Benjamin Tippin • Douglas Kauffman • Kevin Wall
Saturday, 12 October 2019 — 1 p.m.
The phenomenon of Brexit and the 2016 and now 2020 Sanders and Trump campaigns presaged a renewed spark of interest in the question of the “”political party”” for the “Left.” Formations such as the DSA Refoundation Caucus and now the Marxist Center signal that the Left finds itself again raising questions whose roots go all the way back to Marx’s disputes with the Anarchists of the First International: What would it mean for the Left to take “”political action”” today? What is a political party for the Left? And what would it mean to make one in our time?
Benjamin Tippin, moderator, is an organizer with the Los Angeles chapter of Platypus Affiliated Society. The Platypus Affiliated Society, established in December 2006, 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 politics today.
Douglas Kauffman is a hospital worker and leader in the Los Angeles branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. He has worked on numerous PSL election campaigns, mass mobilizations against police brutality and war, and organized unions at multiple workplaces over the past decade in the PSL. As an organizer for the Party he has helped to build new branches of the organization across southern California, southern Nevada, and Arizona.
Kevin Wall is an organizer with Democratic Socialists of America. He is sympathetic to the direction Marxist Center–or at least, he works from the potential that a Marxist political party can emerge through multitendency regroupment. He is associated with the project Cosmonaut.blog.
We have two other panelists lined up, but we are waiting on confirmation from them.