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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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Book Special: Marx Dead and Alive: Reading Capital in Precarious Times (with shipping)

Thu, November 26 @ 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
$22.50

This is for ordering the book only. We have another offer for Andy's talk, the book with the 4 session class that will begin on Monday, December 14, 2020.

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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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Capital, Volume 1

Sat, November 28 @ 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, December 19, 2020

$20 – $45

Marx’s scientific presentation of the laws of motion of capitalist development begins by analyzing the fundamental or elemental form which wealth takes in our society, the commodity. Understanding this form leads us to the most basic law that grounds social reproduction in societies under the domination of capital, the law of value. Therefore, our first task will be to break through the appearance and reveal the social content of the commodity form. This begins the unraveling of the why and how of what we necessarily, under the domination and exploitation of capital, experience every day in our lives.

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December 2020

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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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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January 2021

Capital, Volume 1, Part 2

Sat, January 9, 2021 @ 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, March 27, 2021

$80 – $110

Session 2 will complete the analysis of Part I: Commodities and Money, starting with Chapter 2: The Process of Exchange followed by the historical development of the money form in the circulation of commodities. This in turn leads to the Transformation of Money into Capital, positioning the reader to analyze the specific social relations of capitalist production (wage labor and owners of capital) in relation to the forces of production, the means of production.

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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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