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Zero Squared #177: The Beauty of Class

Nov 15th, 2018 | By

Walter Benn Michaels is a well known literary theorist and the author of political books such as The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and essays like The Beauty of a Social Problem. He is a controversial guest and one I was glad to talk to especially in the context of the

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Inside Zero Books #82: The Facebook Economy

Nov 11th, 2018 | By

Zero Books author Rob Larson returns to discuss his most recent writing project on the digital landscape and capitalism. We discuss Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, and Usenet and the utopian promise of this series of tubes known as the internet. How much of the US GDP comes from digital content? Does Mark Zuckerberg own our

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Zero Squared #176: Bolsonaro and the Limits of Anti-Corruption

Nov 8th, 2018 | By

Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report, and now an author for Zero Books. In this episode, we discuss the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and the rising right-wing populism around the world. If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon.

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Zero Squared #175: A Report from Brazil

Nov 1st, 2018 | By

Mateus Grazina is a 27-year-old Brazilian artist living in São Paulo working on a television show for the Cartoon Network about a school-aged penguin named Oswaldo. He is part of what might be called the algorithmic left and in this episode of the podcast we discuss the 2018 presidential election in Brazil, the campaign and

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Zero Squared #174: The Left Through the Looking Glass

Oct 25th, 2018 | By

Terry Newman is currently an MA student in the Media Studies Department at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a Teaching Assistant in Concordia’s Engineering Department and the author of Through the Looking Glass at Concordia University. We’ve started a Zero Books reading group for our patrons. It runs $15 a month on Patreon and

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Zero Squared #173: The Kavanaugh Show Trial

Oct 18th, 2018 | By

Professor Heidi Matthews is Assistant Professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she Co-Directs the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. In this week’s podcast she stops by to discuss her essay in the conversation “Why the Kavanaugh hearings were a show trial gone bad” We’ve started a Zero Books

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Zero Squared #172: A Swedish Utopia

Oct 11th, 2018 | By

Mir Bal is the host of the A Lost Cause podcast out of Sweden, he is also a former social worker turned barista, an immigrant, and a socialist. He joins the Zero Books podcast in order to discuss immigration to the Swedish Utopia and why the Scandinavian Model really is a worker’s paradise…or maybe that’s

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Symptomatic Redness: Scientific Socialism and Cold Stars

Oct 4th, 2018 | By

Amir of Cold Dark Stars joins C Derick Varn to discuss the over-complexity of capitalism, planning, and understanding dynamic systems. Amir is a Ph.D. student in theoretical astrophysics trying to resist the tyranny of over-specialization. Cold Dark Stars is his notebook for exploring issues concerning society,  philosophy of science,  and capitalism, from a Left perspective

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Zero Squared #171: Pssst…Socialists Oppose Reaction

Sep 27th, 2018 | By

The following podcast was recorded at the request of a former Zero Books author named Nicolas Hausdorf after I mentioned on my blog that, in light of the positions he’d taken in essays written for a reactionary online journal, that we would no longer be publishing his work. In 2015 we published Nicolas Hausdorf’s book

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Zero Squared #170: The Revolutionary Subject?

Sep 20th, 2018 | By

Peter Hudis is a professor of the Humanities at Oakton Community College, he is the author of several books including Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades, and Marx and the Third World: New perspectives on writings from his last decade, and a member of the International Marxist Humanist

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