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Theodore Allen’s ‘The Kernel and Meaning’: A Strategic Critique of U.S. Labor History

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Before Theodore W. Allen turned to his magnum opus, The Invention of the White Race, he drafted an essay "The Kernel and Meaning: A Contribution to a Proletarian Critique of U.S. Historiography." In it, he assessed how the industrial bourgeoisie successfully overturned plantation capital's rule while assuring its own ascendancy over the proletariat. Allen reviewed six commonly held explanations as to why, despite favorable objective conditions, the U.S. left and workers movements failed to establish socialism or even a permanent working-class party. Participants in this group will read and discuss the original, 160-page typescript of Allen's unpublished essay.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Chile’s 9/11: Fifty Years of Literary Resistance

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

September 2023 marks fifty years since the overthrow of Salvador Allende's socialist government on September 11, 1973. To honor the struggles and sufferings of the Chilean people, the MEP's Literature Group dedicates two eight-week series to Chilean writers active before, during, and since the Pinochet dictatorship.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Classical Political Economy and Marx’s Critique: Theories of Surplus-Value

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Following up on the MEP's long-running and recently completed study group on Marx's Grundrisse, we will closely read and discuss extensive selections from Marx's Theories of Surplus Value (sometimes referred to as Volume 4 of Capital), supplemented by chapters from I.I. Rubin's History of Economic Thought.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Oppression and Resistance in New Chinese and Chinese-American Science Fiction

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Before Theodore W. Allen turned to his magnum opus, The Invention of the White Race, he drafted an essay "The Kernel and Meaning: A Contribution to a Proletarian Critique of U.S. Historiography." In it, he assessed how the industrial bourgeoisie successfully overturned plantation capital's rule while assuring its own ascendancy over the proletariat. Allen reviewed six commonly held explanations as to why, despite favorable objective conditions, the U.S. left and workers movements failed to establish socialism or even a permanent working-class party. Participants in this group will read and discuss the original, 160-page typescript of Allen's unpublished essay.

Event Series Commons, Commoning, Communism

Commons, Commoning, Communism

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Before the advent of capitalism, much of humanity produced their immediate livelihoods on lands and with tools to which they either had rights of use or held as individual property. All that came to a violent end with what Marx preferred to call the "original expropriation" (often misleadingly termed "primitive accumulation"). This reading group will explore the historical roots and persistence of such crimes and the resistance they evoke by reading together Ian Angus's recently published The War Against the Commons, Peter Linebaugh's Stop Thief! and related texts.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Imperialism: The Long View and the Big Picture

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

In eight weekly sessions guided by Dan La Botz, we will look at imperialism in the long view, from the ancient world to today. We will examine the experience of imperialism and the theoretical justifications for it, as well as anti-imperialist movements and their arguments. We will look at imperialism as economic phenomenon, as political strategy, as cultural experience, and as psychological affect. We will discuss imperialism and gender and imperialism and the environment.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Chile’s 9/11: Fifty Years of Literary Resistance

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

September 2023 marks fifty years since the overthrow of Salvador Allende's socialist government on September 11, 1973. To honor the struggles and sufferings of the Chilean people, the MEP's Literature Group dedicates two eight-week series to Chilean writers active before, during, and since the Pinochet dictatorship.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Annual Pass

This pass entitles the purchaser to attend any or all Marxist Education Project classes and events during an entire year from the month of purchase. (For example, a pass purchased on January 7, 2023, will be valid until January 31, 2024.)

Get Tickets $265.00 – $375.00

Classical Political Economy and Marx’s Critique: Theories of Surplus-Value

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Following up on the MEP's long-running and recently completed study group on Marx's Grundrisse, we will closely read and discuss extensive selections from Marx's Theories of Surplus Value (sometimes referred to as Volume 4 of Capital), supplemented by chapters from I.I. Rubin's History of Economic Thought.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Oppression and Resistance in New Chinese and Chinese-American Science Fiction

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Before Theodore W. Allen turned to his magnum opus, The Invention of the White Race, he drafted an essay "The Kernel and Meaning: A Contribution to a Proletarian Critique of U.S. Historiography." In it, he assessed how the industrial bourgeoisie successfully overturned plantation capital's rule while assuring its own ascendancy over the proletariat. Allen reviewed six commonly held explanations as to why, despite favorable objective conditions, the U.S. left and workers movements failed to establish socialism or even a permanent working-class party. Participants in this group will read and discuss the original, 160-page typescript of Allen's unpublished essay.

Event Series Commons, Commoning, Communism

Commons, Commoning, Communism

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Before the advent of capitalism, much of humanity produced their immediate livelihoods on lands and with tools to which they either had rights of use or held as individual property. All that came to a violent end with what Marx preferred to call the "original expropriation" (often misleadingly termed "primitive accumulation"). This reading group will explore the historical roots and persistence of such crimes and the resistance they evoke by reading together Ian Angus's recently published The War Against the Commons, Peter Linebaugh's Stop Thief! and related texts.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Chile’s 9/11: Fifty Years of Literary Resistance

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

September 2023 marks fifty years since the overthrow of Salvador Allende's socialist government on September 11, 1973. To honor the struggles and sufferings of the Chilean people, the MEP's Literature Group dedicates two eight-week series to Chilean writers active before, during, and since the Pinochet dictatorship.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00

Classical Political Economy and Marx’s Critique: Theories of Surplus-Value

Online: Zoom link will be provided to registered participants

Following up on the MEP's long-running and recently completed study group on Marx's Grundrisse, we will closely read and discuss extensive selections from Marx's Theories of Surplus Value (sometimes referred to as Volume 4 of Capital), supplemented by chapters from I.I. Rubin's History of Economic Thought.

Get Tickets Free – $80.00