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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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Inside Zero Books #19: Unedited Zizek

Jan 7th, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features an unedited conversation with Slavoj Zizek about his book “Against the Double Blackmail.” This conversation will be edited and featured in next week’s Zero Squared podcast but, in my excitement, I can’t help but make it available early. Zizek has been rather embroiled in controversy, more so than

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Inside Zero Books Podcast #18: The politics of Mort Sahl

Jan 1st, 2017 | By

Happy New Year. This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast takes a look at a celebrity who 2016 surprisingly didn’t kill. At 89 Mort Sahl is the great-grandfather of American satirical stand-up, and my son Benjamin joins me to discuss whether Sahl has become, or always was, a conservative or whether he is what he says

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Zero Squared #94: Free Speech for Dickheads

Dec 29th, 2016 | By

Amber A’Lee Frost is a writer living in Brooklyn, who has written for such publications as Jacobin, the Baffler, and Current Affairs, where she is an editor at large. She is a host on the always funny dirtbag left podcast Chapo Trap House, and this week she pays a visit to this podcast in order

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Inside Zero Books #17: More Shouting at Marxists

Dec 24th, 2016 | By

This is the second half of the “Shouting at Marxists” podcast. In this episode of Inside Zero Books you’ll hear an explanation of why race and class must be understood together, an explanation for the need for radical change, and a final suggestion that these two Marxists should return for a podcast with a more

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Zero Squared #93: Shouting at Marxists

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By

This week’s episode of Zero Squared features a conversation with Anne Jaclard from the Marxist Humanist Initiative and activist Ravi Bali. The Marxist Humanist Initiative have published a number of statements on the dangers of Donald Trump in their journal “With Sober Senses” and in this conversation I attempt to test their ideas and seek

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Inside Zero Books #16: Varn on Liberalism

Dec 17th, 2016 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features a conversation about liberalism, more on Trump, the need for a vision and commitment on the left, and much more. Varn uses his shouting voice a little bit less in this episode but his moderate side remains dead. Clips from the movie Pleasantville and one of Zizek’s dirty

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Inside Zero Books #15: Varn on Race and the Left

Dec 10th, 2016 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features a conversation about race politics, the multiple failures of the left, the long shadow of racism in America, and much more. Varn uses his shouting voice quite a lot in this episode and communicates clearly that his moderate side has died a terrible death as he watched America

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Zero Squared #92: Margaret Kimberley takes on Trump

Dec 9th, 2016 | By

Margaret Kimberley discusses the rise of Donald Trump on this week’s episode. A regular columnist for the Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley is also a regular guest on the podcast, and she does her best to talk me through the trauma of this last election. Thanks goes out to Zero Books Club members and we

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Inside Zero Books #14: Struggle Session

Dec 3rd, 2016 | By

This Inside Zero Books podcast is a struggle session between myself and two university students. We discuss whether the university classroom is a white space, the usefulness of identity politics, and many, many other things. There was shouting. There was mansplaining. Many things were under the sun. Sorry about the podcast being split into two

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