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  • Platypus Review #140 is out!
    Issue #140 of the Platypus Review is now online!
  • Platypus International Convention 2021
    28 March - 10 April, online.
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    During the corona-virus outbreak, Platypus has moved its international reading groups and public fora online.
  • 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
OVER THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF, I have been developing a seemingly paradoxical theory of anti-leftist Marxism in an effort to explain how the Left enforces bourgeois class domination. Refined in dialogue with a handful of fellow travelers on social media and now through an ongoing series of articles, anti-leftist Marxism rejects the conventional association between Marx and the Left
SINCE THE 2008–09 FINANCIAL MELTDOWN, interest in socialism, communism, anarchism, and various anti-capitalist theories have been widespread among the U.S. public. However, this has not manifested itself in a revival of the labor movement or the enactment of social-democratic reforms.
MY PRINCIPAL TEACHERS IN MARXISM were the Spartacist League, Adolph Reed and Moishe Postone — Theodor Adorno was also a crucial teacher, through his writings, which Reed had pointed me towards when we met up in Chicago after I graduated from college. The title of this essay is an homage to Adolph’s own “Paths to Critical Theory,” which narrates his political and theoretical coming to consciousness.
I REMEMBER TALKING TO AN ANARCHIST in 2016 about Platypus; they were irate that we had published an anti-Deutsch communist in 2010. He claimed that Platypus was like CNN, in that we would host people with different views on a panel in order to suggest that the middle position is the best. I said, no, we host the conversation among the Left, and the Left itself takes contradictory stances on an issue as a result of their shared history.
Hans-Jürgen Krahl gilt heute neben Rudi Dutschke als zweiter Kopf des SDS, als der intellektuelle Kopf der Studentenbewegung, als marxistischer Robespierre von Frankfurt Bockenheim und als der Quälgeist Theodor W. Adornos. Krahls Marxismus, der sich allen voran in posthumer Niederschrift mündlicher Aussagen nachvollziehen lässt, behandelt weitgehend die Aktionen der Studentenbewegung und hat in einem sehr strikten Sinne seine Grenzen an den Themen seiner Zeit, die sich in gegebener Kürze nur reduziert und in eklektischer Auswahl vorstellen lassen.
Die Antideutschen sind gescheitert, erfährt man in der vergangenen Ausgabe der Platypus Review. Einem Befund, dem man gemessen am eigenen Anspruch der Antideutschen, das Abbruchsunternehmen der Linken zu sein, nicht groß widersprechen kann.
Wolf Wetzel war Mitglied der ehemaligen autonomen L.U.P.U.S.-Gruppe, welche unter anderem durch die Startbahnbewegung 1980-1991, die Anti-AKW-Bewegung, die Häuserkampfbewegung und die Libertären Tage in Frankfurt a. M. 1986 geprägt war. Er ist seit 1991 journalistisch und publizistisch tätig. Zuletzt erschien 2015 sein Buch Der Rechtsstaat im Untergrund: Big Brother, der NSU-Komplex und notwendige Illoyalität im PapyRossa Verlag.