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June 2021

4 Month Pass Offering Through October 31

Mon, June 14 @ 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 AM on Monday, repeating until Sun, October 31, 2021

$50 – $200

The four month pass is now $50 less than it was in 2020. All events, classes and more for stated sliding scale fees until end of day, October 31.

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

Tue, June 15 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, June 22, 2021

$50 – $70

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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The MEP Bookstore, Spring/Summer 2021—Books with shipping included (US and Puerto Rico only)

Tue, June 15 @ 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, July 5, 2021

$5 – $95

Books that will be used during the Winter of 2021 sessions—good for a lifetime of learning. The Pluto FireWorks series and The Brutish Museums have just been added.

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Matters of State: Literature & Espionage

Thu, June 17 @ 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, June 17, 2021

$24 – $36

WHY SPY NOVELS? Spy novels emerged as a distinct genre around the time of World War I, coinciding with the creation of formal intelligence agencies in many countries. This was a period characterized by heightened concern on the part of rulers about national security, imperial strength, and the impending conflict of the Great War. Spy novels from the early twentieth century reflect these concerns, and generally feature secret agents and seemingly realistic tales of international intrigue. With the rise of fascism, spy novels shifted their focus to examine the dynamics of political movements within individual states, assessing their threats to the stability of the international political order. In these stories, the anxiety over the powerlessness of the individual is assuaged by the resourcefulness and ultimate success of exceptional or lucky individuals in confronting such harrowing problems as war, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism.

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New York City and the Experience of Modernity

Fri, June 18 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 PM on Friday, repeating until Fri, June 18, 2021

$30 – $60

This is a seminar about New York City and its people. It is not a study of architectural styles and objects, - although the physical stuff of cities does play a role -, but it is a course about the experience of the way in which modernity builds and destroys cities.

Modernity is a historical force. It is messy. In architecture history modernity is usually narrated as an interplay between the combined forces of the Industrial Revolution and capital, with social upheaval, explosive population growth and immigration as its result...

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Grundrisse

Sat, June 19 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

$40 – $70

In the 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 will undertake a close, word by word reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. This first term will begin with the chapter on money.

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Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives

Sat, June 19 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

By engaging in what Karl Marx called a workers' inquiry, workers and militant co-researchers are studying their working conditions, the technical composition of capital, and how to recompose their own power in order to devise new tactics, strategies, organizational forms and objectives. These workers’ inquiries, from call center workers to platform, trucking, cleaning, logistics, mining, auto factories, teachers, and adjunct professors, are re-energizing unions, bypassing unions altogether or innovating new forms of workers' organizations.

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Pluto Wildcat Series: From Amakomiti: Grassroots Democracy in South Africa’s Shack Settlements to Wobblies of the World

Sat, June 19 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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One event on Sat, June 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM

One event on Fri, June 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM

One event on Wed, July 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM

$18 – $27

These books uncover the radical militancy which characterises international workers struggles, both contemporary and historical. Looking at diverse topics including proletarianisation and class formation, mass production, gender, affective and reproductive labour, syndicalism and independent unions, and labour and Leftist social and political movements, it is the most comprehensive exploration into workers’ organisation being developed today.

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Multi Month Pass to December 31, 2021

Sat, June 19 @ 2:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 PM on Saturday, repeating until Fri, December 31, 2021

$50 – $250

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. Any purchases between now and June 30 make these effectively passes for more than six months.

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Capital, Volume 1, Part 3

Sat, June 19 @ 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, June 26, 2021

$60 – $90

Chapters 16 through 25, will trace this development and reveals new dynamics and contradictions inherent to the logic of capitalist accumulation, culminating in Chapter 25, The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation. These developmental processes continue to be played out to this day and are witnessed in the immensity of wealth for a few at one pole of humanity, poverty at another, ruthless misuse and degradation of nature, and reduction of the human subject, the producing masses of real individuals, to an alienated object for capitalist exploitation.

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Capital, V1, Part 8: The So-Called Primitive Accumulation—a closer reading

Sun, June 20 @ 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

Convened with Sam Salour This group will be doing a close reading of the eight chapters that make up Part 8 of Capital. Volume 1, beginning with Chapter 26 on “The Secret of Primitive Accumulation”. No prior reading or experience with Capital or other readings are required. The group will also consider the debates surrounding the origins of capitalism. This is a 10 week series that will end on Sunday August 1. The link for participation: https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/84694992151

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AUGMENTED EXPLOITATION: Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Work

Fri, June 25 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$7 – $11

Going beyond platform work and the gig economy, the authors explore emerging forms of algorithmic governance and AI-augmented apps that have been developed to utilise innovative ways to collect data about workers and consumers, as well as to keep wages and worker representation under control. They also show that workers are not taking this lying down, providing case studies of new and exciting form of resistance that are springing up across the globe.

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July 2021

Pandemic Summer Noir

Thu, July 1 @ 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, September 9, 2021

$50 – $80

For the last four summers, the MEP Literature Studies Group has delved into a wealth of noir fiction. This year our six selections will take us deep into the underbelly of capitalism – good for reading at the beach, on the subway, a train, boat or plane, or in your favorite reading chair safely at home. 

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Marx’s Inquiry into the Birth of Capitalism: Why Does It Matter?

Sat, July 10 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

As Marx argues, “original accumulation” of capital, the transformation of pre-capitalist to capitalist social relations, is not explained by the fairy tale of wise and thrifty household producers getting wealthy by their own labor. John Milios’ research into the “pre-capitalist money owner”, the role of commodity production (as opposed to production for direct consumption) based on slave labor in the ancient world, and the development of ”contractual money begetting” production in Europe in the middle ages, helps us understand what is and is not capitalism. He critically analyzes both Marxist and non-Marxist literature. He uses the rise and fall of the Venetian mercantile republic as a case study. He concludes that “No version of capitalism is the realm of ... freedom or justice. Capitalism is a social system in which ... coercion guaranteeing economic exploitation of the ruled by the rulers is incorporated into the economic relation itself.”

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WOBBLIES OF THE WORLD: A Global History of the Industrial Workers of the World

Wed, July 14 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$7 – $11

Drawing on many important figures of the movements such as Tom Barker, Har Dayal, Joe Hill, James Larkin and William D. "Big Bill" Haywood, and exploring particular industries including shipping, mining, and agriculture, this book describes how the IWW and its ideals travelled around the world.

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