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September 2021

Ecosocialism in the Shadow of Covid

Mon, September 20 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Tue, November 23, 2021

$35 – $65

We will read and discuss three books: The Corona Crash (Verso), by Grace Blakeley, details how the pandemic is ushering in a new era in which the corporate economy collapses into the arms of the state, and behemoths like Amazon and Netflix balloon in profit and power. White Skin, Black Fuel (Verso), by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective, takes a comprehensive look at how extreme-right currents are responding to ecological crises with with authoritarian and xenophobic proposals while remaining ardent supporters of fossil capital – black fuels to support white supremacy. And A People’s Green New Deal (Pluto), by Max Ajl, engages critically with various Green New Deal proposals and sketches out a radical alternative committed to degrowth, anti-imperialism and agro-ecology.

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The Invention of the White Race

Tue, September 21 @ 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, December 14, 2021

$70.00 – $110.00

Theodore W. Allen spent 30 years researching the primary sources and writing The Invention of the White Race (2 volumes), which provides a historical materialist analysis of racial oppression and the white identity which emerged as a principal form of social control over rebellious laboring class of European and Africans in the pattern setting colonies of Virginia and Maryland in the late 17th early 18th century.

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Grundrisse: The Chapter on Money (The first two notebooks)

Sat, September 25 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, November 13, 2021

$40.00 – $70.00

“Forces of production and social relations - two different sides of the development of the social individual - appear to capital as mere means, and are merely means for it to produce on its limited foundation. In fact, however, they are the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high...” —Karl Marx, The Grundrisse

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Urban Displacements and Contemporary Capitalism

Sat, September 25 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Susanne Soederberg argues that historical and geographical configurations of monetized governance, including landlords, employers and inter-scalar state practices, have served to reproduce urban displacements and obfuscate their gendered, class and racialized underpinnings. The outcome is the everyday facilitation and normalization of urban poverty and social marginalization on one side, and capital accumulation on the other.

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Studies in the Works of Antonio Gramsci with Piruz Alemi

Sun, September 26 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, November 14, 2021

$45.00 – $75.00

This 10-week session will feature a close reading of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. We will look to connect cultures and their human rights struggles. We will also explore those who influenced Gramsci, particularly Marx, but also Machiavelli and Croce. This seminar is accessible to people at all levels of familiarity with Gramsci’s work, including those just beginning their studies of Gramsci.

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States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia and China

Sun, September 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, December 19, 2021

Skocpol asserts that social revolutions are rapid and basic transformations of a society's state and class structures. She distinguishes this from mere rebellions, which involve a revolt of subordinate classes but may not create structural change, and from political revolutions that may change state structures but not social structures. What is unique about social revolutions, she argues, is that basic changes in social structure and political structure occur in a mutually reinforcing fashion and these changes occur through intense sociopolitical conflict. A convergence of peasant rebellion on one hand and international pressures causing state breakdown on the other hand cause revolutionary social movements.

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November 2021

Value, Fictitious Capital and Finance. The Timelessness of Karl Marx’s Capital with John Milios

Sat, November 6 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Starting from his value-form analysis in Part One of Volume 1 of Capital, Marx develops the concept of “fictitious capital” in Volume 3, which depicts the role of interest-bearing capital and the financial sphere. Marx’s analysis allows for an understanding of contemporary capitalism, financialization and crisis: financialization cannot be isolated from “real” economy; it should be conceived as a “technology” of exercising capitalist power and hegemony over the working classes and the society as a whole. Marx’s analysis provides the terms to rethink the contemporary neoliberal form of capitalism and its crisis as expressions of the contradictions inherent in the organization of capitalist power.

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