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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 t ...
 
Following the purchase of Zer0 Books and the imprint’s parent company JHP by Watkins Publishing, Zer0’s former editorial staff have created a new project that includes, but is not limited to, publishing books. The name of it is Diet Soap Media. Picking up the original name of Douglas Lain’s (Zer0 former editor-in-chief’s) podcast, the new company aims at making left and socialist theory accessible and at avoiding the worst aspects of leftist culture.
 
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Comedy writers Toria Sheffield and Shawn DePasquale cohost the podcast "Oh, Mr. Sheffield!," which recaps Fran Drescher's '90s sitcom "The Nanny." They discus how the show depicted Jewish themes and gay characters, why it was mostly forgotten by the culture, and what its legacy is today. Recorded May 12, 2022 LINKS "Oh, Mr. Sheffield!" on Apple Pod…
 
In his essay for News and Letters entitled "Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine puts the future of humanity in doubt" Ron Kelch wrote, "On Feb. 24, in the dark of night, Russian president Vladimir Putin started a totally unprovoked invasion of Ukraine from three sides after a months-long buildup of 190,000 troops." This interview starts by questioning Ke…
 
Deep State Kuba from This is Revolution and Stefan Bertram-Lee give us an update on the war in Ukraine. What is happening tactically? What explains the conflict and level of Ukrainian resistance? What has NATO's role been and what will it continue to be? Will there be a negotiated resolution in the immediate future? Support GCAS (the Global Center …
 
This week's Pop the Left was set up as a conversation about Guy Debord and the errors of the Situationist Internationale but ended up being a conversation about the sexual revolution, Roe vs. Wade, and the question of the party. As always, Chris Cutrone pushes against the current limits of "left" politics on this week's Pop the Left.…
 
How did Lacan naturalize the failure of Marxism? What is critical about the Frankfurt School? Doug speaks with Andreas and Stefan about the Frankfurt School and about how the Left takes up psychoanalysis in its understanding of freedom and socialism. GCAS Belfast Seminar “The Lack of Desire and the Desire of Lack: The Body, Conversion, and Art” htt…
 
Max Read, who writes the tech and culture newsletter "Read Max," argues that Elon Musk won't save Twitter, but he won't ruin it either—because the famously lousy site already works just great for him. Recorded May 2, 2022 LINKS: Max's essay, "Elon Musk won't fix Twitter (but he won't kill it, either)" https://maxread.substack.com/p/elon-musk-wont-f…
 
The launch of Sublation Media's new Online Magazine, Sublation Magazine began with a six-hour stream. Guests included Conrad Hamilton, Katerina Kolozova, Dwayne Munroe, Teo Velissaris, Rebeka Parler, Ben Burgis, James Smith, Chris Cutrone, and others. This is a six and a half hour stream. https://www.sublationmag.com Follow us on Twitter @Sublation…
 
Author Sam Lipsyte discusses his recent cover story in Harper's, "Ghosting the Machine: Humans, Robots, and the New Sexual Frontier." We talked about "digisexuals," sex bots, virtual reality, Las Vegas, loneliness, and the gamification of everything. Recorded April 29, 2022 LINKS: Sam's article, "Ghosting the Machine" https://harpers.org/archive/20…
 
Matt Huber is a professor of geography at Syracuse University. His new book, Climate Change as Class War: Building Socialism on a Warming Planet, will be out from Verso Books in May, 2022. His book discusses the failures of an environmental movement built dominated by the Professional Managerial Class. Check out this GCAS Seminar with Chris Hedges …
 
Daniel Burnfin is a member of Class Unity and has participated in a few Platypus Affiliated Society panels, most recently at the international convention in Chicago. Douglas Lain first reached out to Burnfin after Burnfin's contribution to the “Class and the Left” panel, but in this video they discuss the panel "What is Leadership for the Left?"…
 
On a special crossover edition of "Culturally Determined" and "The Wright Show," Aryeh asks Bob about cognitive empathy and how to apply it to Putin's war in Ukraine. Plus: Is Mickey Kaus infecting Bob's brain? And does Bloggingheads.tv still have a reason for being? Recorded April 13, 2022 LINKS: The Nonzero newsletter https://nonzero.substack.com…
 
Sublation editor Ashley Frawley discusses a chapter out of her upcoming monograph on how the politics of mental health have subverted the politics of freedom. In this conversation, Doug and Ashley specifically discuss how UK Universities took up a new project. No longer so interested in knowledge and reason, today's universities aim to make their s…
 
Comedian and musician Howell Dawdy talks about writing a funny song in just 30 minutes, the vanished artistic medium of Twitter Fleets, magicians who make Facebook videos of women using banana peels to slowly tie-dye their underwear, and more! Recorded March 31, 2022 LINKS: "Howell Dawdy's Fast Track" podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/h…
 
Zupančič argues that sexuality is at the point of a “short circuit” between ontology and epistemology. Sexuality and knowledge are structured around a fundamental negativity, which unites them at the point of the unconscious. The unconscious (as linked to sexuality) is the concept of an inherent link between being and knowledge in their very negati…
 
This conversation with Spencer Leonard on the depoliticization of the left was originally released as a patron-only "parrot room" podcast. I'm releasing it to the public today because I believe the conversation deserves a wider audience, especially in the context of today's Imperialist conflict in Ukraine. Patrons get content like this every week.…
 
This episode features a conversation with Catherine Liu about the rise of the PMC and the death of traditional liberalism. Is the PMC a class that has overcome capitalist relations in order to shift social outcomes in its favor, or is the Professional Managerial Class merely the servants of capital working to create ideological justifications for c…
 
Max Blumenthal is the editor of the Grayzone and a prominent figure on the anti-imperialist left. In this episode of Diet Soap, he discusses why the cold war never ended, the justifications for Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and why the United States is the one true imperialist State on the world stage. This is part one of a four-part series on anti…
 
Here, Freddie and Doug talk about what the Millennials learned from Gen-X, the Left's relation to the Democratic Party, and cancel culture. This video follows up on DeBoer's essay "Gen X Was the Political Generation." Gen X Was the Political Generation Essay https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/gen-x-was-the-political-generation…
 
Here, Freddie and Doug talk about what the Millennials learned from Gen-X, the Left's relation to the Democratic Party, and cancel culture. This video follows up on DeBoer's essay "Gen X Was the Political Generation." Gen X Was the Political Generation Essay https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/gen-x-was-the-political-generation…
 
"Culturally Determined" is back! Aryeh speaks with New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman, author of the recent essay "Is It Funny for the Jews?". They discuss Jewish comedy in a time of rising anti-Semitism, whether Jewish characters should be played by Jewish actors, Dara Horn's recent book "People Love Dead Jews," "The Merchant of Venice," P…
 
Can the socialist left become political? Chris Cutrone and Douglas Lain talk pseudo-politics, war as politics by other means, and why the task of socialism remains the same as they discuss his 2015 lecture "How is Platypus a Pre-Political Project?" Chris's 2015 Lecture https://youtu.be/iDiv7MioqJ8
 
Can the socialist left become political? Chris Cutrone and Douglas Lain talk pseudo-politics, war as politics by other means, and why the task of socialism remains the same as they discuss his 2015 lecture "How is Platypus a Pre-Political Project?" Chris's 2015 Lecture https://youtu.be/iDiv7MioqJ8
 
Dwayne Roberto Monroe is a cloud architect, strategist and social critic. He describes himself as "fashionably Hegelian" where he is developing a materialist approach to the tech industry and writing about Supercomputers, AIs, the Metaverse, and technoskepticism. In this interview he explains what the cloud is and tells Doug not to believe the hype…
 
Dwayne Roberto Monroe is a cloud architect, strategist and social critic. He describes himself as "fashionably Hegelian" where he is developing a materialist approach to the tech industry and writing about Supercomputers, AIs, the Metaverse, and technoskepticism. In this interview he explains what the cloud is and tells Doug not to believe the hype…
 
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