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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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Capitalist Realism: Is Art the Alternative? Dialogue between Mark Fisher and Mike Watson

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By

The following dialogue was first published in 2010 on Freize.com and subsequently reposted on conceptualmilitancy.com, a wordpress blog which was opened to coincide with the publication of Mike Watson’s Towards a Conceptual Militancy (Zero Books, May 2016). Following a (targeted or untargeted) hacking incident which bought down thousands of wordpress blogs the dialogue is being

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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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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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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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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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