Unearthing The Grundrisse

An Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy

Part 1: 12 sessions with Gil Gardner

The foundational thought and research for Karl Marx’s Capital is carefully recorded in notes he wrote in 1857-58 during the first global economic crisis. Undiscovered for nearly 50 years and with only a few copies reaching the West from a limited 1939-1940 publication in the USSR, these notes were first published in English as the Grundrisse: An Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy in 1973. The Grundrisse is arguably a bridge that represents a unity between the early, “humanist” writings and the economics that dominated the rest of his life. It thus provides both a unique introduction to his economic work and a deeper understanding of his notion of individual and social liberation.

Gil Gardner has interests in radical prisoner education and political economic analysis. He has taught in, developed and administered college programs and in prisons for 40 years, including initiating Marxist education Colorado’s state prisons. Dr. Gardner’s writing and research includes works on the history of prison industry in the U.S. and he is presently completing an introduction to the works of Marx.

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May 5th: Birth, death, and taking the fight to capital

In the French Revolutionary Calendar, May 5, 2019 is Sextidi 16 Floréal, the 226th day of year 227 of the revolutionary era.

Today we celebrate the 49th day of the Paris Commune. (1871)
101 years ago today was the 227th day of the Russian Revolution.
100 years ago today was the 182nd day of the German Revolution that took place between 1918 and 1923.

“We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.”           —Fred Hampton

Karl Marx

Born in Trier, Germany, May 5, 1818

Bobby Sands

Murdered by British Capital, Long Kesh, Ireland, May 5, 1981

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Weekend Special Pass: Austin, Gordon, Marx

For a special price of $10 you can attend all three weekend activities of January 25, 26 and 27.

a. Friday, January 25, 7 to 9:30 pm at The Peoples Forum: Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution
author David Austin
with an introduction by Lewis Gordon

In Dread Poetry and Freedom — the first book dedicated to the work of this ‘political poet par excellence’ – David Austin explores the themes of poetry, political consciousness and social transformation through the prism of Johnson’s work. Drawing from the Bible, reggae and Rastafari, and surrealism, socialism and feminism, and in dialogue with Aime Cesaire and Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James and Walter Rodney, and W.E.B. Du Bois and the poetry of d’bi young anitafrika, Johnson’s work becomes a crucial point of reflection on the meaning of freedom in this masterful and rich study.

b. Saturday, January 26, 12 noon to 3 pm at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, Capital, Volume 1 with the Capital Studies Group

Karl Marx’s Capital remains the fundamental text for understanding how capitalism works. By unraveling the commoditized forms of our interactions with nature and each other, it provides tools to understand capitalism’s astounding innovativeness and productivity, intertwined with growing inequality and misery, alienation, stunting of human potential, and ecological destruction all over the globe.

c. Sunday, January 27, 1 to 3:30 pm at The Peoples Forum: Moving Against the System:The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness
With author and editor David Austin

 

This is a special one ticket price of $10 which is admission to two events and one class. Both Friday and Sunday at The Peoples Forum, Saturday class at Unnameable Books.

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