[lbo-talk] Platypus: what we are, what we do, and why

Joanne Landy joanne.landy at igc.org
Thu Apr 8 13:47:12 PDT 2010

Again, my apologies, the gremlins must have taken Christopher Cutrone's message out of my inbox. I'm glad to hear that the Platypi don't support these horrendous U.S. wars.

But I still am curious about the meaning of this statement of Cutrone's, "...there is no real potential progressive 'anti-imperialist' politics that provides an actual emancipatory alternative to U.S. policy." I'm most troubled by the word "potential." Yes, the left is weak, and sometimes wrongheaded -- but does it really have no *potential* to offer an emancipatory alternative? If that's the case, what't the point of engaging in leftwing politics? --Joanne

>At 04:00 PM 4/8/2010 -0400, you wrote:
>Chris answered this directly last night:
>I don't know of anyone in Platypus who supports the U.S. in any of its wars,
>not Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq-Kuwait, etc.,
>(I think there may have been some misapprehension because we did an
>interview with Terry Glavin, a Canadian pro-Afghan war Leftist. But we
>didn't do this because we were sympathetic to his position, but because we
>thought we could push him and make a good interview, raising whatever
>interesting issues are available via his position.)
>On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Joanne Landy <joanne.landy at igc.org> wrote:
> >
> > PPS Christopher Cutrone, I still haven't heard from you as to whether
> > Platypus supports the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Does it? Are there
> > disagreements among Platypi on this issue? You write "not that I agree with
> > the conclusions they draw from this observation, but this factor still
> needs
> > to be faced and processed." Which conclusions of Hitchens et al do you
> > disagree with?
> >
> >

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