Zero Squared #106: Contrary Points on Identity

Nick is the genderqueer self-described mangirl/degenerate PhD dropout behind the smart and funny Youtube channel Contrapoints. Nick is also the guest on this week’s podcast.

This is part one of a two part conversation. If you’d like to hear the second half think about 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 from the Zero Squared podcast, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. Zero Books members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

You might also stop by the Zero Books website and purchase a book on critical theory. Recommended titles include Uncertain Futures, Alfie Bown’s interview with Srecko Horvat, and the late Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism.

In this episode you’ll hear The Struts covering David Bowie’s hit Rebel Rebel, some controversial statements on transgender politics from Slavoj Zizek, and a sped up clip of Justin Bieber’s Love Me. Right now you’re listening to an instrumental cover of the Kinks hit Lola, but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Nick and I discuss Contrary points on identity.

Zero Squared #105: Examining the Black Bloc

Justin Murphy is a lecturer in political science, a participant in the Anti-Fascist movement, and an occasional practitioner of Black Bloc tactics. In this episode Justin discusses some of the uses and limitations of the Black Bloc.

This is part one of a two part conversation. If you’d like to hear the second half think about joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes consists of unedited or full length interviews from the Zero Squared podcast, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. Zero Books members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

You might also stop by the Zero Books website and purchase a book on critical theory. Recommended titles include Uncertain Futures, Alfie Bown’s interview with Srecko Horvat, and the late Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism.

Zero Squared #104: Uncertain Futures

Edmund Berger is the guest this week. Berger is an independent writer, researcher, and activist living in Louisville, Kentucky. He blogs intermittently at Deterritorial Investigations Unit and Synthetic Zero, and his first book, entitled Uncertain Futures, provides a detailed look into the economic and political conditions of our present moment from a Marxist perspective.

David Winberg columnist for the Straight Dope reviewed the book this way: Berger says “Fascism is nothing less than the intensification of every regressive sentiment to be found in the whole of society, mobilized and put on the march by elements in the ruling class.” And “To reform capitalism at this stage is a revolutionary act.” That’s how far we’ve fallen.

Thanks should go out to members of the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to the Inside Zero Books which sometimes consists of unedited or full length interviews from the Zero Squared podcast, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. This week the Inside Zero Books podcast will feature the second half of this conversation with Edmund Berger on Marx and Trump.

I should also take a moment to ask you to stop by the Zero Books website and purchase a book on critical theory. You might pick up Uncertain Futures or Alfie Bown’s interview with Srecko Horvat.

Symptomatic Redness: Tribalism

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 first podcast of Symptomatic Redness hosted by Zero Books features Amogh Sahu interviewing C. Derick Varn on the history and prehistory of human societies.

Thanks goes out to Zero Books Club members. This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast will feature the second part of this conversation from Symptomatic Redness.

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