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Zero Squared

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Zero Squared is a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.

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Zero Squared is a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.

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Zero Squared

By functioncreep - Nov 15 2017
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This is the podcast which I have been waiting for.

The Soap

By akwhistler - Jul 14 2013
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Always eclectic and entertaining. Tune in you just may learn something new.

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81 Ratings
Average Ratings
59
16
2
2
2

Zero Squared

By functioncreep - Nov 15 2017
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This is the podcast which I have been waiting for.

The Soap

By akwhistler - Jul 14 2013
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Always eclectic and entertaining. Tune in you just may learn something new.

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Zero Squared

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Zero Squared is a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.

Rank #1: Zero Squared #202: Meditation, Psychedelics, and Steven Crowder

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Michael Brooks is the host of The Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report, and an author for Zero Books. His book Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Socialist Answer to the IDW & the New Right will be coming out around November of this year, but in this episode of the Zero Books podcast we discuss meditation, psychedelics, intuition, and Steven Crowders recent demonetization. This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone. Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. Further, our Patreon only video series Disco Communism was released today. I want to ask listeners a question. Would you like to hear the audio tracks of our youtube videos as podcasts? Our videos are mostly video essays about left theory and left politics. The visual content is a big component of our videos, but some have expressed interest in hearing the essays as podcasts and I thought I’d see what people who listen regularly think. Let me know by tweeting to @Zer0Books.

Jun 15 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #2: Symptomatic Redness: Haider's "Mistaken Identity" pt. 2

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Symptomatic Redness is a podcast about political economy and historical analysis hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu and this week's podcast features the second half of a discussion of Asad Haider's book "Mistaken Identity." Here's a blurb from Judith Butler for Haider's book: “Asad Haider renews the critique of identity politics for the contemporary Left. Drawing on the work of British cultural studies, black feminism, and theories of the subject (and subjection), Haider writes in an open and persuasive prose to show how identity is always partial and ambivalent, deflecting from the larger racial ideologies while reproducing its terms. This is a fresh and timely book, thoughtful and provocative.” – Judith Butler, author of Gender Trouble and Frames of War

Jan 12 2019

56mins

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Rank #3: Symptomatic Redness: Alex Gendler and the American Left

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Alex Gendler is a freelance writer, editor, and translator with specialties ranging from history and political theory to internet culture and animal videos. He is also Derick Varn's gues on this week's Symptomatic Redness. Topics covered include the cities of the American Left, TED talks, and the popularity of Marxism. This week's Symptomatic Redness is available for all listeners. Enjoy!

Jul 10 2019

52mins

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Rank #4: Symptomatic Redness: Michael Brooks and Derick Varn

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This week's Symptomatic Redness features Michael Brooks and C Derick Varn as they debate and discuss the American radical left under Trump. Should the left turn to the democrats again? If not, what realistic opportunities or strategies might we take up? If so, is the DSA the best chance for reshaping or shifting the course of the democrats? Michael Brooks is the host of The Michael Brooks show, the co-host of the Majority Report with Sam Seder, and an author currently working on a book for Zero Books.

Sep 09 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #5: Zero Squared Special: After Zizek vs. Peterson

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Nikos Sotirakopoulos and Ashley Frawley join Doug in this special, mostly unedited, episode of the Zero Squared podcast. This was recorded on the fly as a way to have a quick conversation about the Zizek vs. Peterson debate and, as a way to continue the debate. Nikos is a committed Randian while Ashley Frawley and Doug are both Marxists. Hope you enjoy this conversation/debate. It is being released for everyone.

Apr 30 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #6: Zero Squared Special: Henryk Grossman, Crisis, and Rick Kuhn

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Welcome to a special edition of the Zero Books podcast. Ashley Frawley is a member of the Zero Books team and this week she is the host of the Zero Books podcast. Frawley, being interested in Marxist crisis theory, interviewed professor Rick Kuhn who has spent over twenty years studying the Marxist economist Henryk Grossman and in this episode, Frawley and Kuhn discuss the declining rate of profit, countervailing tendencies, the Frankfurt school, and the cultural turn. This week’s podcast is available in full. Our patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. I hope you enjoy them.

Feb 27 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #7: Zero Books #217: Realizing Philosophy w/Cutrone

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Chris Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social emancipation. He is the former head of the often contrarian Marxist group The Platypus Affiliated Society and in this podcast, we discuss the possibility of realizing philosophy. This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone but our patrons usually get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. They also get access to our History of Communism video series, interviews with authors for our monthly book club, and pretty soon a reprised series called Pop the Left. If you’re a fan of this podcast consider becoming a patron.

Oct 06 2019

53mins

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Rank #8: Symptomatic Redness: Mark Rainey on Capital 2 & 3

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Friend of the podcast Mark Rainey joins Derick Varn to discuss Capital Volumes 2 and 3, and the obscure academic battles that are often ignored on the left. Why are socialists so allergic to Marx's critique of political economy? Why is it so uncommon to read Marx's actual writings? Is there a way to bring theory and activism together in praxis?

Feb 24 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #9: Zero Squared #219: The Struggle of the Kurds in the Era of Trump

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Djene Rhys Bajalan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Missouri State University, a writer for publications such as OpenDemocracy and Jacobin, and a frequent guest on the Michael Brooks show. He is also a returning guest to this podcast, this time stopping by to educate me about the Kurdish struggle in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone but our patrons usually get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. They also get access to our History of Communism video series, interviews with authors for our monthly book club, and pretty soon a reprised series called Pop the Left. If you’re a fan of this podcast consider becoming a patron.

Oct 21 2019

54mins

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Rank #10: Zero Squared #193: Social Democracy and Dead Pundits

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Adam Proctor is the host of the Dead Pundits society and the guest on this week's episode of the Zero Squared podcast. Adam and I discuss just what a social democrat looks like, the base vs. superstructure split, crass economism, and today's socialism. This week’s podcast is available in full. Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. At the moment we have 572 patrons. When we reach 600 we’ll introduce a new series of patron only videos tentatively entitled Communism 101.

Mar 28 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #11: Zero Squared Christmas Special

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This episode of the Zero Books podcast features a conversation with Harvey Kaye about the British Marxist Historians. It is also a holiday special and you can hear the Lain family reacting to the annual endurance of the Star Wars Holiday Special in this week's introductory remarks. From the book jacket of Harvey Kaye's book The British Marxist Historians: The British Marxist Historians remains the first and most complete study of the founders of one of the most influential contemporary academic traditions in history and social theory. In this classic text, Kaye looks at Maurice Dobb and the debate on the transition to capitalism; Rodney Hilton on feudalism and the English peasantry; Christopher Hill on the English Revolution; Eric Hobsbawm on workers, peasants and world history; and E.P. Thompson on the making of the English working class. Kaye compares their perspective on history with other approaches, such as that of the French Annales school, and concludes with a discussion of the contribution of the British Marxist historians to the formation of a democratic historical consciousness. The British Marxist Historians is an indispensable book for anyone interested in the intellectual history of the late twentieth century.

Dec 25 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: Symptomatic Redness: Mason Kerr on Gene Wolfe (part one)

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In this first part of a two part episode, Derick is joined by Mason Kerr to discuss the political implications of the fiction of Gene Wolfe, who passed away earlier this year, as part of a series of episodes honoring Wolfe's life and work. They discuss The Fifth Head of Cerberus, The Book of the New Sun, and Wolfe's treatment of women and gender politics, along with some diversions into Marxist aesthetics and issues in the current American left milieu."

Aug 01 2019

53mins

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Rank #13: Zero Squared #186: Made in Brooklyn

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Amanda Wasielewski is an artist and Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is also the author of Made In Brooklyn, a book that was published by Zero Books in June of last year, and she’s the guest on this week’s podcast This week’s podcast is free to everyone and this weekend’s Symptomatic Redness will be available to our Patreon supporters. Patreon subscribers get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. If you’re listening for free you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcast each week. I hope you enjoy them.

Jan 31 2019

50mins

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Rank #14: Symptomatic Redness: Part One on Fascism

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In this, the first part of a three part discussion on fascism, Derick and Matthias Wasser discuss the recent history of the American right, whether the alt-right are relevant anymore, racialism, the definition of fascism, and much more besides.

Aug 17 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Zero Squared #203: Ben Burgis Debunks "Why Not Trump?" [teaser]

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In this episode of Zero Squared the author of Give Them an Argument: Logic For the Left takes a look at Chris Cutrone from the Platypus Affiliated Society, specifically his essay "Why Not Trump"? This is a follow up podcast after three episodes of Symptomatic Redness wherein Cutrone participated in what was billed as a "hostile" interview. By the end of this episode Burgis and I decide that, despite protestations to the contrary, Cutrone is some sort of left-accelerationist . This episode is available for patron's only.

Jun 22 2019

11mins

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Rank #16: Symptomatic Redness: Ben Burgis on Logic

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Derick Varn discusses formal and dialectical logic with Ben Burgis. How successful can logic be against right-wing logic bros? How successful can a left that's abandoned logic be? Is logic rhetorically effective? Derick Varn recalls the 90s left's argument that "logic is a product of Western Imperlalism" and he conversation goes on from there. Give them an Argument is now available for pre-order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Give-Them-Argument-Logic-Left/dp/1789042100 Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. At the moment we have 592 patrons. When we reach 600 patrons we’ll introduce a new series of patron only videos tentatively entitled Communism 101.

Apr 22 2019

48mins

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Rank #17: Zero Squared #214: Psychological Politics?

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Ashley Frawley is the author of the Semiotics of Happiness, a University lecturer and a reader at Zero Books. This week she returns to discuss a recent lecture she gave at for the Academy of Ideas on the pitfalls of turning to psychology to fix social political problems. This week’s podcast is available for everyone. Our patrons get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. Patrons also receive access to our new video series called The History of Communism and get access to the Capital Reading group. Book Club members receive electronic copies of new Zero Book titles every month and are invited to an online discussion group.

Sep 16 2019

58mins

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Rank #18: Symptomatic Redness: A Regrettable Century (pt. 2)

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Find a creator Jan 26 at 10:40am Symptomatic Redness: A Regrettable Century (pt. 2) regrettable_century_part_2.mp3 C Derick Varn continutes his interview with the hosts of the "Regrettable Century" Podcast. The Regrettable Century podcast subscribes to what's called "revolutionary pessimism." The hosts describe themselves as both humanist and pessimist and the invite similarly hard headed people to listen. "A clean, honest, and unsentimental melancholy is required; we've cultivated one and would like to share it with you."

Jan 26 2019

49mins

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Rank #19: Symptomatic Redness: Tad Tietze on Anti-Politics

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Derick Varn talks to Tad Tietze about anti-politics. Tietze blogs at Left Flank, tweets as @Dr_Tad, and has a book coming out from Verso books. From an essay by Tietze and Elizabeth Humphrys: Anti-politics and the Illusions of Neoliberalism We live in anti-political times. After a twentieth century in which Western societies experienced the rise and entrenchment of mass representative institutions, where hundreds of millions of people accepted that politics was the main way to have their social interests advanced, these arrangements have ever more obviously fallen into disrepair, decay and even frank breakdown. Part One of this conversation is available on the public feed. Part Two will be available on for our supporters on patreon.

Mar 25 2019

47mins

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