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The Platypus Review is a free monthly broadsheet produced and distributed that acts as an open forum for discussions about the left (full statement of purpose).

The Platypus Review is distributed in and around campus at the following locations:

1. Ohio Union (Ohio State University, map)
2. Kafe Kerouac (2250 High St., map)
3. Sporeprint Infoshop (172 E 5th Avenue, map)
4. Capital University's Blackmore Library (1 College Avenue, map)

 

Thursdays @ 6:00 pm | Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High (near OSU, map)
Contact: columbus@platypus1917.org

Our weekly Coffee Breaks are a great way to meet Platypus members and fellow travelers, and to get to know the Platypus project. It’s an opportunity to discuss issues raised in the latest issue of the Platypus Review, consider the state of the Left, and just hang out with people who have similar political interests.

 

Donnerstag, 06. Dezember, 2012
19 Uhr - Campus Westend / IG NG 1.741b (Nebengebäude)

Podiumsdiskussion mit

Stephan Lindner (attac)

Margit Rodrian-Pfennig (Uni Frankfurt)

David Salomon (Uni Siegen)

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Beschreibung:

Von der Finanzkrise und den Bankenrettungsschirmen zur Staatsverschuldungskrise; vom „arabischen Frühling” zu Occupy Wall Street; vom Kampf um eine progressive Europa-Politik zu den Wahlen in Griechenland und Ägypten, die doch so viel versprachen und so wenig veränderten – überall verspürt man die Notwendigkeit, über reinen „Protest“ hinauszugehen. Die Frage nach einer politischen Revolution drängt sich wieder auf. Gleichzeitig scheint das Volk – der Demos – in Anbetracht seiner politischen Machtlosigkeit resigniert zu haben, auch wenn es zur selben Zeit gegen die Korruption der Politik aufbegehrt. Während also gegenwärtig Rufe nach einer Demokratisierung des Demos laut werden, könnte dies jedoch lediglich ein Zeichen sozialer und politischer Regression sein. Dieses Problem gilt es zu erkennen und zu reflektieren.
Forderungen nach einer Demokratie „von unten“ verhallen oft im Nichts oder werden „von oben“ herab getätigt. Weder behielten die sogenannten 99% einen organisierten Charakter, noch drückten sie sich auf eine kohärente Weise in vergangenen Wahlen aus. Statt dessen teilten sie sich, wie so oft, in vielerlei Splittergruppen auf, manche davon durchaus reaktionären Typs. Demokratie verbleibt darum ein schleierhaftes Konzept: Sie nimmt nie eine ganzheitliche Form ein. Und die Menschen im Kapitalismus rufen dann abwechselnd nach „mehr“ und nach „echter“ Demokratie. Doch die Demokratie kann sein wie Janus: Mal mag sie sich durch progressive und emanzipatorische Forderungen auszeichnen – um am Ende besiegt zu werden mit der Wahl des nächsten „Bonaparte“.
Woher rührt der Ruf nach mehr Demokratie in unserer Gegenwart? Wie sieht der Einsatz der Linken für die Ermächtigung der Massen aus? Wie sieht die Zukunft „demokratischer“ Revolutionen aus, besonders im Verständnis der gegenwärtigen Linken?

In Kooperation mit dem AStA der Goethe Uni.

 

The Left after the Election

PANELISTS:

BEN CAMPBELL (The North Star)
ANNIE DAY (Revolution)
ANTHONY GALLUZZO (CUNY)
CHRIS MAISANO (DSA, Jacobin)
BHASKAR SUNKARA (Jacobin)

Thursday
Dec 6, 2012
7:00-10:00pm

MODERATOR:

 TANA FORRESTER (Platypus Affiliated Society)

Thursday
Dec 6, 2012
7:00-10:00pm
NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, rm 804
New York, NY 10011
Join the Facebook event page.

This past US election season saw an array of positions on the Left concerning the outcome that might follow from either major party's victory. Among them, there were some who openly supported the incumbent Barack Obama as the lesser of two evils, others who opposed him by casting a vote for another candidate, and still others who followed the abstentionist line by not voting at all. Many of those who voted for "four more years" did so under the assumption that the Democrats were a broadly center-left party with vaguely social-democratic tendencies, who might be pushed to reverse neoliberal policies and stave off measures of austerity. Some, while generally less optimistic, endorsed Obama on the premise that organizing a mass movement against capitalism would be easier with the Democrats in power. Others argued that Obama had done nothing to deserve reelection, offering no hope for either change or progress moving forward. The rest, who took no stance either for or against any party, chose instead to eschew electoral politics altogether.

Now that the quadrennial plebiscite for the "leader of the free world" has resulted in a Democratic victory, we are afforded a brief chance to critically evaluate the prospects for the Left's transition into the next four years. What is different today from four years ago, when Obama's election seemed departure from eight years under Bush? Did the last four years signal progress or regress for the Left? How will the terrain shift for the Left with another term under the president? In terms of foreign policy, will there be an end to the wars? Or will US militarism continue unabated? Domestically, will government social programs and infrastructure deteriorate yet further? Or will legislative reforms breathe life back into the moribund welfare state? Should we, in fact, take for granted the idea that keeping Romney out of office promises a better environment in which the Left to organize? What does the future hold for a Left caught in the stale air of the status quo?

Organized by Platypus and co-sponsored by Center for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths.

Film Screening:

MARX RELOADED

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

7:00pm

Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre

Goldsmiths College (map)

New Cross, London Borough of Lewisham, London SE14, UK

Marx Reloaded is a 2011 German documentary film written and directed by the British writer and theorist Jason Barker. Featuring interviews with several well-known philosophers, the film aims to examine the relevance of Karl Marx’s ideas in relation to the global economic and financial crisis of 2008–09.

Director Jason Barker will be present for the discussion.

Official site: http://www.marxreloaded.com/

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1884351/

//This film screening is in part a lead up event to the NUS demo on 21st of November and the the “Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis” panel organized by Platypus for Up the Anti: Reclaim the Future event on 1st of December. JOIN FACEBOOK EVENT.

FREE!