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    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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    February 16th & 17th | Goldsmiths College, University of London Featuring: Laurie Penny, Frank Furedi, Boris Kagarlitsky, Lindsey German, Hillel Ticktin, Alex Demirovic & more
  • Platypus Review #102 is out!
    Issue #102 of the Platypus Review is now online. This issue features Chris Cutrone on the discontents of the second industrial revolution, Efraim Carlebach's interview with Ian Birchall, Stefan Hain and Sebastian Vogel's interview with Sascha Staničić, Philip Cunliffe's review of two high profile books on the Russian Revolution, and more!

The Platypus Review

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The account of history is the theory of the present: How did we get here; and what tasks remain from the past — that however appear to be “new” today? As Adorno put it, “the new is the old in distress.” This is true of capitalism and its crisis now.
On May 11, 2017, Stefan Hain and Sebastian Vogel of the Platypus Affiliated Society conducted an interview with Sascha Staničić of the Sozialistische Alternative [SAV] and author of Anti-Sarrazin: Argumente Gegen Rassismus, Islamfeindlichkeit und Sozialdarwinismus (2011). What follows is a translation of the edited transcript of their conversation as published in the sixth issue of Die Platypus Review.
In an interview he gave to discuss his new book, October, China Mieville observed that to his surprise, there has been comparatively little published on the centenary of the Russian Revolution. This means that public commentary and reflection on the revolution is inevitably poorer as a result, and that more expectation is piled onto those books that have come out. Unfortunately neither Mieville’s October nor Tariq Ali’s The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution are politically or intellectually sufficient to occupy even a small part of that gaping expanse resulting from the absence of wider discussion.
On October 14, 2017, Efraim Carlebach interviewed Ian Birchall at Birchall’s home in Edmonton, north London. In 1962, Birchall joined the International Socialists, a tendency led by Tony Cliff and the organizational forerunner of the extant Socialist Workers Party (UK), founded in 1977. Though he is no longer a member of the Socialist Workers Party, Birchall has remained a leading figure of the International Socialist tendency for over half a century. He is the author of numerous publications including the 2011 biography, Tony Cliff: A Marxist For His Time[i]. What follows is an edited transcript of the interview.
EVENTS IN CATALONIA in the last two months represent the biggest challenge ever faced by the Spanish regime since its establishment in 1978. The explosion of the masses on to the scene has acquired at points insurrectionary features. Where does this movement come from? What is its character and how can it move forward in the face of Spanish state repression?

Bini Adamczaks neu erschienenes Buch Der schönste Tag im Leben des Alexander Berkman. Vom möglichen Gelingen der Russischen Revolution nimmt sich ihrer Geschichte an, um die potentiellen, aber nicht realisierten Möglichkeiten des historischen Moments erfahrbar zu machen. Mit der freundlichen Zustimmung des edition assamblage Verlags sowie Adamczak selbst kann hier ein kleiner Auszug aus dem Kapitel

Zum 100. Jubiläum der Russischen Revolution von 1917 veranstaltete Platypus am 03. November 2017 eine Podiumsdiskussion in Frankfurt mit Frank Ruda (Philosoph), Lars Quadfasel (Hamburger Studienbibliothek), Anton Stortchilov (Die LINKE) und Rafael Rehm (Der Funke).