Archive for October 2016

Inside Zero Books Podcast #9: Ivey Debrief

Oct 29th, 2016 | By

What is Marxism without workers, the labor theory of value, modes of production, or any coherent understanding of Marx’s critique of political economy? The alt-right and their ancestors from the groups like the American Renaissance and the John Birch Society would say that Marxism without Marx’s categories is what the communist globalists turned to after

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Zero Squared # 88: Wikileaks, Bill Ivey, and Demeaned Politics

Oct 27th, 2016 | By

Former NEA Chairman Bill Ivey is the guest this week and we discuss his March 13th, 2016 email to Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, an email that Wikileaks recently published along with thousands of other emails from the Clinton campaign. Here’s a short excerpt from that email: We’ve all been quite content to demean government,

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Inside Zero Books #8: Culture and Capitalism

Oct 21st, 2016 | By

This episode of the Inside Zero Books podcast is being made available to all listeners to the Zero Books feed in order to tempt you into joining the Zero Books Club. It features a conversation between Douglas Lain (the publisher of Zero Books) and his eldest son Benjamin on the topic of Benjamin’s class “Culture,

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Inside Zero Books #7: Trump and the Triumph of the Liberals

Oct 15th, 2016 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books features a conversation with Derick Varn about the US election, the destruction of brand Trump, and the triumph of liberalism. Included in this episode are clips of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and from the Richard Linklater film Slacker. Thanks to all our members. An announcement about our upcoming Zero Books

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Zero Squared #87: Sam Harris vs Noam Chomsky

Oct 13th, 2016 | By

C Derick Varn is the guest this week. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, poet, and teacher currently living in Cairo, and my co-host on the now defunct Pop the Left podcast. In this episode of Zero Squared we discuss last year’s online debate between Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky as well as our

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Inside Zero Books Podcast #6: The Culture of Capitalism?

Oct 7th, 2016 | By

This week’s Zero Books Club podcast is a conversation between Douglas Lain and his son Benjamin Lain about his college class: Culture, Capitalism and Globalization, Fall 2016. Benjamin is a Junior at the University of Oregon. Here’s an excerpt of the course description: Over the last several centuries a specific culture or “way of life”

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Inside Zero Books #5: Žižek’s Parmenides

Oct 1st, 2016 | By

Early in Žižek’s book Less Than Nothing the popular philosopher turns to Parmenides in an effort to resuscitate both Plato and Descartes and thwart the trend of twentieth-century anti-Platonism, a trend which Žižek’s friend Badiou claims took six basic forms: Vitalist, Empiricist, Marxist, Existentialist, Christian, Heideggerian, and Democratic. Each of these is worth examining and

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