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October 2020

Blood and Money

Mon, October 26 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, December 7, 2020

$60 – $90

Even before capitalism arose – in a process Marx termed the “so-called primitive accumulation” – money and markets were implicated in the rise and fall of states and empires that conquered and enslaved vast numbers of human bodies. This group will address these histories and their persisting consequences.
THIS EVENT SOLD OUT ON SEPTEMBER 27 at 6 PM. Please write to info@marxedproject.org if you would be interested in us presenting this class in January or February

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Invention of the White Race

Tue, October 27 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, December 8, 2020

$85 – $115

Allen had concluded by the mid 1960’s that white supremacism was the central obstacle to progressive movements in American life, past and present, yet the “white” race itself remained the most peculiar, contentious and generally misunderstood “identity,” blocking all efforts to achieve a just society. Accordingly, Allen spent the next 40 years in writing and primary research to discern when, where, how and why the Plantation Bourgeoisie invented this “white” race in colonial Virginia and Maryland

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Realistic Metaphysics and the Materialist Conception of History

Wed, October 28 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, November 11, 2020

An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, November 25, 2020

$25 – $55

Marxism's central preoccupation has been that of *class* consciousness. Marx spoke of the working class’s need to transform itself from a class *in itself* (en sich) into a class *for itself* (für sich). After two decades of revolutionary defeats and counter-revolutionary triumphs Trotsky described the situation as “the crisis of proletarian leadership.”

But these were prescriptions, now plainly further from realization than ever. In describing the proletariat as the “universal class,” Marx projected that by establishing its dictatorship (ie., radical democracy) in the proximate interest of all its members, the proletariat begins the human historical project of complete transcendence of class society. The present crisis, however, demands that this concept of “universal” be deepened and enriched. The politics based on consciousness of proximate material interest must give way to the politics of a *planetary* consciousness. The final line of our anthem, “l’Internationale sera le genre humain,”  should now be taken literally. 

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Women Write Against Fascism

Thu, October 29 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 17, 2020

$50 – $80

We will look at themes around resistance and collaboration. Beauvoir and Ginzburg write of the period occupation by the Nazis in Vichy France and the period of Mussolini's fascist dictatorship in Italy, while Jelinek's Wonderful Wonderful Times describes the lingering effects naziism had during the years of recovery from the fascist years in Austria in society and within a family.

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Until Mid Winter Pass: now through January 31, 2021

Fri, October 30 @ 12:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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An event every month that begins at 12:30 AM on day 30 of the month, repeating until Fri, January 29, 2021

$50 – $250

For a one-time sliding scale fee of $150, $200, or $250 attend any and all classes and events of The Marxist Education Project. For $50 more ($200, $250 or $300) bring a guest as often as you would like to the classes, films and events between now and January 31, 2021.

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Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations

Sat, October 31 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$7 – $11

Radhika will propose that Marx’s purpose in these investigations and commentaries had nothing to do with either a stagist or a determinist view of history. Against these accusations, often levelled at Marx and often put forth by the exertions of many a “Marxist”, there are reasons to believe that Marx was going beyond the stagism and determinism of received accounts to something far more sophisticated and radical.

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4 Event Pass

Sat, October 31 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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One event on Sun, November 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM

One event on Wed, November 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM

One event on Fri, November 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM

$22 – $33

An exceptional offer for four events at prices where you can consider bringing along a friend—all brought together by the Capital Studies Group.

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Capital, Volume 1

Sat, October 31 @ 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, December 19, 2020

$60 – $90

Marx’s scientific presentation of the laws of motion of capitalist development begins by analyzing the fundamental or elemental form which wealth takes in our society, the commodity. Understanding this form leads us to the most basic law that grounds social reproduction in societies under the domination of capital, the law of value. Therefore, our first task will be to break through the appearance and reveal the social content of the commodity form. This begins the unraveling of the why and how of what we necessarily, under the domination and exploitation of capital, experience every day in our lives.

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November 2020

Commodity Fetishism vs Capital Fetishism

Sun, November 1 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7 – $11

The focus will be on the analysis of commodity fetishism, in an effort to contribute to the comprehension of the different dimensions of this concept, especially in Marx’s Capital. For this purpose, we will pursue the following course: There will be an overview of various Marxist approaches to the subject. Subsequently, we are going to consider these approaches in the light of Marx’s analysis.

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Considerations on Bolshevism Before Stalinism

Sat, November 7 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, January 23, 2021

$50 – $80

We will consider questions such as: Were the Bolsheviks inherently authoritarian? What was 'democratic centralism'? Is the Bolshevik type organization necessary for revolutionary change? What exactly was the role of the Bolsheviks in the revolution? What were the Soviets? How did the soviets come into being? Did soviets represent a higher form of democracy?

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Social Reproduction and the City

Wed, November 18 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$7 – $11

Feminist political economy and feminist welfare state scholarship have not focused on the urban as a scale of analysis, and critical approaches to urban neoliberalism often fail to address questions of social reproduction. To address these unexplored areas, Black unpacks the urban as a contested site of welfare state restructuring and examines the escalating crisis in social reproduction. He lays bare the aftermath of the welfare-to-work agenda of the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.

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Marx Dead and Alive: Reading Capital in Precarious Times

Fri, November 27 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7 – $11

In Marx, Dead and Alive—a book that begins and ends beside Marx’s recently violated London graveside—Merrifield makes a spirited case for a critical thinker who can still offer people a route toward personal and social authenticity.

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December 2020

The Origins of Geopolitical Economy in Marx’s Remarks on Carey and Bastiat

Sat, December 5 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$7 – $11

In recent years, geopolitical economy has become a term for the properly historical-materialist analysis of international affairs that can successfully comprehend the evolution of the capitalist world order down to the contemporary age of multi-polarity by placing the nation-state as centrally in the analysis of capitalism as class. This interpretation is embedded in Karl Marx’s thinking, though not fully developed there. Perhaps its clearest expression can be found in his fragmentary comments on the “Yankee” mercantilist economist, Henry Carey, in the final pages of the “Grundrisse”.

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Trotsky in Tijuana: A new novel by Dan La Botz

Tue, December 8 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$7 – $11

Who was the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky? What did he believe and do? What was his legacy? Dan La Botz’s new novel. Trotsky in Tijuana, examines these questions in fiction.The novel’s premise is that Trotsky was not assassinated in August 1940 but survived and was relocated to Tijuana where he lived on until 1953 dying on the same day as his rival and political opponent Joseph Stalin.

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January 2021

Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois

Thu, January 7, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, February 18, 2021

$90 – $130

Black Reconstruction provides a basis for a much overdue revolution in US labor history. As Du Bois so eloquently and bluntly put in in 1935: “The South, after the war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see again for many decades. Yet, the labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

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