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Posted by: Doug Henwood | November 11, 2011

Me and some other guys on a panel

I’m going to be on a Platypus panel on the crisis of the left. Sorry it’s an all-male cast, but I had nothing to do with it.

an international forum on the
CRISIS OF THE LEFT
Chicago*NYC*Philly*Boston*Thessaloniki, Greece

Crisis: Pathol. The point in the progress of a disease when an important development or change takes place which is decisive of recovery or death.
“…Existing strategies and theories seem inadequate in a bewildering contemporary political scene. Disparate groups have begun to show an interest in rethinking the fundamentals of Left politics…”

@New York: Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Silver Center, Room 207
31 Washington Place, New York, NY
NYU

Speakers:
Paul Berman (nyu), Carl Dix (rcp-usa), Doug Henwood (lbo), Bertell Ollman (nyu), Marco Roth and Nikil Saval (n+1)

Many on the Left feel a sense of crisis.

Existing strategies and theories seem inadequate in a bewildering contemporary political scene. Disparate groups have begun to show an interest in rethinking the fundamentals of Left politics. The Platypus Affiliated Society seeks to make the conversation explicit, and to host a series of discussions about the crisis of the contemporary Left: its quality, causes, and significance for future reconstitution and transformation.

Across five cities worldwide, we’ve invited figures from across the Left–academics, political organizers, theorists–to answer and debate six fundamental questions. We also pose these questions to the Left as a whole and invite responses from all quarters. The questions below stem from confusion; taking nothing for granted, we hope that confronting this confusion might open up future possibilities for renewed consciousness and practice on the Left.

for more information about the Crisis of the Left series, visit our Facebook event page, or Platypus in NYC, or Crisis of the Left

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Responses

  1. Platypus is still around? I thought that little grouplet blew up…

  2. Ah ha ha. Paul Berman. True to Platypus’s love of humanitarian interventionists and borderline Islamophobes.

  3. Occupy the Left

  4. But Platypus are insane.

  5. RCP and Platypus. And … Paul Berman. You’ll have to wear an amulet to protect yourself from the Crazy.

  6. Boy, we love the word “crisis”, especially paired with the words “of the left”. At the risk of sounding like a Mary Kay vendor, how about “opportunity”?


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