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This episode of SPS is a new members edition, featuring new members of the Platypus Affiliated Society in the United States, Germany and Denmark.

Pamela and Sophia discuss the recent Warren-Sanders pseudo-controversy, Momentum's response to Labour's (UK) defeat, and the call for a Sanders' presidency by today's left. Members Mike Atkinson and David Mountain talk about building Platypus at the University of Manchester, their impressions of the city's left and their upcoming teach-in, "What the Bloody Hell is 'The Dialectic'?" Finally, we have a quick check-in with Erin Hagood, the editor-in-chief of the Platypus Review, who tells us about the articles in the latest issue, #122, and the upcoming line-up for the February issue.

On this episode of SPS, we discuss HBO's Euphoria, what it says about the emerging "Zoomer" culture, and whether Gen Z's cynicism should be taken for granted. Rose Freeman interviews Peter Tatchell, a human rights advocate and veteran activist of the LGBTQ movement. They discuss his experience on the left and his thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. On the second half of the episode, Pamela Nogales is joined by London Platypus members, Efraim C., Rory H., Dominic J. and fellow traveler, Rebekah P., at the London School of Economics. They discuss the latest on Brexit & the upcoming election, as well as what it means to vote Labour today.

The Platypus International Convention is on April 3-5 in Chicago. The theme is "Socialism in the 21st Century". We welcome ideas for panels! Send us your pitch to You can find audio/video record of past conventions on the Platypus website,

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Hosted by Pamela C. and Rose Freeman.

On this episode, Rose and Pamela C. are joined by Allison Hewitt-Ward, a New York Platypus member and art critic. They discuss the recent crack-up at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the relationship between art and political protest. In the second segment, Sophia and Pam interview Goldsmiths University’s graduating Masters art students, Alexander Pierce, Lydia Blakeley, Fred Bungay, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif and Sara Rodrigues, about the relationship between art and freedom and if the censorship of art is ever justified.

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“Art and the Commodity Form”, a Platypus panel at Goldsmiths, University of London (October 11, 2016). The panel brought together Rex Dunn, independent Marxist and writer; Zhoe Granger, a director of the gallery, project space, and art publisher, Arcadia Missa; and Peter Osborne, editor of the journal Radical Philosophy and professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University. Sophia of Platypus moderated the panel.

"A Whitney Museum Vice Chairman Owns a Manufacturer Supplying Tear Gas at the Border" (November 27, 2018)…s-at-the-border/

"The Tear Gas Biennial" (July 17, 2019) A statement from Hannah Black, Ciarán Finlayson, and Tobi Haslett…y-biennial-80328

"What Warren Kanders’s Defeat at the Whitney Teaches Us About How Protest Works Now" by Ben Davis (July 26, 2019)…n-whitney-1580551

Spencer Leonard (Platypus) on Adam Smith, an interview with Douglas Lain for Zero Squared

Book Review: Ben Davis, 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013) by Robin Treadwell in Platypus Review 63 (February 2014)

Pictured: Sara Rodrigues, "Degrees of Abstraction" (2019), performance & installation. Clip:

On this episode, we chat about the HBO miniseries Chernobyl and Cold War nostalgia. Pamela Nogales discusses the ascendance of the Brexit Party in the UK with James Heartfield, a veteran Marxist and Brexit Party candidate. And Rose Freeman and Pam Nogales sit down with members at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia to talk about Platypus chapter building & the left in the region.

To learn more about the Platypus Summer Reading Group "30 years of 1989: What was Stalinism in power?" Visit:…linism-in-power/

James Heartfield spoke at in our Democracy and the Left panel held at Goldsmiths, University of London, in March 2019, the recording is here:…the-left-london/

Co-hosted by Pamela C. and Rose