Zero Squared #149: Video Games are Right Wing?

Alfie Bown is the author of The Playstation Dreamworld, a philosophy of games and politics and Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism. Along with being a theorist on video game culture, he has recently started writing for the Guardian. He recently wrote a review of Ready Player One entitled “Steven Spielberg’s film portrays video gamers at their worst” and before that he wrote a think piece for them entitled “How video games are fuelling the rise of the far right.” It’s this second piece that he’ll be discussing in this week’s episode.

Matthew McKeever’s thought experiment novella entitled Coming From Nothing is available for pre-order from Zero Books. Coming From Nothing is a tragi-comic love story concerned with notions of identity, such as Judith Butler’s idea that sexual identity isn’t determined by the body, and John Locke’s that personal identity is a question of memory. ~ Josh Dever, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin has called McKeever’s book “ a literary beignet sweetened by a rich powdering of philosophical speculation.”

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Zero Squared #128: Antisemitism as a Symptom of Capitalism

Moishe Postone is a Western Marxist and a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and he is the author of the book Time, Labor and Social Domination a book that won the American Sociological Association’s prize in theory. Postone is the guest on this podcast and he discusses an essay he wrote entitled Anti-Semitism and National Socialism.  

If you’re looking for a book to help you understand late capitalism pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall which is a collection that brings an understanding of Marx’s Value Theory to bear on political questions, Terry Tapp’s A Serf’s Journal which tells the story of the longest wildcat strike in US history, and, of course, Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies which is turning out to be a great conversation piece.  

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Zero Squared #127: Nagle Answers Her Critics (Such as They Are)

Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies earned her the title “an old leftist’s idea of what a young leftist should be” by her detractors and “one of the brightest lights in a new generation of left writers who have declared independence from intellectual conformity’ by her champions. We at Zero Books are proud to have published her book and glad to welcome her back as the guest on this week’s podcast.

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Zero Squared #109: The Overculture Bites Back

David Auerbach is a freelance columnist and gadfly who has written for publications such as the LA Review of Books, Slate, the American Reader, and many other publications. He is a former software engineer based in New York, and a fellow at the think tank New America and we discuss his recent blog posts entitled Trump Diaries as well as the concepts of an underculture and an overculture on this week’s podcast.

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