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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Victor Serge’s Notebooks: 1936-1947

A book release presentation with translator Mitch Abidor and Jacob Pittman

In 1936, Victor Serge—poet, novelist, and revolutionary—left the Soviet Union for Paris, the rare opponent of Stalin to escape the Terror. In 1940, after the Nazis marched into Paris, Serge fled France for Mexico, where he would spend he rest of his life. His years in Mexico were marked by isolation, poverty, peril, and grief; his Notebooks, however, brim with resilience, curiosity, outrage, a passionate love of life, and superb writing. Serge paints haunting portraits of Osip Mandelstam, Stefan Zweig “the Old Man” Trotsky; argues with André Breton; and, awaiting his wife’s delayed arrival from Europe, writes her passionate love letters. He describes the sweep of the Mexican landscape, visits an erupting volcano, and immerses himself in the country’s history and culture. He looks back on his life and the fate of the revolution. He broods on the course of the war and the world to come after. In the darkest of circumstances, he responds imaginatively, thinks critically, feels deeply, and finds reason to hope.

MITCH ABIDOR has published over a dozen volumes of translation, including a collection of Victor Serge’s anarchist writings, Anarchists Never Surrender. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and Cineaste. Mitch has been translated into German and Turkish. He is currently writing a history of the Bisbee Depredation of 1917.

JACOB PITTMAN is the publisher of Jewish Currents, the magazine of the Jewish left.

 

This is a free event.

 

 

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