Zero Squared #139: A Wrecking Ball Called Trump?

Chris Cutrone is the founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society. He is also the author of the rather infamous essay “Why Not Trump?” and other essays such as The Millennial Left is dead and Democratic revolution and the contradiction of capital. In this episode of the Zero Books podcast we discuss the Trump administration’s first year and the left’s various panicked reactions to what Cutrone says is a moment of transition for capitalism itself and US politics in particular.

We’ve moved the Inside Zero Books to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books intermittently on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available. In fact I’ll be posting a rerun of the Inside Zero Podcast entitled The Žižek Debrief just as soon as this episode is online.

If you haven’t already you might pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall or Ian Parker’s Revolutionary Keywords for a New Left. Also, Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies was recently used as the basis for a short documentary film on the Fusion cable network entitled Trumpland: Kill All Normies. You should purchase a copy of her book and search down the documentary if you can.

You’ll also hear clips from a BBC report on Donald Trump’s genius and mental stability, an excerpt of a cable news interview with Bernie Sanders, and the Negativland classic collage Richard Nixon died today. Right now you’re listening to a MIDI version of Daft Punk’s Harder, Faster, Stronger.

Zero Squared #21: Neoliberalism or Determinative Negation?

Robin James is the guest this week and we discuss her book Resilience and Melancholy which came out from Zero Books in February. Robin James is an associate professor in philosophy at the University of North Carolina and a musician.

David Webster, author of Cross the Water Blues blurbed the book. He wrote:

At the heart of this book is a clever trick: it unmasks the seemingly frothy, passing and marginal as representative and emblematic of deeper, sinister neoliberal phenomena.

In this episode you’ll hear from TheWellChoice youtube channel’s video “What’s Wrong with the Music Industry Today,” an accordian cover of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, an excerpt of Calvin Harris’s Sweet Nothing, a Meow Mix musical soar, and an acoustic cover of Daft Punk’s Harder, Faster, Stronger, and Henry Mancini’s theme music for the Viewer Mail segment on Late Night with David Letterman.

Diet Soap Podcast #216: Capitalism, Neoliberalism, and Class War

Andrew Kliman is the guest this week as we discuss back and forth exchange of essays written by Andrew Kliman and Sam Gindin for Jacobin and The New Left Project and I give Kliman a chance to refute the prevailing mythology of wage suppression under neoliberalism once again. More importantly we discuss the need for metanarratives, the failure of leftist ambition, and what we mean when we say the words “class” and “war.” Andrew Kliman is the author of “The Failure of Capitalist Production.”

You’ll notice that about a quarter of the way into the interview the sound quality for Andrew’s side of the conversation declines. Unfortunately what happened was that his Skype connection started to break up and so we had to continue on his landline.

I’d like to urge regular listeners to the Diet Soap podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review of at iTunes in lieu of a donation.

The music in this episode includes Boris Tihomirov’s Electronic Alarm-Clock and Delia Derbyshire’s Love Without Sound.

Diet Soap Podcast #159: The Limitations of Happiness

The guest this week is Ashley Frawley. Frawley is a researcher in the problematisation of happiness and wellbeing at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and we discuss happiness in an fairly unhappy way. Her thesis “traces historical uses of the term ‘happiness’ from the perfunctory evocations of the past to the present-day project of redefining the idiom as the legitimate domain of expertise and campaigns to bring it [happiness] to the forefront of public debate.”

I’m canceling the Podomatic feed for Diet Soap and moving the podcast to douglaslain.com. If you subscribe to podcast through podomatic you’ll need to change over to the new feed. The feed through blubrry is (http://www.blubrry.com/feeds/dietsoap.xml) and I believe you can use that or use the feed burner feed: (http://feeds.feedburner.com/dietsoap). You can also subscribe to the new feed through iTunes. Just go to the iTunes store and type in douglaslain.com and you’ll find the new iTunes feed. Here’s a wikipedia article about podcatchers if you need some pointers.

The new Diet Soap workshop is starting this weekend, and I’ve decided to invite all listeners to participate. The workshop is a benefit for regular subscribers and sometime in October I’ll be using Google hangouts to host the discussion, but to begin with I thought I’d give everyone an opportunity to see what the workshops are like and I’m using Talkshoe to host the conversation. This first conversation is scheduled for 6pm EST on Sunday, September 30th. Please feel free to participate.

I want to thank Davis D for recently subscribing to the podcast and workshop. Davis, your copy of my surrealist memoir will be going out in the mail next week. I’m very grateful for your donations and to all of the subscribers of the Diet Soap podcast.