On February 18, 2017, as part of its third European Conference, the Platypus Affiliated Society organized a panel discussion, “The Crisis of Neoliberalism,” at the University of Vienna. The event brought together the following speakers: Chris Cutrone, President of Platypus; John Milios, former chief economic advisor of SYRIZA; Emmanuel Tomaselli, of the International Marxist Tendency; and Boris Kagarlitsky, of the Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements in Moscow. What follows is an edited transcript of their discussion.
At first glance, Marx, and Guenon are dominated by a certain linearity in the views on development. The first prevails in the ascending line, the second – descending. Marx sees history as the sequential ascent through different formations, the highest – Communist. Guénon insists that there is a “caste degradation, and humanity itself is heading inexorably towards its end, which is the end of a cosmic cycle.
What is the current ideology of the PKK and how it relates to Marxism?
I can try only in General terms to explain the relation to Marxism, Leninism, etc. In General terms we can say that the ideology of the PKK is based on the construction of confederative relations between different parts of the community. And when PKK is talking about the Confederacy, that does not mean the Union territories, namely, integration of different parts of the community, while preserving each its identity and self-government. As the subject of the Confederation may be a society of women, youth, alawites, Christians, Kurds, Arabs, it does not matter on what basis the group is formed: national, religious, confessional, professional or gender. What matters is that in a Confederation, all subjects are equal and none of them can dominate the other, could not impose his will.