Zero Squared #129: Value, Crisis, and the Writing on the Wall

Anselm Jappe is the author of several major works of critical theory, most famously a book entitled simply “Guy Debord” which is a critical biography of the famous leader of the Situationist International, and is a contributor to the German ‘critique of value’ journal Krisis. In 2015 Jappe was listed by Le Magazine littéraire as one of ‘Thirty Names in French Thought to Watch Out For’ and in 2014 he was the subject of a thirty-minute radio interview on France Culture. His books have received international interest and been translated into a number of languages, including English, and his most recent book is The Writing on the Wall for Zero Books.

If you’re a current member of the Zero Books club I want to remind you that we’re moving the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast.

I 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.

Zero Squared #91: Trump, an Insider’s View

Former NEA Chairman Bill Ivey returns this week and we discuss the unexpected election of Trump. Ivey made the news recently when his March 13th, 2016 email to Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta was published by Wikileaks and he’s returning to in order to give us an insider’s perspective on the election.

Here’s a short excerpt from that infamous email:

We’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly.

Thanks goes out to Zero Books Club members and encourage you to join. Zero Books Club member gain access to a second podcast each week. The Inside Zero Books podcast sometimes features a second hour from this podcast, and sometimes features conversations about the left and left publishing with members of the Zero Books editorial team. And the next Inside Zero Books podcast will feature something of a shouting match between myself and a couple of Portland State University philosophy students as we discuss Judith Butler, Edward Said, and the whiteness of philosophy and scientific reason.

In this episode you’ll hear a clip from the @Midnight debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders impersonators as well as a jazz version of hail to the chief.