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April 2021

Introducing Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg with Drucilla Cornell and Jane Gordon

Sat, April 10 @ 2:05 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Rosa Luxemburg offered reflections that can usefully be taken up and reworked by writers facing continuous and new challenges to undo relations of exploitation through radical economic and social transformation Luxemburg touches on all aspects of what constitutes revolution in her work; the authors of this volume show us that, by creolizing Luxemburg, we can open up new understanding of the complexities of revolution.

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Multi Month Pass to September 30, 2021

Sat, April 10 @ 2:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Sat, October 2, 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.

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Capital, Volume 1, Part 3

Sat, April 10 @ 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

$70 – $100

Chapters 15 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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Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly with Editor Peter Cole

Sun, April 11 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $27

In the early twentieth century, when many US unions disgracefully excluded black and Asian workers, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) warmly welcomed people of color, in keeping with their emphasis on class solidarity and their bold motto: “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All!” Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly tells the story of one of the greatest heroes of the American working class. A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Benjamin Fletcher…

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4 Month Pass Offering Through August 15

Mon, April 12 @ 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 AM on Monday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 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, July 31.

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Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (a close reading group)

Mon, April 12 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, May 10, 2021

$20 – $52

Empire's Endgame maps the complex relations between empire, racist culture, political economy, and the practices of a security-oriented state seeking legitimacy in times of unbearable economic uncertainty. While the book's story unfolds in Britain, its lessons and warnings may well apply to the United States and many other crisis-ridden imperialist polities.

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

Tue, April 13 @ 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Friday, repeating until Mon, April 26, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, April 26, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, May 17, 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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Towards a Revolution in Labor History: White Supremacism and Bourgeois Social Control

Thu, April 15 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 6, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 27, 2021

$35 – $65

Why is the US working class unorganized and suffering to a far greater extent than in other advanced capitalist societies?

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Matters of State: Literature & Espionage

Thu, April 15 @ 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

$50 – $80

The MEP Literature Reading Group takes on four spy novels 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…

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Victor Serge: Notebooks 1936 to 1947 a close reading

Sat, April 17 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 3, 2021

$55 – $85

In this session, we will read Notebooks 1936-1947 written during the last ten years of Serge’s life while in exile in Mexico.  The Notebooks document not only the personal and political costs of Serge’s commitment to the truth of the 1917 Revolution, but the deep and rewarding insights of Serge’s intellect that had been freed by creative and radical political thought.

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Grundrisse

Sat, April 17 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 3, 2021

$50 – $80

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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Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg: Five More Sessions

Sat, April 17 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, May 15, 2021

$40 – $60

The remaining five sessions of this seminar series explore some of her signal contributions—her argument that imperialism and primitive accumulation are endemic to capitalism; her prescient attention to racist super-exploitation in southern Africa; her insistence that socialism had to be created in and through the widest form of participatory democracy, including the mass strike; her reflections, with attention to the other-than-human world and incarceration, on transformative subjectivities—through putting them in conversation with Global Southern thinkers past and present.

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Reinventing the Welfare State with Ursula Huws (Pluto FireWorks Series)

Sun, April 18 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $25

In “Reinventing the Welfare State: Digital Platforms and Public Policies” Ursula Huws proposes a welfare state infused with social justice and equality, including a redistributive UBI (Universal Basic Income), decommodification of platforms and also universal workers' rights. With positivity and rigour, she outlines a ‘digital welfare state’ for the 21st century, which would involve a repurposing of online platform technologies under public control to modernize and expand public services, and improve accessibility.

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Reinventing the Welfare State: Book + talk special

Sun, April 18 @ 2:05 PM - 4:00 PM
$25 – $31 38 tickets left

With positivity and rigor, Ursula Huws will outline a ‘digital welfare state’ for the 21st century, which would involve a repurposing of online platform technologies under public control to modernise and expand public services, and improve accessibility.

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Start Early, Stay Late: Planning for Care in Old Age

Tue, April 20 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7 – $11

Covid-19 has exposed too many weaknesses in the neoliberal capitalist system to count, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable. For 10 years our international, interdisciplinary research team has been documenting the profound weaknesses in nursing home care within Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the US. The lines between for-profit and not have become increasingly blurred by various neoliberal strategies. One of these involves non-profit and state-owned homes contracting out services to for-profit firms as – in denial of the literature on the determinants of health – services such as food, housekeeping, and laundry have been defined out of care and dismissed as ancillary. This contracting out has not only undermined teamwork, but has also resulted in poor food, inadequate cleaning, and limited laundry – all of which threaten health.

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