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...if we don’t define what capitalism is then what does it means to be ”anti-capitalist”? Don’t we first have to know what something is to know what it is we’re against? Otherwise, how can we ever know if the movement we’re building is based on strategies, tactics, issues and demands that, even if successful, will actually move us beyond capitalism instead of once again simply reinforcing its rule?Find out more »
This group will read and discuss classic and contemporary works in the Marxist tradition that address the nexus of capitalism, science, nature, and climate change.Find out more »
Each Thursday we will look at the continually contested terrain and the peoples on both sides of the borders of the U.S. and Mexico,Find out more »
The talk includes three parts: first, it makes an argument for the use of workers’ inquiry as a method to study contemporary work conditions, in this case involving an undercover activist ethnography; second, it draws on heterodox and critical Marxist theory to understand the transformation of work; third, it focuses on the challenges of resistance and organization in contemporary work through a concrete example.Find out more »
Noam Chomsky’s articles, public talks, and correspondence have provided a critical voice on political and social issues crucial not only to the region but the entire international community, including "humanitarian intervention," the relevance of international law in today’s politics, media manipulations, and economic crisis as a means of political control.Find out more »
This March the New York City left has the opportunity to come together and meet to watch and then discuss this film written, then filmed, edited and released as a film during the period of widespread working class militant activity throughout Italy—1971 still very warm following the Hot Autumn period of 1979. Petri and Volante step up and raise the stakes beyond their earlier collaboration, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion.Find out more »
Unwilling, or unable to conform and accept lesser positions in their societies, they remain within their marginality and write their unease in novels which give readers an alternative report of the results of colonization both abroad where the EuroAmerican capitalists have colonized and what consequences that colonization has made for life in the their countries of origin.Find out more »
The concentration of economic power was built into the Constitution and enhanced by Hamilton who imposed different forms of British capitalism upon the former colonies that had just rebelled against those policies.Find out more »
Join us for a close reading of Jason W. Moore's Capitalism in the Web of Life. Using Moore's world-ecology framework, we will rethink the history of capitalism as a dialectic in which wealth, power, and nature interact to produce recurring crises - including today's troubling nexus of global warming, mass extinction, and the exceeding of planetary boundaries.Find out more »
Karl Marx’s Capital remains the fundamental text for understanding how capitalism works. By unraveling the commoditized forms of our interactions with nature and each other, it provides tools to understand capitalism’s astounding innovativeness and productivity, intertwined with growing inequality and misery, alienation, stunting of human potential, and ecological destruction all over the globe.Find out more »
Serge’s Notebooks were discovered in 2010 and appear here for the first time in their entirety in English. They are a a message in a bottle from one of the great spirits, and great writers, of our shipwrecked time.Find out more »
THIS SERIES HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 20!
...the great social revolution of that momentous period following the Civil War was surely the “reconstruction” of social relations in the former slave states. In his groundbreaking study (1935), W.E.B. DuBois reveals that this social revolution was both initiated by slaves in the midst of the war and carried through by the emancipated Black population during and after the period when federal troops occupied the former Confederate states.
...capital aims at projecting both nature and people off Earth proper into a distinct space where alienated nature and alienated people interact on commoditization’s terms alone. Livestock and crops, and the farmers who tend them, have been beamed up into this new social metabolism.Find out more »