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.
Has the Left Been Canceled?
Ben Burgis stops by to discuss his book "Cancelling Comedians While the World Burns," the Dirtbag Left, and how the radical left should get its mojo back.
Pop the Left The First International
Varn and P.H. Higgins discuss the First International and its controversies, particularly focusing on the Italian sections of the international and how Anarchist Internationals became more and more Marxist over time despite themselves.
Can Hegel Help Us Today? (w/ Todd McGowan)
Todd McGowan is committed to the idea that theoretical exploration of questions about existence, the psyche, and society can contribute to radical politics. He is the author of "Emancipation After Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution" and a cultural critic. In this podcast, he talks to Douglas Lain about Hegel and claims the old philosopher is perhaps more radical than Karl Marx.
Conspiracies and the Deep State
Derick Varn talks to Dr. Djene Balajan about the history of the term of "deep state"--it's emergence from Turkish politics. Its abuse in left- and right-wing circles. WE also discuss how to parse the deep state in terms of left-wing conspiracy thinking and how this may be a problem for leftist analysis.
Defending Bernie Sanders
Adam Proctor is the host of the "Dead Pundits Society" podcast. He took exception to the Critical Cuts video "Supporting Bernie Sanders Was a Mistake" and came on to the Zero Books podcast in order to give voice to his objections.
Neoliberal Order Breakdown Syndrome
This video interview explores how it is that the “End of History” is over. The idea that Western liberal democracy was the “final form of human government” has been exposed as bluster: the old order is crumbling before our eyes. Angry anti-politics have arisen to threaten political establishments across the world. Elites have fallen into hysteria, blaming voters, “populism”, Putin, Facebook… anyone but themselves. They are suffering from Neoliberal Order Breakdown Syndrome.