- Platypus Review #101 is out!Platypus Review #101 is now online. This issue features Daniel Lazare on the constituent assembly in the 21st century, anti-fascist activist Mark Bray interviewed by Erin Hagood, Gregor Baszack reviewing Lenin Lives! by Philip Cunliffe, and Uriah Marc Todoroff reviewing Continuity and Rupture by Josh Moufawad-Paul.
- Platypus Review #100 is out!Issue #100 of the Platypus Review is now online. Our 100th issue features Chris Cutrone on the death of the "Millennial" left, the CrimethInc collective on the challenges faced by anti-fascism in the age of Trump, Wayne Price on parties and substitutionism in the Russian Revolution, and Herbert Marcuse on philosophy.
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WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord on June 1, 2017, for many liberals it meant that doom was upon us, that the earth was surely soon to be uninhabitable. Yet, if the Paris Accord was the best shot that our civilization had at survival, we were perhaps doomed from the start. NASA scientist James Hansen, at least, one of the earliest voices to raise the alarms about the effects of climate change, had deemed the Accord to be thoroughly inadequate to begin with.
On October 12, 2017, Erin Hagood interviewed Mark Bray, a participant in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, lecturer at Dartmouth and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, to discuss the relationship of the anti-fascist movement to the Left and the challenges it faces in the age of Trump. The interview was aired during an episode of “Radical Minds” on WHPK-FM 88.5 Chicago. What follows is an edited transcript of the interview.
No act during the Bolshevik Revolution is more controversial than the decision to suppress the Constituent Assembly in January 1918. A century later, no question is politically more relevant.
IN HIS LATEST BOOK Continuity and Rupture (2016), professor of philosophy at York University Josh Moufawad-Paul argues that the science of revolution has undergone a qualitative change in its epistemological foundation. What was taken as truth in the theory of Marxism-Leninism needs to be reconsidered in the light of the continual unfolding of history. The contradictions of Leninism can no longer be ignored, both in the light of the wealth of 20th century Marxist philosophy as well as the concrete experiences of class struggle.
Podiumsdiskussion mit Stefan Engel (MLPD), Paul Michel (isl) und Felix (IL) zur Frage nach der Notwendigkeit linker Einheit.
Tobias Schweiger: Rezension zu „Kritik des politischen Engagements“ von Gerhard Scheit
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?“.