100 episodes

The Diet Soap podcast began in 2009 in response to the economic crisis of 2008. Since then it has gone through many transformations, including becoming the podcast for a critical theory imprint out of the UK. Today the Diet Soap podcast is running under its original name for Sublation Media.Sublation Media includes a book publishing effort for critical theory and left politics, a magazine that covers current events and theoretical issues, youtube videos on theory and politics, and finally the Diet Soap podcast. The podcast is where we continue to interrogate the left and each other while having a good time.

Diet Soap - a podcast Douglas Lain

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 140 Ratings

The Diet Soap podcast began in 2009 in response to the economic crisis of 2008. Since then it has gone through many transformations, including becoming the podcast for a critical theory imprint out of the UK. Today the Diet Soap podcast is running under its original name for Sublation Media.Sublation Media includes a book publishing effort for critical theory and left politics, a magazine that covers current events and theoretical issues, youtube videos on theory and politics, and finally the Diet Soap podcast. The podcast is where we continue to interrogate the left and each other while having a good time.

    Why is the Left Alienating Workers?

    Why is the Left Alienating Workers?

    David Swift, author of "A Left For Itself" and "The Identity Myth" joins Douglas Lain to discuss the ways the contemporary left alienates "ordinary" working class people. They discuss cultural differences including the left's fashion sense and how it clashes with the sensibilities of especially younger workers.Support Us on Patreonhttps://patreon.com/dietsoap

    • 47 min
    The Left, the Sexual Revolution, and the Family

    The Left, the Sexual Revolution, and the Family

    Cyberdandy, Ashley Frawley and Douglas Lain discuss the history of the sexual revolution, differences between 18th and 21st century sexual politics, and how the bureaucratic state is intervening in civil society.

    • 46 min
    Understanding Contemporary Fascism

    Understanding Contemporary Fascism

    Conrad Hamilton responds to Chris Cutrone on this week's Diet Soap podcast. Just how should we understand fascism today? Is China fascist? Is the United States fascist? Support Us on Patreonhttps://patreon.com/dietsoap

    • 42 min
    Zizek's Symptom and Working Class Politics

    Zizek's Symptom and Working Class Politics

    Dr. Thomas Jones joins Douglas Lain for a conversation about his essay for Sublation Magazine entitled "On the Dictatorship of the Proletariat." Jones has worked as a software engineer in both industry and academia. He has been a socialist activist for the better part of a decade, starting his journey towards socialism at occupy wall street. He is a previous member of Socialist Alternative, and current member of Seattle DSA.In this interview he discusses his own Zizekian materialism and the idea that contradictions are symptoms. On the Dictatorship of the Proletariat at Sublation Magazinehttps://www.sublationmag.com/post/on-the-dictatorship-of-the-proletariatSupport Us on Patreonhttps://patreon.com/dietsoap

    • 54 min
    Overcoming Nihilism and Finding Meaning

    Overcoming Nihilism and Finding Meaning

    Stefan Bertram-Lee discusses his life story, nihilism, and his upcoming book "How to Stop Being a Teenage Nihilist." In the parrot room he talks about his illegal activism, Jesus Christ, and how the left should find a meaningful project beyond reaction.

    • 53 min
    Birthday Special: Critical Cuts on David Letterman

    Birthday Special: Critical Cuts on David Letterman

    This episode of Critical Cuts was my birthday present to myself. You can have fun counting the number of times I try for the proper German pronunciation of "Walter Benjamin" and fail. The variety of mispronunciations is astounding. Also, stupid pet tricks, Andy Kaufman, and the world's most dangerous band.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

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So happy to have found this podcast

Loved interview w Alenka Zupancic, thought-provoking & spirited on both sides

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New listener

Absolutely loved ep 388 I’m a socialist with anarchist tendencies and have always felt weird about it. Love to hear conversations like this. Gonna binge y’all’s stuff and I look forward to more content! Thanks

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New name, ready for it?

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