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  • Platypus Review #92 is out!
    Platypus Review #92 is now online, featuring 'Rhetoric and Division of Left and Right in the Trump Era' by William Schmidt, and a transcript of the recent 'Art and the Commodity Form' panel hosted by Platypus London, with speakers Rex Dunn, Zhoe Granger, and Peter Osborne.
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    For this special issue of the Platypus Review, we will publish Theodor W. Adorno’s “Remarks on the Authoritarian Personality” for the first time. In includes an Introduction by Chris Mansour and responses by Chris Cutrone and Kirk Wetters. Additionally, we have an article on the Corbyn phenomenon and an answer to “Why not Trump?” article from issue #89 (September 2016).
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    Platypus Review #90 is now online, with Watson Ladd on Stalinism, Reid Kotlas on Bookchin and Marx, and Howie Hawkins on moving beyond Social Democracy
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    Platypus #89 now online, with Chris Cutrone on Trump, Boris Kagarlitsky on Bernie Sanders and a transcript of our panel on the European Union

The Platypus Review

Die Platypus Review
On October 11, 2016, Platypus hosted a forum entitled “Art and the Commodity Form” at Goldsmiths, University of London. The panel brought together Rex Dunn, independent Marxist and writer; Zhoe Granger, a director of the gallery, project space, and art publisher, Arcadia Missa; and Peter Osborne, editor of the journal Radical Philosophy and professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University. Sophia Freeman of Platypus moderated the panel. What follows is an edited transcript of the event.
The election of Donald J. Trump to the office of president opens a number of opportunities for the Left. However, the outcome of the election resists satisfactory explanation, so recognizing and seizing these opportunities will be difficult. Diverse news sources pose numerous different rationales for choosing Trump over Hillary Clinton: dissatisfaction with urban elite liberalism, with Clinton, with current economic conditions, and with shifts in the racial makeup of the country. None of these factors, products of a widening division in political rhetoric engendering widely different ideological inferences, appear particularly opportune for the Left. Understanding this division allows the Left to seize the opportunities presented by this divisive election while, insofar as it is possible, undertaking damage control for the consequences of a unified Republican government.

Auf der dritten jährlichen Convention, die in der School of the Art Institute of Chicago zwischen dem 29. April und 01. Mai 2011 stattfand, organisierte Platypus ein Gespräch über „Art, Culture, and Politics: Marxist Approaches“. Die Platypus-Mitglieder Omair Hussain, Lucy Parker, Pac Pobric und Bret Schneider sollten die folgende Frage diskutieren: „“What might the problems of aesthetics and culture have to do with the political project of the self-education of the Left?“.

Ernst Bloch und die Frankfurter Schule.

Ein Gespräch mit Nicolas Schliessler-Jaramillo.