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CHRIS CUTRONE IS CERTAINLY CORRECT that the theory of the dictatorship of the proletariat is central to Marxism’s revolutionary core and that abandoning it is particularly damaging to both theory and practice. But its very importance makes it a broader category than simply a political stage of limited duration in the transition to socialism.
AT THE PLATYPUS AFFILIATED SOCIETY’S 2021 Midwest Regional Conference Chris Cutrone presented a teach-in dedicated to what he, with a good deal of merit, has deemed “the most controversial proposition by Marxism”: the call for a “dictatorship of the proletariat.”
THE GOAL OF THIS ARTICLE is to examine the evolution of one sector of the American Left (the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)) regarding issues of (anti-)Zionism. I try to delineate in what ways DSA’s internal “Overton Window” regarding Zionism has shifted, not to argue for or against any particular orientation.
ON DAY TWENTY-THREE of the New Zealand Freedom Convoy protests, a movement which set up tents around the country in February in response to vaccine mandates, the nation’s largest riot in forty years broke out.


Thursdays 6:30–9PM AEDT

The Clyde Hotel - 385 Cardigan Street, Carlton VIC

[time and location subject to change]

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required / + recommended readings

Recommended background readings:

+ Chris Cutrone, "On anarchism and Marxism" (2008)
+ Trevor Bark, "Half-time team talk" (response to Cutrone) (2008)
+ Cutrone, "Against dogmatic abstraction" (2010)

Week 1 | Jun. 23, 2022

• Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What is Property? (1840)
+ Max Stirner, The Ego and Its Own (1845)

Week 2 | Jun. 30, 2022

• Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State (1871)
+ Bakunin, A Critique of the German Social-Democratic Program (1870)
+ Bakunin, Marxism, Freedom and the State (1872)
+ Ferdinand Lassalle, Open letter to the German workers’ movement (1863)

Week 3 | Jul. 7, 2022

• Peter Kropotkin, Anarchist Communism (1909)
+ Kropotkin, “The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Government” (1919)
+ Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread, especially Chapters 3, 11 and 12 (1906)

Week 4 | Jul. 14, 2022

• Errico Malatesta, Syndicalism and Anarchism (1926)
Malatesta and Nestor Makhno, About the Platform (1927-29)

Week 5 | Jul. 21, 2022

• Murray Bookchin, Listen, Marxist! (1969)

Additional Resources

Platypus Review

+ Herb Gamberg Anarchism through Bakunin: A Marxist Assessment (PR#64 March 2014)
+ Liam Swenson The Leninist Protests Too Much: A response to Herb Gamberg (PR#65 April 2014)
+ Wayne Price In defense of anarchism: A response to Herb Gamberg (PR#65 April 2014)
+ Herb Gamberg On Anarchism and Marxism: In response to Price and Swenson (PR#66 May 2014)


+ Christoph Lichtenberg, Alex Khasnabish, Chris Parsons, Eva Curry Radical ideologies today: Marxism and anarchism (PR#65 April 2014)

Anarchist Literature

Anarchism in Australia @ Red & Black Notes

Artwork from Clifford Harper