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April 2021

Introducing Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg with Drucilla Cornell and Jane Gordon

Sat, April 10 @ 2:05 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Rosa Luxemburg offered reflections that can usefully be taken up and reworked by writers facing continuous and new challenges to undo relations of exploitation through radical economic and social transformation Luxemburg touches on all aspects of what constitutes revolution in her work; the authors of this volume show us that, by creolizing Luxemburg, we can open up new understanding of the complexities of revolution.

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Multi Month Pass to September 30, 2021

Sat, April 10 @ 2:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Sat, October 2, 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.

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Capital, Volume 1, Part 3

Sat, April 10 @ 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

$70 – $100

Chapters 15 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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Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois

Tue, April 13 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, June 22, 2021

$60 – $80

Black Reconstruction provides a basis for a much overdue revolution in US labor history. As Du Bois so eloquently and bluntly put in in 1935: “The South, after the war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see again for many decades. Yet, the labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

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The MEP Bookstore, Winter/Spring 2021—Books with shipping included (US and Puerto Rico only)

Tue, April 13 @ 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Friday, repeating until Mon, April 26, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, April 26, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, May 17, 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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Towards a Revolution in Labor History: White Supremacism and Bourgeois Social Control

Thu, April 15 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 6, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 27, 2021

$35 – $65

Why is the US working class unorganized and suffering to a far greater extent than in other advanced capitalist societies?

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Matters of State: Literature & Espionage

Thu, April 15 @ 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, June 17, 2021

$50 – $80

The MEP Literature Reading Group takes on four spy novels Why Spy Novels? Spy novels emerged as a distinct genre around the time of World War I, coinciding with the creation of formal intelligence agencies in many countries. This was a period characterized by heightened concern on the part of rulers about national security, imperial strength, and the impending conflict of the Great War. Spy novels from the early twentieth century reflect these concerns, and generally feature secret agents and…

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Grundrisse

Sat, April 17 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 3, 2021

$50 – $80

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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Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg: Five More Sessions

Sat, April 17 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, May 15, 2021

$40 – $60

The remaining five sessions of this seminar series explore some of her signal contributions—her argument that imperialism and primitive accumulation are endemic to capitalism; her prescient attention to racist super-exploitation in southern Africa; her insistence that socialism had to be created in and through the widest form of participatory democracy, including the mass strike; her reflections, with attention to the other-than-human world and incarceration, on transformative subjectivities—through putting them in conversation with Global Southern thinkers past and present.

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Reinventing the Welfare State with Ursula Huws (Pluto FireWorks Series)

Sun, April 18 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $25

In “Reinventing the Welfare State: Digital Platforms and Public Policies” Ursula Huws proposes a welfare state infused with social justice and equality, including a redistributive UBI (Universal Basic Income), decommodification of platforms and also universal workers' rights. With positivity and rigour, she outlines a ‘digital welfare state’ for the 21st century, which would involve a repurposing of online platform technologies under public control to modernize and expand public services, and improve accessibility.

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Friedrich Engels with Terrell Carver, Kaan Kangal and Kohei Saito

Sat, April 24 @ 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
$7 – $11

All three author/editors celebrate the recent 200th birthday of Engels looking at his youthful works, his early relationship with Karl Marx, address controversy surrounding his Dialectics of Nature and give a broad reassessment of the importance of Engels pithing Marxisms, working class movements, science, philosophy and more.

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Health Care, Technology, and Socialized Medicine

Sun, April 25 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$7 – $11

While the immediate task of controlling the current pandemic determines the actions of states, medical institutions, and research laboratories, several critical microbiologists, virologists, and political economists have done well to ask the structural question about the metabolic and ecological rifts that have unleashed new dangers for humanity. But for the ecological crisis to become a ground to rethink structural transformation, it is not enough to locate it in the wreckage that capitalism accumulates. It must be understood as constitutive to capitalist social relations, having an intimate connection to the robbery of labor. It is in this sense that the particularization of these crises in the form of pathogens and impending diseases becomes crucial. This helps us to understand the ecological rift as central to everyday life and struggle in capitalism, and also to imagine a transformational class politics.

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