Zero Squared #134: Sci-Fi Utopias and the Far Right

David Auerbach is an American writer with a background in software engineering. He has written on a variety of subjects, including social issues and popular culture, the environment, computer games and literature. In this episode we discuss an essay he wrote for the Daily Beast in September of this year entitled “The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right.”

I want to remind you that we’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

I want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and the first book in a new line of books from Zero: Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno. The Neglected or MisUnderstood series presents philosophers of the left that are either little known or widely misread. Stuart Walton starts the series with a look at Adorno, who has been for everything from the Beatles to postmodernism

Included in this episode are clips from Barry Malzberg’s Beyond Apollo and Issac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. The music includes the theme from The Quiet Earth.

Alternatives #2: Matt Taibbi

J.G. Michael and C Derick Varn have a new podcast called “Alternatives” which will be featured monthly on either the member’s only Inside Zero Books feed page or here on the Zero Squared feed. Alternatives is a podcast about culture, specifically about alternatives to mainstream culture (or the absence of alternatives.)

This second episode of Alternatives features a conversation about Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, the new media, Generational Politics, and no platforming.

Will Taibbi survive #metoo given the tone and character of his work with The Exile in 2002?

We’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This makes it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. We’ll be restarting our reruns of the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

Zero Squared #133: The Anti-Politics of the Present

C Derick Varn is the ranting voice behind Symptomatic Redness and a reader at Zero Books. This week he rants on the topic of antipolitics while touching upon self-care politics, Angela Nagle and the reaction to her work, Bordiga, and so on.

We’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers.

Pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

Zero Squared #132: Lenin and Brexit

Philip Cunliffe is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He joined the university in 2009 after completing his doctoral studies at King’s College London. His book “Lenin Lives” was published in September by Zero Books.

It’s Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

I want to remind you that we’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

And if you’re a former member who emailed your address to take me up on the Zero Books parting gift of a random paperback that should be on its way.

I also want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.