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Zero Squared #110: Dark Matters

May 18th, 2017 | By

Nick Dunn is a professor of Urban Design at Lancaster University. He is formerly of the Manchester School of Architecture where he was Principal Lecturer, Director of Studies and Co-director of the [Re_Map] atelier, whose research is concerned with the mapping and representation of urban networks, data and conditions. His book Dark Matters: A Manifesto

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Zero Squared #109: The Overculture Bites Back

May 10th, 2017 | By

David Auerbach is a freelance columnist and gadfly who has written for the LA Review of Books, Slate, the American Reader, and many other publications. He is a former software engineer based in New York, and a fellow at the think tank New America. We discuss his recent blog posts entitled Trump Diaries as well

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Zero Squared #108: The Subject of Capitalism

May 3rd, 2017 | By

Moishe Postone is a Western Marxist and a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and he is the author of the book Time, Labor and Social Domination a book that won the American Sociological Association’s prize in the theory. In this episode of Zero Squared, Postone discusses whether the working class is the

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Inside Zero Books #32: Varn and the Kitchen Sink

Apr 29th, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features a preamble conversation that starts with Zizek and ends with Santa Claus. The idea in this episode is to understand the difference between an idea and a material condition, but along the way Varn discusses Jordan Peterson, identity politics, the Labor Theory of Value and bourgeois family values.

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Zero Squared #107: Deconstructing Dirty Dancing

Apr 27th, 2017 | By

Stephen Lee Naish’s writing explores film, politics, and popular culture and the places where they converge. His essays have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including The Quietus, Empty Mirror, and 3:AM and his book Deconstructing Dirty Dancing is out now from Zero Books. Liza Palmer, Managing Editor of The Moving Image, reviewed the book

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Inside Zero Books #31: More Contrary Points

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features the second half of a conversation with Nick from the youtube channel Contrapoints. Nick and I discuss the Amazing Atheist, Black Lives Matter, a genderqueer youtuber named Milo, and the Youtubepocalypse. In the weeks to come podcast guests will include Nick Dunn whose book Dark Matters explores the

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Zero Squared #106: Contrary Points on Identity

Apr 19th, 2017 | By

Nick is the genderqueer self-described mangirl/degenerate PhD dropout behind the smart and funny Youtube channel Contrapoints. Nick is also the guest on this week’s podcast. This is part one of a two part conversation. If you’d like to hear the second half think about joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access

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Zero Squared #105: Examining the Black Bloc

Apr 13th, 2017 | By

Justin Murphy is a lecturer in political science, a participant in the Anti-Fascist movement, and an occasional practitioner of Black Bloc tactics. In this episode Justin discusses some of the uses and limitations of the Black Bloc. This is part one of a two part conversation. If you’d like to hear the second half think

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Zero Squared #104: Uncertain Futures

Apr 6th, 2017 | By

Edmund Berger is the guest this week. Berger is an independent writer, researcher, and activist living in Louisville, Kentucky. He blogs intermittently at Deterritorial Investigations Unit and Synthetic Zero, and his first book, entitled Uncertain Futures, provides a detailed look into the economic and political conditions of our present moment from a Marxist perspective. David

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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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