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  • The Legacy of the American Revolution Lecture Series
    This summer, James Vaughn, Chris Cutrone, Reid Kotlas, Spencer Leonard and Pamela Nogales will be leading a series of virtual lectures on the legacy of the American Revolution. We ask: How does America remain a revolutionary society? How did each chapter of American history give a new impetus to the revolution that began in 1776?
  • Platypus Review #128 is out!
    Issue #128 of the Platypus Review is now online!
  • Platypus Virtual
    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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On May 26, 2020, the Northwestern chapter of the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a forum titled Imperialism and the Left. Panelists were asked to address: What exactly is imperialism? What constitutes (if at all) effective resistance to it? How has the Left historically understood imperialism? Has that understanding been lost? Printed here are the opening remarks made by Sunit Singh.
FOUR MONTHS AGO, THE PLATYPUS AFFILIATED SOCIETY PUBLISHED “Why Not Trump Again,” following their tradition of contrarian Marxism. Previously, Chris Cutrone has poked fun at the liberal and leftist tendency to prognosticate the end of the world.
I QUIT THE “LEFT” in 1993, after the LA riots, the quint-centenary of Columbus’s Discovery and Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 — in that order. These events told me that there would be no struggle for proletarian socialism, no Marxism, but only Republicans, riots — and Democrats.
David Walters is a co-editor, with Tim Davenport, of The Selected Works of Eugene V. Debs, a six-volume set currently in publication through Haymarket Books. On February 22, 2020, Edward Remus and William Lushbough interviewed Walters with a focus on Debs’s path to founding and leading the Socialist Party of America (SPA).
Am 25. Januar 2020 organisierte Platypus Leipzig eine Podiumsdiskussion, um die Krise des Neoliberalismus aus linker Perspektive zu beleuchten. Es diskutierten Stefan Bollinger (Politikwissenschaftler und Historiker), Jan Gerber (Politikwissenschaftler, Historiker und Autor), Annika Klose (Politikerin der SPD) und Ingar Solty (Sozialwissenschaftler und Autor). Es folgt ein editiertes und gekürztes Transkript der Veranstaltung.
Chris Cutrone ist Mitglied der Platypus Affiliated Society und hat diesen Text am 4. Dezember 2019 an der School of the Art Insitute in Chicago vorgetragen. Ursprünglich erschien der Text in der englischen PR # 123, Februarausgabe 2020. Eine Videoaufnahme des Vortrags mit anschließender Diskussion ist hier online verfügbar.
Ein Interview von Steffen Andrae mit dem Historiker und Kracauer-Biographen Jörg Später