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  • 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!
  • 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.

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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?
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.
Dietmar Bartsch ist Bundestagsabgeordneter und einer von zwei Fraktionsvorsitzenden der LINKEN. 1977 trat er in die SED ein und promovierte 1990 in Moskau im Fach Ökonomie. Er war lange Jahre Schatzmeister der PDS. Außerdem ist er ehemaliger Geschäftsführer der Jungen Welt, später des Neuen Deutschlands. 2008–2010 war er Bundeswahlkampfleiter der LINKEN.
Werner Dreibus war Mitbegründer der WASG, die sich 2007 mit der Linkspartei.PDS zur Partei DIE LINKE vereinigt hat. Von 2010–2012 war er Bundesgeschäftsführer der Partei DIE LINKE. Außerdem arbeitete er langjährig als Gewerkschaftssekretär.
Ein Interview von Stefan Hain. Wolfgang Gehrcke ist Mitglied des Bundestags und seit 2007 Mitglied des Parteivorstands der Partei DIE LINKE. 1961 trat er in die damals verbotene KPD ein und war 1968 Gründungsmitglied der DKP, aus der er 1990 austrat. Im selben Jahr trat er der PDS bei, war von 1993–1998 deren stellvertretender Bundesvorsitzender und von 1998–2002 stellvertretender Vorsitzender der PDS-Bundestagsfraktion.
Sascha Staničić ist Bundessprecher der Sozialistischen Alternative (SAV) sowie verantwortlicher Redakteur des Internetportals und gleichnamigen Magazins sozialismus.info. Seit 1987 ist er aktiv in der sozialistischen und gewerkschaftlichen Bewegung, seit 2010 Mitglied der LINKEN. Er ist (Mit-)Autor der Bücher „Anti-Sarrazin“ (PapyRossa, 2011), „Brandstifter: AfD. Pegida. Islamhass“ (Manifest-Verlag, 2017) und Mitherausgeber von „Nach Goldschätzen graben und Regenwürmer finden. Die Linke und das Regieren“ (PapyRossa, 2016).