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The Necessity of Social Control by István Mészáros

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

“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

$15.00 – $30.00
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A close reading of Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

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.

$35.00 – $58.00

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Robert Brenner’s The Economics of Global Turbulence

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

We are engaged in a close reading and extensive discussion of Robert Brenner's The Economics of Global Turbulence: The Advanced Capitalist Economies from Long Boom to Long Downturn, 1945-2005. 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 other recent works by Brenner, including The Boom and the Bubble.

Free

Facebooking the Anthropocene with Bob Ostertag

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

Video available: https://youtu.be/EG2B_Vf1KZY
Bob Ostertag's new book, Facebooking the Anthropocene in Raja Ampat: Technics and Civilization in the 21st Century, offers a deeply intimate portrait of the cataclysmic shifts between humans, technology, and the so-called natural world. Amid the breakneck pace of both technological advance and environmental collapse, he explores how we are changing as fast as the world around us—from how we make music, to how we have sex, to what we do to survive, and who we imagine ourselves to be. And though the environmental crisis terrifies and technology overwhelms, Ostertag finds enough creativity, compassion, and humor in our evolving behavior to keep us laughing and inspired as the world we are building overtakes the world we found.
Video available at https://youtu.be/EG2B_Vf1KZY

$5.00 – $12.00

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Science Fiction/ Visionary Fiction Reading Group Summer Season

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

“The use of imaginative fiction is to deepen your understanding of your world, and your fellow men, and your own feelings, and your destiny." “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.” --The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin Summertime … Continue reading Science Fiction/ Visionary Fiction Reading Group Summer Season

$60 – $90

Celebrate the Life of Michael Lardner

The People's Forum 320 West 37th Street, New York, NY

Video available: https://youtu.be/aGkzsiT7kdQ
Michael Lardner, longtime organizer with the Marxist Education Project, died on July 21, 2022, following a brief but valiant struggle with an aggressive cancer. Join us to celebrate his life and contributions.
If you are unable to attend in person a Zoom link will be provided when you register or submit the RSVP.

Free

Adventure Capitalism: Raymond Craib Looks at ‘Libertarian Exit’

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

Video available: https://youtu.be/QwctEaH5_54
The past half century is littered with the remains of experiments in “libertarian exit.” Raymond Craib's new PM Press book Adventure Capitalism traces the history history of individualist, property-oriented “escape” projects pursued by the likes of Michael Oliver, Peter Thiel, and Bitcoin bros.

$5.00 – $12.00

Jean Jaurès and the Socialist History of the French Revolution

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

Video available: https://youtu.be/mtT8owRC5Fw
Jean Jaurès's magisterial work, A Socialist History of the French Revolution, has endured for over a century as one of the most influential accounts ever published. Mitchell Abidor's abridged translation of the original six-volume work makes this new edition truly accessible to an Anglophone audience. Geoff Kurtz, author of a 2014 biography of Jaurès, joins Mitch for a conversation about the History and the author's life and times.

$5.00 – $12.00

Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire

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Video available: https://youtu.be/C5YAw174E7s
Palm oil, found in half of supermarket products, has shaped our world. Max Haiven uncovers how the gears of capitalism are literally and metaphorically lubricated by this ubiquitous elixir.

$5.00 – $12.00

Climate Justice and Socialist Strategy with Jason W. Moore

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Jason W. Moore addresses the missed opportunity for a program of planetary justice as the “Environmentalism of the Rich” came to the fore after 1968 and overshadowed Martin Luther King, Jr.’s appeal for radical action against capitalism’s “triple evils” of racism, militarism, and class exploitation. As King underscored in his final months, justice cannot be effectively pursued piece by piece. The “whole society” with and within the web of life must be reinvented, inasmuch as we are “all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.”

$5.00 – $12.00
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Envisioning Social Change: New Voices in Science Fiction

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

In order to build a better world, we have to envision it first. Join us to read more science fiction through the lens of social change. Readings this fall will include Selections from Octavia's Brood, edited by adrienne marie brown and Walida Imarisha, who conceptualized Visionary Fiction and this book to honor Octavia Butler. Emily … Continue reading Envisioning Social Change: New Voices in Science Fiction

Free – $30

From Austerity to Fascism: The Capital Order

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In The Capital Order, Clara E. Mattei explores the intellectual origins of austerity to uncover its originating motives: the protection of capital-and indeed capitalism - in times of social upheaval from below. Drawing on newly uncovered archival material from Britain and Italy, she offers a damning account of the rise of austerity - and of modern economics - at the levers of contemporary political power. Mattei reveals how the threat of working-class power in the years after World War I animated top-down economic policies that elevated owners, smothered workers, and imposed a rigid economic hierarchy across societies.

$5.00 – $12.00
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Climate, Class, and Degrowth

On-Line via Zoom New York, NY

Join the MEP's Ecosocialist Study Group as we reconvene to consider two books that are provoking wide discussion and debate: Matt Huber's Climate Change as Class War, and The Future Is Degrowth, by Matthias Schmelzer, Aaron Vansintjan, and Andrea Vetter.

$30