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Zero Squared #191: Brooks on 2020

Mar 13th, 2019 | By

Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report with Sam Seder, and a soon to be author here at Zero Books. In this episode Michael Brooks discusses Bolsonaro’s Brazil and what promises to be a torturous 2020 US presidential campaign. This week’s podcast is available in full.

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Symptomatic Redness: Conversation with Ed Simon (pt. 2)

Mar 10th, 2019 | By

C Derick Varn continues his conversation with Ed Simon. Ed Simon is an editor at Berfrois, a British magazine of “Literature, Ideas, Tea,” and a staff writer at The Millions, which the New York Times has called the “indispensable literary site.” Simon is also the author of “America and Other Fictions” from Zero Books. The conversation begins with Derick explaining the

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Zero Squared #190: Race and Capitalism [teaser]

Mar 6th, 2019 | By

Peter Hudis is a professor of the humanities and philosophy at Oakton Community College and a member of the IMHO or International Marxist Humanist Organization and in this episode of the Zero Books podcast we attempt to discuss the idea that African Americans are the vanguard of revolutionary socialism but pretty quickly get stuck discussing

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Symptomatic Redness: Ed Simon on America and Other Fictions [teaser]

Mar 3rd, 2019 | By

Derick Varn interviews Zero Books author Ed Simon about his book America and Other Fictions, secularization theory, and religious life in a modern world. Here’s the back of the Jacket copy for Ed Simon’s book: At a moment of cultural and political crisis, with forces of reaction seemingly ascendant throughout the West, it’s fair to

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Zero Squared Special: Henryk Grossman, Crisis, and Rick Kuhn

Feb 27th, 2019 | By

Welcome to a special edition of the Zero Books podcast. Ashley Frawley is a member of the Zero Books team and this week she is the host of the Zero Books podcast. Frawley, being interested in Marxist crisis theory, interviewed professor Rick Kuhn who has spent over twenty years studying the Marxist economist Henryk Grossman

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Symptomatic Redness: Mark Rainey on Capital 2 & 3

Feb 24th, 2019 | By

Friend of the podcast Mark Rainey joins Derick Varn to discuss Capital Volumes 2 and 3, and the obscure academic battles that are often ignored on the left. Why are socialists so allergic to Marx’s critique of political economy? Why is it so uncommon to read Marx’s actual writings? Is there a way to bring

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Zero Squared #189: Free Speech Debate (pt. 2) [teaser]

Feb 20th, 2019 | By

Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, the host of Symptomatic Redness, and my nemesis. In this episode you’ll hear the second half of our debate the question of Free Speech as it relates to our mutual ill-defined Marxist socialism. This is part two of a two-part conversation and is available in full for

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Symptomatic Redness: Donald Parkinson (pt. 2) [teaser]

Feb 17th, 2019 | By

In this episode of Symptomatic Redness Parkinson covers the question of Republicanism and Communist Republicanism. Derick and Donald discuss the history of the internationals and the SPD, anti-imperialism, and the question of the Great War. Also covered: Marx on India and Ireland, immigration, and dialectics. This is a teaser. The full episode is available to

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Zero Squared #188: A Free Speech Debate

Feb 14th, 2019 | By

Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, the host of Symptomatic Redness, and my nemesis. In this episode of Zero Squared Derick and I debate the question of Free Speech as it relates to our mutual ill-defined Marxist socialism. This is part one of a two-part conversation and is available for free. The second

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Symptomatic Redness: Swampside and Parkinson

Feb 11th, 2019 | By

This week’s Symptomatic Redness features a conversation with Donald Parkinson. Parkinson was formerly of the Communist League of Tampa and the Swampside podcast, and he discusses the state of the radical socialist left today. Swampside Chats is the podcast where, every week, communists shoot the shit about current events, history, political economy, and theory. “You

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