Archive for April 2019

Zero Squared Special: After Zizek vs. Peterson

Apr 30th, 2019 | By

Nikos Sotirakopoulos and Ashley Frawley join Doug in this special, mostly unedited, episode of the Zero Squared podcast. This was recorded on the fly as a way to have a quick conversation about the Zizek vs. Peterson debate and, as a way to continue the debate. Nikos is a committed Randian while Ashley Frawley and

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Alternatives: The Horror Vanguard

Apr 29th, 2019 | By

C Derick Varn and JG Michaels discuss the vanguard of horror in this new episode of Alternatives. Alternatives examines the countercultural, or searches for a counterculture in a era when culture is so fragmented that there may no longer be a singular culture to resist. This episode features a conversation with the hosts of the

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Zero Squared #197: Heidi Matthews, Joe Biden, and #MeToo

Apr 24th, 2019 | By

Professor Heidi Matthews researches and teaches in the areas of international criminal law, the law of war, international legal history and political theory. She is also the host of the HMOD (or Heidi Matthews on Demand) podcast. This week we discuss the HMOD podcast, the Elevatorgate scandal, the class politics embedded in the #metoo movement,

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Symptomatic Redness: Ben Burgis on Logic

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By

Derick Varn discusses formal and dialectical logic with Ben Burgis. How successful can logic be against right-wing logic bros? How successful can a left that’s abandoned logic be? Is logic rhetorically effective? Derick Varn recalls the 90s left’s argument that “logic is a product of Western Imperlalism” and he conversation goes on from there. Give

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Zero Squared #196: More On Exchange Value with Ben [teaser]

Apr 18th, 2019 | By

Benjamin Lain is a math and computer science student at the University of Oregon, a member of the YDS, and my son. In this episode of the Zero Books podcast we continue our conversation about Karl Marx, Capital, and an essay by professor Mark Worrell entitled “A Faint Rattling: A Research Note on Marx’s Theory

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Symptomatic Redness: Left Anchor (pt. 2) [teaser]

Apr 15th, 2019 | By

Derick Varn continues his interview with the hosts of the Left Anchor podcast. Ryan Cooper & Alexi the Greek discuss teacher strikes, the popularity of unions, political action, and the tendency to push the economic history of America to the side. This week’s Symptomatic Redness is available in full for our Patrons. If you enjoy

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Zero Squared #195: The Death of the Trump/Russia Conspiracy Theory

Apr 12th, 2019 | By

Michael Tracey is a freelance journalist who has written for publications including VICE, The Daily Beast, The American Conservative, and The Guardian and he was formerly a reporter for TYT. Tracey is also a member of a small set of leftish Russia collusion skeptics. He’s on the list that includes Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, and

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Symptomatic Redness: Left Anchor and Left Podcasting

Apr 9th, 2019 | By

Derick Varn interviews the hosts (Ryan Cooper & Alexi the Greek) of the Left Anchor podcast about the state of the Left and left media, social democracy, and ideology. What is the difference between democrat socialism and social democracy? How significant is democracy for the left? This week’s Symptomatic Redness is available in full for

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Zero Squared #194: David Harvey, Marx’s Value, and Exchange pt. 1 [teaser]

Apr 4th, 2019 | By

Benjamin Lain (@chickenfrend) is an undergraduate math and computer science student at the University of Oregon, a member of the U of O’s YDS chapter, and my oldest son. This week he joins me to discuss Marx’s theory of Value, David Harvey, and an essay by professor Mark Worrell entitled “A Faint Rattling: A Research

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Symptomatic Redness: Tad Tietze on Anti-Politics (part 2) [teaser]

Apr 1st, 2019 | By

Derick Varn continues his conversation withTad Tietze about anti-politics. Tietze blogs at Left Flank, tweets as @Dr_Tad, and has a book coming out from Verso books. From an essay by Tietze and Elizabeth Humphrys: Anti-politics and the Illusions of Neoliberalism We live in anti-political times. After a twentieth century in which Western societies experienced the

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