Posts Tagged ‘ Marxism ’

Review of Lenin Lives!

Sep 28th, 2017 | By

Review of Lenin Lives -by Reid Kane Kotlas (originally published on Amazon) I can think of no other way to describe Cunliffe’s remarkable book than as a work of historical significance. That may seem to be a premature assessment, but the force of its argument is that profound, and matched only by the accessible and

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Zero Squared #126: Free Speech, Communism and the DSA

Sep 28th, 2017 | By

Adam Proctor is a scholar in Neo-Marxian state theory and class formation, labor history in the 20th century, and the development of racial formations. He is also a member of the DSA and the host of one the new leftist podcasts that make me feel old and out of touch. His Dead Pundits Society podcast

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Zero Squared #121: Realizing Liberal Values?

Aug 17th, 2017 | By

C Derick Varn is the guest this week. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a University lecturer and teacher, a poet, and a frequent guest on this podcast and many others. This week we discuss the contradictions in liberalism and debate whether the goal of Marx was to realize or abandon liberal values. If

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Symptomatic Redness: Left Politics and Identity

Jun 18th, 2017 | By

The Symptomatic Redness podcast presents conversations on political economy and history. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu, the program was an independent project for several years but is now hosted by Zero Books on the Zero Squared podcast feed. This second podcast of Symptomatic Redness hosted by Zero Books features Amogh Sahu interviewing

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Zero Squared #112: Reframing Trump

May 31st, 2017 | By

Chris Cutrone is the founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society. He is also the author of the rather infamous essay “Why Not Trump?” and he recently led a panel discussion entitled “The Crisis of Neoliberalism” as part of the Platypus Affiliated Society’s third European Conference and will be leading a panel discussion at

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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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Zero Squared #85: Marxism vs Libertarianism

Sep 22nd, 2016 | By

Last Wednesday bubb.la hosted a debate in Stockholm in cooperation with Marxist-Humanist Initiative and this week’s podcast is a recording of that debate between libertarian economist Per Bylund and marxist economist Andrew Kliman. Thanks goes out to our Zero Book Club members and encourage listeners who haven’t signed up as members to do so. This

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Inside Zero Books Podcast #1: The Revolution Paradox

Sep 3rd, 2016 | By

This premiere episode of the Inside Zero Books Podcast features a conversation with Zero Books editor C Derick Varn. We pick up on a continuing conversation about what a revolution in the mode of production would entail, how to parse the difference between critiques of Capitalism and cultural critiques, and what it means to assert

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Zero Squared #46: Political Determinism

Nov 25th, 2015 | By

C Derick Varn is a poet, teacher, and theorist. He currently lives in Cairo, Egypt and has previously taught in South Korea and Northern Mexico. He is a lecturer in English Literature, Composition, and Intercultural communication. Even though I have never met in him in person I consider Varn to be, at this point, an

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Zero Squared #31: Dialectic of Defeat

Aug 12th, 2015 | By

Russell Jacoby’s Dialectic of Defeat: Contours of Western Marxism is the subject this week and C Derick Varn is the guest. Varn is a poet, teacher, theorist and a reader at Zero Books. This is the second time we’ve spoken about Jacoby’s book. We’re taking it one chapter at a time. Russell Jacoby asks us

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