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June 2021

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

$25 – $55

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
Free

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 Fri, June 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM

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

Free

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. All books from the series are available at the MEP on-line book store.

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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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Multi Month Pass to December 31, 2021

Mon, June 28 @ 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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July 2021

NEW! Year long pass (A. July 1 to June 30, or B. January 1 to December 31)

Thu, July 1 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 1 of the month, repeating until Thu, June 30, 2022

$75 – $350

12 Month Pass *July 1 to June 30 of upcoming twelve month period, or January 1 through December 31 of an upcoming year. Single person at sliding scale. Each additional person with same-time purchase for $75 for the same year

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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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