17 Aug 2017, 1:30am
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Zero Squared #121: Realizing Liberal Values?

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 you’re looking for some books to help you understand the current political crisis we’re in we at Zero Books have just the reading list for you. Edmund Berger’s Uncertain Futures provides a detailed look into the economic and political conditions of the Trump era from a Marxist perspective, Chris Nineham’s How the Establishment Lost Control offers an upbeat explanation for Corbynism and Brexit both, Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall is a collection of essays that brings an understanding of Marx’s Value Theory to bear on political questions, and Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies explains how the online culture war added fuel to the fire of right-wing reaction.

If you enjoy the podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #120: Why did leftists head to 8chan?

An anonymous member of leftypol is the guest on this week’s Zero Books podcast. According to the website Know Your Meme leftypol “consists of users who sympathizes with communist ideology and viewpoint. Although many of the memes are centered around the USSR and Albania, almost all the users are opposed to both the USSR and Hoxhaist Albania. The board is also the home of left-wing discussion of ideology and culture, according to the board’s FAQ. The Board is also associated with the USSC (Union of Soviet Socialist Chans).”

If you’re looking for something to read Some Zero Books titles to check out include Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies, Joanna Demer’s Anatomy of a Thought Fiction, That Existential Leap: A crime story by Dolan Cummings, and Stephen Lee Naish’s Deconstructing Dirty Dancing.

If you enjoy the podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

3 Aug 2017, 7:35pm
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Zero Squared #119: How the Establishment Lost Control

Chris Nineham is a founder member of the Stop the War Coalition. He was one of the organisers of the February 15th,2003 demonstration in London and central to the international co-ordination that led to the protests going global. His book How the Establishment Lost Control is due out from Zero Books on August 25th and in this episode we discuss the success of Jeremy Corbyn.

Some other Zero Books titles to check out include Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies, Joanna Demer’s Anatomy of a Thought Fiction, That Existential Leap: A crime story by Dolan Cummings, and Edmund Berger’s Uncertain Futures.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

21 Jul 2017, 1:53am
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Symptomatic Redness: Symbolic Kinship (pt. 2)

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 podcast of Symptomatic Redness hosted by Zero Books is a continuation of a conversation between Amogh Sahu and C. Derick Varn on the history and prehistory of human societies.

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