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May 2022

Corporate Capitalism and the Integral State

Tue, May 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $11.00

Steve Maher’s new book uses the relationship between the American state and General Electric from 1880 to 1980 to develop an original conception of what Gramsci called the “integral state.” It shows how state power has been critical for the development and evolution of corporate organization.

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The Necessity of Social Control by István Mészáros

Wed, May 25 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, May 25, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$15.00 – $30.00

“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

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Grundrisse: Notebooks 4 and 5

Sat, May 28 @ 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, July 16, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$60.00 – $90.00

“Forces of production and social relations - two different sides of the development of the social individual - appear to capital as mere means, and are merely means for it to produce on its limited foundation. In fact, however, they are the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high...” —Karl Marx, The Grundrisse

In Grundrisse Marx arguably bridges his early writings on philosophy and Hegel, and the writing and revisions of Capital that dominated much of the rest of his life. We are continuing careful, page by page reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. These next sessions will focus on Notebooks Four and Five. We will complete our reading of the entire Grundrisse during the fall of 2022.

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Hegel for Radicals: Part 1—History

Sun, May 29 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:30 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, July 10, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$40.00 – $70.00

It has often been said that that Marx turned Hegel on his head.  In this series we will explore the meaning of that phrase and its implications for those of us who are confronting problems of a world on fire.  The problems we face today in this epoch of the decay of capitalism, imperialism, war, a global pandemic, economic crisis, the return of fascism, climate change are unprecedented. 

We will begin by introducing the very idea of History, a unique contribution of Hegel to our understanding of the world.  We will read some key writings of Hegel from the Philosophy of History and the Phenomenology of Spirit and explain their significance for our time. 

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Robert Brenner’s The Economics of Global Turbulence

Sun, May 29 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, June 26, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Free

We will conduct a close reading of the text of The Economics of Global Turbulence: The Advanced Capitalist Economies from Long Boom to Long Downturn, 1945-2005 by Robert Brenner with extensive discussion. We read 10 to 15 pages in each session and expect to finish the book in 6 months. We will follow up with a reading of The Boom and the Bubble and other works.

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Six Month Pass through November 30, 2022

Mon, May 30 @ 2:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Sun, July 17, 2022

$75.00 – $250.00

We are now offering a six month pass for the prices of the previous 4 month passes. If you are paying for yourself and any additional person, you are now able to have two people attend all events, classes or film showings (post-pandemic) that The MEP offers.

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From Science Fiction to Visionary Fiction: Learning from Octavia Butler

Mon, May 30 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, June 20, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$35.00 – $65.00

Writing in the years of momentous change from 1971 to 2006, Octavia Butler embodied the emergence of "visionary fiction" as a new way to write, read and draw inspiration from science fiction. This spring, the Marxist Education Project's first literature reading group devoted to science fiction will read Kindred (1979) and Parable of the Sower (1993), both now graphic novels and soon film and streaming series. Fifteen years on since her passing, Butler's influence continues to grow. We will also read NK Jemisin’s Fifth Season (2015) and  Martha Wells’ All Systems Red (2017) to explore some of Butler's lasting legacy. We will also make room to explore related short stories, graphic novels, essays, films, and more.  

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A close reading of Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation

Mon, May 30 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, June 20, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$35.00 – $58.00

In this anthology Marcello Musto focuses in on Marx’s later economic works, in which his thoughts on alienation were elaborated rather differently than in his philosophical manuscripts. Additionally, the writings collated in this volume are unique in their presentation of not only Marx’s critique of capitalism, but also his suggestions about communist society. This wide-ranging collection of Marx’s ideas on alienation provides an important critical tool both for understanding the past and for building a critique of contemporary society.

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June 2022

Thirst: The Rich Are Vampires

Fri, June 3 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $11.00

Vampires are symbols of the ruling class. In Karl Marx's Capital and Bob Marley’s Babylon System they make visible their extraction of surplus-value from working classes the world over. In the new novel Thirst,writer/activist Nicholas Powers renews the vampire genre by placing an upsurge of the politics of resistance, an all-out attack on racism, heteronormative sexism and anti-fascism at the heart of capital, with Thirst being a stake to be driven through that heart. 

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Utopia and Modernity in China: Contradictions in Transition

Sat, June 4 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $11.00

Utopia and Modernity in China examines the conflicts inherent in China's attempt to achieve a 'utopia' by advancing production and technology. Through the lenses of literature, arts, law, the press and the environment, the contributors interrogate the contradictions of modernization in Chinese society and its fundamental challenges.

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NEW! Year-long (12 months) Pass : Now through May 15 of 2023

Thu, June 16 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 16 of the month, repeating until Mon, May 15, 2023

$85.00 – $375.00

12 Month Pass — good through May 15, 2023. Single person at sliding scale. Each additional person with same-time purchase for $85 for the same year—adding as many people as you would like is allowed and encouraged.

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The London Revolution: 1640 – 1643: Class Struggles in 17th Century England

Sat, June 25 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $11.00

Michael Sturza’s work chronicles England’s history through the revolution in 1641 – 1642, which toppled the feudal political system, and its aftermath. It explores how the growing capitalist economy fundamentally conflicted with decaying feudal society, causing tensions and dislocations that affected all social classes in the early modern period. In contrast with most other works, this book posits that the fundamental driving force of the revolution was the militant Puritan movement supported by the class of petty-bourgeois artisan craftworkers, instead of the moderate gentry in the House of Commons.

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