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Zero Squared #215: Socialism and Value

Xexizy is a Marxist YouTuber who is determined to bring about the social revolution through the internet, somehow and in this episode, we discuss The Critique of the Gotha Program, the idea of labor certificates, and the notion that socialism is achieved in stages. Here's a link to Xexizy's youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDULjo1v2Hivuu4h4LZSTUQ This week’s podcast is available in full for our patrons. 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.

22 Sep 2019

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Zero Squared #205: Soviet State Capitalism?

Derick Varnreturns this week in order to debate the question of whether the Soviet Union was or was not State Capitalism. Varn is, of course, the voice behind Symptomatic Redness, the poet behind the collectionApocalyptics, and my frequent interlocutor and critic.This week’s podcast is available in full for Patreon supporters. Our Patreon supporters get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on ourfree 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 every month.

8 Jul 2019

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Zero Squared #204: Thaddeus Russell says "Fuck Marx"

Thaddeus Russell is a historian, author, and professor. He has taught history, American Studies, and the history of philosophy at Columbia University, Barnard College, and the New School forSocial Research. He is also the host of the Unregistered Podcast and the guest on this week’s podcast.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 feedyou’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. Further, our video series on the History of Communism is available to our Patreon supporters monthly.

29 Jun 2019

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Symptomatic Redness: A Conversation with a poet for hire

In this episodeof Symptomatic Redness Derick Varn interviews Benjamin Aleshire.Benjamin Aleshire is an artist based in New Orleans, LA. His writing has been published in The Times of London, Boston Review, and the Iowa Review among other places. He makes his living as a poetfor hire in the French Quarter, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter, and touring widely. Enjoy!

25 Jun 2019

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

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.

22 Jun 2019

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Symptomatic Redness: Conclusion of "Hostile" Interview with Cutrone

In this episodeof Symptomatic Redness Derick Varn and Lexi Kay of the Swampside Chats podcast question Chris Cutrone of the Platypus Affiliated Society. In this final installment Cutrone is made to defend hisapologism for Trump's claim, captured on tape, that as a powerful man he does what he likes to women, and even"Grabs 'em by the Pussy." The conversation develops from there.This episode is available for everyone. Note: Derick Varn is a former member of the Platypus Affiliated Society.

17 Jun 2019

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

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 recentdemonetization.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 feedyou’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 visualcontent 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.

15 Jun 2019

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Symptomatic Redness: Chris Cutrone "Hostile" Interview pt. 2 [teaser]

In this episodeof Symptomatic Redness Derick Varn and Lexi Kay of Swampside chats grill the former president of the Platypus Affiliated Society.Chris Cutrone took on a variety of relatively hostile questions for a few hours and this is second part of the conversation. It is available in full for Patrons only. Full Disclosure: Derick Varn is a former member of the Platypus Affiliated Society.

11 Jun 2019

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Zero Squared #201: The Limerick Soviet

Cian Prendiville is an activist in Limerick, a member of the Socialist Party and the Limerick Soviet Centenary Committee. He is currently producing a 5-part documentary podcast ‘Bottom Dog –The Story of the Limerick Soviet, and he is the guest on this week’s podcast.Listen to Cian’s podcast here: http://limericksoviet.ie/ 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 feedyou’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. The Patreon only video series Disco Communism will be coming in the next week and the audio from that first episode of that serieswill be made available on this feed as well.

6 Jun 2019

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Symptomatic Redness: A Hostile Interview with Chris Cutrone

In thisepisode of Symptomatic Redness Derick Varn and Lexi Kay of Swampside chats. Chris Cutrone took on a variety of relatively hostile questions for a few hours. This is part one and is available foreveryone. Derick Varn is a former member of the Platypus Affiliated Society.Can Cutrone hold his ground when facing hostile questions? Find out.

3 Jun 2019

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