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August 2020

The Affordable Housing Crisis

Mon, August 31, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$7 – $11

The population in the metropolis is regrouped into ghettos (suburbs, foreigners, factories, students), and the new cities are to some extent reminiscent of colonial cities.’ Yet in these histories we find sedimentations of possibilities that I will take up in this essay.

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Beyond Market Dystopia: 2 Events Special Price

Mon, August 31, 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, August 31, 2020

$10 – $18

The speakers each wrote an essay in the current Socialist Register of 2020: Beyond Market Dystopia. A number of the essays interrogate central dimensions of how we live and how we might live in terms of educating our children, housing and urbanism, accommodation of refugees and the displaced, and (to lean on that all too common phrase) the competitive time pressures for ‘work-life balance’.

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September 2020

Perry Mason and the Case of the Careless Remake

Fri, September 4, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7 – $11

Perry Mason, the indefatigable defender of hopeless cases that the police have seemingly wrapped up, has been reinvented as a no-account Jake Gittes from Chinatown, a two-bit blackmailer and lost generation PTSD war casualty navigating the streets of 1932 Los Angeles at the height of the depression. Hoovervilles, the Bonus March, and the rich in tuxedos with the poor at their feet form the background of the series and suggest our own era where Trumpvilles flourish and will soon expand when unemployment benefits are exhausted. 

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Socialist Register 2020: Beyond Market Dystopia

Mon, September 14, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, September 14, 2020

$15 – $30

From the editors Greg Albo and Leo Panitch: By challenging our contributors to address what are the actual and possible ways of living in this century, we saw this as way of probing how to get beyond the deep contradictions of neoliberal capitalism. We did not want contributors to conceive their remit as future-oriented per se, but rather to see their mandate as locating utopic visions and struggles for alternate ways of living in the dystopic present.

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Communism in the Suburbs?/Retroactive Utopia of Socialist City

Mon, September 14, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$7 – $11

ROGER: The core message here is the need to focus on the small and hidden histories, the buried stories of the everyday, the extinguished but smoldering fires at the grass roots of urban society. OWEN In the center of Manchester, you can find two artefacts of the Soviet Union’s attempt to fuse art, architecture and everyday life. One is now fairly wellknown. Standing in Tony Wilson Square, a developer-owned ‘Private Public Space’ standing in front of the arts center ‘Home’, facing various new luxury office and residential units, is a statue of Friedrich Engels.

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The 2020 Socialist Register: Market Dystopia BOOK for series

Tue, September 15, 2020 @ 6:35 PM - 8:45 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:35 PM on Monday, repeating until Tue, September 15, 2020

$23

This is where you are easily able to purchase the Socialist Register 2020. Our product button on the WordPress site needs modification so this book purchase is listed under events. Price includes shipping. As a back-up to your order, please email your address to info@marxedproject.org

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China’s Engine of Environmental Collapse

Mon, September 21, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$7 – $11

As the world hurtles towards environmental oblivion, China is leading the charge. The nation's CO2 emissions are more than twice those of the US with a GDP just two-thirds as large. China leads the world in renewable energy yet it is building new coal-fired power plants faster than renewables. Richard contends that nothing short of drastic shutdowns and the scaling back of polluting industries, especially in China and the US, will suffice to slash greenhouse gas emissions enough to prevent climate catastrophe.

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21st Century Communists of the Commons and Contemporary Proudhonism

Wed, September 30, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$7 – $11

The sum of what the 21st Century Proudhonists put forth as innovation, is instead prey to a series of misunderstandings – of the concept of the commons itself, of contemporary capitalism whose dynamics forms the backdrop of their project and key economic and political ideas of Marx whose authority they seek to attach to their project.

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October 2020

Lit and Film: Noir for the Summer of Covid-19

Thu, October 1, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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weekly
$50 – $80

Continuing in the MEP LITERATURE GROUP summer tradition, we will once again delve into Noir genres– but with a twist! Starting August 6, we will read four books and watch the movies that are based on them. Please join us for four books with the four movies that resulted from them.

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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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Multi-Month Pass: Now through Dec 31, 2020

Sat, October 31, 2020 @ 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
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An event every month that begins at 12:01 AM on day 31 of the month, repeating until Mon, November 30, 2020

$50 – $250

For a one-time sliding scale fee of $150, $200, or $250 attend any and all classes and events of The Marxist Education Project. For $50 more ($200, $250 or $300) bring a guest as often as you would like to the classes, films and events between now and May 31, 2021.

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Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations

Sat, October 31, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$7 – $11

Radhika will propose that Marx’s purpose in these investigations and commentaries had nothing to do with either a stagist or a determinist view of history. Against these accusations, often levelled at Marx and often put forth by the exertions of many a “Marxist”, there are reasons to believe that Marx was going beyond the stagism and determinism of received accounts to something far more sophisticated and radical.

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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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Social Reproduction and the City

Wed, November 18, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$7 – $11

Feminist political economy and feminist welfare state scholarship have not focused on the urban as a scale of analysis, and critical approaches to urban neoliberalism often fail to address questions of social reproduction. To address these unexplored areas, Black unpacks the urban as a contested site of welfare state restructuring and examines the escalating crisis in social reproduction. He lays bare the aftermath of the welfare-to-work agenda of the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.

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Marx Dead and Alive: Reading Capital in Precarious Times

Fri, November 27, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7 – $11

In Marx, Dead and Alive—a book that begins and ends beside Marx’s recently violated London graveside—Merrifield makes a spirited case for a critical thinker who can still offer people a route toward personal and social authenticity.

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