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 #69: Blueprints for Revolution?

Our Cairo correspondent and Zero Books Reader C Derick Varn is the guest this week as we follow up on an episode of the Alpha to Omega podcast with a conversation about overcoming capitalism. In the Alpha to Omega podcast there was, what I consider to be, a failure of communication as Varn tried to explain how Capitalist logic sneaks into even the most utopian of projects.

In this episode you’ll hear an excerpt from a Rocketbloom youtube video entitled “Ontological Paradox,” a computer reading an email from Andrew Kliman, computer generated dubstep, Will Durant reading “The Philosophy of Nietzsche,” Maynard Ferguson and Bill Chase’s rendition of the theme for the 50s television show The Adventurs of Superman, and Maze Rockwell’s synthesizer cover of the Willy Wonka classic “Pure Imagination.”