On this episode of SPS, we discuss Childish Gambino’s “This Is America;” “50 Years of 1968,” the opening plenary at the International Convention of the Platypus Affiliated Society in Chicago, April 2018; and the recent liberal hysteria over the Irish border, with Platypus members Cam Hardy (Toronto) and Rory Hannigan (Sheffield, UK).
Hosted by Audrey Crescenti, Pam C. Nogales C., Laurie Rojas.
(1) "Up in the air: The legacy of the New Communist Movement, An interview with Max Elbaum" with Spencer A. Leonard, in the Platypus Review 30 (December 2010)
(2) "The Cynicism of Childish Gambino’s 'This Is America'" by Israel Daramola, in Spin (May 8, 2018)
(3) "The ex-IRA men: ‘United Ireland? It’s all guff’" by Simon Carswell, in the Irish Times (Apr 8, 2017)
(4) Mike Mcnair on Ireland and Brexit, in "Across the board" for the Weekly Worker (April 24, 2018)
SPS tackles the legacy of the late Moishe Postone, the feud between Killer Mike and March for Our Lives organizers, and the reboot of (Trump-supporting) Roseanne.
From the Platypus Review archives:
Clip of Moishe Postone from Doug Lain's podcast, "Zero Squared" #108: The Subject of Capitalism with Moishe Postone: zero-books.net/blogs/zero/zero-s…ct-of-capitalism/
Held on April 6th at the University of Chicago, as part of the 2018 international convention of the Platypus Affiliated Society.
The financial crash in 2008 caused a crisis for the neoliberal order which has dominated Europe since the 1970s. Initially people put their hopes in neoliberalism, to rectify the situation, by trying to replace one neoliberal party with another but it became increasingly clear that the crisis was terminal. As a result they turned increasingly towards non-neoliberal parties, mostly on the right. Why this turn to the right? Why are people's concerns and needs apparently better met by the right than the left? What does this mean for the left?
Pam Nogales (Berlin, Germany)
Rory Hannigan (London, U.K.)
Jan Schroeder (Vienna, Austria)
David Mountain (London, U.K.)
Dom Jones (London, U.K.)
Clint Montgomery (Leipzig, Germany)
Padraig Macguire (London, U.K.)
On this special episode of SPS we discuss "50 Years After '68: Does Socialism Have a Future?" the annual European Conference of the Platypus Affiliated Society in London (15–18 February, 2018), and feature clips from our panels with Boris Kagarlitsky (Author; Institute of Globalization and Social Movements), Simon Elmer (Architects for Social Housing), Hillel Ticktin (University of Glasgow; Founding Editor, Critique), Robert Borba (Revolutionary Communist Party USA), Roxanne Baker (International Bolshevik Tendency) and Judith Shapiro (London School of Economics).
We are joined by Platypus members, Gregor Baszak (University of Illinois, Chicago), Nunzia Faes (London School of Economics), Erin Hagood (University of Chicago) and Pádraig Maguire (Goldsmiths, University of London).
The recordings for the entire conference are available here:
(1) Pre-conference panel discussion: Anti-Racism in the Age of Trump and Brexit
(2) Teach-in: The Death of the Millennial Left
(3) Opening Plenary: 50 Years After '68
(4) Housing Crisis or Capitalist Crisis: Anti-Gentrification and the Left
(5) Marxism and Feminism
(6) Closing Plenary: What is the Future of Socialism?
(7) Teach-in: The First Year of Trump
Conference program: platypus1917.org/2018/01/10/50-ye…conference-2018/ Please note that the final speaking line-up for each panel is listed on the archive.org pages.
Laurie mentioned Women and Revolution, which was the journal of the Women's Commission of the Spartacist League, U.S. from 1972 through 1996. Links to the articles are available here: www.icl-fi.org/english/womendrev/index.html
Hosted by Pam C. Nogales C. & Laurie Rojas.
On this episode we discuss:
(1) The #metoo phenomena and the French Anti-#MeToo Manifesto with Chicago member, Carrie Graham and the London School of Economics' Platypus chapter head, Nunzia Faez
Also mentioned in this segment were:
- Gracchus Babeuf, "The Conspiracy of the Equals" (1796)
- Theodor W. Adorno, "Sexual Taboos and the Law Today" (1963)
(2) Platypus Review interview with Sascha Staničić, “Fighting instead of managing capitalism” and the state of the German Left, with Stefan Hain, the head of our Berlin chapter.
(3) We take stock of the first year of the Trump presidency and discuss the new title from the Platypus Review Publishers, "Marxism in the Age of Trump: Articles from the Platypus Review 2015–2017," with president of the Platypus Affiliated Society and author, Chris Cutrone.
Hosted by Pam C. Nogales C. & Laurie Rojas