Archive for October 2017

Zero Squared #129: Value, Crisis, and the Writing on the Wall

Oct 25th, 2017 | By

Anselm Jappe is the author of several major works of critical theory, most famously a book entitled simply “Guy Debord” which is a critical biography of the famous leader of the Situationist International, and is a contributor to the German ‘critique of value’ journal Krisis. In 2015 Jappe was listed by Le Magazine littéraire as

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

Oct 22nd, 2017 | By

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

Oct 19th, 2017 | By

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

Oct 15th, 2017 | By

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

Oct 12th, 2017 | By

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

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

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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Zero Squared #127: Nagle Answers Her Critics (Such as They Are)

Oct 5th, 2017 | By

Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies earned her the title “an old leftist’s idea of what a young leftist should be” by her detractors and “one of the brightest lights in a new generation of left writers who have declared independence from intellectual conformity’ by her champions. We at Zero Books are proud to have published

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Inside Zero Books #48: The Concept of the Left

Oct 1st, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast is the second half of a conversation about Leszek Kolakowski’s essay “The Concept of the Left” with the Zero Books reader C Derick Varn. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a poet, and a world-weary traveler who has finally landed back in the United States, his home country.

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