone call from Karl F Tullah wanting to meet up after work to discuss the short story “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges. He had read something that had struck him as revolutionary. Before putting the phone down he also reminded me that on

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