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Zero Squared #247: The Cool London
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2020-07-31T06:35:19+00:00
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Chris McMillan is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Experiential Education at Arcadia University London. Chris moved to London from New Zealand in 2010. He is the author of The London Dream which is out next month from Zero Books.

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.


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A Tribute to Michael Brooks
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2020-07-27T21:37:09+00:00
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On Monday, July 20th, we lost Michael Brooks. At the age of 36, Michael was struck down by a blood clot and suffered a sudden, unexpected, and premature death. We are still reeling from the loss. Brooks was cheated out of a life that was sure to only get better and we were robbed of his future work.

This episode of Pop the Left was a tribute to Michael Brooks and an examination of the Cosmopolitan Socialism he advocated for in his book Against the Web.

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Zero Squared #246: Black Marxism after George Floyd
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2020-07-18T01:34:58+00:00
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Our June 20th interview with Cedric Johnson, associate professor of African American studies and political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and editor of The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

In this podcast we discussed the prospects for an emancipatory politics emerging from the death of George Floyd and how to understand black politics alongside class politics.


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Pop the Left: Lukács and the Philosophy Trap
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2020-07-13T02:19:27+00:00
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This episode of Pop the Left features a conversation about Chris Cutrone's teach-in on Lukacs entitled "CPGB contra Lukacs." Cutrone's lecture was uploaded to the Platypus Affiliated Society's youtube page on Jan 14, 2014 and was a response to Mike McNair's Essay "Lukács: The philosophy trap" which was published in the Weekly Worker in November of 2013.


The Teach-In from 2014

CPGB contra Lukacs teach-in by Chris Cutrone of Platypus

https://youtu.be/FyAx32lzC0U

Relevant Essays:

Mike Macnair, "The philosophy trap" 11/21/13

https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/987/lukacs-the-philosophy-trap/

Chris Cutrone, "Defending Marxist Hegelianism against a Marxist critique" 8/11/11 https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/878/defending-marxist-hegelianism-against-a-marxist-cr/ Georg Lukacs,

Original Preface (1922) to History and Class Consciousness (1923) https://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/preface-1922.htm


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Zero Squared #245: Paradigm Shift?
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2020-07-11T01:06:55+00:00
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In this episode of Zero Squared Ankur Dnyanmote returns to discuss the idea of a paradigm shift to socialism. Along the way (towards the end) there is a clip from the classic film Network. Ankur's twitter bio lists him as a ScientArtist experimenting with #hashtags and other/worldly materials and media. He is also a professional biologist.

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.


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User #17916492 - 16 Jul 20 02:32
This episode was helpful to me. Thanks for the work you do, Doug.
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User #5281780 - 13 Jul 20 10:33
You and Ankur have good chemistry together. even better than Varn at times.
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zerobooks - 13 Jul 20 15:40
Thanks. I'll pass that comment along to him.
Zero Squared #244: The Cancellation of the Revolution
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2020-07-04T01:43:04+00:00
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Ben Burgis is back on the pod to talk about cancellations, radical reforms, and a transitional program. In this episode of the podcast we try to work out how to go from wokeness to a struggle for power. Can we reinvigorate the working class and working class struggles?

The secibd of two new Patreon only podcast series will be released on the Fourth of July. Look forward to "Cinema and Communism" to premiere tomorrow. The first episode will cover the film A Serious Man and the first chapter of Gilles Dauve's "From Crisis to Communization."


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User #9255514 - 10 Jul 20 02:09
Is it possible to post the names of some of the major texts or essays you reference in your discussions?
Pop the Left: Rudolf Hilferding and Social Democracy
Pop the Left: Rudolf Hilferding and Social Democracymore_vert
2020-06-29T05:58:38+00:00
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss how the social democrats split off from the socialists and how the SPD became an enemy of the really existing socialism. Of special note is the economist Rudolf Hilferding whose explanation of monopoly capitalism presaged the turn Western Marxists would take after WWII.

From Wikipedia: Rudolf Hilferding was an Austrian-born Marxist economist, leading socialist theorist, politician and chief theoretician for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) during the Weimar Republic, almost universally recognized as the SPD's foremost theoretician of his century, and a physician


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User #1007604 - 29 Jun 20 19:09
Anyone else having problems with the RSS feed downloading this one? (I’m using Overcast)
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zerobooks - 29 Jun 20 19:58
I had to upload it twice. Not sure what the problem is, but here's a link to the mp3 on drive for you. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RfYMqjqsKw430bl0N-ZgvlRjSdznacm1?usp=sharing
Zero Squared #243: Student as Producer
Zero Squared #243: Student as Producermore_vert
2020-06-25T20:28:09+00:00
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Mike Neary's book "Student as Producer" brings critical theory to life in a contribution to the dynamic, emerging genre of critical higher education studies. It asks whether students and teachers can change the world through critical pedagogy and popular education.

Neary is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Lincoln. He is co-author of The Labour Debate: An Investigation into the Theory and Reality of Capitalist Work (2002) and co-author of The Future of Higher Education: Policy, Pedagogy and the Student Experience (2009). Neary's research centres on the future of universities and the role of higher education in creating a post-capitalist society.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The first of two new Patreon only podcast series will be released on Saturday. Look forward to "Television and Theory" to premiere on the 27th. The first episode will cover episode #1 of Schitt's Creek and the first chapter of Rosa Luxemburg's "Reform or Revolution." The first episode of "Cinema and Communism" will premiere on July 4th and will cover the Cohen Brothers "A Serious Man" and the first chapter of Gilles Dauve's "From Crisis to Communization."


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User #14217687 - 25 Jun 20 22:02
Does my sub cover the two seperate episode on television and cinema? They both sound interesting.
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zerobooks - 26 Jun 20 18:51
If you give $5 a month or more you get these.
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User #13781011 - 27 Jun 20 15:06
What a joke! Radical left ideas have very little influence on the working class and left organizations are full of intellectual petit-bourgeois but let’s not question why that is. Instead let’s do away with the working class completely and pretend like academia is a valid revolutionary subject. There’s no way that won’t work.
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User #8301084 - 27 Jun 20 15:59
The fake left/right paradigm is what has little to do with anything other than the actual division which is and has always been top/bottom. Radical ideas are always hijacked by the elite or end up needing their capital to launch and therefor end up under the control of the same usual suspects.
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User #32695497 - 26 Jun 20 05:21
As a Canadian who has watched Schitt's Creek since it aired, I find it kind of surreal to hear of it from an American source, especially Marxist theory... But hey, bottom's up!
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zerobooks - 26 Jun 20 20:30
It's become popular on Netflix.
Zero Squared #242: The Revolutionary Subject
Zero Squared #242: The Revolutionary Subjectmore_vert
2020-06-18T06:37:20+00:00
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Ralph Leonard is a British-Nigerian who writes on international politics, religion, culture and humanism. He is a freelancer for publications such as Aero magazine and Medium. In this podcast we discussed CLR James and, in particular, his 1948 speech The revolutionary answer to the Negro problem in the United States.


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Pop the Left: Riots, Insurrections, Strikes, and Revolutions
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2020-06-15T01:25:02+00:00
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In this episode of Pop the Left Derick Varn and Douglas Lain pluck out four historic events in order to try to understand what riots mean and where they can lead. The examine the riots of 1848, 1968, 1965, and 1992. That is, the Spring of Nations, the strikes of Mai '68, the Watts riots, and the LA Riots. What came of these moments in the past? What can we expect for our future?


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Zero Books #241: The Manifesto Handbook
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2020-06-04T21:38:39+00:00
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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.


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Pop the Left: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
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2020-06-01T20:05:54+00:00
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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?


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User #17916492 - 3 Jun 20 01:30
It's been extremely weird watching all of these "marxist" meme groups pop up on Facebook since Floyd's death. I imagine that a ton of kids--say, age 16-22, are getting introduced to Marx right now, and the only reason I say that is because... the posters that I am seeing all over social media seem to be rather naive about what's happening. They need Chris Cutrone to tell them that "there is no 'Left' in America."
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User #28987136 - 2 Jun 20 18:53
Unions are somewhat involved in Minneapolis. Bus unions refusing to transport protesters: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/05/minneapolis-protest-george-floyd-police-racism-transit/612340/ Minnesota Workers United organizing rallies and solidarity: https://www.facebook.com/MNWorkersUnited/ The Teacher's union which is calling for police to be removed from schools: https://www.facebook.com/events/246180050161491/ I'll agree it hasn't proceeded to a higher political level yet, but did want to point out that some union involvement exists.
Zero Squared #240: Ashley Frawley with Taimur Rahman
Zero Squared #240: Ashley Frawley with Taimur Rahmanmore_vert
2020-05-27T23:21:47+00:00
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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.


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Zero Books Merch
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2020-05-25T14:46:36+00:00
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We are now offering T-shirts, coffee mugs and posters to patrons. This is our first design, but a few more will be coming including a design for Zero Squared and, eventually, Pop the Left.

Zero Squared #239: Matt Christman Develops His Third Eye
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2020-05-21T07:47:23+00:00
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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.


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User #4751602 - 28 May 20 10:55
Please organize a discussion between Christman and Varn, that’d be interesting
Zero Squared #238: All Watched Over with Ankur
Zero Squared #238: All Watched Over with Ankurmore_vert
2020-05-14T02:16:31+00:00
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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.


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Zero Books #237: Posadism
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2020-05-07T23:18:45+00:00
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A.M. Gittlitz is a journalist and social critic based in Brooklyn, New York. He has contributed to The New Inquiry, The New York Times, The Outline, Baffler, Real Life, Salon, and Vice. He is also the author of a book on Posadism entitled: "I Want to Believe." Drawing on considerable archival research, and numerous interviews with ex- and current Posadists, I Want to Believe tells the fascinating story of this most unusual socialist movement and considers why it continues to capture the imaginations of leftists today.


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User #5431604 - 9 May 20 11:54
Who was the author who wrote the history of the Mexican revolution that was referenced?
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User #11139370 - 9 May 20 19:41
Damn Doug, the last bit about your son doin a livestream in 20-30 years hit me hard... There's gotta be some vehicle(s), method(s), or process(es) to improve life in a meaningful way that doesn't drag our mangled bodies and souls through the mud.
Zero Books #236: Political Narratives and Political Lies
Zero Books #236: Political Narratives and Political Liesmore_vert
2020-05-01T04:20:45+00:00
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Leo Cookman is a writer and musician based in Kent. He is currently a researcher and writer of scripts for the YouTube channel Wisecrack, which boasts over two million subscribers. He has written for the Hong Kong Review of Books, Philosophy Now magazine and has written features on Philosophy and Theory for several other publications. He is also the author of Time's Lie which is out today from Zero Books. Time's Lie helps decode how news and media have changed drastically since 2016 and examines the polarisation of the Left, the Right and the fight to control the Narrative.


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Zero Books Special: Historical vs Dialectical Materialism
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2020-04-23T18:02:28+00:00
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Professor Sean Sayers has written extensively on Hegelian and Marxist philosophy from a Hegelian Marxist perspective. His books include Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Marxism and Human Nature (Routledge, 1998), and Hegel, Marx and Dialectic: A Debate (with Richard Norman, Harvester, 1980). In this live stream, Douglas Lain and Sean Sayers will discuss Sayer's critique of GA Cohen and the importance of Hegel in Marx's theoretical work. Marxism and the Dialectical Method A Critique of G.A. Cohen by Sean Sayers https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/article/marxism-and-the-dialectical-method


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User #8146911 - 23 Apr 20 22:38
This one is wonderful :)
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zerobooks - 24 Apr 20 05:11
Thanks!
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User #32695497 - 25 Apr 20 00:15
Would you suggest anywhere to read more about the distinction in the title? This just the topic I was looking for right now! I was reading an article about the Italian Marxist Lucio Colletti and he comes out against dialectical materialism and I was so confused.
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User #19873175 - 30 Apr 20 16:14
I’ve only recently come across her, but there’s a woman Lichtenstein, who runs a whole website on it (anti-dialectics.co.uk I believe)
Zero Squared #235: Amazon Walkout w/Chris Smalls
Zero Squared #235: Amazon Walkout w/Chris Smallsmore_vert
2020-04-21T21:47:28+00:00
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Chris Smalls is a former Amazon warehouse worker who, after organizing a walkout to protest unsafe working conditions, was targeted by the management and terminated for "violating social distancing rules." In this episode Chris Smalls and Douglas Lain discuss what happened and the struggle of "essential workers" generally.


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Zero Books #234: The Stalin Stain
Zero Books #234: The Stalin Stainmore_vert
2020-04-13T20:59:31+00:00
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William Briggs is a political economist whose special areas of interest lies in Marxist political theory. He has been, variously, a teacher, journalist, and political activist. He lived and worked in Moscow during the last years of the Soviet Union. Decades later he completed a PhD that defended classical Marxist theory. In this live stream Briggs will discuss his upcoming book "Removing The Stalin Stain" which is coming out in October from Zero Books.

If you enjoy the Zero Books podcasts including Zero Squared and Pop the Left support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters get access to more podcasts and livestreams than are made available on the public feed or on youtube, and it is our Patreon support that funds our digital content.


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User #12361097 - 15 Apr 20 19:42
Dunno if I agree with William, he uses 'Stalinism' in the same vague way that Platypus does, where everyone from the CPGB-ML to the DSA is tainted by 'Stalin.' A better way to frame it might be 'conservatism' from socialists, in reaction to the global proletariat's continual failure to assume the mantle of revolutionary subject. This was the problem when the working class refused to join the communists in world revolution after 1917, and it is a problem now with workers' reluctance to join political projects or support even mild reformists like Corbyn and Sanders. Left conservatism is simply accepting and accommodating to this reality, rather than struggling against it. This doesn't really get at the history of Stalin and his policies, but it does explain the attitudes of "actually existing socialist" parties, and also why every organized leftist today is either a social democrat or a tankie. The old Marxist idea of an independent, organized and radical working class is so unthinkable to today's socialists in our atomized, alienated times, that controlling the nation-state is simply accepted as the only real vehicle for radical change. And it is supremely ironic that he cuts out right when that last question is asked about HOW exactly a global socialist revolution is supposed to be achieved...
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User #4346435 - 16 Apr 20 00:52
I don't agree with that, if you want to slap the label Stalinist on something it had better be grounded (if not equivalent) to the man's ideas and actions, or a semi-consistent version of them that appeared as a result of him or his ideas. If not, use another word.
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User #33594961 - 16 Apr 20 02:25
Hi all. Please do check out chapter 1 to 5. Im writing a romance novel: THE BLISTERED ONE.
Pop the Left: Marx vs. Lassalle
Pop the Left: Marx vs. Lassallemore_vert
2020-04-12T22:55:00+00:00
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Derick Varn and Douglas Lain continue their discussion on the history of socialism. This week they consider Lasalle's influence on 19th century struggles and Marx's critique of LaSalle and the Gotha Program.

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User #13781011 - 13 Apr 20 15:13
These are so useful. Thanks a lot! The word "platformist" comes from Mahkno's group, Dielo Trouda, in exile in Paris. They wrote "Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists" https://libcom.org/library/organisational-platform-libertarian-communists-dielo-trouda
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User #4896385 - 13 Apr 20 11:18
you guys need to sort out your technical issues, its just subpar. Theres a constant short echo/ring on both Lain and Varn's voices here which is very distracting, it makes them both sound like robots. Ensuring this kind of thing doesnt happen is incredibly cheap and simple. You don't need to employ a professional technician, just learn to check for very basic issues like feedback, delay and phase problems BEFORE you start recording.
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zerobooks - 13 Apr 20 14:55
Will work on it.
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User #4896385 - 13 Apr 20 15:01
appreciate it. I wouldn't be bitching if the content wasn't interesting!
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zerobooks - 13 Apr 20 16:21
I recaptured the audio and reuploaded. I think this is much better. See if you can download it again. Should be improved.
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User #28822211 - 13 Apr 20 04:30
What determines whether an episode goes on the RSS feed or YouTube?
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zerobooks - 13 Apr 20 14:54
Mostly my whim. We are running everything through youtube, however.
Zero Squared #233: Critiquing Jordan Peterson
Zero Squared #233: Critiquing Jordan Petersonmore_vert
2020-04-06T15:52:13+00:00
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Marion Trejo and Matthew McManus jump on the live stream to discuss their new book "Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson" due out on the 24th of April from Zero Books.

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Zero Squared #232: Against the Intellectual Dark Web
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2020-03-31T02:59:01+00:00
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Michael Brooks is the host of TMBS and the author of the upcoming book "Against The Web: A Cosmpolitan Answer to the New Right." In this podcast Brooks discusses his book and the true character of these conservative online Mavericks.


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User #33594961 - 14 Apr 20 15:59
Nice
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User #7730875 - 31 Mar 20 20:53
Michael Brooks is amazing here.
Zero Squared #231: The NHS and the Coming Collapse of the UK and US Healthcare System
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2020-03-23T16:46:56+00:00
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Dr. Youssef El-Gingihy is a general practitioner at Bromley by Bow Health Centre, east London. He is author of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps, published by Zero books. In this episode of the podcast, he discusses the preconditions that set up the current crisis and what people can do to help now.


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Zero Squared #230: Is Electoralism a Dead End?
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2020-03-16T18:13:16+00:00
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This week's Zero Squared Podcast was recorded on primary day, March 10th with Chris Cutrone from the Platypus Affiliated Society. We discussed his new essay "Why Not Trump Again?", the Sanders campaign, the Coronavirus, and what is left of the left.

Super Tuesday Election Special
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2020-03-05T23:12:51+00:00
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We are mirroring this podcast from the Emancipation Network/Alpha to Omega podcast.

"A very special Emancipation Network all-star panel with Ben Burgis of Zero Books discuss the recent poor showing by Bernie Sanders in the US primaries."

What does it mean for politics?
What does is mean for socialist/communist politics?
Is Jake actually a meme?

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User #8146911 - 6 Mar 20 02:31
It means you double down and not give up. As simple as that.
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User #22606173 - 6 Mar 20 00:28
To comment on the 538 picture, it's actually a lot bleaker than Derick suggested. Derick mentioned numbers based on predicted results BEFORE the super Tuesday results. Biden outperformed Nate's projections by about 10 points nation wide. Secondly, Burgis' critiques of 538 are not really based on data, and perhaps indicative of a broader problem on the left (that people are discounting honest objective analysis in favor of Green Lanternism). I'll just say that his model was actually really close to the expected results in all four of the early states (which you can verify for yourself in the model), and the main reason why it wasn't calibrated for Super Tuesday was due to a lack of polling after South Carolina and the sudden wave of endorsements literally right before the primary. Essentially, Burgis' critique boiled down to weak evidence which wasn't even true (Sanders never surpassed a 50% chance of a majority in the model). I won't say the model's perfect, but it's definitely a better indicator than left Twitter. Basically, you guys badly need to learn some basic math and statistics.
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User #4346435 - 6 Mar 20 01:45
Yeah. Also see leftists (and people generally to be fair) make something like this mistake a lot: X was predicted to happen with 80%, X didn't happen, therefore the prediction was bullshit.
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User #7962326 - 7 Mar 20 20:54
This was a really interesting conversation. Are there more cuts of this group of people debating?
Pop the Left: The Communist Manifesto (pt. 2)
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In this episode of Pop The Left, Derick and Doug discuss the background to the Communist Manifesto: What circles were Marx and Engels moving in during the 1840s? What were their demands? What did “socialism” and “communism” mean to them, and what was their relationship to republicanism? Stay tuned for part two! This is part two of the conversation. There remains about 20 minutes of chat that I will release for patreon supporters.


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User #11139370 - 5 Mar 20 14:35
This is unrelated to the subject matter but the dynamic between Doug and Varn has gotten so much better over the past year and a half. You both are more clear, more insightful, and are able to build off each other's points (and critique when desired) much more effectively. I'm really learning a lot from these new Pop The Left episodes!
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zerobooks - 5 Mar 20 23:25
Thanks!
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User #19724668 - 5 Mar 20 04:47
Sorry realized you still were. Just had trouble finding the first part of Pop the Left's Communist Manifesto
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User #28822211 - 9 Mar 20 04:17
Since you're trying to do something a bit more structured with this incarnation of the podcast, it might be a good idea to start posting readings a week or two before the episodes are released. That way you can get a bit deeper into things, since you can assume that everyone listening has some minimum level of understanding of the topic.
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zerobooks - 9 Mar 20 19:40
This is a good idea. I will definitely do this.
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User #19724668 - 5 Mar 20 04:44
Could you please post all episodes of the podcasts to patreon. So I know that the free episodes are up.
Zero Squared #229: Indefinite Life Extension? (pt 2)
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2020-03-02T06:18:58+00:00
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Aubrey De Grey is the founder of the SENS Research Foundation, an organization developing medical interventions to repair the damage the body does to itself over time. Stated more directly, Aubrey de Grey and his organization aim to defeat aging. In 2016 I interviewed him for the book "Advancing Conversations: Aubrey de Grey." here is the second part of the audio recording of that interview.


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Pop the Left #2:  What Happened in 1848?
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2020-02-06T20:23:54+00:00
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In this episode of Pop The Left, Derick and Doug discuss the contradictions in premodern Europe that led to the revolutions of 1848 and give a rundown of the major events of that year. Stay tuned for part 2 for a more in-depth investigation of 1848 and its repercussions.


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User #4346435 - 7 Feb 20 00:08
@Paul Heft, I think it went from promo to this, episode 2. I'm not sure what the episode 0 referenced is if it isn't the very recently released thing. The last ep said "the second part of the first episode" so I'm not sure if episode 0 ever existed.
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User #647044 - 7 Feb 20 00:50
A dog ate Doug's podcast.
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User #5023683 - 7 Feb 20 15:26
Sources/elaboration on the notion that Southern slaveholders viewed themselves as socialists would be appreciated.
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User #4646003 - 9 Feb 20 02:48
I think Derick was referring specifically to George Fitzhugh and his book Sociology for the South. He did an episode of Swampside Chats on it.
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User #4646003 - 9 Feb 20 02:49
www.soundcloud.com/swampsidechats/107-in-the-enemy-camp-sociology-for-the-south
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User #5023683 - 9 Feb 20 18:08
That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
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User #9478533 - 7 Feb 20 07:38
https://economics.yale.edu/sites/default/files/banks_and_slavery_yale.pdf says here Southern American slaveholders were mostly indebted to southern banks and the second national bank, just saying ...
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User #2755169 - 6 Feb 20 20:50
Does #2 refer to the series, or is this the second episode of the new "Pop the Left"?
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zerobooks - 6 Feb 20 21:33
This is the second episode if you don't count episode Zero.
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User #2755169 - 7 Feb 20 00:05
I probably missed the first episode. Please direct me there!
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User #647044 - 7 Feb 20 00:49
I don't see the first episode in the their itunes feed. hmm
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zerobooks - 7 Feb 20 14:28
Maybe this IS the first episode. I'll have to double check.
The History of the American Left #1: The History of Bourgeois Radicalism
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2020-02-03T00:17:36+00:00
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Matt Cavagrotti is the host of a new Zero Books series with the straight forward title "The History of the American Left."

The first episode features a conversation with Postdoctoral Fellow James Vaughn. Vaughn taught at the University of Texas at Austin and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. His first book, The Politics of Empire at the Accession of George III (Yale, 2019), provides a revisionist account of British imperial expansion and politics during the eighteenth century. Another book, The East India Company and the English Revolution, c. 1640–1714 (Primus), will be out next year.


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User #3576394 - 4 Feb 20 03:23
That final statement seems a lot like what every society that thinks it's going well has always said.
Zero Books livestream on Zizek in the Clinic
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2020-01-18T02:11:07+00:00
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Zero Books Club members will receive an email invitation to join the stream at about the 30 minute mark. See you there.


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User #3576394 - 18 Jan 20 06:47
Would love Eliot to do a regular anti advice bit on twitch
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User #5564122 - 19 Jan 20 14:17
Congratulations, you guys put me off becoming a CBT style therapist! =D . Seriously tho, the question of how we on the left should think about a "Revolutionary" version of Mental Health support is, in my opinion, very similar to the question of a Leftist version of the Police. What would a Socialist/Communist Police institution look like, how would its function differ so as to avoid behaving in conservative ways while still being able to provide protection to the most vulnerable people in society?
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User #22606173 - 20 Jan 20 02:23
If this video is what convinced you not to be a CBT therapist, then you had no clue what CBT was in the first place.
Zero Books title for January-Feb: Too Fat to Go to the Moon
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2020-01-16T22:44:53+00:00
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Rob Mcleary is the author of the award winning short story "Nixon in Space," and the author of the novel for Zero Books entitled "Too Fat to Go to the Moon." His book will be made available as an ebook or PDF to Zero Books Club members in the next few days.

Link to Nixon in Space:
https://electricliterature.com/nixon-in-space/

Plot summary for Too Fat to Go to the Moon:

2030; America is broke. When NASA is forced to raffle off a trip to outer space the ticket is won by a guy who is so fat he can’t make it out of his own house..


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Upcoming Livestream with Eliot Rosenstock
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If you're a Zero Books Club patron you're invited to join our Zizek in the Clinic conversation either in the stream or by chat this coming Friday at 7:30pm Pacific Time. Eliot Rosenstock will be there to take questions and give anti-advice.


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Zero Squared #225: The Sci-Fi Myth
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2020-01-08T08:27:39+00:00
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Tom Lombardo, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Future Consciousness and the author of Science Fiction - The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future. In this episode, we discuss cosmic consciousness, social change and science fiction.

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User #13963102 - 14 Jan 20 13:51
This was a great chat. The Expanse was briefly mentioned and ironically I just finished watching it. I think it really illustrates what you’re both taking about. It shows both the cosmic possibilities and the organization of society propelled into a post racial, post gender, post liberal future. Everyone can be everything (an Iranian woman rules earth, women are the toughest marines) but class dynamics still exist. It underscores the absurdity of there being a larger universal/cosmic yet in this vision of the future capitalism remains the most important unseen organizer.
Symptomatic Redness: The End (pt. 3)
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2020-01-01T22:40:10+00:00
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In the third part of the final series of Symptomatic Redness, Derick and Amogh discuss the history of the left podcast scene, leading them to a discussion of the upcoming presidential election and the DSA’s role in it, and the question of how much has really changed since 2004, or even 1968.

After Symptomatic Redness’s final run, its place in your feed will be filled by the new and improved Pop The Left with C. Derick Varn and Douglas Lain.


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User #6346519 - 3 Jan 20 15:50
Responding to things the jacobin article didn't say so you can talk about how they're too soft on the new deal. Ok. Not the first time I've seen this, but usually not from varn.
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User #6346519 - 3 Jan 20 15:56
The section starts with "Yeah, so let’s talk about the compromises the New Deal made with white supremacy." https://jacobinmag.com/2019/09/bernie-sanders-new-deal-speech-socialism-roosevelt-race-housing-fdr Note the following passages: "As a result, segregation, as it had existed in the previous decades, was perpetuated by the FHA.... So in the long run, the New Deal, as a historical tendency, did more to advance the movements that eventually ended de jure segregation in the ’60s than it did to advance segregation itself." I think it's clear from these how much of a strawman varn is going at. In the end the actual difference varn is describing btwn himself and the jacobin socdems, other than stuff he's inventing, seems more affective than programmatic. Like, "what if jacobin held its same views but also thought we would lose in perpetuity"
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User #437722 - 12 Jan 20 06:49
One thing I will say that has changed from 1968 is political attitudes of Millennials and Gen Z. There is no great way to objectively measure this but we can get a sense of this from voting patterns. In 1968 a majority of 21-29 actually voted for either Nixon or Wallace. From that point Boomers and older Gen X kept voting for conservatives, with Reagan in 1984 winning 60% of the 18-29 vote. The first presidential election where a conservative didn't win that young generation was 2004 and even that was closer than most people would think. This culminates in a 2018 election where only 32% voted for the Republican in that age bracket. That rest of the population won't magically turn into hard left wingers but there a much larger portion of the population that is going to be willing to listen to you. Also what helps is that a majority of people under 39 don't believe that upward mobility is all that possible puts you also in a pretty good position to win over a population.
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User #23427810 - 2 Jan 20 09:46
"No way the executive can dominate internal trade policy" -Derek C Varn, in 2019 while the executive is literally propping up the agricultural industry without supporting legislation. I guess this is the podcast shitting its pants after dying. Came off mean, but jesus this one came off as a very out of touch. Good luck with your next podcast.
Zero Squared #224: The Failure of the Impeachment
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Margaret Kimberley is a New York-based writer who Dr. Cornel West has called“one of the few great truth-tellers who, along with Glen Ford, Adolph Reed, Jr. and Bruce Dixon, preserved her integrity during the Obama years.” She has been an editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006 and she the author of the book Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents (https://www.amazon.com/Prejudential-America-Presidents-Sunlight-Editions/dp/1586422480) which is due out from the imprint Truth to Power in February of next year, and she is a regular guest on this podcast. This time we discuss her skepticism regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump and the limits of the democrats.

This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone. Our patrons get access to two podcasts every week: Pop the Left and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week.


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User #2786683 - 30 Dec 19 15:55
What's the PBS segment they mention about Iowa, around minute 23?
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User #22606173 - 30 Dec 19 05:37
This felt like listening to Jimmy Dore. Nobody truly committed to logic and reason would mindlessly commit themselves to Fox news talking points about Hillary Clinton, Russia and impeachment to stand in opposition to the Democrats. If we're going to stand in opposition to liberals and the Democratic party, it had better be something we're right about. Otherwise, you're just a contrarian.
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User #11622199 - 25 Dec 19 16:09
Biden for president!
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User #11918409 - 4 Jan 20 10:06
🤢
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User #11918409 - 4 Jan 20 10:07
Great episode! I particularly loved the last 15 minutes!
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User #646776 - 27 Dec 19 05:51
All libs need to hear this!! Make public and I will blast on fb.
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zerobooks - 30 Dec 19 00:58
It is public through dietsoap.podomatic.com
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User #646776 - 3 Jan 20 17:29
Thank You!
Symptomatic Redness: The End
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2019-12-12T15:14:40+00:00
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In the first part of the final series of episodes of Symptomatic Redness, Derick and Amogh look back over the past five years of the show to consider how the political and intellectual landscape has changed, consider the various left-wing responses to the financial crisis, and return to a question that has been central to the show from the beginning: what would a Marxist theory of mind look like?


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User #17179749 - 16 Dec 19 15:24
The most notable feature of our current Marxist moment, IMO, is the way Marxism is being used to reconstitute identity categories under structural conditions inimical to any kind of collective action. The theory is wobbly because it matters even less than it did in the Long Reagan Era (1975-2006). By speaking for the vanguard or a de-materialized Working Class, leftists misattribute financial capitalism's momentary failure at social reproduction to class struggle. The function of this misattribution has much more in common with nationalism than classic socialist agitation. It's a rejection of 'culture' in favour of 'civilization' in terms that only make sense in the context of the culture wars. 'Socialist' is the new 'cosmopolitan,' but with even less denotive content, and a hop and skip away from Agamben's 'whatever life.'
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zerobooks - 16 Dec 19 15:47
Could you explain what you mean when you say that current Marxism is rejecting culture in favor of civilization ?
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User #17179749 - 16 Dec 19 16:00
I was thinking of the trajectory of German nationalism in the 19th century, where the essential qualities of the volk were championed as an alternative to the enlightenment program carried in Napoleon's baggage train. In this case, the movement is in the opposite direction, but it's mostly an illusion: 'civilization' is an essential quality of the working class, or the vanguard or the party, transnational and historically transcendent. I have had little contact with the DSA/campus/class essentialist left, I'll admit, but from what I've seen, the position seems to have more in common with '90s style Heritage than a political or philosophical project.
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User #4822992 - 27 Dec 19 05:10
I’m sorry but this is a bunch of vague nonsense.
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User #13259880 - 15 Dec 19 09:57
My god, the regression back into Marxism Leninism (but really just Stalin apologists) and support for China is something that really get in the way of socialist organising in New Zealand (Aotearoa), too. Honestly, it’s so fuckn tedious because I just come across as a dick when I question why they “identify 😂🔫😵” as an ML. Their arguments are just straight out of a Soviet textbook from a Moscow primary school.
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User #8130690 - 23 Dec 19 01:38
You guys are the reason I pay for IZB. Will follow and support any and all further projects you do.
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User #5431604 - 12 Dec 19 22:22
This was a great show, guys. Well done
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User #4822992 - 27 Dec 19 05:34
I feel like I’ve learned some things from symptomatic redness, but if you pressed me to say what, I’d struggle to put it into words. In my humble opinion, Varn spends too much time referencing himself and responding to conversations that I doubt most listeners have been privy to. Some of his interviews come across as low key competitions between he and his interlocutors to drop as many names in as short a time as possible. And a lot of this name dropping is done in a tone that insinuates critique rather than articulate it. This is insular leftist politics par excellence. Varn is clearly very well read and very experienced. Surely we can learn from his contrarian bent, and I hope he finds an outlet where he can best put his skill into practice.
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User #4346435 - 28 Dec 19 00:42
Hard agree. I really appreciate Varn, but so much of it is "I've talked about this somewhere" or "I have an idea/worry about this" but not a lot more. Still, appreciate the relatively unique points he brings to things sometimes.
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User #5281780 - 12 Dec 19 17:47
rip.
Zero Squared #222: Humanism in the Age of Trump
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2019-12-09T03:31:26+00:00
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Ashley Frawley is the author of the Semiotics of Happiness, a University lecturer and a reader at Zero Books. This week she returns to discuss emotions in politics, the therapeutic turn, and humanism in the age of Trump.

This week’s podcast is available for everyone. Our patrons get access to two podcasts every week: Pop the Left and Zero Squared, but if you’re listening on our free feed you’ll always be able to access one or the other podcasts each week. Patrons also receive access to our new video series called The History of Communism and get access to the Capital Reading group. Book Club members receive electronic copies of new Zero Book titles every month and are invited to an online discussion group.


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zerobooks - 9 Dec 19 07:51
Will fix this ASAP
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User #14087341 - 9 Dec 19 22:14
Very very good.
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User #2336332 - 10 Dec 19 01:50
Quality discussion, the sort of disussion that should be taking place all over the (remnants of the) public sphere.
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User #8130690 - 23 Dec 19 01:51
'I don't really care about my own feelings' was incredibly exhilarating to hear. A similar thing happened to me when I dropped the position of the cynical external observer on the discourses I was immersed in and started getting more systematic. I've been slowly making my way through 'Semiotics of Happiness', and it's a little sunbeam piercing through the totalitarian gloom of omnipresent psychiatric assumptions. I've also been simultaneously participating in a small health experiment, where some data crunchers in a room somewhere try to fit my biometrics with subjective surveys - surveys that do nothing but try to reduce my 'emotional states' to a purely quantitative metric. I find the questions bizarre and insulting and am completely unable to answer any of them except by way of weird metaphorical leaps. The only answer I have to 'AM I HAPPY' 'AM I JOYFUL' 'AM I NERVOUS' 'DO I FEEL GUILTY' etc etc etc is I don't give a fuck and neither does anybody else.
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User #12783150 - 11 Dec 19 01:50
Great conversation!
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User #5708061 - 9 Dec 19 16:16
Great ep
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User #22777075 - 9 Dec 19 19:08
Great podcast. Could've listened to you two for hours
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User #5281780 - 9 Dec 19 05:29
The episode is not up
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User #5992574 - 10 Dec 19 00:18
Boy did I need this! So desperate to find something other than podcasts about the UK election, as I’m not optimistic about Labours chances. Their shocking mishandling of Brexit and the whole anti semitism debacle will most likely cost them the election, and its very depressing. Thank you for providing such an excellent distraction from all that!!
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zerobooks - 10 Dec 19 00:26
Glad to do it.
Zero Squared #221: New Work/New Culture
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2019-12-02T03:33:52+00:00
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Frithjoff Bergmann spent most of his academic career at the University of Michigan, where he was a professor and visible political activist. He taught also at The University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and The University of California at Santa Cruz. His book New Work, New Culture recounts the development of Bergmann's ideas on how humanity might devise an alternative to the job system.


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User #10834382 - 3 Dec 19 02:48
Somehow it sounds like he is not aware of where the audience or the interlocutor are coming from.
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User #5105746 - 23 Dec 19 20:10
Man he was uncomfortable with marx.
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User #10268357 - 5 Dec 19 00:30
Marx was also not a Marxist right
The New and Improved "Pop the Left"
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2019-11-25T15:09:34+00:00
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In this first part of the promo episode of the newly resurrected Pop The Left podcast, C. Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss the impetus behind bringing back the show, freewheeling into topics of political determinism, the various camps of the actually existing Left, and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Pop The Left will replace Symptomatic Redness as a fixture in your Zero Books feed, but the final episode of Symptomatic Redness with Amogh and Derick is forthcoming.


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User #5443770 - 4 Dec 19 17:20
I'm really excited about this project! I feel it's desperately needed.
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User #22777075 - 25 Nov 19 16:44
I am looking forward to this podcast, sounds very interesting. The first half to me seemed clear and was a great conversation to listen to, but the second half was difficult to follow. I understand Derrick Varn is well read and is very knowledgeable in history of the left but jumping around in books he's read (which I wonder how many listeners have read) and different points in history and different countires and why everything seems to fail can be very confusing. I know this is just the first episode but I just hope there is more structure to the podcast with each episode having a clear objective.
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zerobooks - 25 Nov 19 19:46
Our aim will be to have a clear objective with each episode. Absolutely.
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User #21332745 - 25 Nov 19 15:47
Diarrhea on the left would be a better upgrade name.
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User #5289774 - 25 Nov 19 15:55
Lol! It would certainly catch the juvenile sense of humor I find lacking at times.
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User #21332745 - 25 Nov 19 19:21
The Pepto-Bismol podcast for the left
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User #5281780 - 25 Nov 19 19:16
The intro is better.
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User #11622199 - 2 Dec 19 15:09
As I remember correctly Derrick made concession on state capitalist nature of Russian economy in last discussion about that with you Doug. Only period he still protects from "dirty state capitalists" is Stalin's decade from late 1920s to late 1930s) That's def uncertain period. But clearly early period of Lenin and NEP points to state capitalist nature of Russian economy. And then from late 1950s onwards with attempt at reform (introducing profit for state enterprises and making them more or less independent entities who must produce surplus) it is clear that Russian economy had all capitalist features within it along with some contradictory elements that created absurdity in some cases. It was rather deformed capitalism that was able to free itself through further reform in 1970s-1980s (with coops operating as almost private businesses) to collapse of USSR and establishment of full-on private capitalist economy. I just wonder what the motivation behind objection to seeing USSR as having capitalist features? is it desire for scientific accuracy or pedantism? Is it hidden desire not to see USSR as total failure? Desire to repeat USSR's path (throug embrace of statism) in some ways? USSR was never gonna be able to get beyond anything at that time and that period in their history. You either become periphery state for western capitalism to exploit or developed nation that can compete with the West. Lenin rather had no other choice but to try to do the latter.
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User #5289774 - 5 Dec 19 21:11
Just finished listening. Loved the format! Glad y'all started (or should I say restarted) it!
Zero Squared #220: A Discourse on the Night
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2019-11-19T01:27:10+00:00
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Jason Mohaghegh is as Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Babson College. His focus is upon tracking emergent currents of thought in the Middle East and the West, with particular attention given to exploring concepts of chaos, violence, illusion, silence, sectarianism, mania, disappearance, and apocalyptic writing. His book Night: A Philosophy of the After Dark is due out from Zero Books in December.

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User #11485712 - 20 Nov 19 12:08
So much fun.
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User #5023683 - 19 Nov 19 18:42
Fantastic conversation.
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User #4346435 - 21 Nov 19 13:16
A lot of this was very slow-speaking Russell Brand and v idealist :p My eyes were rolling into the back of my head. I like the idea though I guess.
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zerobooks - 21 Nov 19 19:12
I tried to be relatively adversarial for this one.
Symptomatic Redness: American Christianity 2
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2019-11-15T15:45:28+00:00
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In the second part of their discussion, C Derick Varn and Danny Anderson continue to discuss secularization and American Christianity.


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On this week’s Symptomatic Redness, Derick talks with Danny Anderson, host of the Sectarian Review Podcast on the Christian Humanist Network, to discuss secularization, political identity, and the state of contemporary American Christianity.


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User #4346435 - 6 Nov 19 17:32
Utilitarianism isn't "majority opinion dominates" unless you're going by a crude "immediate effects" utilitarianism and even then it's not that simple if the effects for some are different than for others.
Zero Squared #219: The Struggle of the Kurds in the Era of Trump
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2019-10-21T04:24:00+00:00
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Djene Rhys Bajalan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Missouri State University, a writer for publications such as OpenDemocracy and Jacobin, and a frequent guest on the Michael Brooks show. He is also a returning guest to this podcast, this time stopping by to educate me about the Kurdish struggle in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey.

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User #5289774 - 21 Oct 19 20:52
This one broke my "ultra leftist" heart. The USA can serve a progressive force in the world?! When... 1939? 😔
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zerobooks - 21 Oct 19 21:25
For very brief and contradictory moments it can happen.
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User #647044 - 23 Oct 19 16:13
It's happenstance, not because the US has positive motives. They are protecting an actually revolutionary experiment. The US government would prefer a balkanized Syria and Iraq with multiple separate weak kurdish, sunni and shia areas. The Turkish border incursion fits those prerogatives.
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User #647044 - 23 Oct 19 16:13
It's happenstance, not because the US has positive motives. They are protecting an actually revolutionary experiment. The US government would prefer a balkanized Syria and Iraq with multiple separate weak kurdish, sunni and shia areas. The Turkish border incursion fits those prerogatives.
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User #5430459 - 22 Oct 19 05:06
Relearning history. There is a dialectical analysis of this region that leads back to the Sykes-Picot agreement after WWI, and FDR's pledge to protect the oil wealth of Arabia. The people of this region have been victim of the West, and it still continues.
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User #5289774 - 22 Oct 19 21:45
Agreed. An oppressed people used when necessary for the expansion/continuance of empires.
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User #5289774 - 22 Oct 19 21:45
Agreed. An oppressed people used when necessary for the expansion/continuance of empires.
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User #22606173 - 21 Oct 19 14:00
Thanks. I needed this episode.
Zero Squared #218: Realizing Philosophy (pt. 2)
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2019-10-14T04:02:37+00:00
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Chris Cutrone returns for the second half of a conversation on realizing philosophy. Cutrone is the former head of the often contrarian Marxist group The Platypus Affiliated Society and a college educator, writer, and media artist who is committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social emancipation.

This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone but our patrons usually get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. They also get access to our History of Communism video series, interviews with authors for our monthly book club, and pretty soon a reprised series called Pop the Left. If you’re a fan of this podcast consider becoming a patron.


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User #22606173 - 15 Oct 19 00:29
Yes! I'm ruining your lives by being willing to work for less! How does it feel?
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zerobooks - 15 Oct 19 02:29
It feels like I'm getting old. Of course, the point was that competition between working people does not serve the larger interests of the working class as a whole.
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User #5099233 - 28 Oct 19 13:07
🤡
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User #5099233 - 28 Oct 19 13:06
Doug dont get old we need you. Ps you did an ad hominem on ernst bloch in your youtube video
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User #33679870 - 16 Apr 20 17:35
Great conversation. On the issue of a fragmenting society- Would it get us anywhere to stop seeing socialism as a continuation of a labour totality ? Wouldn't a fragmented world be more beneficial to the flourishing of individuals? Following Postone and other marxian thinkers you can map out a fragmented US developing out out of the superfluity of labour, technology and time much easier than imagining a cohesive whole resembling what we call society
Zero Books #217: Realizing Philosophy w/Cutrone
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Chris Cutrone is a college educator, writer, and media artist, committed to critical thinking and artistic practice and the politics of social emancipation. He is the former head of the often contrarian Marxist group The Platypus Affiliated Society and in this podcast, we discuss the possibility of realizing philosophy.

This week’s podcast is available in full for everyone but our patrons usually get access to two podcasts every week: Symptomatic Redness and Zero Squared. They also get access to our History of Communism video series, interviews with authors for our monthly book club, and pretty soon a reprised series called Pop the Left. If you’re a fan of this podcast consider becoming a patron.


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User #9692431 - 7 Oct 19 00:39
I don’t like how this guy keeps getting presented as a contrarian when the interviews you guys have done with him just make him sound like one of the most articulate Marxist scholars alive. Maybe he’s just very intelligent? Not that these these things are exclusive, but the latter seems to be clearly the case.
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zerobooks - 7 Oct 19 23:04
I keep inviting him back because I think he's one of the most interesting Marxists around perhaps because of his being something of a contrarian. I also think that Cutrone's position on Trump was wrongheaded and that his overall project is somewhat occult or occluded.
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User #11485712 - 10 Oct 19 22:09
Love listening to Cutrone! More please!
Symptomatic Redness: History and Politics with Camilo Gomez #2
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In the second part of their conversation, Derick and Camilo Gomez of the History and Politics podcast discuss race in Latin America and the situation of various Latin American countries, including Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia.

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User #5281780 - 4 Oct 19 20:28
Finally. For another minute I was thought I was going email Virgil.
Zero Squared #216: A Left for Itself
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2019-09-30T04:44:10+00:00
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David Swift is the Kreitman post-doctoral fellow at Ben Gurion University, he has published in journals including the History Workshop Journal and the Women's History Review, as well as writing for The Independent and LabourList. His book “A Left for Itself” is due out from Zero Books next month.

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User #5564122 - 30 Sep 19 12:47
Wow, this got surprisingly personal towards the end there, regarding Bastani. It seems like David had to vent his frustration, but it came off as petty resentment, unfortunately. That being said, i completely see where he is coming from, (to an extent), with the guys at Novara media. They are primarily Rhetorician's and Popularisers of Left Thought, especially when they go onto Mainstream Media Shows in the UK. I sympathise with their efforts to create mass appeal for Leftist ideas, but there is also a vibe of careerism present there. "A Left for Itself" is a neccessary and timely intervention which i support, But, "Fully Automated Luxury Communism" is not the work of a; "Complete Asshole", it shows commitment and analysis beyond mere careerism to write a book like that.
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User #11622199 - 1 Oct 19 16:34
Automated Luxury Communism is basically mere meme at this point. C'mon. It's not in any way a serious analysis. Novara lads are pretty superficial and binded by identity politics.
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User #5992574 - 1 Oct 19 23:16
Man, some people really can’t get past the idea of race can they? There is racism, there is not race. If more people DID do a Rachel Dolezal the whole ridiculous thing of people being different biologically because of where they come from might actually get questioned properly!
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User #11622199 - 1 Oct 19 18:07
A bit dissapointing. Expected broader talk about Left for itself as career mode instead of talking all the way about race.
The New (Very Marketable) Fragility
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2019-09-17T01:30:07+00:00
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This Burger King advertisement seems worth sharing in light this week's podcast with Ashley Frawley.


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no one is happy all the time. and that’s ok. that’s why we created Real Meals in partnership with Mental Health America to encourage everyone to come in and #FeelYourWay. on the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, order a Real Meal your way. help support the work of Mental Health America by visiting mentalhealthamerica.net. At select BK® restaurants: 3301 Fourth Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134 | 474 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10018 | 4918 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | 6000 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724 | 1100 - 5th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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User #8029595 - 19 Sep 19 15:37
Wow, this is dystopian. I feel somewhat ill and want it removed from my brain, please.
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User #5145236 - 21 Sep 19 17:53
Similar ad for dog adoption came off as much less awful, because dogs actually do need homes and make people happy. If we ended dog adoption, we'd have to euthanize an awful lot of dogs. If we ended Burger King, though ...
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User #5992574 - 17 Sep 19 11:08
Christ almighty!
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User #6284704 - 17 Sep 19 20:23
Pure puke. No upset white males, I notice. Not that there should be, of course, but I can't help but wonder if the reason they chose not to include any white males wasn't because doing so would kind of spoil the whole 'woke' aesthetic. And that upsets me. Hmm, maybe a Burger King burger would cheer me up ...
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User #8146911 - 18 Sep 19 00:14
Depression + junk food: spot a lie
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User #24437480 - 20 Sep 19 22:43
There's something particularly disturbing about this ad - I wonder if this is how past generations felt as their values, issues, culture etc. were corrupted by commercialism one after another. It does feel like a line has been crossed here though, with frightening implications.
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