El Lissitzky, "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge" (1919)
El Lissitzky, "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge" (1919)

music by Autechre

The Platypus Affiliated Society in Chicago presents a public forum on:

"Imperialism"
What is it? — Why should we be against it?

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 7-9PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive main auditorium

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"However difficult the task of grasping and confronting global capital might be, it is crucially important that a global internationalism be recovered and reformulated. . . .
The Left should be very careful about constituting a form of politics that, from the standpoint of human emancipation, would be questionable, at the very best, however many people it may rouse."
— Moishe Postone, "History and Helplessness" (2006)

A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A on issues of global capital, imperialism and war, possiblities for progressive political opposition, and the problems and tasks for the Left in the post-Cold War and post-9/11 world raised by the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Panelists: Kevin Anderson (News and Letters), Chris Cutrone (Platypus) [Chris Cutrone's opening remarks prepared text], Nick Kreitman (new Students for a Democratic Society), Danny Postel (OpenDemocracy.net), and Adam Turl (International Socialist Organization).

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Platypus is a new international journal of critical letters and emancipatory politics, dedicated to reconstituting the Marxian Left.

The Platypus Affiliated Society 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, socialist politics today.

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