Zero Squared #92: Margaret Kimberley takes on Trump

Margaret Kimberley discusses the rise of Donald Trump on this week’s episode. A regular columnist for the Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley is also a regular guest on the podcast, and she does her best to talk me through the trauma of this last election.

Thanks goes out to Zero Books Club members and we encourage you to join. Zero Books Club members 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.

On Monday, December 12th, Daniel Coffeen will participate our first Zero Books workshop on Youtube. We will discuss his book “Reading the Way of Things.”

In this episode you’ll hear clips from Michael Parenti on Fascism, demographic analysis from MSNBC, Russian propagandist Vladimir Zhirinovsky talking to Reuters and endorsing Trump, and a collage of all the supposedly compromised US leftist whose relationship with Russia Today makes them guilty by association.

Zero Squared #47: Imperialism or Security

Margaret Kimberley has been an editor and Senior Columnist of Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006. Her work has also appeared on sites such as Alternet and Counterpunch and in publications such as The Dallas Morning News and The Chicago Defender. She is a regular guest on radio talk shows and has appeared on Al Jazeera English, Russia Today, the Real News Network and GRITtv, and this week she’s on Zero Squared to discuss the aftermath of the Parisian terrorist attacks.

During the podcast I ask why Russia can’t be or doesn’t want to be a member of NATO. There is, as per usual, a specific historical answer to that question that neither of us raise. Specifically, while a partnership between Russia and NATO was established after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, NATO decided to suspend co-operation with Russia in response to the conflict in the Ukraine. Relations between NATO and Russia had been strained since the Russia/Georgian conflict in 2008. What it comes down to is a conflict over how far the European Union should extend and which nations should join. This much is obvious, really, but it bears being said directly here at the outset.

In this episode you’ll hear a clip from Mizzou student protests, Negativland’s hit song Guns, Colin Powell’s comments on the conflict between Russia and Georgia, and an excerpt from Negativland’s 1980 album titled, what else, Negativland.

Diet Soap Podcast #212: The Imperial Risk

Margaret Kimberley discusses imperialism on this week’s episode. A regular columnist for the Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley is also a regular guest on the podcast, and we discuss Imperialism, the Ukraine, and the game of Risk that is Capitalism.

It’s Friday, June 6th, 2014, and I’m Douglas Lain the host of this podcast.

I want to thank my regular donors. This week Andy Marshall, Jacob L, John Spillane, Ted F, and John L paid for the hosting of Diet Soap on podomatic and In addition I want to thank Felix B for his one time donation. Thanks, Felix!

Those regular listeners who have yet to donate to Diet Soap, this summer would be a good time. My hours have been cut at the Symphony because this our slow season, so any extra donations would be much appreciated. This reduction in my work hours also means I’ll have more time to dedicate to this podcast as well as to the new Double Feature Review podcast and to Zero Time, a podcast that I’m putting together for Zero Books. If you like the sound of my voice for some strange reason you’ll have three places to hear it.

Again I want to thank Margaret Kimberley for coming on the show again. While it’s true that even after this episode I am still wrestling with the idea of Imperialism (I don’t know how well what I think of as Imperialism fits with my wannabe Marxism and my dogged focus on exploitation, the means of production, Value, and all the rest) talking to Kimberley is always a joy.

Diet Soap Special: Bluestockings Event

The Think the Impossible tour was a great success. I met up with many incredible people including Kevin Dole, Brad Potts, Andy Marshall, and Eilidh Bradley. Also, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Charley Earp, Terry Bisson, Daniel Coffeen, Margaret Kimberley, McKenzie Wark and Andrew Kliman all participated in the actual readings/events.

This week rather than a regular episode of Diet Soap you’ll be hearing the audio from the Bluestockings event on Sunday, September 15th. Here’s a description of that event as it was listed on the Bluestockings website:

Presentation: “Think the Impossible: Christopher Robin and May 1968″
With Douglas Lain, Mckenzie Wark, Margaret Kimberley, & Andrew Kilman

Author and podcaster Douglas Lain will interview McKenzie Wark (author of the Hacker Manifesto) about the significance of May 1968 after Occupy, the economist Andrew Kliman about Capitalism and tendency for social movements to disappear, and Margaret Kimberley from the Black Agenda Report about the Spectacle and the Surveillance state. Lain will also explain why he wrote a novel about the real Christopher Robin’s (who inspired the Pooh stories) entirely fictional involvement with May 1968. McKenzie Wark is a professor of Media Studies at the New School for Social Research, and the author of books such as A Hacker Manifesto, and most recently, the Spectacle of Disintegration. Margaret Kimberley is a radical journalist whose Freedom Rider column appears weekly in the Black Agenda Report. A black left critic of the Obama administration, Kimberley is a regular guest on the Diet Soap podcast. Andrew Kliman is a professor of economics at Pace University and the author of “Reclaiming ‘Marx’s’ Capital” and “The Failure of Capitalist Production.” Douglas Lain is the host of Diet Soap, a weekly philosophy and politics podcast.