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  • 9th Annual Platypus International Convention
  • Platypus Review #94 Now Online
    Issue #94 of the Platypus Review is now online, featuring Nikos Malliaris on how Christopher Lasch can inform emancipatory politics in the age of Trump, and Laura Lee Schmidt on the education policies of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.
  • Platypus Review #93 Now Online
    Issue #93 of the Platypus Review is now online, featuring two panel discussions on immigration and the Left. Speakers at the University of Illinois at Chicago panel were Jorge Mujica, Ralph Cintron, and Jacqueline Steven, with Alvaro Rodriguez, Henry Cooper, and Liam Wright speaking at the University of Houston.
  • 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.
  • PR #91 is out!
    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).

The Platypus Review

Die Platypus Review
In contrast to what the liberal doxa would like us to believe, Donald Trump’s victory should not be underestimated on account of the billionaire’s failure to win the popular vote. Trump’s victory should not be thought a surprise, either. It reflects a "structural" tendency of growing political polarization within Western societies over the past four decades. The extremes have been, on the one hand, the multi-cultural or "identity" liberalism/leftism with its origins in the social movements of the 60s, and, on the other hand, right-wing populism’s embrace of irrationality as a response to the excesses of the former.
On January 23, two days after his inauguration, President Trump issued a draft order for visa reform proposing to regulate the H-1B visa, which among other things, allows CEOs in Silicon Valley to hire high-skilled foreign-national engineers who work for less in exchange for visas. This reform could increase wages down the line;

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.