Zero Squared #80: Porn Panic

Jerry Barnett is an author, technologist, campaigner, photographer and entrepreneur. With a long background in anti-fascism campaigning, he has become increasingly disillusioned with the new left, which has taken on many of the attitudes and methods of the old right. His book Porn Panic is out from Zero Books this month.

In this episode you’ll also hear a collage partially lifted from Stephen Naish’s recent youtube book trailer for his upcoming book Bringing Up Baby. You’ll also hear some pornographic music from the 70s, an excerpt of Kate Brooks debating against the proposition that free speech includes the right to offend, and Tony Babino’s lounge club cover of The Internationale, and a clip from Sexopolis by Jean Pierre Mirouze.

Soap Zero 2: Enlightenment Interrupted

German Idealism and the Enlightenment are the subjects this week as Michael Steinberg discuss his book “Enlightenment Interrupted.” Steinberg is an independent scholar and practicing attorney with a PhD in intellectual history from the University of Rochester. His book “Enlightenment Interrupted (The Lost Moment of German Idealism and the Reactionary Present)” came out from Zero Books in July of this year.

Previous books from Mr. Steinberg include The Fiction of a Thinkable World and A New Biology of Religion.

Professor Andrew Nash at the University of Cape Town praised the book. He wrote, “Michael Steinberg’s “Enlightenment Interrupted” is a master class and a rollercoaster ride, all at once. The pitfalls of abstract individualism have been pointed out since Hegel, and explaining them has been central to radical political thought for fifty years by now. But it’s never been easy to grasp concretely how that separation of self and world came about, and what the alternative to it could have been.”

Diet Soap Podcast #166: Beyond Dirt

The guest this week is the cinema critic and mystic Jason Horsley. Horsley is a regular guest to Diet Soap and this week we discuss his film project Beyond Dirt along with the 2012 Apocalypse that wasn’t and what it means to be a man.

Jason Horsley is using indiegogo.com (a crowdsourcing fundraising platform) to raise money for this film and deserves your support. Click here to find out how to help out.

It’s now Monday Christmas Day, December 25, 2012, and I’m Douglas Lain the host of this podcast.

The follow-up conversation about this week’s podcast on Talkshoe will be held on Sunday, December 30th. And I’ll put a link to the Talkshoe page in the show notes, and I encourage everyone who is listening to participate and to donate or become a subscriber to the podcast. I want to thank to Andrew M, Jacob L, Shane S, Tracy V, Ted F, and Paul H for donating. And tell listeners who want to donate that the paypal buttons can be found at douglaslain.com

This week’s conversation barely scratches the surface of what’s at stake in Horsley’s work as he yearn’s after enlightenment. Usually he and I congenially oppose one another in our conversations, but in an effort to give him space to describe his movie I held back from opposition. In a conversation that wasn’t recorded Horsley mentioned that he’s always game for a debate, for some pressure, and he will be back. However, I do want to say that Horsley’s search for enlightenment, for a father worth believing in, for a way to be a man, can’t be dismissed easily. The loner, the cowboy, the vagabond is a partial answer to the problem of ideology, and while only partial it can’t merely be rejected.

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” That’s a quote from Frederich Nietzsche, a philosopher who is often taken to be antithetical to Marxists and other champions of the downtrodden, exploited, repressed… But I think any true Marxist has to hold onto Nietzsche’s cowboy spirit. And in future episodes I hope to return to the cowboy by discussing Nietzsche with Daniel Coffeen and C Derick Varn.

We’ve gotten past the eschaton…the one Terence promised us, the eschaton that we thought might be a natural or scientific hyperspatial object has proven to be a mirage. Perhaps we can work on rediscovering, or better still, creating the eschaton, ourselves. Only, it won’t be a hyperspatial object, but a social or ideological relation.