- Platypus Review #124 is out!Issue #124 of the Platypus Review is now online. This issue features an interview with Wayne Price, Robert Meeropol speculating on Tom Paine in the twenty-first century, and two articles by Chris Cutrone on the American Revolution and contemporary political polarisation, respectively.
- 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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THE CURRENT POLITICAL POLARIZATION in the U.S. is not Democrat vs. Republican or the minorities of race, gender and sexuality against straight white men: It is between the politics of free stuff vs. the politics of jobs — demands for more free stuff vs. demands for more jobs.
ANY REVOLUTION IN THE UNITED STATES will express the desire to preserve, sustain and promote the further development of the original American Revolution. The future of socialism, not merely in North America but in the whole world, depends on the fate of the American Revolution.
MY FAVORITE QUOTE FROM TOM PAINE is, “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” I would change “mankind” to “humankind,” but otherwise that quote is close to a succinct summary of my worldview.
The following is an edited transcript of an interview with Wayne Price conducted on September 14th, 2019. Wayne Price is a former member of the International Socialists and the author of The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives and other works.