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May 2022

Socialist Register 2022 — Polarization and Socialism: The Direction Forward

Sun, May 15 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$7.00 – $34.00

It is a truism that electoral politics and political identity in the USA and Europe today are polarized to a degree unknown since the 1930s. It is a commonplace among the pundits of the ruling class that somehow “both sides” must return to “moderate” common sense to avoid a violent rupture of our society. They seldom question the underlying causes of this polarization, let alone whether it is rooted in the very nature of late capitalism.

This is not the case with the contributors to the 58th volume of Socialist Register. From different perspectives, they ask us to think about the deep social contradictions exposed by increasing polarization of the most economically developed societies along lines of wealth, race, gender, nation-state, and region. Members of this class meet once each month for four months to discuss selected articles from SR 58 with editor Greg Albo, joined by various authors organized around the following themes on one Sunday a month from March 20 through May 115, 2022. The recording of the February 20 session is available by writing to info@marxedproject.org

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The Marx Revival, moderated by Marcello Musto

Sat, May 21 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $11.00

The aim of “THE MARX REVIVIAL” is to reopen for discussion, in a critical and innovative manner, the classical themes of Marx’s thought, and to develop a deeper analysis of certain questions to which relatively little attention has been paid until now. It is hoped that the volume will therefore help to bring Marx closer both to those who think everything has already been written about his work and to a new generation of readers who have not yet been seriously confronted with his writings.     — Marcello Musto, Preface to The Marx Revival

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Dream Lovers: The Gamification of Relationships

Sun, May 22 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $11.00

We are in the middle of a desirevolution — a fundamental and political transformation of the way we desire as human beings. Perhaps as always, new technologies - with their associated and inherited political biases - are organizing and mapping the future. What we don't seem to notice is that the primary way in which our lives are being transformed is through the manipulation and control of desire itself. Our very impulses, drives and urges are 'gamified' to suit particular economic and political agendas, changing the way we relate to everything from lovers and friends to food and politicians. Digital technologies are transforming the subject at the deepest level of desire – re-mapping its libidinal economy — in ways never before imagined possible.

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State Forms and Forming States: A 2-day presentation

Sun, May 22 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 4:00 PM, repeating until Sun, May 22, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $18

In a two-part presentation, the Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture will share our collective research on states: states of governmentality, states of matter, states of being. States move through us, states congeal borders, states govern, states violate, states intervene, states organize abandonment, states let die. States also signal a condition of being–states of emergency, states of grace, states of matter, statelessness. What a sorry state you’re in!

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4 Month Pass Offering Through September 30, 2022

Mon, May 23 @ 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Mon, May 23, 2022

$60.00 – $200.00

The four month pass is now $50 less than when initiating these passes. All events, classes and more for stated sliding scale fees until end of day, September 30, 2022.

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Corporate Capitalism and the Integral State

Tue, May 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$3.00 – $11.00

Steve Maher’s new book uses the relationship between the American state and General Electric from 1880 to 1980 to develop an original conception of what Gramsci called the “integral state.” It shows how state power has been critical for the development and evolution of corporate organization.

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The Necessity of Social Control by István Mészáros

Wed, May 25 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, May 25, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$15.00 – $30.00

“We are living in a time of unprecedented historical crisis, which affects all forms of the capital system, not just capitalism. It is easy to understand, then, that the only thing that could produce a viable solution to the contradictions that we have to face would be a radical socialist alternative to capital’s mode of social metabolic control.”   István Mészáros

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June 2022

NEW! Year-long (12 months) Pass : Now through May 15 of 2023

Thu, June 16 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 16 of the month, repeating until Mon, May 15, 2023

$85.00 – $375.00

12 Month Pass — good through May 15, 2023. Single person at sliding scale. Each additional person with same-time purchase for $85 for the same year—adding as many people as you would like is allowed and encouraged.

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Joyce, Marx, Lefebvre: Considerations for the 21st Century

Sat, June 18 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
$3.00 – $11.00
Marx and Joyce

Two days after Bloomsday, join Andy Merrifield to consider how Karl Marx and Henri Lefebvre help shed new light on James Joyce - and vice versa. Capital circulated through Marx the same way the Liffey circulated through Joyce's Finnegan's Wake: "a commodius vicus of recirculation." Each book is a "hypertext," a big, intricately entangled, introverted yet expansive text, historical yet somehow universal, exuberant and imaginative and at times colossally difficult to understand. Joyce said his principal character H. C. Earwicker was a "fargazer," whose…

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A close reading of Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation

Mon, June 20 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, June 20, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$35.00 – $58.00

In this anthology Marcello Musto focuses in on Marx’s later economic works, in which his thoughts on alienation were elaborated rather differently than in his philosophical manuscripts. Additionally, the writings collated in this volume are unique in their presentation of not only Marx’s critique of capitalism, but also his suggestions about communist society. This wide-ranging collection of Marx’s ideas on alienation provides an important critical tool both for understanding the past and for building a critique of contemporary society.

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From Science Fiction to Visionary Fiction: Learning from Octavia Butler

Mon, June 20 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, June 20, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$35.00 – $65.00

Writing in the years of momentous change from 1971 to 2006, Octavia Butler embodied the emergence of "visionary fiction" as a new way to write, read and draw inspiration from science fiction. This spring, the Marxist Education Project's first literature reading group devoted to science fiction will read Kindred (1979) and Parable of the Sower (1993), both now graphic novels and soon film and streaming series. Fifteen years on since her passing, Butler's influence continues to grow. We will also read NK Jemisin’s Fifth Season (2015) and  Martha Wells’ All Systems Red (2017) to explore some of Butler's lasting legacy. We will also make room to explore related short stories, graphic novels, essays, films, and more.  

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Grundrisse: Notebooks 4 and 5

Sat, June 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, July 16, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$60.00 – $90.00

“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

In 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 are continuing careful, page by page reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. These next sessions will focus on Notebooks Four and Five. We will complete our reading of the entire Grundrisse during the fall of 2022.

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Hegel for Radicals: Part 1—History

Sun, June 26 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:30 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, July 10, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$40.00 – $70.00

It has often been said that that Marx turned Hegel on his head.  In this series we will explore the meaning of that phrase and its implications for those of us who are confronting problems of a world on fire.  The problems we face today in this epoch of the decay of capitalism, imperialism, war, a global pandemic, economic crisis, the return of fascism, climate change are unprecedented. 

We will begin by introducing the very idea of History, a unique contribution of Hegel to our understanding of the world.  We will read some key writings of Hegel from the Philosophy of History and the Phenomenology of Spirit and explain their significance for our time. 

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Robert Brenner’s The Economics of Global Turbulence

Sun, June 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, June 26, 2022

On-Line via Zoom, 388 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Free

We will conduct a close reading of the text of The Economics of Global Turbulence: The Advanced Capitalist Economies from Long Boom to Long Downturn, 1945-2005 by Robert Brenner with extensive discussion. We read 10 to 15 pages in each session and expect to finish the book in 6 months. We will follow up with a reading of The Boom and the Bubble and other works.

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Six Month Pass through November 30, 2022

Mon, June 27 @ 2:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Sun, July 17, 2022

$75.00 – $250.00

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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