Zero Squared #124: Should We Keep Free Speech?

C Derick Varn is back this week. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a University lecturer and teacher, a poet, and a frequent guest on this podcast. This week we discuss John Stuart Mills arguments for Free Speech as compared to Marx’s arguments, the Black Bloc, and the idea of the memory hole.

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, Chris Nineham’s How the Establishment Lost Control, and, of course, Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies which is turning out to be a great conversation piece. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

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Zero Squared #112: Reframing Trump

Chris Cutrone is founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society. He is also the author of the rather infamous essay “Why Not Trump?” and he recently led a panel discussion entitled “The Crisis of Neoliberalism” as part of the Platypus Affiliated Society’s third European Conference and will be leading a panel discussion at the Left Forum entitled Marx in the Age of Trump. And today he is the guest on this week’s Zero Books podcast.

If you’re in NYC you should turn up for the Left Forum. Zero Books will be hosting two panels. The first will be for the upcoming book by Michael Roberts entitled “World in Crisis” and the panel is titled Capitalism Gets Knocked Down (but then gets up again). This panel will present information about the long economic crisis and ask what political lessons can be drawn from the evidence that capitalism is inherently prone to crisis? The panel is scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd, from 12:00pm-1:50pm.

The second Panel is entitled Kill All Normies and will feature a discussion on the rise of the racist and proto-fascist right led by Angela Nagle. This panel is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th, from 3:40pm – 5:40pm.

The Left Forum will be held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at 524 W 59th St in New York City but if you miss it don’t worry, our panels will be featured as audio podcasts in upcoming episodes.

If you’re a Zero Books club member, however, you should know that the Inside Zero Books podcast will be delayed, possibly for a full week.

Zero Squared #108: The Subject 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 the theory. In this episode of Zero Squared, Postone discusses whether the working class is the true subject of capitalism and history, the particular particularity of today’s left, and the new Black Lives Matter visa card.

Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies is now available for pre-order through Amazon and to let you know that there will be a link to both the UK and US editions in the show notes.

If you enjoy this podcast you should consider joining the Zero Books Club. The Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests, 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 Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #85: Marxism vs Libertarianism

Last Wednesday bubb.la hosted a debate in Stockholm in cooperation with Marxist-Humanist Initiative and this week’s podcast is a recording of that debate between libertarian economist Per Bylund and marxist economist Andrew Kliman.

Thanks goes out to our Zero Book Club members. Please do sign up for the membership site if you haven’t already. The next members only Inside Zero Books podcast will feature a conversation with Ashley Frawley on the topic of the phrase “The Personal is Political” along with many other topics.

Ashley Frawley is the author of the Semiotics of Happiness and a member of the Zero Books editorial team.