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The commentary on the commentary on the Left, including articles in the latest issue of the Platypus Review.

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The commentary on the commentary on the Left, including articles in the latest issue of the Platypus Review.

    Ep 47: On Depp v. Heard, the Ukrainian War, and Platypus Summer Readings

    Ep 47: On Depp v. Heard, the Ukrainian War, and Platypus Summer Readings

    On this episode of SPS, Pamela and Sophia discuss the Depp v. Heard and the exhaustion of #metoo. Andreas and Platypus members, Sebastian Vogel interview Boris Kagarlitsky on the war in Ukraine and the Russian Left. Finally, Lisa and Rebekah sit down with Chris Cutrone to discuss the Platypus Summer Reading Group on classical social theory, titled "What is Society?" The reading group is happening at a Platypus chapter near you, as well as online for those who are unable to join us in person.

    What is society?
    https://platypus1917.org/2022/05/17/summer-2022-what-is-society/

    Rapkor, a Russian speaking youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYDuWqDwzAFG4xrI5uJEWfw

    Two articles published in the Platypus Review by Boris Kagarlitsky
    https://platypus1917.org/2016/09/06/paralysis-will-bernie-sanders-capitulation/
    https://platypus1917.org/2016/07/11/afraid-donald-trump/

    Two platypus panels with Boris Kagarlitsky:
    https://platypus1917.org/2015/03/04/25-years-1989/
    https://platypus1917.org/2017/03/14/crisis-neoliberalism-platypus-3rd-european-conference-vienna-2017/

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Ep 46: Roe v. Wade & the Left; Reflections on the Platypus Convention 2022

    Ep 46: Roe v. Wade & the Left; Reflections on the Platypus Convention 2022

    In this episode of SPS, Pamela sits down with Platypus member Tana F. to discuss the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade and the responses by the Left, including Marxist Humanist member, Mike Dola, and the Socialist Workers Party's newspaper, The Militant. They talk about what it means to defend constitutional rights absent an independent working class movement and a socialist party. In the second part, Rebekah and Lisa sit down with Clay M. from Chicago, Lucas B. from Frankfurt and Conrad C. from Portland to reflect on the 14th annual platypus convention 2022. We welcome responses to our segments. You can reach us at shitplatypussays@gmail.com, or you can find us on FB, IG, and Twitter @platypussays.

    Terry Evans, "A working-class course is needed to support our families, women’s rights" in The Militant, Vol. 85/No. 48(27 Dec 2021)
    - https://themilitant.com/2021/12/18/a-working-class-course-is-needed-to-support-our-families-womens-rights/

    Alexandra Kollontai, "The Labour of Women in the Evolution of the Economy" 1921
    - https://www.marxists.org/archive/kollonta/1921/evolution.htm

    Platypus International Convention 2022
    - Legacy of the 1980s Panel: https://youtu.be/AAeBnqOSO6E
    - Marxism and Liberalism Panel: https://youtu.be/_V0H26efVY8
    - What is leadership for the Left? Panel: https://youtu.be/i_iORUx7sms
    - Biden, Covid and the Left Panel: https://youtu.be/Pf_oQoqitik
    - What is Marxism for? Panel: https://youtu.be/Rl5i4orxCAM

    Platypus Panel: The Anti-War Movement: Past and Present | 6pm Thursday 05/19
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FB Invite: https://fb.me/e/1uBIT5jX6
    Join the UChicago Platypus chapter of the Platypus Affiliated Society for an in-person panel discussion on "The Anti-War Movement: Past and Present" this Thursday, May 19th at 6:00-8:00PM in Kent 120.

    SPS
    on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4ftkDeIALI2l8k2A49OVcs
    on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sps/id1305502112
    on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/platypus-affiliated-society

    SPS is hosted by Sophia Pamela 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

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 45: 2022 Platypus International Convention & the German Platypus Review

    Ep. 45: 2022 Platypus International Convention & the German Platypus Review

    In the first part of the episode our co-hosts Lisa Müller und Rebekah Parlar sit down with Platypus member Clint Montgomery to talk about our annual international Platypus Convention. Our international Convention, which is sort of the highlight in your platypus calendar, will take place in Chicago from the 31st of March until April the 3rd. In the segment Lisa, Rebekah and Clint talk about why this year's convention will be held under the overarching theme of “Marxism and the ends of liberalism”, what that has to do with the COVID pandemic and what other events will be hosted during the convention. Whether you want to meet Platypus members from all over the world, discuss global trends within the Left and its history or get a sense of meaning of the death of the left for our current moment in history, you should come to Chicago and get yourself a ticket for the convention. Your SPS podcast team will be there as well!

    For the second part of the episode Lisa and Rebekah talk with the editor in chief of the German Platypus Review, Tobias Rochlitz. - Tobias, Rebekah and Lisa discuss the failure of the New left with articles on Hans-Jürgen Krahl and the 1968s movement; an Interview with Wolf Wetzel on the disintegration of the autonomous movement in the 1970s and the response from Michael Fischer to an article from our Member Max Hörügel on the Failure of the early Anti-Deutsch current within the Left.

    +2022 Platypus International Convention
    >The official website of the convention: https://platypus1917.org/platypus-international-convention/2022_/

    +Mentioned in he German Platypus Review segment
    >Platypus panel on “Corona und die Linke”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cynozxmZQsg&t=157s
    >Platypus teach-in on "The Millennial Left is dead": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkR-aSK60U8
    >Platypus panel on "Die Krise des Neoliberalismus": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sADJlRLGCqY
    >Ep. 43: On the Freedom Convoy, the Austrian Communist Party (KPÖ) & 2021 Platypus Highlights: https://platypus1917.org/2022/02/14/ep-43-on-the-freedom-convoy-the-austrian-communist-party-kpo-2021-platypus-highlights/
    >Lenin - What is to be done: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1901/witbd/

    • 51 min
    Ep. 44: After the Freedom Convoy & the Hungarian Left Today

    Ep. 44: After the Freedom Convoy & the Hungarian Left Today

    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: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/red-star-radio/id1516544636
    - https://www.patreon.com/red_star_radio
    - https://themilitant.com/2022/02/12/truckers-in-ontario-show-road-to-fight-boss-attacks/
    - Simon Clarke, The State Debate (Basingstoke: Palgrave 1991). This work and other his works can be found here: https://cooltexts.github.io/ 

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

    SPS is hosted by Sophia, Pamela 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/.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 43: On the Freedom Convoy, the Austrian Communist Party (KPÖ) & 2021 Platypus Highlights

    Ep. 43: On the Freedom Convoy, the Austrian Communist Party (KPÖ) & 2021 Platypus Highlights

    On this episode, Pamela sits down with our Toronto member Cam Hardy to discuss Canada's "Freedom Convoy", and the responses by the "Left". They investigate Jacobin's hot take on the "inauthentic" working-class character of the protests, and the call by the Canadian Communist Party to criminalize the convoy. In the second segment, Andreas interviews Amir Sturm, a member of the Austrian Communist Party (KPÖ). Andreas asks about the current state of the KPÖ, its history & political self-understanding and the relationship between the KPÖ and Junge Linke, an Austrian leftist youth organization. Finally, our Shit Platypus Does team, Rebekah and Lisa, chat with our members Ryan, Daniel, and Phedias about how Platypus has engaged the Left over the Legacy of Occupy, the meaning of Capitalism, and the politics of COVID-19 in our panel events in 2021.

    + The Left on the "Freedom Convoy"
    > Jacobin
    https://jacobinmag.com/2022/02/canada-freedom-convoy-conservative-right-wing-anti-worker-anti-vaccine
    https://jacobinmag.com/2022/02/freedom-trucker-convoy-far-right-trudeau-vaccines-covid
    > Communist Party of Canada
    https://communist-party.ca/freedom-convoy-a-dangerous-movement-for-the-working-class-but-useful-for-the-ruling-class/
    > The Communist League
    https://themilitant.com/2022/02/12/truckers-in-ontario-show-road-to-fight-boss-attacks/

    +KPÖ Segment Links
    >Platypus Interview with Tobias Schweiger https://platypus1917.org/2021/12/20/interview_kpoe_schweiger/
    > Platypus panel on the KPÖ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjLSqH3YWU&t=2s&ab_channel=PlatypusAffiliatedSociety
    > Jacobin article about the election in Graz, September 2021: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/09/communist-party-of-austria-kpo-graz-election-victory-red-fortress
    >Links to websites of KPÖ and Junge Linke
    https://www.kpoe.at/?playlist=17a123d&video=2bd4121
    https://www.jungelinke.at/

    + Mentioned in our Shit Platypus Does segment
    > What is capitalism and why should we be against it? - Panel Melbourne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii8nVnWeUu0&t=174s or in the PR What is capitalism, and why should we be against it? https://platypus1917.org/2021/09/01/what-is-capitalism-and-why-should-we-be-against-it-2/
    > From Protest to Politics? What was the Millennial Left? - Panel https://youtu.be/NDB0LyeQiU4
    > Giving voice to Occupy: An interview with John Leveille https://platypus1917.org/2021/03/01/giving-voice-to-occupy-an-interview-with-john-leveille/
    > What was Occupy? Ten years later - Panel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5-4GyAgwFw&t=146s
    > D.L. Jacobs, What was the Millennial Left? https://platypus1917.org/2021/06/01/what-was-the-millennial-left/
    > The Millennial Left and the Democratic Party: A response to D. L. Jacobs https://platypus1917.org/2021/10/01/the-millennial-left-and-the-democratic-party-a-response-to-d-l-jacobs/
    > Pam N., Platypus at #Occupy: Lessons learned from the death of the Millennial Left
    https://platypus1917.org/2021/06/01/platypus-at-occupy/
    > Coronavirus and the Left - Panel Melbourne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqeIcDT7ys4
    > SPS interview with Sue Bolton on Aussie Protests against the Vaccine Mandate https://platypus1917.org/2021/12/05/ep-41-on-rittenhouse-aussie-protests-against-the-vaccine-mandate/
    > Anti-fascism in the Age of Trump 2017 - Panel Houston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eaRuXRqP9c
    > Hegel and the Left 2020 - Panel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Pjhv7kDF0
    > Corona und die Linke - Panel Germany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cynozxmZQsg
    > Police Brutality and the Left - Panel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwf1_df6FiA

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep 42: The Concept of the Left, a special Xmas edition

    Ep 42: The Concept of the Left, a special Xmas edition

    In this special Xmas edition of SPS, your new hosts of the "Sh-t Platypus Does" segment, Rebekah and Lisa, chat with the Platypus Review Editor-in-Chief, Lou, about the new issue, PR #142 -- including articles: "What can one learn from the Right?" by D.L. Jacobs, "The Left is not a concept" by Benedict Cryptofash, "We are the city-building tendency" by Caleb T. Maupin and "Paths to Marxism" by Chris Cutrone.

    New Issue, PR #142
    https://platypus1917.org/platypus-review/

    Leszek Kolakowski "The Concept of the Left" (1968)
    https://platypus1917.org/wp-content/uploads/readings/kolakowskileszek_conceptleft1968.pdf

    The Marxist hypothesis: A response to Alain Badiou's "communist hypothesis" by Chris Cutrone, in the Platypus Review #29 (November 2010)
    https://platypus1917.org/2010/11/06/the-marxist-hypothesis-a-response-to-alain-badous-communist-hypothesis/

    • 31 min

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