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 #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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Parsing the Master’s Design: A close reading of the structure of theory/praxis polarity, for and against discourse analysis

Jul 22nd, 2015 | By

(This paper was originally intended to be read by Frank Smecker for Zero Books’ panel, ‘Theory vs. Praxis, or What is Praxis?, at the 2015 Left Forum.) Less than a week ago, as I was anxiously brooding over what I’d be coming out here with, staring blankly at a motley patchwork of text—(what is sometimes less modestly

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Prescience and Received Opinion

Jul 21st, 2015 | By

In response to my criticism of Paul Mason’s think piece “The end of capitalism has begun” the journalist Giulo Sica stopped by the Zero Books Facebook page to object, and to object strongly. Sica wrote: “Paul Mason’s piece is brilliant and prescient. Your response is incoherent. I’m glad you published it though. I’ve got a

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James Heartfield’s Arguments (Nonsequiturs and Borrowed Kettles)

Jul 3rd, 2015 | By

The following blog post is a response to James Heartfield’s rebuttal to my summary of a debate on Facebook. The original argument broke out on Doug Henwood’s Facebook wall as a debate around the findings of Andrew Kliman in his book The Failure of Capitalist Production. – Douglas Lain Publisher Zero Books   Just to

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