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February 2021

Anitra Nelson and Vincent Liegey: Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide

Sun, February 7 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $29

As a sense of urgency pervades global environmentalism and the Left, the degrowth movement has burst into the mainstream. As growth driven climate catastrophe looms, degrowth is a political response based on changing how we live, countering persistent growth with a demand to slow down with a reorientation around provision of basic needs for all.

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The Time of Our Lives with Bryan Palmer

Tue, February 9 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7 – $11

At the current historical conjuncture, time has become the challenge for socialists to address, not only because it defines what does and does not constitute the working day, but because it is increasingly obvious that time and its organization defines life itself. Will time continue to be compressed into capital’s needs, or will it be reimagined as liberation, struggled through and over in ways that enhance the project of human emancipation?

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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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Interpretation Machines: Contradictions of “Artificial Intelligence” in 21st Century Capitalism

Sun, February 14 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $30

What are capitalist concerns getting into in the embrace of so-called artificial intelligence? What is capital getting the world into? In approaching these questions, it may be useful to set aside the term "artificial intelligence" in favour of "interpretation machines."

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The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution

Tue, February 16 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $32

The story of the Benin Bronzes — carried off by the British in 1897 — sits at the heart of a heated debate about cultural restitution, repatriation and the decolonization of museums. In “The Brutish Museums”, Dan Hicks makes a powerful case for the urgent return of such objects, as part of a wider project of addressing the outstanding debt of colonialism.

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The Sinking Middle Class with David Roediger

Wed, February 17 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$7 – $11

Roediger demonstrates that an obsession with a “middle class” is relatively new in US politics, starting with Bill Clinton's attempt to win back the so-called Reagan Democrats. The efforts by the corporatist wing of the Democratic Party remain marked by covert appeals to white racism and the avoidance of wealth redistribution.

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Blood and Money

Mon, February 22 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, March 29, 2021

$60 – $90

The birth and development of capitalism since its origins in the fifteenth century is entirely bound up with the subordination of racialized peoples. Even before capitalism arose – in a process Marx termed the “so-called primitive accumulation” – money and markets were implicated in the rise and fall of states and empires that conquered and enslaved vast numbers of human bodies. This group will address these histories and their persisting consequences. We will read and discuss David McNally’s Blood and Money: War, Slavery, Finance, and Empire and Jairus Banaji’s The History of Commercial Capitalism among other works.

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The Last Years of Karl Marx: A new reading group

Mon, February 22 @ 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, March 29, 2021

$15 – $55

With The Last Years of Karl Marx, Marcello Musto claims a renewed relevance for the late work of Marx, highlighting unpublished or previously neglected writings, many of which remain unavailable in English. Readers are invited to reconsider Marx’s critique of European colonialism, his ideas on non-Western societies, and his theories on the possibility of revolution in non-capitalist countries. From Marx’s late manuscripts, notebooks, and letters emerge an author markedly different from the one represented by many of his contemporary critics and followers alike.

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Socialists on Social Media Platforms and Imagine Platform Socialism

Tue, February 23 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7 – $11

While digital platforms are enabling socialists to communicate in ways that were not possible in the pre-digital world of mass media, they are supplements to – not substitutes for – building democratic and sustainable socialist organizations and militant working-class movements.

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M.A.D. Lit 101: American Fiction and the Cold War

Thu, February 25 @ 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, March 18, 2021

$25 – $55

A reading and discussion of three substantive novels that explain the context of anti-communism as it raged in the years immediately following World War II, has continued throughout the decades since then, and remains strong throughout American culture and popular consciousness today.

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Multi Month Pass to September 15, 2021

Fri, February 26 @ 12:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 AM on Friday, repeating until Thu, July 15, 2021

An event every week that begins at 12:30 AM on Friday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

An event every week that begins at 12:30 AM on Friday, repeating until Sat, July 31, 2021

An event every month that begins at 12:30 AM on day 26 of the month, repeating until Sun, August 15, 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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Engels and the Dialectics of Nature

Fri, February 26 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Friday, repeating until Fri, April 9, 2021

$50 – $80

This class will journey into quantum physics and 21st-century cosmology as background for a study of dialectics in natural science and philosophy. Readings include Engels’ Dialectics of Nature and excerpts from other philosophers and scientists writing since Engels.

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Capital, Volume 1, Part 2

Sat, February 27 @ 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

$60 – $90

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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Capital, Volume 1, Chapter 1, Special 4 week

Sat, February 27 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, March 13, 2021

Free

Starting this Saturday there will be a new four-week session on Saturday evenings from 6 to 8 pm covering Chapter One of Volume One of Karl Marx's Capital. All are welcome to attend. Register here on The MEP site.

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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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