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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.

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

1/12/2019
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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...

Duration:01:04:58

Zero Squared #183: Hegel, Gradualism, and Revolution [Teaser]

1/10/2019
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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 Patreon feed, you’re about to hear a two-hour conversation. If you’re listening to this podcast through the podomatic or blubrry feeds then what you’re about to hear is a twenty-minute teaser. If you want to hear the rest then subscribe to the...

Duration:00:22:26

Symptomatic Redness: Teaser for Discussion of Haider's "Mistaken Identity"

1/6/2019
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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 teaser features a discussion of Assad Haider's book "Mistaken Identity." The entire conversation is available through our Patreon feed. Patreon supporters get access to an episode of the Zero Books podcast and Symptomatic Redness every week. If you enjoy our podcasts consider subscribing.

Duration:00:08:44

Zero Squared #182: Holding Onto Enlightenment Values?

1/3/2019
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C Derick Varn is the guest this week as we finally got around to discussing our differences on the topic of liberal values and the future of the enlightenment project. Specifically, we discussed Immanuel Kant’s essay “What is Enlightenment?” along with Theodor Adorno’s Negative Dialectics. It’s an interesting time. Some of you may know that I started podcasting back in 2009. I believe the first episode was an interview with my lovely wife Miriam about the sinking of the Titanic. At that...

Duration:01:05:04

Zero Squared Christmas Special

12/25/2018
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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...

Duration:01:14:02

Zero Squared #181: Yellow Vests and the Left

12/20/2018
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Margaret Kimberley is a columnist and editor for the Black Agenda report and a longtime friend of the podcast. This week she returns to discuss Yellow Vests, open borders, inequality and the need to develop an alternative to capitalism. The second half of this conversation will be available to our Patreon supporters. It’s Thursday, December 20th, 2018 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast. Starting in the new year Patron supporters will get access to...

Duration:00:45:47

Zero Squared #180: Give Them An Argument

12/16/2018
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Ben Burgis is a philosophy professor at Rutgers, a science fiction writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Tor.com and in Prime Books, and he is most importantly the author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left which is due out next year from Zero Books. In this episode Burgis shows off his nerd bona fides by poking holes in some right-wing arguments about Universal Healthcare, Venezuela, and the ideas of Ayn Rand. We also touch on the difference between Aristotelian...

Duration:01:26:40

Symptomatic Redness: Russia, Russia, Russia

12/6/2018
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C Derick Varn interviews Sean Guillory from the podcast "Sean's Russia Blog" about US Russiaphobia, the lingering trauma of Donald Trump, and the new xenophobia. Sean's Russia provides a space for the academics and other thinkers to express their views and contribute to the larger public discussion on the region and gives the public access to a growing body of research that is becoming more and more important as tensions in the region flare. The aim is to "paint a picture of Eurasia in all...

Duration:01:02:02

Zero Squared #179: Fully Automated Revolution?

11/29/2018
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This week’s podcasts features a conversation with Benjamin Reynolds, whose book The Coming Revolution was published last June by Zero Books. We discuss Fully Automated Luxury Gay Communism, value theory, labor vouchers, and socialism as a political project. If you’re a fan of this podcast you should consider becoming a patron of the cast through our Patreon page as you’ll gain access to a second podcast every week and, starting in the new year, you’ll get access to a monthly member’s only...

Duration:00:48:38

Zero Squared #178: The American Left Tradition

11/22/2018
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Harvey J Kaye is currently the Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He is the author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms, Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, "Why do Ruling Classes Fear History" and Other Questions and many other books, including one that we are currently negotiating to publish through Zero Books. That book is tentatively entitled Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again. Harvey Kaye, thanks for coming...

Duration:00:53:20

Zero Squared #177: The Beauty of Class

11/15/2018
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Walter Benn Michaels is a well known literary theorist and the author of political books such as The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and essays like The Beauty of a Social Problem. He is a controversial guest and one I was glad to talk to especially in the context of the reaction to my video critiquing intersectionality. If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters receive access to a second podcast every week. Our patrons are...

Duration:01:03:34

Inside Zero Books #82: The Facebook Economy

11/11/2018
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Zero Books author Rob Larson returns to discuss his most recent writing project on the digital landscape and capitalism. We discuss Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, and Usenet and the utopian promise of this series of tubes known as the internet. How much of the US GDP comes from digital content? Does Mark Zuckerberg own our identities? Are we all unpaid laborers producing content for Google?

Duration:00:52:27

Zero Squared #176: Bolsonaro and the Limits of Anti-Corruption

11/8/2018
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Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report, and now an author for Zero Books. In this episode, we discuss the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and the rising right-wing populism around the world. If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters receive access to a second podcast every week. If you’re curious about it then watch this space this coming weekend as we’ll be releasing a special edition of...

Duration:00:52:45

Zero Squared #175: A Report from Brazil

11/1/2018
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Mateus Grazina is a 27 year old brazilian artist living in São Paulo working on a television show for the Cartoon Network about a school aged penguin named Oswaldo. He is part of what might be called the algorithmic left and in this episode of the podcast we discuss the 2018 presidential election in Brazil, the campaign and victory of the far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the recent struggles and the judicial coup that struck the Brazilian Worker’s Party, and the consequences of both the...

Duration:01:00:57

Zero Squared #174: The Left Through the Looking Glass

10/25/2018
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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. It’s Wednesday, October 25th, 2018 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast. We’ve started a Zero Books reading group for our patrons. It runs $15 a month on Patreon and this month’s book is Stuart Walton’s...

Duration:01:00:42

Zero Squared #173: The Kavanaugh Show Trial

10/17/2018
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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 conversation “Why the Kavanaugh hearings were a show trial gone bad” We’ve started a Zero Books reading group for our patrons. It runs $15 a month on Patreon and this month’s book is Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno....

Duration:01:17:13

Zero Squared #172: A Swedish Utopia

10/11/2018
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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 Scandinavian Model really is a worker’s paradise...or maybe that’s not the conclusion we reached. If you haven’t already supported us on Patreon you’re missing out on a second podcast every week and if you haven’t joined the Zero Books reading group then...

Duration:01:11:10

Symptomatic Redness: Scientific Socialism and Cold Stars

10/4/2018
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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 Stars is his notebook for exploring issues concerning society, philosophy of science, and capitalism, from a Left perspective using his scientific training as a lens. The name of the blog is a reference to a neutron star – the cold, dead shell...

Duration:01:34:15

Zero Squared #171: Pssst...Socialists Oppose Reaction

9/26/2018
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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 be publishing his work. In 2015 we published Nicolas Hausdorf’s book Superstructural Berlin, a “frivolous” work that plays around with critical theory in order to provide the reader with an impressionistic picture of Berlin’s nightlife, drug...

Duration:01:13:45

Zero Squared #170: The Revolutionary Subject?

9/20/2018
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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 perspectives on writings from his last decade, and a member of the International Marxist Humanist Organization. He is also the guest on this week’s podcast. I want to remind listeners that Zero Books produces two podcasts every week, one for free and...

Duration:01:47:59