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November 2020

Realistic Metaphysics and the Materialist Conception of History

Wed, November 25 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, December 2, 2020

$25 – $55

Marxism's central preoccupation has been that of *class* consciousness. Marx spoke of the working class’s need to transform itself from a class *in itself* (en sich) into a class *for itself* (für sich). After two decades of revolutionary defeats and counter-revolutionary triumphs Trotsky described the situation as “the crisis of proletarian leadership.”

But these were prescriptions, now plainly further from realization than ever. In describing the proletariat as the “universal class,” Marx projected that by establishing its dictatorship (ie., radical democracy) in the proximate interest of all its members, the proletariat begins the human historical project of complete transcendence of class society. The present crisis, however, demands that this concept of “universal” be deepened and enriched. The politics based on consciousness of proximate material interest must give way to the politics of a *planetary* consciousness. The final line of our anthem, “l’Internationale sera le genre humain,”  should now be taken literally. 

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Marx Dead and Alive: Reading Capital in Precarious Times

Fri, November 27 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7 – $11

In Marx, Dead and Alive—a book that begins and ends beside Marx’s recently violated London graveside—Merrifield makes a spirited case for a critical thinker who can still offer people a route toward personal and social authenticity.

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4 Event Pass: 3rd Edition

Fri, November 27 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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One event on Sat, December 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on Tue, December 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM

One event on Sun, December 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM

$22 – $33

An exceptional offer for four events at prices where you can consider bringing along a friend—all brought together by the Capital Studies Group.

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December 2020

Women Write Against Fascism

Thu, December 3 @ 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, December 17, 2020

$35 – $55

We will look at themes around resistance and collaboration. Beauvoir and Ginzburg write of the period occupation by the Nazis in Vichy France and the period of Mussolini's fascist dictatorship in Italy, while Jelinek's Wonderful Wonderful Times describes the lingering effects naziism had during the years of recovery from the fascist years in Austria in society and within a family.

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The Origins of Geopolitical Economy in Marx’s Remarks on Carey and Bastiat

Sat, December 5 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$7 – $11

In recent years, geopolitical economy has become a term for the properly historical-materialist analysis of international affairs that can successfully comprehend the evolution of the capitalist world order down to the contemporary age of multi-polarity by placing the nation-state as centrally in the analysis of capitalism as class. This interpretation is embedded in Karl Marx’s thinking, though not fully developed there. Perhaps its clearest expression can be found in his fragmentary comments on the “Yankee” mercantilist economist, Henry Carey, in the final pages of the “Grundrisse”.

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Trotsky in Tijuana: A new novel by Dan La Botz

Tue, December 8 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$7 – $11

Who was the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky? What did he believe and do? What was his legacy? Dan La Botz’s new novel. Trotsky in Tijuana, examines these questions in fiction.The novel’s premise is that Trotsky was not assassinated in August 1940 but survived and was relocated to Tijuana where he lived on until 1953 dying on the same day as his rival and political opponent Joseph Stalin.

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Opening presentation: A People’s Guide to Capitalism

Sun, December 13 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7 – $11

Hadas Their will present on her new book which has been desribed as “a lively, accessible, and timely guide to capitalism for those who want to understand and dismantle the world of the 1%”.

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Presentation by Andy Merrifield, 4 Week Class special combined pricing

Mon, December 14 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 4, 2021

One event on Fri, November 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM

$18 – $60

This photo is from one of the many days Marx signed in to the reading room at the British Library. Andy Merrifield visits for a presentation on Friday, November 27 and we of The MEP Capital Studies Group will present a four week reading and discussion series with a thorough reading of the book. This is the first of three series we are presenting with Authors, Reading Groups and books.

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January 2021

Corona/Climate/Crisis

Wed, January 6, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, February 24, 2021

$60 – $90

The MEP is offering essential works by Rob Wallace and Andreas Malm with the Ecosocialist Study Group. Wallace and colleagues track the Covid-19 pandemic as it emerged out of the global circuits of capital and the peculiar scientific thinking that underpins capitalist rule. Malm takea a critical and urgent look at the politics demanded by the planetary scope of pandemics and global warming, the short time-frame for action, and the chronic emergency of increasingly frequent social-ecological disasters.

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A People’s Guide to Capitalism

Sun, January 10, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, April 11, 2021

$80 – $115

Despite the efforts of mainstream commentators to convince us otherwise, many are asking questions about why the capitalist system has produced such vast inequality and wanton disregard for its own environmental destruction. This book offers answers to exactly these questions on their own terms: in the form of a radical economic theory. The 14-week class which begins in early January will feature a close reading and discussion of the entire book with explication and references to additional materials related to this study.

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