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August 2021

Capital, V1, Part 2: The Transformation of Money Into Capital

Sun, August 8 @ 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, August 1, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, September 19, 2021

We will do a close reading of the chapters in Part Two of Volume I of Capital on “The Transformation of Money Into Capital”. In these chapters Marx introduces the fundamental concepts of capital,labor power, surplus value and the valorization process.

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Grundrisse: The Chapter on Money (The first two notebooks)

Sat, August 14 @ 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, November 13, 2021

$50 – $89

“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

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Urban Displacements and Contemporary Capitalism

Sat, August 14 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Susanne Soederberg argues that historical and geographical configurations of monetized governance, including landlords, employers and inter-scalar state practices, have served to reproduce urban displacements and obfuscate their gendered, class and racialized underpinnings. The outcome is the everyday facilitation and normalization of urban poverty and social marginalization on one side, and capital accumulation on the other.

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Augmented Exploitation: Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Work and Changes in the Labor Process

Mon, August 16 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, September 27, 2021

$20 – $50

In the Introduction to Augmented Exploitation, co-editors Phoebe Moore and Jamie Woodcock point up two main problems with how automation and artificial intelligence are being discussed as the end of the first quarter of the 21st century draws near. Number one is the claim that Al is changing the labor process in new and unprecedented ways. But capitalists have always introduced machines in order to increase the amount of what each worker can produce in a given period of time. This is where the second problem comes in—either a certain process will be automated, or it will not—a binary that focuses on machines and not on the workers who operate them. Rather than the prospects of automation and interpretive learning replacing workers, we need rather to see that these are augmentations of the labor process. Also discussed will be two of the many vital essays from this year's Socialist Register—Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living.

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NEW! Year-long (12 months) Pass : Now through July, 2022

Fri, August 27 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 27 of the month, repeating until Thu, June 30, 2022

$75.00 – $350.00

12 Month Pass — good until July 31, 2022. Single person at sliding scale. Each additional person with same-time purchase for $75 for the same year—adding as many people as you would like is allowed and encouraged.

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September 2021

Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States

Sat, September 11 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Andrew Kolin presents a detailed explanation of the essential elements that characterize capital’s relations to the working class and how capital relies on various forms of repressing reform and revolutionary movements by workers. The repression is directly linked to the class struggle between capital and labor. The starting point examines labor repression after the American Revolution. Andrew’s book then follows the role of the state along with the explosive growth of American capitalism to analyze the long history of capital and labor conflict with details of the US state being aligned with the interests of capital throughout American history. 

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Ecosocialism in the Shadow of Covid

Mon, September 20 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Tue, November 23, 2021

$35 – $65

We will read and discuss three books: The Corona Crash (Verso), by Grace Blakeley, details how the pandemic is ushering in a new era in which the corporate economy collapses into the arms of the state, and behemoths like Amazon and Netflix balloon in profit and power. White Skin, Black Fuel (Verso), by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective, takes a comprehensive look at how extreme-right currents are responding to ecological crises with with authoritarian and xenophobic proposals while remaining ardent supporters of fossil capital – black fuels to support white supremacy. And A People’s Green New Deal (Pluto), by Max Ajl, engages critically with various Green New Deal proposals and sketches out a radical alternative committed to degrowth, anti-imperialism and agro-ecology.

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Capital, Book II: The Process of Circulation of Capital

Sat, September 25 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, December 11, 2021

$70 – $100

We will begin our study of Volume II study by situating this volume in relation to the historical process of development of capitalist society which is premised on its specific social form of societal re-production, the production of capital. To do so we will study the closing sections of the Penguin edition of Volume I, specifically, Part VIII: "So-called Primitive Accumulation" and the “Appendix: Results of the Immediate Process of Production”.

Join us as we journey through this movement from the imaginary concrete to the abstract concrete to the real concrete. Come and challenge your way of thinking and understanding the world as it appears to you and begin to identify some of what needs to be overcome and done to bring about a better world.

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