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Inside Zero Books #28: Norman Continues

Mar 25th, 2017 | By

The second half of a conversation with Norman Finkelstein is featured in this week’s Inside Zero Books podcast. Finkelstein discusses white racism, Obama’s “brilliance,” Marx’s law of Capitalist accumulation, and Mao’s stance on free speech issues and the importance of intellectual freedom. About half-way through you’ll find this quote from Capital, Volume 1, set to

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Zero Squared #103: Norman Finkelstein on Academic Freedom

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By

Norman Finkelstein is a controversial figure on the left and he’s the guest this week. However, while Finkelstein is famous for his books about the Israel/Palestine conflict, we don’t discuss that topic, but instead discuss a book he’s working on entitled On Academic Freedom. Finkelstein has taught political theory for years. A former Maoist he

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Inside Zero Books #27: A Fractured Left

Mar 18th, 2017 | By

In this week’s Inside Zero Books we have the second half of a conversation with C Derick Varn that drifts away from Gilles Dauve’s essay “When Insurrections Die” and onto topics such as the GDP of Russia, Brexit, book publishing in the digital age, Universal Basic Income, automation, Bill Gates and the robot tax, and

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Zero Squared #102: When Insurrections Die

Mar 16th, 2017 | By

C. Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a poet, blogger and podcaster. His podcasts have included Symptomatic Redness and Former People and he is a frequent guest on Zero Squared. This week we discuss Gilles Dauve’s essay “When Insurrections Die” and discuss the relevancy of Dauve’s ideas in the Trump era. Here’s an

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Inside Zero Books #26: The Multitude

Mar 12th, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books Andy Marshall and Doug Lain continue their analysis of Hardt and Negri’s book “Empire,” only through a second book by Paolo Virno. Specifically they discuss the introduction to Virno’s book A Grammar of the Multitude. That introduction is itself entitled “People vs. Multitude: Hobbes and Spinoza.” From the back of

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Zero Squared #101: Musicology

Mar 9th, 2017 | By

Joanna Demers is the guest this week and next week she will lead a Zero Books Club workshop on youtube. You are invited to join the Zero Books club and to join Demers as she explains the interpretive strategies of contemporary musicology and how these strategies informed her books for Zero Books: Drone and Apocalypse and

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Inside Zero Books #25: Islamophobia and Secularism

Mar 4th, 2017 | By

This conversation with KMO of the C-Realm about Islamophobia and secular values attempts to take on contradictions within the US and Europe. Ideas are examined and interrogated, positions are tried on and discarded. KMO is the host of the C-Realm podcast and radio program. One biographical sketch of KMO reads as follows: “KMO was once

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Zero Squared #100: On Antifa

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

Peter Berard is a doctoral candidate in history at Boston College. He is also a writer for publications such as Jacobin and the LA Review of books. Berard and I discuss the Black Bloc and Antifa tactics in an effort to take a more sympathetic look at these anarchist tacticians, although the conversation here is

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Inside Zero Books #24: Symptomatic Redness with Sasha Day

Feb 25th, 2017 | By

Sasha Day studies the intellectual, social and cultural history of peasants, food and agrarian change in China. He teaches Chinese, East Asian and World History at Occidental College. This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features an interview with Sasha Day with C Derrick Varn from the now defunk Symptomatic Redness podcast. Thanks goes out to

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Zero Squared #99: America Stalled

Feb 22nd, 2017 | By

Kris Saknussemm is a novelist and a multimedia artist. He has published ten books including Zanesville, Sea Monkeys, and Private Midnight. As a short story writer he has won First Prize in the Boston Review and River Styx Short Fiction Contests, and received the Fiction Collective 2 Award for Innovative Writing, in addition to publishing

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