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Hier findet ihr einen Audiomitschnitt zur Podiumsdiskussion "Politik der Arbeit" vom 31.01.2017 in Frankfurt am Main.
Aus gegebenem Anlass widmet sich diese Podiumsdiskussion dem Verständnis einiger grundlegender Fragen des Marxismus mit Blick auf ihre heutige Relevanz:
Traditionell unterstützten Marxisten und andere Teile der Linken auf politischer Ebene die Forderung der Arbeiter nach Reformen, welche ihre Lebensbedingungen verbessern sollten. Doch verstanden führende Persönlichkeiten der marxistischen Tradition wie Lenin, Luxemburg und Trotzki, dass solche Reformen zugleich die Krise des Kapitalismus vertieften, da sie seine immanenten Widersprüche zuspitzten.
So ist z.B. die Vollbeschäftigung eine – vom Standpunkt der Arbeiter – notwendige Forderung. Gleichzeitig aber wird das gesamte System der Beschäftigung gefährdet, welches unter Bedingungen kapitalistischer Produktion auf die Abschöpfung des Mehrwerts der verfügbaren Arbeitskraft angewiesen ist.
Um die Probleme und Ambiguitäten einer möglichen Politik der Arbeit herauszuschälen, lassen wir verschiedene linke Perspektiven zu Wort kommen. Diese Diskussion soll ein Klärungsversuch zentraler Fragen für eine neu konstituierte internationale marxistische Linke darstellen. Welches sind gegenwärtig theoretische und praktische Hindernisse einer solchen Linken, die durch die Politik der Arbeit die Befreiung der Arbeiterklasse anstreben würde?
Ist die Arbeiterklasse eine Identität neben anderen unterdrückten Identitäten? Gibt es heute eine Arbeiterklasse und muss diese sich selbst emanzipieren? Auf welchem Weg kann das erreicht werden? Welche Prinzipien zeichneten die Politik der Arbeit einst aus? Was ist das Verhältnis von Reform und Revolution?
Mit:
Thomas Seibert - Interventionistische Linke
Holger Marcks - unter_bau
Jonas - farbeRot
Heinz Klee - Arbeiterbund zum Wiederaufbau der KPD

Aus gegebenem Anlass widmet sich diese Podiumsdiskussion dem Verständnis einiger grundlegender Fragen des Marxismus mit Blick auf ihre heutige Relevanz:
Traditionell unterstützten Marxisten und andere Teile der Linken auf politischer Ebene die Forderung der Arbeiter nach Reformen, welche ihre Lebensbedingungen verbessern sollten. Doch verstanden führende Persönlichkeiten der marxistischen Tradition wie Lenin, Luxemburg und Trotzki, dass solche Reformen zugleich die Krise des Kapitalismus vertieften, da sie seine immanenten Widersprüche zuspitzten.

Gespräch vom 15.12.16 mit Hans-Gerd Öfinger ( "Der Funke", deutsche Sektion der "International Marxist Tendency"), der über die Schwierigkeiten der Kräfte des Trotzkismus in den 1930er, 1940er und 1950er Jahren bei der Erfassung der neuen Weltlage und Verteidigung der grundlegenden Ideen, zu den Ursachen von Spaltungen und den unterschiedlichen Einschätzungen hierzu, darüber hinaus über Ted Grant als "Pionier des britischen Trotzkismus" und die historische Basis, auf die sich die IMT stützt, einen kleinen Votrag halten wird. Im Anschluss besteht die Möglichkeit für Anmerkungen, Rückfragen und eine Diskussion.

Vortrag und Diskussion mit der Platypus Affiliated Society, veranstaltet am 01.12.16 in Bielefeld.

In Kooperation mit der Antifa AG an der Uni Bielefeld.

Viele Interpreten unterstellen der Kritischen Theorie der Frankfurter Schule eine Abkehr vom Marxismus, weil sie sich der politischen Praxis enthalten habe. Wo Adorno nicht gleich ganz von der Tradition Marxens gelöst wird, packt man ihn in Abgrenzung zu Lenin und dem orthodoxen Marxismus in die Schubladen des „Westlichen“ oder des „Neo“-Marxismus.
In einem Gespräch mit Max Horkheimer von 1956, das unter dem Namen „Diskussion über Theorie und Praxis“ bekannt wurde, bemerkte Adorno jedoch: „Ich wollte immer […] eine Theorie entwickeln, die Marx, Engels und Lenin die Treue hält, aber auch andererseits nicht hinter die fortgeschrittenste Kultur zurückfällt“. Adorno, so scheint es, war ein Leninist. Wie aber genau wollte Adorno Marx, Engels und Lenin die „Treue“ halten? Welche Politik erscheint Adorno möglich und notwendig in einer Zeit, in der weder eine revolutionäre Partei noch eine selbstbewusste Arbeiterbewegung besteht? Welche Verbindungen zur Praxis bestehen bei Adornos Theorie? Adornos Kritik wurde von der Neuen Linken ignoriert und ist insofern von der Geschichte übergangen worden. Nicht, weil die Kritik ein Ende von Praxis überhaupt forderte, sondern im Gegenteil, weil sie, wie Adorno in den „Marginalien zu Theorie und Praxis“ kurz vor seinem Tod schrieb, „zu praktisch“ für die Aktivisten gewesen ist. Ist das Projekt der Kritischen Theorie gescheitert? Was würde es bedeuten die berühmte „Flaschenpost“ zu entkorken?

 

Hosted By Platypus Affiliated Society

Alvaro Rodriguez - Communist Party, USA
Henry Cooper - Proyecto Latino Americano
Liam Wright - student, veteran of Occupy Seattle and other social movements

Panel Description:

Neo-liberalism, as the current organization of capitalism, promised to overcome the crisis of the Keynesian-Fordist states through the attainment of a free, cosmopolitan society. Yet, the weight of national borders continues to be felt.
While capital can easily move to a home where it is profitable, workers find their movement more stifled. From Brexit to the US presidential elections, immigration has become unavoidable in political discourse: some politicians have promised comprehensive immigration reform, while others have considered the undocumented culpable for the decline of the nation's economy and sovereignty. In each case, a crisis of Neo-liberalism is registered - but what is the meaning of the question to the Left and its attempts to change the world?

Famously, the Communist Manifesto says "the working men have no country." The incessant drive to realize profit sends capital all over the world, uprooting established relations and dynamizing the global economy. Workers are forced to consider themselves internationally in the fight against capital. Further, immigration might even centralize the gravediggers of capitalism.

However, if this process is not grasped by the workers, it offers an opportunity for the capitalists to secure their reign. The precarity of immigrants can be exploited by the ruling class to split the proletariat and contain their political struggle - that is, unless there is a Left to lead.

We ask the panelists to consider the following questions:

How has the Left approached the question of immigration historically? What opportunities exist in the immigrant rights movement today for an emancipatory politics?

How has immigration related to other demands made by the Left?

What role can Left organizations - civil and/or political - play in immigration politics?

With Speakers (in order): 

Rex Dunn (Writer)
Zhoe Granger (Director, Arcadia Missa) 
Peter Osborne (Professor Of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University) 

Panel description: 

If it is true that the 'commodity-structure' (Lukács) is the defining feature of modern capitalism down through the present, then it stands to reason that it has no less impacted the way art is produced, consumed, circulated, and exchanged. This shift in art's character happened both objectively (e.g., as in an article produced for exchange on the market), and subjectively (i.e., as a kind of experience and form of expression for the social and individual body). However, art's relationship to its status as a commodity is an ambivalent one: Art has become at once more free from past forms of domination, but its freedom is constrained when subject to the dynamics of capital. Art as a commodity is both its cure and poison, and has evolved into a social problem for its practice. Since becoming aware of this problem, artists, philosophers, curators, and critics have taken various approaches in seeking to overcome it.

How has art under a capitalist society changed from its pre-capitalist practices? What is the commodity form, and what is art's relationship to its logic? Must art seek emancipation from the commodity form, or is it at home in it? In what sense does art take part in the Left and emancipatory politics, if at all? By asking these questions, this panel seeks to reinvestigate art's relationship to the commodity form, and make intelligible how this problematic relationship still sticks with us today.

Presented by the Platypus Affiliated Society at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 3 February, 2016, 7 pm

A teach-in

 

In the mid-19th century, Marx and Engels observed, in the Communist Manifesto, that a specter was haunting Europe - the specter of Communism. A century and a half later, it is Marxism itself that continues to haunt the Left, while capitalism remains.

What were Marxism's original points of departure for considering radical possibilities for freedom that might still speak to the present?

 

Chicago

Saturdays 1–4PM

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
112 S. Michigan Ave. room 920

Facebook invitation: http://www.facebook.com/events/339098822822962/

• required / + recommended reading


Film screening: May 2012

• Last Party 2000 (2001)


Week 1. May 26, 2012

    Marx and democracy

• Dick Howard, selections from The Specter of Democracy (2002)
+ Howard, "Philosophy by other means?" (2001) (original version of Chapter 13 of The Specter of Democracy)
+ Benjamin Constant, "The liberty of the ancients compared with that of the moderns" (1819)
+ Karl Marx, On Bruno Bauer's The Jewish Question (1844)
+ Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme (1875)
+ Chris Cutrone, "Lenin's liberalism" and "Lenin's politics" (2011)


Week 2. Jun. 2, 2012

    Communist Party of Great Britain debates Platypus

• Selected articles from Weekly Worker, May 12 – August 11, 2011
+ Original pages of Weekly Worker
• Ben Lewis, "Chicago school" (letter in Weekly Worker 914, May 17, 2012)
• Chris Cutrone, letter in response to Ben Lewis (May 17, 2012)
+ Danny Hammill, "Debate, controversy and comradeship" (on the 2011 CPGB Communist University summer school, Weekly Worker 879, September 1, 2011, p. 11)
+ Spencer Leonard, "Adam Smith's profoundest reader: Marx" (Weekly Worker 895, December 22, 2011, pp. 12–14)


June 16 – July 28

Trotsky and Trotskyism

Recommended preliminary readings:

+ Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism / Trotsky for Beginners (1980)
+ Nicolas Krassó, "Trotsky's Marxism" (1967)
• Platypus Historians Group, "The dead Left: Trotskyism" (2008)
• Richard Rubin, "The decline of the Left in the 20th century: 1933" (2009)
• Ian Morrison, "Trotsky's Marxism" (2011)
• Mike Macnair, Bryan Palmer, Richard Rubin, and Jason Wright, "The legacy of Trotskyism" (2011)
• Grover Furr, "Learning from the Communist Movement of the 20th century: A response to Richard Rubin" (2012)
+ Spartacist League, Lenin and the Vanguard Party (1978)
+ Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate / A&Z, Introducing Lenin and the Russian Revolution / Lenin for Beginners (1978)
+ Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet: Trotsky biography (three volumes: 1954, 1959, 1963)


Trotsky in Turkish exile reading U.S. Trotskyist newspaper The Militant in 1931. Title of article with portrait: "Lenin lives in the work of the Opposition."

The Russian Revolution, which Lenin held up as the torch-light of emancipation for the world proletariat, is being run into national socialist channels. . . . "The Russian proletariat," said Lenin, "cannot single-handed bring the socialist revolution to a victorious conclusion. But it can give the Russian revolution a mighty impetus such as would create most favorable conditions for a socialist revolution, and would, in a sense, start it. It can help to create more favorable circumstances for its most important, most trustworthy and most reliable collaborator, the European and American proletariat, to join the decisive battles" ("Farewell letter to the Swiss workers," 1917).
-- "Lenin lives in the work of the Opposition" (1931)

Boston, Chicago, London, New York, Philadelphia

Video will be broadcast live and available as recordings at: http://www.livestream.com/platypusaffiliatedsociety

Saturdays 1-4PM CST

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
112 S. Michigan Ave. room 920

Chicago Platypus Facebook invitation: http://www.facebook.com/events/140497572752262/

2-5PM EST

New School University New York (New School)
6 E. 16th St. (between Union Square West and 5th Ave.) room 1001

recommended / + supplemental reading


Recommended preliminary readings:

+ Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism / Trotsky for Beginners (1980)
+ Nicolas Krassó, "Trotsky's Marxism" (1967)
Platypus Historians Group, "The dead Left: Trotskyism" (2008)
Richard Rubin, "The decline of the Left in the 20th century: 1933" (2009)
Ian Morrison, "Trotsky's Marxism" (2011)
Mike Macnair, Bryan Palmer, Richard Rubin, and Jason Wright, "The legacy of Trotskyism" (2011)
Grover Furr, "Learning from the Communist Movement of the 20th century: A response to Richard Rubin" (2012)
+ Spartacist League, Lenin and the Vanguard Party (1978)
+ Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate / A&Z, Introducing Lenin and the Russian Revolution / Lenin for Beginners (1978)
+ Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet: Trotsky biography (three volumes: 1954, 1959, 1963)


Week 1. Jun. 16, 2012

1879-1905

      lecture:

video recording

      |

audio recording

Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism / Trotsky for Beginners (1980)
Leon Trotsky, Results and Prospects (1906)


Week 2. Jun. 23, 2012

1905-17

      lecture:

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      [glitches after ~32:00] |

audio recording

    [without glitches]

+ Trotsky, 1905 (1907)


Week 3. Jun. 30, 2012

1917-23

      lecture:

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audio recording

Trotsky, Terrorism and Communism (1920)
Trotsky, The Lessons of October (1924) [PDF] + Trotsky, Literature and Revolution (1924)
+ Bret Schneider, "Trotsky's theory of art" (2011)


Week 4. Jul. 7, 2012

1923-33

      lecture:

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audio recording

+ Trotsky, Where is Britain Going? (1925)
+ Trotsky, Problems of the Chinese Revolution 1927-31 (1932)
+ Trotsky, writings on the rise of Hitler and the destruction of the German Left (1930-40), especially "To build communist parties and an international anew" (1933)


Week 5. Jul. 14, 2012

1933-40

      lecture:

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audio recording

Trotsky, "Stalinism and Bolshevism" (1937)
Trotsky, The Death Agony of Capitalism and the Tasks of the Fourth International (1938)
+ Trotsky, "Trade unions in the epoch of imperialist decay" (1940)
+ Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed (1936)
+ Trotsky, In Defense of Marxism (1939/40), especially "Letter to James Cannon" (September 12, 1939)
+ Trotsky, "Art and politics on our epoch" (1938)
+ Mary McCarthy, "My Confession" (1954)


Week 6. Jul. 21, 2012

1940-53

      lecture:

video recording

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audio recording

+ James Cannon, "The coming American revolution" (1946)
+ C.L.R. James, Raya Dunayevskaya, et al., "Program of the minority tendency of the Workers Party/U.S." (1946)
+ C.L.R. James, "Dialectical materialism and the fate of humanity" (1947)
+ Herbert Marcuse, "33 Theses" (1947)
+ Earl Browder and Max Shachtman with C. Wright Mills, "Is Russia a socialist community?" (1950)
+ Ernest Mandel, "The theory of 'state capitalism'" (1951)
+ Michel Pablo, "On the duration and the nature of the period of transition from capitalism to socialism" (1951)
+ Pablo, "Where are we going?" (1953)


Week 7. Jul. 28, 2012

1953-63

      lecture:

video recording

      [ends ~4:00 prematurely] |

audio recording

    [complete]

+ Cornelius Castoriadis, "The workers and organization" (1959)
Cliff Slaughter, "What is revolutionary leadership?" (1960)
Revolutionary Tendency of the Socialist Workers Party/U.S., "In defense of a revolutionary perspective" (1962)
+ Tony Cliff, "The coming Russian revolution" (final chapter of Russia: A Marxist Analysis, 1964)
+ Hal Draper, "The two souls of socialism" (1966)
+ Isaac Deutscher, "Marxism in our time" (1965)
+ Murray Bookchin, "Listen, Marxist!" (1969)
Spartacist League, "Genesis of Pabloism" (1972)


2012-13

Primary Marxist reading group

I. What is the Left? -- What is Marxism?

required / + recommended reading

Week A. Aug. 4, 2012

epigraphs on modern history and freedom by James Miller (on Jean-Jacques Rousseau), Louis Menand (on Edmund Wilson), Karl Marx, on "becoming" (from the Grundrisse, 1857-58), and Peter Preuss (on Nietzsche)
+ Rainer Maria Rilke, "Archaic Torso of Apollo" (1908)
+ Robert Pippin, "On Critical Theory" (2004)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (1754) PDFs of preferred translation (5 parts): [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Rousseau, selection from On the Social Contract (1762)


Week B. Aug. 11, 2012

G.W.F. Hegel, Introduction to the Philosophy of History (1831) [HTML] [PDF pp. 14-128]


Week C. Aug. 18, 2012

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Use and Abuse of History for Life (1874) [translator's introduction by Peter Preuss]


Week D. Aug. 25, 2012

Nietzsche, selection from On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense (1873)
Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals (1887)


Week E. Sep. 1, 2012 Labor Day weekend

Martin Nicolaus, “The unknown Marx” (1968)
Moishe Postone, “Necessity, labor, and time” (1978)
Postone, “History and helplessness: Mass mobilization and contemporary forms of anticapitalism” (2006)
+ Postone, “Theorizing the contemporary world: Brenner, Arrighi, Harvey” (2006)


Week F. Sep. 8, 2012

Juliet Mitchell, “Women: The longest revolution” (1966)
Clara Zetkin and Vladimir Lenin, “An interview on the woman question” (1920)
Theodor W. Adorno, “Sexual taboos and the law today” (1963)
John D’Emilio, “Capitalism and gay identity” (1983)


Week G. Sep. 15, 2012

Richard Fraser, “Two lectures on the black question in America and revolutionary integrationism” (1953)
James Robertson and Shirley Stoute, “For black Trotskyism” (1963)
+ Spartacist League, “Black and red: Class struggle road to Negro freedom” (1966)
+ Bayard Rustin, “The failure of black separatism” (1970)
Adolph Reed, “Black particularity reconsidered” (1979)
+ Reed, “Paths to Critical Theory” (1984)


Week H. Sep. 22, 2012

Wilhelm Reich, “Ideology as material power” (1933/46)
Siegfried Kracauer, “The mass ornament” (1927)
+ Kracauer, “Photography” (1927)


Week 1. Sep. 29, 2012

Chris Cutrone, "Capital in history" (2008)
Cutrone, "The Marxist hypothesis" (2010)