May Day was great! We talked to a TON of people, marched with friends and comrades all the way from Union Square down to Liberty Plaza for International Workers' Day -- ran into David Graeber, Todd Gitlin, and many others! We made a lot of contacts, distributed the latest issue of The Platypus Review and invited everyone to our MAY 2: The Day After event. More pictures will be up soon!
05.02 Wednesday, 7PM Kimmel Center NYU, room 907
60 Washington Sq. South, NYC
WHAT IS THE #OCCUPY MOVEMENT? pt. 3
Platypus at NYU presents a roundtable discussion on the MAY 1st General Strike.
Since November of 2011, and with the help of working groups and organizers of OWS, Platypus has been hosting a series of roundtable discussions reflecting on the obstacles and possibilities, political content, and potential future of the #Occupy movement. These have taken place in New York, Chicago, Boston, Halifax (Canada), London (UK). We welcome any and all who would like to be a part of this project of self-education and potential rebuilding of the Left to join us in advancing this critical moment.
The Platypus Affiliated Society, established in December 2006, organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old” (1920s-30s), “New” (1960s-70s) and post-political (1980s-90s) Left for the possibilities of emancipatory politics today. newyork.platypus1917.org | www.platypus1917.org
On wednesday 9/14 Platypus hosted a dialogue with Sebastian Fraenkle, editor of the influential German left journal Phase II revolving around what does contemporary landscape of left politics look like in Germany and the United States? What are the points of convergence and departure that shape left politics in these two countries? What might we learn from one another? This conversation will touch on the legacy of 9-11, the Anti-Deutsch milieu, popular anticapitalism versus value critique, the relative prominence of the Marxist and anarchist traditions, and the contentious differences in orientation towards the Israel-Palestine conflict, among other themes.