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  • Platypus Review #129 is out!
    Issue #129 of the Platypus Review is now online!
  • 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 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 23, 2020, the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a virtual panel discussion with Dick Howard (Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University), Chris Nineham (founding member and vice chair of the Stop the War Coalition), Shane Mage (former senior editor of Economics and Social Science for Collier’s Encyclopedia), Leo Panitch (Distinguished Research Professor of political science at York University), and Chris Cutrone (founding member of the Platypus Affiliated Society and professor of art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).
On July 11, 2020, the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a virtual panel discussion with Gerald Smith (Oscar Grant Committee), Larry Holmes (Workers World Party), Andrea Pritchett (Berkeley Copwatch), and Conrad Cartmell (DSA, Class Unity Caucus). What follows is an edited transcript of the event.
On May 26, 2020, the Northwestern chapter of the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a forum titled Imperialism and the Left. The speakers were Chernoh Bah of the Socialist Party of Cote d'Ivoire; Bill Martin, emeritus professor of philosophy at DePaul University; Johnny Mercer of the Socialist Party of Great Britain; and Sunit Singh who teaches at the University of Chicago and is a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society.
On July 18, 2020, Daniel Jacobs and Luc Bronder-Giroux interviewed Gerald Horne, author and Moores Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston, to discuss the legacy of what Horne refers to as the “American Revolution” and the settler colonial project in light of the recent wave of protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by police and against the backdrop of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. What follows is an edited transcript of this discussion.
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