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Derick Varn interviews the hosts (Ryan Cooper & Alexi the Greek) of the Left Anchor podcast about the state of the Left and left media, social democracy, and ideology. What is the difference between democrat socialism and social democracy? How
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
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 Illu
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 so
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
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 ‘damni
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 Bab
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 torturou
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.
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 Af
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
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 Ku
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 un
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
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. Als
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 o
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
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
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
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
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
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
C Derick Varn interviews 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 pessimist and the invite simi
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 the
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 polit
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