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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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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 Books #241: The Manifesto Handbook

    Zero Books #241: The Manifesto Handbook

    The Manifesto Handbook describes the hidden life of an undervalued genre: the conduit for declarations of principle, advertisements for new “isms,” and provocations in pamphlet form. Often physically slight and small in scale, the manifesto is always grand in style and ambition. A bold, charismatic genre, it has founded some of the most important and revolutionary movements in modern history, from the declaration of wars and the birth of nations to the launch of countless social, political and artistic movements worldwide.

    Julian Hanna provides a brief genealogy of the genre, analyses its complex speaking position, traces the material process of manifesto making from production to dissemination, unpacks its extremist underbelly, and follows the twenty-first century resurgence of the manifesto as a re-politicised and reinvigorated digital form.

    • 56 min
    Pop the Left: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat

    Pop the Left: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat

    In this episode Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss the idea of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the works of Marx, Lenin and beyond. Why did Marx call it a dictatorship? Why should the proletariat? Why would this dictatorship "wither away"? How did really existing socialist movements understand the idea of the dictatorship of the proletariat and does the idea have any meaning for the left today?

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Zero Squared #240: Ashley Frawley with Taimur Rahman

    Zero Squared #240: Ashley Frawley with Taimur Rahman

    Ashley Frawley hosts the podcast and discusses Marxism and Fascism with Taimur Rahman.

    Taimur Rahman is a Pakistani academic, musician and socialist political activist from Pakistan. He teaches political science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He is the band leader and spokesperson for the political music band named Laal. Rahman uses Laal to advance causes which he holds dear, such as socialism, the plight of labour and the suffering Pakistanis/Kashmiris have endured at the hands of religious fundamentalism and authoritarian rule in India.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Zero Squared #239: Matt Christman Develops His Third Eye

    Zero Squared #239: Matt Christman Develops His Third Eye

    Since the failure of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the onset of the covid-19 lockdown Matt Christman, of Chapo Traphouse fame, has developed a solo career as an internet live streamer. His daily rants include day drinking, divine logorrhea, and some keen insights as well. In this Zero Books live stream Matt Chapman will be dropping by the channel to discuss what he's learned and is learning.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Pop the Left: The History of the Party

    Pop the Left: The History of the Party

    Derick Varn and Douglas Lain tackle the question of political parties. Just what are political parties, why do they exist and would they exist under socialism? Is there a structural difference between a revolutionary party and bourgeois party? What is a party for and will the party ever stop?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Zero Squared #238: All Watched Over with Ankur

    Zero Squared #238: All Watched Over with Ankur

    Ankur Dynanmote returns to the podcast to discuss Adam Curtis' "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace." Ankur Dnyanmote does research in Bioinformatics, Cell Biology and Computational Systems Biology and is a semi-regular interloctur on the Zero Squared podcast.

    If you enjoy Zero Squared support us on Patreon. Patrons get access to more podcasts, usually two a week, and help to make sure that we can continue making digital content from a left perspective.

    • 1 hr 16 min

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