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December 2020

Realistic Metaphysics and the Materialist Conception of History

Wed, December 2, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, December 2, 2020

$25 – $55

Marxism's central preoccupation has been that of *class* consciousness. Marx spoke of the working class’s need to transform itself from a class *in itself* (en sich) into a class *for itself* (für sich). After two decades of revolutionary defeats and counter-revolutionary triumphs Trotsky described the situation as “the crisis of proletarian leadership.”

But these were prescriptions, now plainly further from realization than ever. In describing the proletariat as the “universal class,” Marx projected that by establishing its dictatorship (ie., radical democracy) in the proximate interest of all its members, the proletariat begins the human historical project of complete transcendence of class society. The present crisis, however, demands that this concept of “universal” be deepened and enriched. The politics based on consciousness of proximate material interest must give way to the politics of a *planetary* consciousness. The final line of our anthem, “l’Internationale sera le genre humain,”  should now be taken literally. 

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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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The Origins of Geopolitical Economy in Marx’s Remarks on Carey and Bastiat

Sat, December 5, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$7 – $11

In recent years, geopolitical economy has become a term for the properly historical-materialist analysis of international affairs that can successfully comprehend the evolution of the capitalist world order down to the contemporary age of multi-polarity by placing the nation-state as centrally in the analysis of capitalism as class. This interpretation is embedded in Karl Marx’s thinking, though not fully developed there. Perhaps its clearest expression can be found in his fragmentary comments on the “Yankee” mercantilist economist, Henry Carey, in the final pages of the “Grundrisse”.

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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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Blood and Money

Mon, December 7, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, December 7, 2020

$60 – $90

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.
THIS EVENT SOLD OUT ON SEPTEMBER 27 at 6 PM. Please write to info@marxedproject.org
The new offering of this course will begin on Monday, January 25, 1 pm to 3 pm New York City time

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Invention of the White Race

Tue, December 8, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, December 8, 2020

$85 – $115

Allen had concluded by the mid 1960’s that white supremacism was the central obstacle to progressive movements in American life, past and present, yet the “white” race itself remained the most peculiar, contentious and generally misunderstood “identity,” blocking all efforts to achieve a just society. Accordingly, Allen spent the next 40 years in writing and primary research to discern when, where, how and why the Plantation Bourgeoisie invented this “white” race in colonial Virginia and Maryland

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Trotsky in Tijuana: A new novel by Dan La Botz

Tue, December 8, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$7 – $11

Who was the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky? What did he believe and do? What was his legacy? Dan La Botz’s new novel. Trotsky in Tijuana, examines these questions in fiction.The novel’s premise is that Trotsky was not assassinated in August 1940 but survived and was relocated to Tijuana where he lived on until 1953 dying on the same day as his rival and political opponent Joseph Stalin.

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3 Event Pass: 5th Edition

Tue, December 8, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on Tue, December 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM

$15 – $25

An exceptional offer for four events at prices where you can consider bringing along a friend—all brought together by the Capital Studies Group.

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Women Write Against Fascism

Thu, December 10, 2020 @ 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, December 10, 2020

$35 – $55

We will look at themes around resistance and collaboration. Beauvoir and Ginzburg write of the period occupation by the Nazis in Vichy France and the period of Mussolini's fascist dictatorship in Italy, while Jelinek's Wonderful Wonderful Times describes the lingering effects naziism had during the years of recovery from the fascist years in Austria in society and within a family.

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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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Two Events Special: A People’s Guide to Capitalism and The Last Years of Karl Marx

Sun, December 13, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$10 – $18

Special pricing for these two presentations, Sunday, December 13, 1-3 pm and December 20, 1-3 pm

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The Last Years of Karl Marx

Sun, December 20, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7 – $11

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 noncapitalist countries.

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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
$20.00

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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MEP Open House: Eve of New Year’s Eve with The Red Microphone and more

Wed, December 30, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free – $25

3 hours in which to visit once or more than once to listen and hear music and news of new programs in the coming year.

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January 2021

Marx Dead and Alive: two more sessions

Mon, January 18 @ 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, January 18, 2021

$6 – $26

This photo is from one of the many days Marx signed in to the reading room at the British Library. Andy Merrifield visited for a moving presentation on Friday, November 27. Now, we of The MEP Capital Studies Group are presenting a six week reading and discussion series with a thorough reading of the book. This is the first of three series we are presenting with Authors, Reading Groups and books. The prices are now reduced—the group will complete on February 1. Feel free to join to the wide-ranging discussion.

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