#Occupy movement roundtable discussion: An invitation to a political dialogue hosted by the Platypus Affiliated Society

El Lissitzky's "Beat the White Circle with the Red Wedge" (1920)

FIRST ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Friday 7pm | October 28, 2011

Kimmel, Room 406.  NYU

60 Washington Square S., NYC

What is the #Occupy movement? (PDF version)

The recent #Occupy protests are driven by discontent with the present state of affairs: glaring economic inequality, dead-end Democratic Party politics, and, for some, the suspicion that capitalism could never produce an equitable society.  These concerns are coupled with aspirations for social transformation at an international level.  For many, the protests at Wall St. and elsewhere provide an avenue to raise questions the Left has long fallen silent on:

  • What would it mean to challenge capitalism on a global scale?
  • How could we begin to overcome social conditions that adversely affect every part of life?
  • And, how could a new international radical movement address these concerns in practice?

Although participants at Occupy Wall St. have managed thus far to organize resources for their own daily needs, legal services, health services, sleeping arrangements, food supplies, defense against police brutality, and a consistent media presence, these pragmatic concerns have taken precedent over long-term goals of the movement.  Where can participants of this protest engage in formulating, debating, and questioning the ends of this movement? How can it affect the greater society beyond the occupied spaces?

We in the Platypus Affiliated Society ask participants, organizers, and interested observers of the #Occupy movement to consider the possibility that political disagreement could lead to clarification, further development and direction.  Only when we are able to create an active culture of thinking and debating on the Left without it proving prematurely divisive can we begin to imagine a Leftist politics adequate to the historical possibilities of our moment.  We may not know what these possibilities for transformation are.  This is why we think it is imperative to create avenues of engagement that will support these efforts.

Towards this goal, Platypus will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions with organizers and participants of the #Occupy movement.  These will start at campuses in New York and Chicago but will be moving to other North American cities, and to London, Germany, and Greece in the months to come.   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 above is a general release intended for activists, organizers, and participants in the recent #Occupy movement who are interested in further exploring its political dimension.  We are open to any number of political orientations or affiliations within the broader spectrum of the Left, whether they be Marxist, anarchist, or more moderate.  Please contact me at rosslaurencewolfe@gmail.com if you would like to contribute or learn more.)

The Platypus Affiliated Society

October 2011

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4 thoughts on “#Occupy movement roundtable discussion: An invitation to a political dialogue hosted by the Platypus Affiliated Society

  1. I have been waiting to find something like this ever since I read Marx and was converted. The reign of Imperialist Capitalism is drawing to a close…now is the time for Equality!

  2. Pingback: “What Now?” — The Question Haunting the #Occupy Movement « The Charnel-House

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    on Friday The 13th at 23:00.
    (י״ח בטבת תשע״ב) (١٨ صفر ١٤٣٣)

    This action has started with the liberation of Gilaad Shalit by Khaled Mashal
    on October 18, at 13:00 IST

    Because I am serious about Peace I am putting my money where my mouth is.

    #k2012 calls on

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    and
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    on Friday The 13th at 23:00.

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    for
    ☮ The Indignant. – The Peace of the Templars.
    #k2012, Peace in Jerusalem on Friday the 13th.
    With your help #k2012 can declare the Peace in Jerusalem (Al Quds)

    on Friday The 13th at 23:00.
    (י״ח בטבת תשע״ב) (١٨ صفر ١٤٣٣)

    This action has started with the liberation of Gilaad Shalit by Khaled Mashal
    on October 18, at 13:00 IST

    Because I am serious about Peace I am putting my money where my mouth is.

    #k2012 calls on

    Muslims to peacefully assemble at the Al Aqsa Mosque
    and
    Jews to peacefully assemble at the Western Wall

    on Friday The 13th at 23:00.

    The Peace Now Depends Only on the Number of #k2012 Indignant.

    This is the first strategic step we must take to address all of the other causes of Stéphane Hessel’s indignation and fulfill all his dreams during his lifetime.

    With You We Can do Anything.
    Without You Nothing Is Possible.

    Shalom Hamou
    for
    ☮ The Indignant. – The Peace of the Templars.
    #k2012, Peace in Jerusalem on Friday the 13th.

    https://k2012.us/

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