Socialism or Barbarism? (and Existential Despair)

THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE IN MAY OR JUNE. The June 17 Date Is A Temporary Date SUBJECT TO CHANGE

A MARXIST EDUCATION PROJECT Roundtable with

Mitch Abidor, Arielle Angel, Michael Pelias and Chris Wright

Early on in The Junius Pamphlet Rosa Luxemburg cites Engels: “Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism.” Recently, the Socialist Project from Toronto posted Chris Wright’s essay “Capitalism, Socialism and Existential Despair.”

Chris sites the founding document of SDS, the Port Huron Statement, which lamented the corruption and degradation of such values as creativity and community: “Loneliness, estrangement, isolation describe the vast distance between man and man today. These dominant tendencies cannot be overcome by better personnel management, nor by improved gadgets, but only when a love of man overcomes the idolatrous worship of things by man.” Here we are 60 years later with capital threatening survival at numerous tipping points, some not imagined when SDS was formed.

The four panelists will address the existential moment we are all navigating in the face of the multiple crises facing us in the light of Chris’ essay. Following presentations from the four panelists, the audience is invited to enlarge the discussion with their own questions and comments.

MITCH ABIDOR is a translator and historian. His latest book is Down With the Law, an anthology of French individualist anarchist writings and is currently preparing a history of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917.

ARIELLE ANGEL is the editor of Jewish Currents.

MICHAEL PELIAS teaches Philosophy and film studies at Long Island University-Brooklyn. He is a founder of the Institute for the Radical Imagination and is the co-managing editor of Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. Michael has presented critical studies on The Age of Anxiety and Heidegger’s Being and Time.

CHRIS WRIGHT has a Ph.D. in US history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of Worker Cooperatives and Revolution. His site is wrightswriting.com..

 

 

Capitalism: Causes, Conditions, Consequences … and Beyond

Capitalism: Causes, Conditions, Consequences … and Beyond

The Ecosocialism Group convened with Fred Murphy and Steve Knight

8 Sessions

The Marxist Education Project’s Ecosocialism Study Group — now completing its third year — devotes the winter 2019 term to Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi’s Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory. Join us for a close reading of this new work, which shows how different historical regimes of capitalism have relied on institutional separations between economy and polity, production and social reproduction, and human and non-human nature. Interaction between these domains is periodically readjusted in response to crises and upheavals. Such “boundary struggles” can help us better grasp capitalism’s contradictions and elaborate strategies for moving beyond it. Supplementary readings will be drawn from related work by David Harvey, Silvia Federici, and others.

 

FRED MURPHY and STEVE KNIGHT have co-led the Ecosocialism Study Group since 2016. Both are active in DSA’s climate justice work. Fred studied and taught historical sociology at The New School for Social Research. Steve reviews books for Marx & Philosophy and is active in faith-centered environmental groups.