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Publisher Douglas Lain (former podcaster behind Diet Soap) interviews authors from Zero Books and beyond. Zero Book authors include Eugene Thacker (In the Dust of This Planet), Nina Power (One Dimensional Woman), Dan Hind (Magic Kingdom), and many ot...Show More
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23:28 | Jul 8th

Derick Varn returns 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 collection Apocalyptics, and my frequent interloc...Show More

0:00 | Jul 8th

Derick Varn returns 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 collection Apocalyptics, and my frequent interloc...Show More
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44:48 | Jun 29th

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 for Social Research. He is also the host of the Unregistered Po...Show More

0:00 | Jun 29th

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 for Social Research. He is also the host of the Unregistered Po...Show More

48:39 | Jun 25th

In this episode of 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. H...Show More

0:00 | Jun 25th

In this episode of 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. ...Show More

11:42 | Jun 22nd

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 Sy...Show More

0:00 | Jun 22nd

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 Sy...Show More

52:33 | Jun 17th

In this episode of 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 his apologism for Trump's claim, captured on...Show More

0:00 | Jun 17th

In this episode of 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 his apologism for Trump's claim, captured on...Show More

1:16:45 | Jun 15th

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 y...Show More

0:00 | Jun 15th

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 y...Show More

10:20 | Jun 11th

In this episode of 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...Show More

0:00 | Jun 11th

In this episode of 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 par...Show More

35:54 | Jun 6th

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 th...Show More

0:00 | Jun 6th

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 th...Show More

1:06:27 | Jun 3rd

In this episode 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 for everyone. Derick Varn is a former member of the...Show More

0:00 | Jun 3rd

In this episode 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 for everyone. Derick Varn is a former member of the...Show More

10:25 | May 27th

Knowledge Fight podcast host Dan Friesen rejoins Derick Varn to discuss the political and cultural significance of Alex Jones. Dan's podcast, "The Knowledge Fight" explores how Alex Jones "intentionally misleads his listeners for fun and profit." Th...Show More

0:00 | May 27th

Knowledge Fight podcast host Dan Friesen rejoins Derick Varn to discuss the political and cultural significance of Alex Jones. Dan's podcast, "The Knowledge Fight" explores how Alex Jones "intentionally misleads his listeners for fun and profit." The...Show More

57:03 | May 23rd

The Serfs are internet comedians who turn their biting wit against the true enemies of the working class: i.e. Joe Rogan, Pewdiepie, and Liam Nielsen. Their names are Lance and Dave and they put out a podcast and youtube videos every week. This week...Show More

52:50 | May 21st

Knowledge Fight podcast host Dan Friesen joins Derick Varn to discuss the political and cultural significance of Alex Jones. The Knowledge Fight explores how Alex Jones "intentionally misleads his listeners for fun and profit." The podcast explores ...Show More

10:18 | May 12th

This week’s podcast is available in full for our patreon supporters. 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 t...Show More

52:02 | May 9th

Terry Tapp is the artist and author behind the Lungfish project. "The Lungfish Project" is a three-part graphic novel series and Kickstarter project bringing picto-philosophy to the masses. He is the Zero Books author of “A Serf’s Journal,” and a ret...Show More

1:12:15 | Apr 30th

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 ...Show More

1:25:41 | Apr 29th

C Derick Varn and JG Michaels discuss the vanguard of horror in this new episode of Alternatives. Alternatives examines the countercultural, or searches for a counterculture in a era when culture is so fragmented that there may no longer be a singula...Show More

1:15:05 | Apr 24th

Professor Heidi Matthews researches and teaches in the areas of international criminal law, the law of war, international legal history and political theory. She is also the host of the HMOD (or Heidi Matthews on Demand) podcast. This week we discuss...Show More

15:57 | Apr 18th

Benjamin Lain is a math and computer science student at the University of Oregon, a member of the YDS, and my son. In this episode of the Zero Books podcast we continue our conversation about Karl Marx, Capital, and an essay by professor Mark Worrell...Show More

55:36 | Apr 12th

Michael Tracey is a freelance journalist who has written for publications including VICE, The Daily Beast, The American Conservative, and The Guardian and he was formerly a reporter for TYT. Tracey is also a member of a small set of leftish Russia co...Show More

25:15 | Apr 4th

Benjamin Lain (@chickenfrend) is an undergraduate math and computer science student at the University of Oregon, a member of the U of O’s YDS chapter, and my oldest son. This week he joins me to discuss Marx’s theory of Value, David Harvey, and an es...Show More

06:10 | Apr 1st

Derick Varn continues his conversation withTad 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 ...Show More

1:01:38 | Mar 28th

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 socialis...Show More

47:07 | Mar 25th

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 ...Show More

12:45 | Mar 21st

Andrew Wallis is a freelance journalist, academic, and author, and a leading expert in the African Great Lakes Region, especially Rwanda. His previous book, "Silent Accomplice: The role of France in the Rwandan genocide' was praised as a 'damning new...Show More

10:49 | Mar 17th

This week's Symptomatic Redness is available in full for our Patreon supporters. The co-founder of the “Evolving Media Network” media collective, author of the novel Join My Cult! (published by New Falcon Press) and the founder of the band Babalon. H...Show More

1:03:49 | Mar 13th

Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report with Sam Seder, and a soon to be author here at Zero Books. In this episode Michael Brooks discusses Bolsonaro’s Brazil and what promises to be a torturous 2020...Show More

46:07 | Mar 10th

C Derick Varn continues his conversation with Ed Simon. Ed Simon is an editor at Berfrois, a British magazine of “Literature, Ideas, Tea,” and a staff writer at The Millions, which the New York Times has called the “indispensable literary site.” Simo...Show More

09:02 | Mar 6th

Peter Hudis is a professor of the humanities and philosophy at Oakton Community College and a member of the IMHO or International Marxist Humanist Organization and in this episode of the Zero Books podcast we attempt to discuss the idea that African ...Show More

04:08 | Mar 3rd

Derick Varn interviews Zero Books author Ed Simon about his book America and Other Fictions, secularization theory, and religious life in a modern world. Here's the back of the Jacket copy for Ed Simon's book: At a moment of cultural and political cr...Show More

1:44:17 | Feb 27th

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...Show More

1:21:32 | Feb 24th

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...Show More

09:07 | Feb 20th

Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, the host of Symptomatic Redness, and my nemesis. In this episode you’ll hear the second half of our debate the question of Free Speech as it relates to our mutual ill-defined Marxist socialism. This is part two ...Show More

03:03 | Feb 17th

In this episode of Symptomatic Redness Parkinson covers the question of Republicanism and Communist Republicanism. Derick and Donald discuss the history of the internationals and the SPD, anti-imperialism, and the question of the Great War. Also cove...Show More

47:54 | Feb 14th

Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, the host of Symptomatic Redness, and my nemesis. In this episode of Zero Squared Derick and I debate the question of Free Speech as it relates to our mutual ill-defined Marxist socialism. This is part one of a ...Show More

47:30 | Feb 11th

This week's Symptomatic Redness features a conversation with Donald Parkinson. Parkinson was formerly of the Communist League of Tampa and the Swampside podcast, and he discusses the state of the radical socialist left today. Swampside Chats is the p...Show More

19:55 | Feb 7th

Ashley Frawley is a frequent guest on Sky News and the BBC, she is the author of the Semiotics of Happiness, and she’s on the editorial team at Zero Books. This week she also the guest on the podcast as we discuss the need for a recommitment to a cri...Show More

11:49 | Feb 2nd

C Derick Varn and JG Michaels investigate the difference between left and right-wing conspiracy theories. Covering everything from anti-vaccination conspiracies, communist fluoride, 9/11 Truth, Peak Oil, and the social sorting that occurred in the au...Show More

50:47 | Jan 31st

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 we...Show More

49:14 | Jan 26th

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 in...Show More
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19:14 | Jan 23rd

Martin Frederiksen is the author of the book “An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular” which came out from Zero Books in August last year and he’s the guest this week as we discuss the group of nihilists he studied and their commitment to...well...n...Show More
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09:51 | Jan 19th

On our Patreon feed, you can hear the full interview with the hosts of the A Regrettable Century Podcast. The Regrettable Century podcast subscribes to what's called "revolutionary pessimism." The hosts describe themselves as both humanist and pessim...Show More
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45:14 | Jan 17th

Liam Mitchell is the author of the book “Ludopolitics: Video Games against Control” which came out from Zero Books in December and he’s the guest this week as we discuss Heidegger, universal reason, and video games such as Skyrim, Zelda, and the Duck...Show More
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56:13 | Jan 12th

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...Show More
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22:26 | Jan 10th

Ben Burgis Returns this week as we discuss Hegel’s logic and his critique of gradualism, the question of revolutionary transition, and whether or not Charlie Brown is bald. If you’re a patron of the Zero Books podcast and you’re listening to the Patr...Show More
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09:24 | Jan 6th

Symptomatic Redness is a podcast about political economy and historical analysis hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu and this week's teaser features a discussion of Assad Haider's book "Mistaken Identity." The entire conversation is available thr...Show More
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52:20 | Oct 25th, 2018

Terry Newman is currently an MA student in the Media Studies Department at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a Teaching Assistant in Concordia’s Engineering Department and the author of Through the Looking Glass at Concordia University. We’ve ...Show More
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1:02:28 | Oct 18th, 2018

Professor Heidi Matthews is Assistant Professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she Co-Directs the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. In this week’s podcast she stops by to discuss her essay in the conversati...Show More
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1:00:40 | Oct 11th, 2018

Mir Bal is the host of the A Lost Cause podcast out of Sweden, he is also a former social worker turned barista, an immigrant, and a socialist. He joins the Zero Books podcast in order to discuss immigration to the Swedish Utopia and why the Scandina...Show More
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1:14:17 | Oct 4th, 2018

Amir of Cold Dark Stars joins C Derick Varn to discuss the over-complexity of capitalism, planning, and understanding dynamic systems. Amir is a Ph.D. student in theoretical astrophysics trying to resist the tyranny of over-specialization. Cold Dark ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Amir of Cold Dark Stars joins C Derick Varn to discuss the over-complexity of capitalism, planning, and understanding dynamic systems. Amir is a Ph.D. student in theoretical astrophysics trying to resist the tyranny of over-specialization. Cold...Show More
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55:39 | Sep 27th, 2018

The following podcast was recorded at the request of a former Zero Books author named Nicolas Hausdorf after I mentioned on my blog that, in light of the positions he'd taken in essays written for a reactionary online journal, that we would no longer...Show More

0:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

The following podcast was recorded at the request of a former Zero Books author named Nicolas Hausdorf after I mentioned on my blog that, in light of the positions he'd taken in essays written for a reactionary online journal, that we would no longer...Show More
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1:31:11 | Sep 20th, 2018

Peter Hudis is a professor of the Humanities at Oakton Community College, he is the author of several books including Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades, and Marx and the Third World: New pers...Show More

0:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

Peter Hudis is a professor of the Humanities at Oakton Community College, he is the author of several books including Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades, and Marx and the Third World: New pers...Show More
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48:01 | Sep 13th, 2018

Aimee Terese is a socialist, a law student, the co-host of the Dead Pundits Society, and a #Metoo heretic. She is also the guest on this week’s episode of Zero Squared. I want to remind listeners that Zero Books produces two podcasts every week, one...Show More

0:00 | Sep 12th, 2018

Aimee Terese is a socialist, a law student, the co-host of the Dead Pundits Society, and a #Metoo heretic. She is also the guest on this week’s episode of Zero Squared. I want to remind listeners that Zero Books produces two podcasts every week, on...Show More
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1:32:39 | Sep 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More

0:00 | Sep 8th, 2018

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 ...Show More
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1:01:15 | Sep 6th, 2018

Virgil Texas and Matt Christman are two of the five co-hosts from the hugely popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House and they stopped by the Zero Books podcast this week to discuss their new book The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Lo...Show More

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

Virgil Texas and Matt Christman are two of the five co-hosts from the hugely popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House and they stopped by the Zero Books podcast this week to discuss their new book The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Lo...Show More
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1:55:17 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Glenn Loury is a Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University, the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, the host of the Glenn Show at bloggingheads.tv, a quasi member of the Intellectual Dark Web (he is, at the very le...Show More
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1:00:39 | Aug 16th, 2018

Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show and the co-host on the Majority Report. He is also a future Zero Books author with a book in the works on the Intellectual Dark Web and a regular guest on the Zero Books podcast. This week Brooks ...Show More

0:00 | Aug 15th, 2018

Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show and the co-host on the Majority Report. He is also a future Zero Books author with a book in the works on the Intellectual Dark Web and a regular guest on the Zero Books podcast. This week Brooks ...Show More
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46:08 | Aug 9th, 2018

KMO is the host of the C-Realm podcast, a show that has been appearing weekly online for over a decade, an actor, an author and has recently returned to cartooning. His comic strip GEBB is online at GEBB.io. GEBB is the story of a group of aliens, in...Show More

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2018

KMO is the host of the C-Realm podcast, a show that has been appearing weekly online for over a decade, an actor, an author and has recently returned to cartooning. His comic strip GEBB is online at GEBB.io. GEBB is the story of a group of aliens, in...Show More
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1:01:06 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Chris Cutrone is a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society, a professor at The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and a returning guest to the Zero Books podcast. He is the author of a controversial essay entitled “Why Not Trump.” The piece was a ...Show More

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

Chris Cutrone is a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society, a professor at The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and a returning guest to the Zero Books podcast. He is the author of a controversial essay entitled “Why Not Trump.” The piece was a ...Show More
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1:51:57 | Jul 26th, 2018

In part one of a two part conservation, J. M. Colon returns to discuss civility norms in the DSA. In this discussion, the history of the NSDS and “calling in” are discussed as well as problems and possibilities around the use and abuse of such norms....Show More

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

In part one of a two part conservation, J. M. Colon returns to discuss civility norms in the DSA. In this discussion, the history of the NSDS and “calling in” are discussed as well as problems and possibilities around the use and abuse of such norms....Show More
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1:01:10 | Jul 19th, 2018

Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report, and a future author for Zero Books. This week he returns to the Zero Books podcast to discuss Jordan Peterson and the left-wing Jungian James Hillman. I want t...Show More
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52:41 | Jul 12th, 2018

Brian Culkin is the guest this week. Culkin is a writer, theorist, and film director. His films include the feature length documentary 'The Mission' and the short film ‘Voices.' His books include Postscript on Boxing and,  the Meaning of Trump which ...Show More
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43:35 | Jul 4th, 2018

C Derick Varn is back this week to discuss a historic debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley that took place at Cambridge University in 1965. For those of you who don’t know, James Baldwin was a literary giant who wrote works such as Not...Show More
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47:48 | Jun 28th, 2018

Rob Larson is a professor of economics at Tacoma Community College in Washington State and the author of Bleakonomics. He's written broadly, including for In These Times, Dollars & Sense and Jacobin, and appeared on Alternative Radio and other progra...Show More
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40:15 | Jun 21st, 2018

Luke Turner is the guest on this week's podcast. An artist based in London, Turner is one-third of the artist trio LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Nastja Säde Rönkkö. The co-editor of the aesthetics and culture website Notes on M...Show More
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1:40:50 | Jun 13th, 2018

This week instead of an interview we're bringing you the audio from the Zero Books panel "Surplus Value vs. Surplus Enjoyment." The participants in the debate included Vakhtang Gomelauri from Occupy Psychoanalysis, Mia Vallet from CUNY, Douglas Lain ...Show More
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35:10 | Jun 7th, 2018

Bernard Schiff is an Emeritus professor at the University of Toronto and the man responsible for helping Professor Jordan Peterson get hired some 20 years ago. Professor Schiff is also the author of a piece entitled “I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest...Show More
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1:01:30 | May 30th, 2018

Pam Nogales is a PhD History Candidate at New York University, a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society, and a co-host of the Shit Platypus Says podcast, and she stops by the Zero Books podcast this week to discuss the revolutions of 1848 and the ...Show More
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55:35 | May 23rd, 2018

John David Ebert is the author of nearly 20 books, a youtuber responsible for over 500 videos on philosophy, and a blogger at cultural-discourse.com. This week he is also the guest on this podcast. We discuss his essay On Hypermodernity. We want to e...Show More
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32:50 | May 20th, 2018

Stand-up comic Jake Flores tweeted out a joke thread about killing ICE officers and got a visit from Homeland Security who were not so amused. Jake stops by to tell the tale of his visit and reflect on the question of free speech in America. From Jak...Show More
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1:16:39 | May 17th, 2018

Michael Brooks is the co-host of the Majority Report and the host of The Michael Brooks Show and this week he’s returning to the Zero Books podcast to discuss a debate between Sam Harris and Ezra Klein. The debate about “racism, identity politics, in...Show More
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58:00 | May 12th, 2018

Eric Wilson is the author of The Republic of Cthulhu and the guest on this special edition of Alternatives. Alternatives is a monthly podcast that you'll usually find on the Inside Zero Books patreon feed. This episode is being released on all of the...Show More
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55:47 | May 9th, 2018

Dr. Bajalan is a historian of the Middle East specializing in issues pertaining nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Bajalan also serves on the editorial board of the journal Kurdish Studies and publications including...Show More
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59:36 | May 2nd, 2018

Deborah Levitt is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School. Her publications include an essay on media and biopolitics in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life (Edinburgh University Press 20...Show More
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44:04 | Apr 26th, 2018

Ian Parker is an activist and academic, a revolutionary Marxist, and practising Lacanian psychoanalyst in Manchester, involved in various political movements in the past forty years. He is also the guest this week as we discuss his book Revolutionar...Show More
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41:43 | Apr 20th, 2018

C Derick Varn is an emerging poet, professional teacher, and arm-chair theorist. He is a member of the Zero Books team. He is also the guest this week as we discuss late 90s ‘zine culture, historical developments in teen sexuality, how it is that tal...Show More
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45:40 | Apr 12th, 2018

Alfie Bown is the author of The Playstation Dreamworld, a philosophy of games and politics and Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism. Along with being a theorist on video game culture, he has recently started writing for the Guardian. He recently w...Show More
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53:16 | Apr 6th, 2018

Professor Heidi Matthews (@Heidi__Matthews on twitter) researches and teaches in the areas of international criminal law, the law of war, international legal history and political theory. She is an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and r...Show More
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41:48 | Mar 30th, 2018

Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer, historian, and filmmaker. He is the author of the e-book Something Better: Millennials and Late Capitalism at the Movies. He’s a columnist for City Arts Magazine and, in February, he wrote a column entitled " In...Show More
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1:09:04 | Mar 16th, 2018

Chris Knight is currently senior research fellow in the department of anthropology at University College, London, focusing his research on the evolutionary emergence of human language and symbolic culture. He lives in London. His book Decoding Chomsk...Show More
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1:12:28 | Mar 12th, 2018

Terry Tapp interviews Kim Jones, preschool teaching assistant, in West Virginia during the successful wildcat strike of March 2018. On Tuesday, after the strike ended, Kim wrote: "We won, in the big picture, the day we walked out. Because we start...Show More
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1:28:03 | Mar 8th, 2018

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 for Social Research. He is also the host of the Unregistered Po...Show More
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56:17 | Feb 28th, 2018

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 S...Show More
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56:15 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Perhaps in the current climate, I shouldn’t admit this, but this week’s guest Marshall Poe has lived in the USSR and Russia, his academic specialty being Russian History. He later spent a decade teaching at Harvard University, before leaving academia...Show More
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46:51 | Feb 15th, 2018

Professor Greg Sadler is the co-founder of ReasonIO, a consulting company that puts philosophy into practice, the Youtube star behind the Half Hour Hegel series, a professor of philosophy who has taught at Ball State University and Fayetteville State...Show More
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1:09:28 | Feb 7th, 2018

Michael Brooks is the co-host of the Majority Report and the host of his own podcast called The Michael Brooks Show, and in this episode we discuss the anti-SJW industry, whether or not Zero Squared is just a Marxist version of Dave Rubin, and the ne...Show More
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1:09:36 | Feb 5th, 2018

C Derick Varn is on the podcast again, this time to discuss Lukacs’ 1920 essay Class Consciousness. This conversation goes into the weeds on philosophical and economic categories and tries to both “Straw Man” and “Steel Man” Lukacs’ essay in an effor...Show More
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36:26 | Jan 25th, 2018

Emmanuelle Gibello is a Parisian composer, musician, performance artist and writer. She says her music, musical gestures and computer-assisted compositions are inspired by James Gleick's Chaos Theory. This podcast was recorded at the Cafe de Flore, ...Show More
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1:13:20 | Jan 20th, 2018

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...Show More
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55:26 | Jan 11th, 2018

This episode of the Zero Books podcast is a conversation with the Alfie Bown. Alfie is the author of the Zero Books title Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism and he recently penned an essay for the Paris Review entitled The Screen of Enamoration:...Show More
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1:09:24 | Nov 23rd, 2017

C Derick Varn is the ranting voice behind Symptomatic Redness and a reader at Zero Books. This week he rants on the topic of antipolitics while touching upon self-care politics, Angela Nagle and the reaction to her work, Bordiga, and so on. We’ve mov...Show More
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51:20 | Sep 28th, 2017

Adam Proctor is a scholar in Neo-Marxian state theory and class formation, labor history in the 20th century, and the development of racial formations. He is also a member of the DSA and the host of one the new leftist podcasts that make me feel old ...Show More
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35:09 | Aug 25th, 2017

Vakhtang Gomelauri is a therapist and self-proclaimed psychoanalyst working in NYC who is influenced by the ideas of the Jacques Lacan and this week he’s stopped by to discuss the book Television by Jacques Lacan, and the televised broadcast that the...Show More
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44:53 | Aug 17th, 2017

C Derick Varn is the guest this week. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a University lecturer and teacher, a poet, and a frequent guest on this podcast and many others. This week we discuss the contradictions in liberalism and debate whether the goal o...Show More
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53:01 | Aug 10th, 2017

An anonymous member of leftypol is the guest on this week’s Zero Books podcast. According to the website Know Your Meme leftypol “consists of users who sympathizes with communist ideology and viewpoint. Although many of the memes are centered around ...Show More
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41:13 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Chris Nineham is a founder member of the Stop the War Coalition. He was one of the organisers of the February 15th,2003 demonstration in London and central to the international co-ordination that led to the protests going global. His book How the Est...Show More
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1:16:57 | Jul 20th, 2017

The Symptomatic Redness podcast presents conversations on political economy and history. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu, the program was an independent project for several years but is now hosted by Zero Books on the Zero Squared podcast fee...Show More
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1:01:46 | Jul 14th, 2017

George Ciccariello-Maher is a professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University, the author of We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, and at the center of ongoing twitter storms. On Christmas Eve of 2016 the p...Show More
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1:00:31 | Jul 6th, 2017

RL Stephens is an organizer in Chicago, founding editor of Orchestrated Pulse, and the A. Philip Randolph Fellow at Jacobin. His essay The Birthmark of Damnation: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Black Body was published in May at Viewpoint Magazine and is t...Show More
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42:17 | Jul 2nd, 2017

In this week's Inside Zero Books podcast C Derick Varn returns to discuss IdPol and workerism. Topics covered include the rise of the DSA, the failure of the left in the 20th century, the problem of capitalism, and how and why we're seeing a turn to ...Show More
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1:06:33 | Jun 29th, 2017

Michael Tracey is a reporter for TYT politics and a freelance journalist who has written for Vice, The Nation, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, The Intercept, and The New Republic, along with many other publications. He has also been a skeptic of ...Show More
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1:28:54 | Jun 21st, 2017

This week’s episode of the Zero Books podcast features a conversation with Professor Pete Bohmer from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Evergreen has been in the news lately as students have protested professor Brett Weinstein over an e...Show More
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1:02:38 | Jun 15th, 2017

Margaret Kimberley discusses the dismissal of Comey, the character of Trump, and how the left needs to break with the DNC. A regular columnist for the Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley is also a regular guest on the podcast. It’s Wednesday, Ju...Show More
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33:39 | Jun 8th, 2017

This week’s Zero Books podcast features a conversation with Comrade Communicator from the Intergalactic Worker’s League. Posadism is an ideology or movement born out of the Fourth International and headed by a certain J. Posadas, who, (per wikipedia...Show More
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1:02:10 | May 31st, 2017

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 he recently led a panel discussion entitled “The Crisis of Neoliberalism” as part of the Platypus A...Show More
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55:19 | May 24th, 2017

Michael Tracey is a reporter for TYT politics and a freelance journalist who has written for Vice, The Nation, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, The Intercept, and The New Republic, along with many other publications. He has also been a skeptic of ...Show More
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51:55 | May 18th, 2017

Nick Dunn is a professor of Urban Design at Lancaster University. He is formerly of the Manchester School of Architecture where he was Principal Lecturer, Director of Studies and Co-director of the [Re_Map] atelier, whose research is concerned with t...Show More
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1:05:05 | May 10th, 2017

David Auerbach is a freelance columnist and gadfly who has written for the LA Review of Books, Slate, the American Reader, and many other publications. He is a former software engineer based in New York, and a fellow at the think tank New America. We...Show More
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1:07:31 | May 3rd, 2017

Moishe Postone is a Western Marxist and a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and he is the author of the book Time, Labor and Social Domination a book that won the American Sociological Association’s prize in the theory. In this episod...Show More
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41:02 | Apr 27th, 2017

Stephen Lee Naish's writing explores film, politics, and popular culture and the places where they converge. His essays have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including The Quietus, Empty Mirror, and 3:AM and his book Deconstructing Dirt...Show More
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33:11 | Apr 19th, 2017

Nick is the genderqueer self-described mangirl/degenerate PhD dropout behind the smart and funny Youtube channel Contrapoints. Nick is also the guest on this week’s podcast. This is part one of a two part conversation. If you’d like to hear the seco...Show More
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50:48 | Apr 13th, 2017

Justin Murphy is a lecturer in political science, a participant in the Anti-Fascist movement, and an occasional practitioner of Black Bloc tactics. In this episode Justin discusses some of the uses and limitations of the Black Bloc. This is part one ...Show More
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37:46 | Apr 6th, 2017

Edmund Berger is the guest this week. Berger is an independent writer, researcher, and activist living in Louisville, Kentucky. He blogs intermittently at Deterritorial Investigations Unit and Synthetic Zero, and his first book, entitled Uncertain Fu...Show More
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1:00:02 | Apr 1st, 2017

The Symptomatic Redness podcast presents conversations on political economy and history. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu, the program was an independent project for several years but is now hosted by Zero Books on the Zero Squared podcast fee...Show More
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1:08:05 | Mar 29th, 2017

The Symptomatic Redness podcast presents conversations on political economy and history. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu, the program was an independent project for several years but is now hosted by Zero Books on the Zero Squared podcast fee...Show More
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49:26 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Norman Finkelstein is a controversial figure on the left and he’s the guest this week. However, while Finkelstein is famous for his books about the Israel/Palestine conflict, we don’t discuss that topic, but instead discuss a book he’s working on ent...Show More
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53:06 | Mar 16th, 2017

C. Derick Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a poet, blogger and podcaster. His podcasts have included Symptomatic Redness and Former People and he is a frequent guest on Zero Squared. This week we discuss Gilles Dauve’s essay “When Insurrections Die” a...Show More
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53:12 | Mar 9th, 2017

Joanna Demers is the guest this week and next week she will lead a Zero Books Club workshop on youtube. You are invited to join the Zero Books club and to join Demers as she explains the interpretive strategies of contemporary musicology and how thes...Show More
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43:50 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Peter Berard is a doctoral candidate in history at Boston College. He is also a writer for publications such as Jacobin and the LA Review of books. Berard and I discuss the Black Bloc and Antifa tactics in an effort to take a more sympathetic look at...Show More
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1:09:06 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Kris Saknussemm is a novelist and a multimedia artist. He has published ten books including Zanesville, Sea Monkeys, and Private Midnight. As a short story writer he has won First Prize in the Boston Review and River Styx Short Fiction Contests, and ...Show More
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55:49 | Feb 15th, 2017

Terry Tapp is a red worker from a red state. He’s also an artist and a writer. His book, "A Serf’s Journal: The Story of the United States’ Longest Wildcat Strike" is coming out from Zero Books in 2017. Micah Uetricht of Jacobin Magazine blurbed the...Show More
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51:14 | Feb 8th, 2017

Brendan O'Neill and Fredrick DeBoer are the guests this week as we dedicate this week’s episode to the question of punching Nazis. Brendan O’Neill is the editor of Spiked Online, a publication that I would describe as having an attitude that is both ...Show More
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44:24 | Jan 26th, 2017

Josie Appleton is the guest this week and we discuss her book Officious: Rise of the Busy Body State. The book argues that the Busy Body State is defined by an attachment to bureaucratic procedures for their own sake: the rule for the sake of a rule...Show More
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1:04:07 | Jan 11th, 2017

Slavoj Žižek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak he’s received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail. "[A]n urgent and entertaini...Show More
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29:57 | Dec 29th, 2016

Amber A'Lee Frost is a writer living in Brooklyn, who has written for such publications as Jacobin, the Baffler, and Current Affairs, where she is an editor at large. She is a host on the always funny dirtbag left podcast Chapo Trap House, and this w...Show More
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50:38 | Dec 22nd, 2016

This week’s episode of Zero Squared features a conversation with Anne Jaclard from the Marxist Humanist Initiative and activist Ravi Bali. The Marxist Humanist Initiative have published a number of statements on the dangers of Donald Trump in their j...Show More
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1:08:42 | Dec 9th, 2016

Margaret Kimberley discusses the rise of Donald Trump on this week’s episode. A regular columnist for the Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley is also a regular guest on the podcast, and she does her best to talk me through the trauma of this last...Show More
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1:10:39 | Dec 1st, 2016

Former NEA Chairman Bill Ivey returns this week and we discuss the unexpected election of Trump. Ivey made the news recently when his March 13th, 2016 email to Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta was published by Wikileaks and he’s returning to in...Show More
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1:00:27 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Angela Nagle is a writer based in Ireland. Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, the Dublin Review of Books, and the Atlantic. Her article “The New Man of 4Chan” for the Baffler was the basis for a book coming out from Zero Books next year tentat...Show More
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45:11 | Nov 17th, 2016

NYU professor Michael Rectenwald is the guest this week. Rectenwald was recently at the center of a small controversy at NYU because, after being called out on Facebook for posting a link to an article mocking the need for alternative pronouns for al...Show More
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0:00 | Nov 10th, 2016

This week’s Zero Books podcast is a conversation between Zero Books publisher Douglas Lain, Tom O’Brien of the Alpha to Omega podcast, and Zero Books reader C Derick Varn. The discussion is about what everyone is discussing--the surprising defeat of ...Show More
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48:55 | Oct 27th, 2016

Former NEA Chairman Bill Ivey is the guest this week and we discuss his March 13th, 2016 email to Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, an email that Wikileaks recently published along with thousands of other emails from the Clinton campaign. Here’...Show More
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44:24 | Oct 13th, 2016

C Derick Varn is the guest this week. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, poet, and teacher currently living in Cairo, and my co-host on the now defunct Pop the Left podcast. In this episode of Zero Squared we discuss last year’s online debate between Sa...Show More
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40:12 | Sep 29th, 2016

Eliot Fintushel is the guest this week as we discuss his novel Zen City which was published by Zero Books in June. The book received a starred review in publisher’s weekly: Zen City succeeds brilliantly, deftly weaving a tragic romance that’s about a...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Last Wednesday bubb.la hosted a debate in Stockholm in cooperation with Marxist-Humanist Initiative and this week’s podcast is a recording of that debate between libertarian economist Per Bylund and marxist economist Andrew Kliman. Thanks goes out t...Show More
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59:20 | Sep 15th, 2016

Emanuel Kumlien is the guest this week as we discuss a debate in Stockholm between Andrew Kliman (the author of Reclaiming Marx’s Capital) and Per Bylund (author of The Seen, the Unseen, and the Problem of Production). Kliman is an advocate for Marx’...Show More