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October 2020

Capital, Volume 3, Part 7, the last chapters of volume 3

Sat, October 3, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, October 3, 2020

$35 – $55

The study of Volume III is essential to understanding the complex dynamics at work in the present realities we are facing and how these realities are the necessary results of the inner logic of capital. In this moribund stage of late capitalist/imperialist development we see the rise of rentier and finance capital—the introduction of financial instruments being used to make money make more money, jumping over and above the actual real wealth produced by trading on future wealth (derivatives and other forms of fictitious capital); overriding supply and demand as a price mechanism in such necessities as foodstuffs so that their prices continuously rise resulting in more poverty and starvation on a world scale and here in the US; turning new technologies into means of collecting rents—the internet, mobile devices; expropriation of taxes paid by the working class to developers who are often tax exempt while our city and state governments give them tracts of our physical space; commodification of debt; privatization of public spaces, properties and institutions; foreclosures; and the list goes on.

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November 2020

Commodity Fetishism vs Capital Fetishism

Sun, November 1, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7 – $11

The focus will be on the analysis of commodity fetishism, in an effort to contribute to the comprehension of the different dimensions of this concept, especially in Marx’s Capital. For this purpose, we will pursue the following course: There will be an overview of various Marxist approaches to the subject. Subsequently, we are going to consider these approaches in the light of Marx’s analysis.

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December 2020

Considerations on Bolshevism Before Stalinism

Sat, December 5, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$50 – $80

Questions such as these are being discussed: Were the Bolsheviks inherently authoritarian? What was 'democratic centralism'? Is the Bolshevik type organization necessary for revolutionary change? What exactly was the role of the Bolsheviks in the revolution? What were the Soviets? How did the soviets come into being? Did soviets represent a higher form of democracy?

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Capital, Volume 1

Sat, December 5, 2020 @ 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 5, 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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Opening presentation: A People’s Guide to Capitalism

Sun, December 13, 2020 @ 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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Book Special: Marx Dead and Alive: Reading Capital in Precarious Times

Thu, December 24, 2020 @ 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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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January 2021

Before Stalinism: The Rise and Fall of Soviet Democracy

Sat, January 23 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$7 – $11

Sam Farber has assembled and synthesized a wealth of historical material so as to assess the extent to which the disappearance of Soviet democracy was due to objective circumstances such as the Civil War and how much of the magnitude of this was the result of Bolshevik politics and ideology.

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February 2021

Heterodox Socialism: Michael Brie, Jean-Numa Ducange, Kieran Durkin

Sat, February 13 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$7 – $21

Author Jean-Numa Ducange, and editors Michael Brie and Kieran Durkin present on editions they have put together on Jules Guesde, Rosa Luxemburg and Raya Dunayevskaya.

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A People’s Guide to Capitalism

Sun, February 28 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, February 28, 2021

$20 – $60

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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March 2021

Marx and Emancipatory Political Theory

Sat, March 20 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$7 – $11

This panel will conside George Comninel’s “Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx”, “Marxism versus Liberalism” by August Nimtz and “Revisiting Marx’s Critique of Liberalism” by Igor Shoikhedbrod

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May 2021

Socialist Register 2021: Beyond Digital Capitalism (the entire series)

Sun, May 2 @ 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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One event on Sun, May 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM

$7 – $29

Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living Continues on April 27 with another final session on May 2 There are tickets for each session for those who are unable to be present for this series. The series tickets provide entrance to the remaining 6 presentations with discussions. “In addressing how far digital technology has become integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades the 21st century, we were deliberately seeking to counter so much facile futurist ‘cyber-utopian’ thinking…

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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

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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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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July 2021

Darko Suvin: Communism, Poetry, Comradeship—a celebratory reading and discussion

Sun, July 18 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$7 – $11

Darko Suvin will appear on the eve of his 91st birthday via an international video conference presented by The Marxist Education Project, in celebration of a life of communism, poetry, comradeship and all that goes into a life well-known for commitment to all of this and more. Readings and discussion: A selection of poems from Darko’s more than 40 years of writing   poetry along with sharing memoirs of many more years of vigorous engagement while active in the multiple forms of struggle for communism from continents the world over that Darko has called home, will all be part of this mid-summer celebration a life of comradeship.

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