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May 2021

Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg: Reconsidering Primitive Accumulation

Sat, May 8 @ 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$7 – $9

This session will be devoted to engaging with Rosa’s pivotal reworking of the concept of primitive accumulation, with attention to historical and contemporary South Africa, medieval European race-making and its legacies, and contemporary commodification of women’s reproductive labor.

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The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy

Tue, May 11 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
$7 – $11

With cutting-edge analyses, this book looks at the many dark facets of the corporation, including automation, surveillance, tech work, workers' struggles, algorithmic challenges, the disruption of local democracy and much more. “The Cost of Free Shipping” shows how Amazon represents a fundamental shift in global capitalism that we should name, interrogate and be primed to resist.

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Organizing Insurgency: Workers’ Movements in the Global South

Sat, May 22 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Looking at contemporary case studies in India, the Philippines and South Africa, this book affirms the significance of political and economic representation to the struggles of workers against deepening levels of poverty and inequality that oppress the majority of people on the planet. Immanuel Ness shows that workers are eager to mobilize to improve their conditions, and can achieve lasting gains if they have sustenance and support from political organizations.

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Socialist Practice: Histories and Theories

Sun, May 23 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

The level of popular discontent—in the United States as elsewhere—has shown a dramatic increase in recent years, but has yet to crystallize into a cohesive anti-capitalist political force. Socialist Practice aims to contribute to a popular movement for socialism.

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June 2021

Re:sources / Re:lations with Working Group on Globalization and Culture

Sun, June 6 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $18

The Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture will share our collective research on two ubiquitous words of our contemporary vocabulary: resources and relations this coming Sunday, June 6/
THEMATIC CLUSTERS: On Sunday June 6, we will present the two clusters: Source Memory: Relating Archival Contradictions and The Relations of Human Resources.

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Capitalism and the Sea

Mon, June 7 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, June 7, 2021

$40 – $60

While sea beds are drilled for their fossil fuels and minerals, and coastlines developed for real estate and leisure, the oceans continue to absorb the toxic discharges of carbon civilization – warming, expanding, and acidifying the blue water part of the planet in ways that will bring unpredictable but irreversible consequences for the rest of the biosphere.

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New York City and the Experience of Modernity

Fri, June 11 @ 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 11, 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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Amakomiti: Grassroots Democracy in South African Shack Settlements

Sat, June 12 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Can people who live in shantytowns, shacks and favelas teach us anything about democracy? About how to govern society in a way that is inclusive, participatory and addresses popular needs? This book argues that they can. In a study conducted in dozens of South Africa's shack settlements, where more than 9 million people live, Trevor Ngwane finds thriving shack dwellers' committees that govern local life, are responsive to popular needs and provide a voice for the community.

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Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives

Sat, June 19 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $25

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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AUGMENTED EXPLOITATION: Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Work

Fri, June 25 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$7 – $25

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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Pluto Wildcat Series: Final 2 sessions—Augmented Exploitation and Wobblies of the World

Fri, June 25 @ 4:05 PM - 6:00 PM
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One event on Fri, June 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM

$12 – $18

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 26 @ 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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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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Grundrisse

Sat, July 24 @ 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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NEW! Year-long (12 months) Pass : Now through July, 2022

Tue, July 27 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 27 of the month, repeating until Thu, June 30, 2022

$75.00 – $350.00

12 Month Pass — good until July 31, 2022. Single person at sliding scale. Each additional person with same-time purchase for $75 for the same year—adding as many people as you would like is allowed and encouraged.

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