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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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Inside Zero Books #23: Fredrick and Brendan Unedited

Feb 20th, 2017 | By

This Inside Zero Books podcast is a few days late. It is the promised unedited audio of the interviews with Brendan O’Neill and Fredrick DeBoer on the topic of punching Nazis and left tactics. Also available this week is a new Zero Books youtube video: The Capitalist Realism of Black Mirror is online. Charlie Brooker’s

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Zero Squared #98: A Red Worker in a Red State

Feb 15th, 2017 | By

Terry Tapp is a red worker from a red state. He’s also an artist and a writer. His book, “A Serf’s Journal: The Story of the United States’ Longest Wildcat Strike” is coming out from Zero Books in 2017. Micah Uetricht of Jacobin Magazine blurbed the book this way: Every day, millions of people grind

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Inside Zero Books/C-Realm Vault

Feb 11th, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast is actually a conversation from the C-Realm Vault. If you haven’t listened to the C-Realm podcast before, well now is your chance. From KMO’s bio: KMO is the host and producer of the C-Realm Podcast and author of the book ‘Conversations on Collapse.’ He recently relocated from the Ecovillage

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Zero Squared #97: Punching Nazis?

Feb 8th, 2017 | By

Brendan O’Neill and Fredrick DeBoer are the guests this week as we dedicate this week’s episode to the question of punching Nazis. Brendan O’Neill is the editor of Spiked Online, a publication that I would describe as having an attitude that is both socialist and libertarian in the American sense of the word. They advocate

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Inside Zero Books #22: Symptomatic Redness w/Mirowski

Jan 28th, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast is an episode of Symptomatic Redness. Amogh Saru is in conversation with historian and philosopher Philip Mirowski. Philip Mirowski is a professor at the University of Notre Dame and author of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown . Zero Books has

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Zero Squared #96: The Busybody State

Jan 26th, 2017 | By

Josie Appleton is the guest this week and we discuss her book Officious: Rise of the Busy Body State. The book argues that the Busy Body State is defined by an attachment to bureaucratic procedures for their own sake: the rule for the sake of a rule; the form for the sake of a form.

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Inside Zero Books #21: Lecture on the SI

Jan 21st, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast is a presentation on the Situationist Internationale given to the Portland State University philosophy club shortly after the election of Trump. Here I speak to the limits of the SI’s cultural critique and try to encourage the students to take action against Trump while not being swept up into

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Inside Zero Books #20: Žižek Debrief

Jan 14th, 2017 | By

C Derick Varn stops by to talk about the Žižek interview this week, but the conversation veers all over the place as we discuss immigration, social class, and (as always) the labor theory of value. In other news, Zero Books author Mark Fisher has died and we are in shock. His wife announced that Fisher,

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Zero Squared #95: Žižek and the Double Blackmail

Jan 11th, 2017 | By

Slavoj Žižek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak he’s received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail. “[A]n urgent and entertaining diagnosis of the ongoing refugee crisis and global terror threat, highlighting the glaring

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