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BENEDICT CRYPTOFASH CRITICIZES me for using the “Left” as a concept for its alleged idealism and metaphysical essentialism. But by identifying the “Left” with a group of people, e.g. members of Jacobin/DSA et al., Cryptofash reifies the phenomenon of the Left, and in the worst possible way, by personalizing it.
HAS BASE-BUILDING FAILED as a strategy for the socialist movement? What is our movement’s vision for a reconstituted socialist society? In regards to these questions, I’ve been thinking about a recent essay by D. L. Jacobs. I disagree with a lot of what Jacobs wrote, but the piece also highlighted some points I’d been neglecting.
Am 23. Januar 2021 veranstaltete die Platypus Affiliated Society im Rahmen der 2. deutschsprachigen Platypus-Konferenz eine virtuelle Podiumsdiskussion mit Aitak Barani (Kommunistische Organisation), Felix Klopotek (freier Journalist und Autor), Jan Schroeder (Platypus Affiliated Society) und Martin Suchanek (Gruppe ArbeiterInnenmacht) zur Frage: Was ist das Erbe der KPD?
Durch die Lektüre von bedeutenden Texten der Hochphase des Marxismus in der 2. Internationalen und ihrer Krise im 20. Jahrhundert betrachten wir das Problem des Bewusstseins dieser Geschichte und ihrer politischen Implikationen für die Gegenwart. Die Textauswahl beinhaltet Schriften von Luxemburg, Lenin und Trotzki, die philosophische Reflexion des Marxismus von Lukács und Korsch und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Kritische Theorie von Benjamin, Horkheimer und Adorno.

On this two-part episode of SPS, Pamela sits with Leila Mechoi, the co-host of Red Star Radio podcast. They reflect on the Left's reaction to the late trucker protest in Canada, and discuss the role of civil liberties in the organization of the working class, as well as what sort of missed political opportunity -- if any -- did the protest present. In the second part of the episode, Andreas and Berlin-based Platypus member, Tamas talked to Peter and Noemi, both members of Szikra, a leftist group in Hungary founded in 2019. They discuss the situation of the Hungarian Left with regards to developments within the international left over the past decade, as well as the next Hungarian parliamentary election in April of this year. They also take up the deeper history of the Left in Hungary and specific political challenges in the "post-socialist "countries of Eastern Europe today.

Links for Leila Mechoui interview
- Red Star Radio podcast: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/red-…io/id1516544636
www.patreon.com/red_star_radio
themilitant.com/2022/02/12/trucke…ght-boss-attacks/
- Simon Clarke, The State Debate (Basingstoke: Palgrave 1991). This work and other his works can be found here: cooltexts.github.io/

Links for Szikra interview
- Szikra's "about us": www.szikramozgalom.hu/about_us
- Nora Schultz (Szikra member)in Merce (the leftist online newspaper that is mentioned during the interview): merce.hu/2019/09/20/a-szabad-…s-baloldali-es-zold/
- An interview with Nora Schultz by Noemi Lehoczki: merce.hu/2020/11/21/politikai…-szikra-mozgalommal/

SPS is hosted by Rose F., Pamela N. and Andreas W., with original tracks by Tamas Vilaghy, and editing assistance by Michael Woodson and Tamas Vilaghy. Our Sh-t Platypus Does team is Lisa M. and Rebekah P. To learn more about Platypus, go to platypus1917.org/.