Chris Cutrone Platypus Review 48 | July–August 2012 [PDF] If the Bolshevik Revolution is—as some people have called it—the most significant political event of the 20th century, then Lenin must for good or ill be considered the century’s most significant political leader. Not only in the scholarly circles of the former Soviet Union, but even among many [...]PR web editor | 1 comment | Continued
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David Haack Platypus Review 45 | April 2012 [PDF] In the Eighteenth Brumaire, Marx disagrees with Hegel’s famous quote about history when he writes, “Hegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce…” Occupy [...]PR web editor | 3 comments | Continued
Spencer A. Leonard Platypus Review 41 | November 2011 [PDF] Last fall, editor Spencer A. Leonard interviewed Michael Dawson, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. The interview, which centered around a discussion of Manning Marable’s new biography of Malcolm X, was broadcast on September [...]PR web editor | 0 comments | Continued
Carl Davidson, Tom Riley, and Mel Rothenberg Platypus Review 40 | October 2011 [PDF] On May 19, 2011, Platypus invited Carl Davidson, formerly of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Guardian Weekly, Tom Riley of the International Bolshevik Tendency, and Mel Rothenberg, formerly of the Sojourner Truth Organization, to reflect on “The [...]PR web editor | 0 comments | Continued
Osha Neumann, Mark Rudd, Tim Wohlforth, Alan Spector Platypus Review 30 | December 2010 On November 9, 2010, Platypus hosted the public forum, “Rethinking the New Left,” moderated by Spencer A. Leonard. The panel consisted of Osha Neumann, a former member of the New York anarchist group in the 1960s, Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers; [...]PR web editor | 2 comments | Continued
http://www.archive.org/details/RethinkingTheNewLeftchicago11910 Public forum of the Platypus Affiliated Society TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH 6:00 PM UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL HOUSE ASSEMBLY HALL 1414 EAST 59TH STREET SPEAKERS: Mark Rudd Alan Spector Osha Neumann Tim Wohlforth MODERATOR: Spencer A. Leonard The memory of the 1960s, which has long kindled contestation and debate on the means and ends of [...]admin | 0 comments | Continued
Book Review: Osha Neumann, Up Against the Wall, Motherf**ker: A Memoir of the ‘60s, with Notes for Next Time.
New York: Seven Stories Press, 2008. Philip Longo Platypus Review 28 | October 2010 WHAT WERE THE 1960S? The Left is still a bit confused. Activist and lawyer Osha Neumann, in his memoir Up Against the Wall, Motherf**ker, suggests that the 1960s not be thought of as a single coherent movement, but rather as a [...]PR web editor | 0 comments | Continued
Andony Melathopoulos A bustling city at dawn. Industrious workers set out from their homes, coming and going in a perfect and productive ballet. But by evening the workers vanish. No trace of foul play. No bodies left behind. Mass disappearances like this have recently occurred across the globe, not of humans, but of millions of [...]PR web editor | 0 comments | Continued
Spencer A. Leonard On Thursday November 19, 2009, Platypus Review Editor-in-Chief Spencer A. Leonard discussed with author George Scialabba a new volume of essays entitled What are Intellectuals Good For? (Boston: Pressed Wafer Press, 2009). Their discussion was conducted live on “Radical Minds,” a radio show Leonard conducts weekly with co-host Greg Gabrellas on WHPK [...]PR web editor | 1 comment | Continued
The Decline of the Left in the 20th Century
Toward a Theory of Historical Regression
THE ABANDONMENT OF EMANCIPATORY POLITICS in our time has not been, as past revolutionary thinkers may have feared, an abandonment of revolution in favor of reformism. Rather, because the revolutionary overcoming of capital is no longer imagined, reformism too is dead. As the task of achieving human society beyond capital has been abandoned, nothing worthy of the name of politics takes its place, nor could it. The project of freedom has now altogether receded from view. For, while bourgeois thinkers like Hegel were no doubt mistaken in their identification of capital with freedom, they nevertheless grasped that the question of freedom only poses itself with reference to the capital problematic.