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  • V. PLATYPUS EUROPEAN CONFERENCE 2022
    The Crisis of Society and the Left The V. European Conference of the Platypus Affiliated Society will take place from September 8-10, 2022 at the University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Platypus International Convention 2022
  • Marxism in the Age of Trump book!
    Trump’s victory is the beginning not the end of a process of transforming the Republican Party as well as mainstream politics more generally that is his avowed goal. So the question is the transformation of democracy—of how liberal democratic politics is conducted. This was bound to change, with or without Trump. Now, with Trump, the issue is posed point-blank. There’s no avoiding the crisis of neoliberalism.

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The Platypus Review

Die Platypus Review
On September 19, 2022, Platypus Affiliated Society member D. L. Jacobs interviewed Vivek Chibber, editor of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy, on his new book Confronting Capitalism: How the World Works and How to Change It (2022)
Adolph Reed, Jr., The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives (New York: Verso Books, 2022).
Karl Korsch’s “The Quintessence of Marxism” (1922), a text made reference to by Korsch in his “Introduction to the Critique of the Gotha Program” (1922), appears to have been translated into English only once: serialized in the pages of the Australian Workers’ Weekly, the official organ of the Australian Communist Party, across seven issues in July and August of 1924. The translation was prepared by Guido Baracchi, a founder of that Party and a labor movement activist, whose biography, Communism: A Love Story (2007) was written by Jeff Sparrow. Baracchi originally presented his translation with a foreword, retained here, that situates the text within Korsch’s pedagogical project. This historic document has been newly transcribed for publication in the Platypus Review by Natalya Antonova, Shane Hopkinson, and Liam Kenny.
On May 18, 2022, Platypus Affiliated Society member Noah Spore interviewed Enzo Traverso, author of Fire and Blood: The European Civil War 1914–1945 (2007), Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory (2017), and Revolution: An Intellectual History (2021). An edited transcript follows.
Vivek Chibber, The Class Matrix: Social Theory after the Cultural Turn (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2022).
Ein Interview mit Koschka Linkerhand über queerfeministischen Menschenverstand, radikalfeministischen Frauenverstand und den ausbleibenden Rückenwind der Geschichte
Ein Interview mit Tove Soiland ĂĽber die Haltung der Linken zu den Corona-MaĂźnahmen, die Epoche des postideologischen Totalitarismus und die Notwendigkeit einer plural diskutierenden Linken.
Ist „Gender” eine Leerstelle des Marxismus, die nur durch neue Formen der Theorie komplettiert werden kann? Welche politische Bedeutung hat der Begriff Gender für die Linke heute? Wie steht es um „Gender-Befreiung” mehr als 30 Jahre nachdem sie als politisches Projekt ausgerufen wurde? Was hat die Linke gelernt aus den 200 Jahren Kampf um die Befreiung der Geschlechter? Welche politische Rolle käme „Gender” in einem Kampf um die Emanzipationen der Geschlechter zu?