Symptomatic Redness: Marxism and Religion

Symptomatic Redness is a show about political economics and historical analysis. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu the show is sometimes a dialogue between the hosts and sometimes features interviews with activists and academics.

This month’s Symptomatic Redness features a conversation about Marx and Marxism’s relationship with religion. The podcast circles around the questions

Does Marxism have a coherent ethics?
Does Marxism have a theory of consciousness?
And to what extent is Marx or Marxism guilty of idealism?

This is the first half of a nearly two hour conversation. The second half of this podcast will be made available through our Patreon membership site.

Diet Soap Podcast #223: Death and Other Impossibilities

Death is the subject this week as I talk to Daniel Coffeen about his neurosis, his grieving, and his buddhist therapist. The inevitability and impossibility of death is the subject as the sophist or rhetor and I try to figure out what life is all about and how we might live on in the face of our inevitable end.

You might hear a bit of a difference this week as I’m trying out my new Snowball Microphone and I’d like to thank Andy Marshall for his generous donation. Andy will be receiving the old Snowball microphone in the next week, after I get a chance to sign the thing.

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

Diet Soap Podcast #193: Kierkegaard and the Crisis in Religion

This week on the Diet Soap podcast the internet archive comes to the rescue. I’d planned on running an interview with Jason Horsley this week, however there were so many technical difficulties (Horsley couldn’t hear me and I had to type my questions to him through Skype’s chat feature) that editing the conversation into something interesting proved to be too time consuming. Instead I’m running a lecture by the late Walter Kaufmann. The lecture is on existentialism, Kierkegaard, and the crisis in religion.

Per wikipedia: Walter Arnold Kaufmann was a German-American philosopher, translator, and poet. A prolific author, he wrote extensively on a broad range of subjects, such as authenticity and death, moral philosophy and existentialism, theism and atheism, Christianity and Judaism, as well as philosophy and literature. He served for over 30 years as a Professor at Princeton University.

It’s Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 and I’m Douglas Lain the host of this podcast. I should point out that Diet Soap was recently picked up for rebroadcast on WPRR, that’s Public Reality Radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I want to say hello to listeners in Grand Rapids and if you’re listening to me on the radio there I want to encourage you to contact me. You can use the contact form on, friend me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, or, if you’re in Portland, you can just sit next to me on the bus. I’m often to be found on the number 19.

Next week there should be a conversation with Anne Jaclard on the subject of Left Activism and consciousness raising and after that I’m hoping to talk to Mark Fisher about Capitalist Realism, to Noëlle Claire McAfee about both her friend Rick Roderick and her book on the unconscious and democracy, and to my son Benjamin about Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and the television program Breaking Bad.