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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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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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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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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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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

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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