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  • V. PLATYPUS EUROPEAN CONFERENCE 2022
    The Crisis of Society and the Left The V. European Conference of the Platypus Affiliated Society will take place from September 8-10, 2022 at the University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Platypus International Convention 2022
  • 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 Platypus Review

Die Platypus Review
TIM HORRAS EPIGRAPHS his response to me with a passage out of the Class Struggles in France about a new crisis being “as sure to come as [a new revolution].” This passage from Marx was written when he and Engels had “declared that the first phase of the revolutionary period had closed and that nothing could be looked forward to until the advent of a new economic world crisis.”
LIBERAL PARTY VOTERS IN the Philippines, like the Democrats in the United States, seldom admit the project with which they have long been associated — neoliberalism — is in terminal crisis.
FROM THE 1960s through his death in 1989, the social critic Michael Harrington was often described as “America’s leading socialist,” a part previously played by Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas.
ALAN WOODS, LEADING MEMBER of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), began writing The History of Philosophy: A Marxist Perspective in the 1990s, contemporaneously with another book, Reason in Revolt, which dealt with “the relationship between Marxist philosophy and modern science.”
WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL represents a politics, their biography can become a political treatise. Doug Greene’s recently published biography of Michael Harrington is a case in point: Greene announces the political thrust of the book in its very title: A Failure of Vision.
LABOR HISTORY HAS SHOWN ITSELF to be a patently counterrevolutionary field of study, despite its radical bona fides. How one understands the field’s object, labor, is largely determined by one’s understanding of capitalism. Increasingly, however, labor historians conceptualize capitalism in a frivolous manner.
Welches sind die ererbten Probleme und Aufgaben der Alten und Neuen Linken, die zur Gründung der Partei DIE LINKE führten? Welche Bedeutung hat DIE LINKE im Kampf für den Sozialismus und was sind die Lehren der letzten zwei Jahrzehnte für eine neue Generation von Sozialisten?
Die umstrittenste Annahme des Marxismus ist die Diktatur des Proletariats. Und in der Tat bildet sie das, wodurch sich der Marxismus politisch, ideologisch und theoretisch, intellektuell, praktisch und organisatorisch auszeichnet. Der Tod der Linken misst sich an der Abkehr von dieser These.
Für Luxemburg lag das Wesen des Sozialismus in der Verbindung von „revolutionärer Tatkraft und weitherzigster Menschlichkeit“.1 Sie hat der Linken für das 20. Jahrhundert eine Aufgabe hinterlassen gehabt, an der diese scheiterte: die Einheit von Sozialismus und Demokratie. Dafür gibt es viele Ursachen. Ich will nur auf eine einzige Ursache eingehen – es ist das Verständnis von Sozialismus und von Demokratie, mit dem die marxistische Linke in das 20. Jahrhundert gegangen ist.