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The Necessity of Social Control by István Mészáros
Wed, May 25, 2022 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM$15.00 – $30.00
Presented with The Capital Studies Group
“We are living in a time of unprecedented historical crisis, which affects all forms of the capital system, not just capitalism. It is easy to understand, then, that the only thing that could produce a viable solution to the contradictions that we have to face would be a radical socialist alternative to capital’s mode of social metabolic control.” István Mészáros
These sessions are devoted to a close reading of Mészáros’ The Necessity of Social Control (Monthly Review Press). We read in order to better understand the fundamental contradictions of capitalism, the forms of domination and exploitation inherent in its logic, historical efforts to develop an alternative economy and society, and the challenge of sustainable development and substantive equality. We aim to develop our own knowledge of the necessary conditions for emancipation and discuss the relevance of the text for our lives today.
Daniel Singer writes that the most important lesson from Mészáros “is the confrontation between two fundamentally opposed “metabolisms.” The rule of capital is presented as an integrated system… The socialist project must be equally comprehensive… How do you mobilize people within the framework of the existing society, while providing answers that take you beyond its confines?”
The Capital Studies Group has been meeting from the beginning of The Marxist Education Project during the fall of 2014. We are a diverse group of students, activists and teachers from all corners of the world who have dedicated ourselves to the reading of all three volumes of Marx’s Capital and related works to such a study.