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Capital Studies Group

January 2021

Capital, Volume 1, Part 2

Sat, January 23 @ 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

$80 – $110

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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A People’s Guide to Capitalism

Sun, January 24 @ 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 – $65

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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Blood and Money

Mon, January 25 @ 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 78 tickets left

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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Socialist Register 2021: Ursula Huws on Reaping the Whirlwind

Sun, January 31 @ 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Greg Albo and Steve Maher will introduce Socialist Register 2021—Beyond Digital Capitalism followed by Ursula Huws presenting on her essay, “Reaping the Whirlwind: Digitization, Restructuring, and Moblization in the Covid Crisis”

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February 2021

The Last Years of Karl Marx: A five-week reading group

Mon, February 1 @ 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 1, 2021

$20 – $65

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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Heterodox Socialism: Michael Brie, Jean-Numa Ducange, Kieran Durkin

Sat, February 13 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$7 – $11

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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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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Reinventing the Welfare State: Book + talk special

Sun, February 21 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$25 – $31 38 tickets left

With positivity and rigor, Ursula Huws will outline a ‘digital welfare state’ for the 21st century, which would involve a repurposing of online platform technologies under public control to modernise and expand public services, and improve accessibility.

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March 2021

Working Class Cinema in the Age of Digital Capitalism

Sun, March 21 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $11

Why does the story of cinema begin with the end of work? Is it because, as has been suggested, it is impossible to represent work from the perspective of labor but only from the point of view of capital, because the revolutionary horizon of the working class coincides with the end of work? After all, the early revolutionary art avant-garde had an ambiguous relationship with capitalism: it provided both a critique of commodification while also reproducing the commodity form.

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