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June 2021

New York City and the Experience of Modernity

Fri, June 11, 2021 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 PM on Friday, repeating until Fri, June 11, 2021

$30 – $60

This is a seminar about New York City and its people. It is not a study of architectural styles and objects, - although the physical stuff of cities does play a role -, but it is a course about the experience of the way in which modernity builds and destroys cities.

Modernity is a historical force. It is messy. In architecture history modernity is usually narrated as an interplay between the combined forces of the Industrial Revolution and capital, with social upheaval, explosive population growth and immigration as its result...

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Amakomiti: Grassroots Democracy in South African Shack Settlements

Sat, June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Can people who live in shantytowns, shacks and favelas teach us anything about democracy? About how to govern society in a way that is inclusive, participatory and addresses popular needs? This book argues that they can. In a study conducted in dozens of South Africa's shack settlements, where more than 9 million people live, Trevor Ngwane finds thriving shack dwellers' committees that govern local life, are responsive to popular needs and provide a voice for the community.

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Capital, Volume 1, Part 3

Sat, June 12, 2021 @ 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, June 26, 2021

$60 – $90

Chapters 16 through 25, will trace this development and reveals new dynamics and contradictions inherent to the logic of capitalist accumulation, culminating in Chapter 25, The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation. These developmental processes continue to be played out to this day and are witnessed in the immensity of wealth for a few at one pole of humanity, poverty at another, ruthless misuse and degradation of nature, and reduction of the human subject, the producing masses of real individuals, to an alienated object for capitalist exploitation.

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Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois

Mon, June 14, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, June 22, 2021

$10.00 – $20.00

Black Reconstruction provides a basis for a much overdue revolution in US labor history. As Du Bois so eloquently and bluntly put in in 1935: “The South, after the war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see again for many decades. Yet, the labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

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Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois

Tue, June 15, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, June 22, 2021

$10 – $20

Black Reconstruction provides a basis for a much overdue revolution in US labor history. As Du Bois so eloquently and bluntly put in in 1935: “The South, after the war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see again for many decades. Yet, the labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

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Matters of State: Literature & Espionage

Thu, June 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, June 17, 2021

$24 – $36

WHY SPY NOVELS? Spy novels emerged as a distinct genre around the time of World War I, coinciding with the creation of formal intelligence agencies in many countries. This was a period characterized by heightened concern on the part of rulers about national security, imperial strength, and the impending conflict of the Great War. Spy novels from the early twentieth century reflect these concerns, and generally feature secret agents and seemingly realistic tales of international intrigue. With the rise of fascism, spy novels shifted their focus to examine the dynamics of political movements within individual states, assessing their threats to the stability of the international political order. In these stories, the anxiety over the powerlessness of the individual is assuaged by the resourcefulness and ultimate success of exceptional or lucky individuals in confronting such harrowing problems as war, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism.

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Grundrisse

Sat, June 19, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

$25.00 – $55.00

In the Grundrisse Marx arguably bridges his early writings on philosophy and Hegel, and the writing and revisions of Capital that dominated much of the rest of his life. We will undertake a close, word by word reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. This first term will begin with the chapter on money.

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Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives

Sat, June 19, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $25.00

By engaging in what Karl Marx called a workers' inquiry, workers and militant co-researchers are studying their working conditions, the technical composition of capital, and how to recompose their own power in order to devise new tactics, strategies, organizational forms and objectives. These workers’ inquiries, from call center workers to platform, trucking, cleaning, logistics, mining, auto factories, teachers, and adjunct professors, are re-energizing unions, bypassing unions altogether or innovating new forms of workers' organizations.

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Capital, Volume 1, Part 3

Sat, June 19, 2021 @ 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, June 26, 2021

$60 – $90

Chapters 16 through 25, will trace this development and reveals new dynamics and contradictions inherent to the logic of capitalist accumulation, culminating in Chapter 25, The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation. These developmental processes continue to be played out to this day and are witnessed in the immensity of wealth for a few at one pole of humanity, poverty at another, ruthless misuse and degradation of nature, and reduction of the human subject, the producing masses of real individuals, to an alienated object for capitalist exploitation.

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Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois

Tue, June 22, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, June 22, 2021

$10 – $20

Black Reconstruction provides a basis for a much overdue revolution in US labor history. As Du Bois so eloquently and bluntly put in in 1935: “The South, after the war, presented the greatest opportunity for a real national labor movement which the nation ever saw or is likely to see again for many decades. Yet, the labor movement, with but few exceptions, never realized the situation. It never had the intelligence or knowledge, as a whole, to see in black slavery and Reconstruction, the kernel and meaning of the labor movement in the United States.”

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AUGMENTED EXPLOITATION: Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Work

Fri, June 25, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$7.00 – $25.00

Going beyond platform work and the gig economy, the authors explore emerging forms of algorithmic governance and AI-augmented apps that have been developed to utilise innovative ways to collect data about workers and consumers, as well as to keep wages and worker representation under control. They also show that workers are not taking this lying down, providing case studies of new and exciting form of resistance that are springing up across the globe.

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Pluto Wildcat Series: Final 2 sessions—Augmented Exploitation and Wobblies of the World

Fri, June 25, 2021 @ 4:05 PM - 6:00 PM
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One event on Fri, June 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM

$12.00 – $18.00

These books uncover the radical militancy which characterises international workers struggles, both contemporary and historical. Looking at diverse topics including proletarianisation and class formation, mass production, gender, affective and reproductive labour, syndicalism and independent unions, and labour and Leftist social and political movements, it is the most comprehensive exploration into workers’ organisation being developed today. All books from the series are available at the MEP on-line book store.

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Grundrisse

Sat, June 26, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

$25 – $55

In the Grundrisse Marx arguably bridges his early writings on philosophy and Hegel, and the writing and revisions of Capital that dominated much of the rest of his life. We will undertake a close, word by word reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. This first term will begin with the chapter on money.

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Capital, Volume 1, Part 3

Sat, June 26, 2021 @ 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, June 26, 2021

$60 – $90

Chapters 16 through 25, will trace this development and reveals new dynamics and contradictions inherent to the logic of capitalist accumulation, culminating in Chapter 25, The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation. These developmental processes continue to be played out to this day and are witnessed in the immensity of wealth for a few at one pole of humanity, poverty at another, ruthless misuse and degradation of nature, and reduction of the human subject, the producing masses of real individuals, to an alienated object for capitalist exploitation.

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July 2021

Grundrisse

Sat, July 3, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

$25 – $55

In the Grundrisse Marx arguably bridges his early writings on philosophy and Hegel, and the writing and revisions of Capital that dominated much of the rest of his life. We will undertake a close, word by word reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. This first term will begin with the chapter on money.

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Grundrisse

Sat, July 10, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

$25 – $55

In the Grundrisse Marx arguably bridges his early writings on philosophy and Hegel, and the writing and revisions of Capital that dominated much of the rest of his life. We will undertake a close, word by word reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. This first term will begin with the chapter on money.

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Marx’s Inquiry into the Birth of Capitalism: Why Does It Matter?

Sat, July 10, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

As Marx argues, “original accumulation” of capital, the transformation of pre-capitalist to capitalist social relations, is not explained by the fairy tale of wise and thrifty household producers getting wealthy by their own labor. John Milios’ research into the “pre-capitalist money owner”, the role of commodity production (as opposed to production for direct consumption) based on slave labor in the ancient world, and the development of ”contractual money begetting” production in Europe in the middle ages, helps us understand what is and is not capitalism. He critically analyzes both Marxist and non-Marxist literature. He uses the rise and fall of the Venetian mercantile republic as a case study. He concludes that “No version of capitalism is the realm of ... freedom or justice. Capitalism is a social system in which ... coercion guaranteeing economic exploitation of the ruled by the rulers is incorporated into the economic relation itself.”

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Capital, V1, Part 2: The Transformation of Money Into Capital

Sun, July 11, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 2021

We will do a close reading of the chapters in Part Two of Volume I of Capital on “The Transformation of Money Into Capital”. In these chapters Marx introduces the fundamental concepts of capital,labor power, surplus value and the valorization process.

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WOBBLIES OF THE WORLD: A Global History of the Industrial Workers of the World

Wed, July 14, 2021 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$7.00 – $25.00

Drawing on many important figures of the movements such as Tom Barker, Har Dayal, Joe Hill, James Larkin and William D. "Big Bill" Haywood, and exploring particular industries including shipping, mining, and agriculture, this book describes how the IWW and its ideals travelled around the world.

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Left Populism in Europe: Lessons From Jeremy Corbyn to Podemos

Fri, July 16, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Bringing a wealth of experience in political organizing, Marina Prentoulis argues that left populism is a political logic that brings together isolated demands against a common enemy. She looks at how egalitarian pluralism could transform economic and political institutions in a radical, democratic direction. But each party does this differently, and the key to understanding where to go from here lies in a serious analysis of the roots of each movement's base, the forms of party organization, and the particular national contexts. This book is a clear and holistic approach to left populism that will inform anyone wanting to understand and move forward positively during this bleak time for the left in Europe.

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Grundrisse

Sat, July 17, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

$25 – $55

In the Grundrisse Marx arguably bridges his early writings on philosophy and Hegel, and the writing and revisions of Capital that dominated much of the rest of his life. We will undertake a close, word by word reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. This first term will begin with the chapter on money.

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Darko Suvin: Communism, Poetry, Comradeship—a celebratory reading and discussion

Sun, July 18, 2021 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Darko Suvin will appear on the eve of his 91st birthday via an international video conference presented by The Marxist Education Project, in celebration of a life of communism, poetry, comradeship and all that goes into a life well-known for commitment to all of this and more. Readings and discussion: A selection of poems from Darko’s more than 40 years of writing   poetry along with sharing memoirs of many more years of vigorous engagement while active in the multiple forms of struggle for communism from continents the world over that Darko has called home, will all be part of this mid-summer celebration a life of comradeship.

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Capital, V1, Part 2: The Transformation of Money Into Capital

Sun, July 18, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 2021

We will do a close reading of the chapters in Part Two of Volume I of Capital on “The Transformation of Money Into Capital”. In these chapters Marx introduces the fundamental concepts of capital,labor power, surplus value and the valorization process.

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Grundrisse

Sat, July 24, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 24, 2021

$25 – $55

In the Grundrisse Marx arguably bridges his early writings on philosophy and Hegel, and the writing and revisions of Capital that dominated much of the rest of his life. We will undertake a close, word by word reading of the text with a view to understanding the concepts that evolve within it. This first term will begin with the chapter on money.

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Capital, V1, Part 2: The Transformation of Money Into Capital

Sun, July 25, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 2021

We will do a close reading of the chapters in Part Two of Volume I of Capital on “The Transformation of Money Into Capital”. In these chapters Marx introduces the fundamental concepts of capital,labor power, surplus value and the valorization process.

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August 2021

Capital, V1, Part 2: The Transformation of Money Into Capital

Sun, August 1, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 2021

We will do a close reading of the chapters in Part Two of Volume I of Capital on “The Transformation of Money Into Capital”. In these chapters Marx introduces the fundamental concepts of capital,labor power, surplus value and the valorization process.

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Capital, V1, Part 2: The Transformation of Money Into Capital

Sun, August 8, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 2021

We will do a close reading of the chapters in Part Two of Volume I of Capital on “The Transformation of Money Into Capital”. In these chapters Marx introduces the fundamental concepts of capital,labor power, surplus value and the valorization process.

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Capital, V1, Part 2: The Transformation of Money Into Capital

Sun, August 15, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 2021

We will do a close reading of the chapters in Part Two of Volume I of Capital on “The Transformation of Money Into Capital”. In these chapters Marx introduces the fundamental concepts of capital,labor power, surplus value and the valorization process.

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Fifth Summer of Noir: Last session this week (Derek Raymond and Denise Mina)

Thu, August 19, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, September 9, 2021

$15.00 – $25.00

For the last four summers, the MEP Literature Studies Group has delved into a wealth of noir fiction. This year our six selections will take us deep into the underbelly of capitalism – good for reading at the beach, on the subway, a train, boat or plane, or in your favorite reading chair safely at home.  Join in for the last two books.

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Augmented Exploitation: Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Work and Changes in the Labor Process

Mon, August 23, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$20.00 – $50.00

In the Introduction to Augmented Exploitation, co-editors Phoebe Moore and Jamie Woodcock point up two main problems with how automation and artificial intelligence are being discussed as the end of the first quarter of the 21st century draws near. Number one is the claim that Al is changing the labor process in new and unprecedented ways. But capitalists have always introduced machines in order to increase the amount of what each worker can produce in a given period of time. This is where the second problem comes in—either a certain process will be automated, or it will not—a binary that focuses on machines and not on the workers who operate them. Rather than the prospects of automation and interpretive learning replacing workers, we need rather to see that these are augmentations of the labor process. Also discussed will be two of the many vital essays from this year's Socialist Register—Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living.

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Fifth Summer of Noir: Last session this week (Derek Raymond and Denise Mina)

Thu, August 26, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, September 9, 2021

$15.00 – $25.00

For the last four summers, the MEP Literature Studies Group has delved into a wealth of noir fiction. This year our six selections will take us deep into the underbelly of capitalism – good for reading at the beach, on the subway, a train, boat or plane, or in your favorite reading chair safely at home.  Join in for the last two books.

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September 2021

Fifth Summer of Noir: Last session this week (Derek Raymond and Denise Mina)

Thu, September 2, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, September 9, 2021

$15.00 – $25.00

For the last four summers, the MEP Literature Studies Group has delved into a wealth of noir fiction. This year our six selections will take us deep into the underbelly of capitalism – good for reading at the beach, on the subway, a train, boat or plane, or in your favorite reading chair safely at home.  Join in for the last two books.

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Fifth Summer of Noir: Last session this week (Derek Raymond and Denise Mina)

Thu, September 9, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, September 9, 2021

$15.00 – $25.00

For the last four summers, the MEP Literature Studies Group has delved into a wealth of noir fiction. This year our six selections will take us deep into the underbelly of capitalism – good for reading at the beach, on the subway, a train, boat or plane, or in your favorite reading chair safely at home.  Join in for the last two books.

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Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States

Sat, September 11, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Andrew Kolin presents a detailed explanation of the essential elements that characterize capital’s relations to the working class and how capital relies on various forms of repressing reform and revolutionary movements by workers. The repression is directly linked to the class struggle between capital and labor. The starting point examines labor repression after the American Revolution. Andrew’s book then follows the role of the state along with the explosive growth of American capitalism to analyze the long history of capital and labor conflict with details of the US state being aligned with the interests of capital throughout American history. 

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Looking Over the Abyss with Steven Colatrella and Michael Meeropol

Sun, September 19, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Europe and subsequently the United States rose to power and wealth along with the rise of capitalism. But capitalism has now shifted its attention to Asia, even as the conditions of ordinary workers in Europe and North America decline, and the political influence of the West wanes. Looking Over the Abyss argues that only by breaking decisively with capitalism, and aligning themselves with the majority of the world’s people against exploitation, can the peoples of Europe and the United States save their societies.

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Urban Displacements and Contemporary Capitalism

Sat, September 25, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Susanne Soederberg argues that historical and geographical configurations of monetized governance, including landlords, employers and inter-scalar state practices, have served to reproduce urban displacements and obfuscate their gendered, class and racialized underpinnings. The outcome is the everyday facilitation and normalization of urban poverty and social marginalization on one side, and capital accumulation on the other.

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October 2021

Revolution in the Virocene: Near (or Nearing) the End of Time

Sat, October 9, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

In an instant, the mantra of there is no alternative has been replaced by whatever happens, nothing will ever be the same. The ideology that says radical transformation is unrealistic has been irrevocably discredited. The bonds and rituals of everyday life have been loosened, fragmented and disjointed. What seemed inevitable and iron clad now feels flimsy as nation states globally scramble to find solutions that don’t exist. This opens up a space for thinking, and for politics. This new situation underscores a critical need for both practical intervention and an attempt at building a convergent philosophy that anticipates the praxis of the future.

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Diary of a Digital Plague Year with Dennis Broe

Wed, October 13, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

DENNIS BROE, author of Birth of the Binge: Serial TV and The End of Leisure, will be talking about his new book Diary of a Digital Plague Year: Corona Culture, Serial TV and The Rise of The Streaming Services. The book offers a blow-by-blow account of the ongoing confinement, charting the changes in our lives exacerbated by the coronavirus. Corona culture is a digital culture extraordinaire for some, while for others it has increased panic and terror about being at work.

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Catastrophe and Systemic Change: Learning from the Grenfell Tower Fire and Other Disasters

Sat, October 16, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Author Gill Kernick will present her powerful analysis of the Grenfell disaster and its aftermath. The recent fire of a tower block is a sharp reminder that many residential structures will fail—witness the Miami collapse and the recent apartment collapses In Milano, Italy.

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Capital, Volume II: The Process of Circulation of Capital

Sat, October 16, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, December 11, 2021

$70.00 – $100.00

We will begin our study of Volume II study by situating this volume in relation to the historical process of development of capitalist society which is premised on its specific social form of societal re-production, the production of capital. To do so we will study the closing sections of the Penguin edition of Volume I, specifically, Part VIII: "So-called Primitive Accumulation" and the “Appendix: Results of the Immediate Process of Production”.

Join us as we journey through this movement from the imaginary concrete to the abstract concrete to the real concrete. Come and challenge your way of thinking and understanding the world as it appears to you and begin to identify some of what needs to be overcome and done to bring about a better world.

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The Bisbee Deportation / The Battle of Blair Mountain

Wed, October 20, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

• On July 12, 1917, in the mining town of Bisbee Arizona, twelve hundred striking miners and their supporters were rounded up by forces organized by the town sheriff and the mining companies, marched through the town, parked in the town's baseball field, and then put in boxcars and shipped into the New Mexican desert.
• When the smoke cleared on the Battle of Blair Mountain, an estimated 1 million rounds were fired, dozens were killed, and 985 miners were arrested. The uprising was suppressed, but public awareness about the appalling conditions in which the miners were forced to live, work, and raise their families grew considerably.

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James P. Cannon and the Emergence of Trotskyism in the United States, 1928-38

Sat, October 23, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Situating this dissident communist movement within the history of class struggle, both national and international, Palmer examines how Cannon and others fought to revive a combative trade unionism, thwart fascism and the drift to war, refuse Stalinism’s many degenerations, and build a new Party and a new International, both of which would be dedicated to reviving and realizing the possibilities of revolutionary socialism.

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First They Took Rome with author David Broder

Sun, October 24, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Studying the rise of forces like Matteo Salvini’s Lega, this book shows how the populist right drew on a deep well of social despair, ignored by the liberal center. Italy’s recent history is a warning from the future—the story of a collapse of public life that risks spreading across the West. First They Took Rome offers this perspective: Italy isn’t failing to keep up with its international peers but farther along the same path of decline they are following. In the 1980s, Italy boasted the West’s strongest Communist Party; today, social solidarity is collapsing, working people feel ever more atomized, and democratic institutions grow increasingly hollow.

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Clipped Coins and Civilizing Money: George Caffentzis on John Locke and David Hume

Sat, October 30, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

George Caffentzis makes both an intervention in the field of monetary philosophy and into Marxist conceptions of the relation between philosophy and capitalist development. Clipped Coins and Civilizing Money have just been released by Pluto Press. George will be joined in discussion with Peter Linebaugh and Carl Wennerlind

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Studies in the Works of Antonio Gramsci with Piruz Alemi

Sun, October 31, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, November 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

This 10-week session has four sessions remaining which feature a close reading of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. We will look to connect cultures and their human rights struggles. We will also explore those who influenced Gramsci, particularly Marx, but also Machiavelli and Croce. This seminar is accessible to people at all levels of familiarity with Gramsci’s work, including those just beginning their studies of Gramsci. Join at any time.

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November 2021

The Essential Political Writings of Hubert Harrison

Thu, November 4, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 2, 2021

$25.00 – $55.00

Jeffrey B Perry describes Harrison “as the most class conscious of the race radicals and the most race conscious of the class radicals in those years” adding that he is “a key link in the two great trends of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle—the labor and civil rights trend associated associated with A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the race and nationalist trend associated with Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X.”

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Value, Fictitious Capital and Finance. The Timelessness of Karl Marx’s Capital with John Milios

Sat, November 6, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Starting from his value-form analysis in Part One of Volume 1 of Capital, Marx develops the concept of “fictitious capital” in Volume 3, which depicts the role of interest-bearing capital and the financial sphere. Marx’s analysis allows for an understanding of contemporary capitalism, financialization and crisis: financialization cannot be isolated from “real” economy; it should be conceived as a “technology” of exercising capitalist power and hegemony over the working classes and the society as a whole. Marx’s analysis provides the terms to rethink the contemporary neoliberal form of capitalism and its crisis as expressions of the contradictions inherent in the organization of capitalist power.

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Studies in the Works of Antonio Gramsci with Piruz Alemi

Sun, November 7, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, November 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

This 10-week session has four sessions remaining which feature a close reading of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. We will look to connect cultures and their human rights struggles. We will also explore those who influenced Gramsci, particularly Marx, but also Machiavelli and Croce. This seminar is accessible to people at all levels of familiarity with Gramsci’s work, including those just beginning their studies of Gramsci. Join at any time.

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George Caffentzis on Locke and Hume: Book special prices are still available

Mon, November 8, 2021 @ 2:05 PM - 4:00 PM
$21.00 – $42.00

Both books by George Caffentzis, CLIPPED COINS and CIVILIZING MONEY are still available! Buy one or both.

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The Essential Political Writings of Hubert Harrison

Thu, November 11, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 2, 2021

$25.00 – $55.00

Jeffrey B Perry describes Harrison “as the most class conscious of the race radicals and the most race conscious of the class radicals in those years” adding that he is “a key link in the two great trends of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle—the labor and civil rights trend associated associated with A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the race and nationalist trend associated with Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X.”

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Studies in the Works of Antonio Gramsci with Piruz Alemi

Sun, November 14, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, November 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

This 10-week session has four sessions remaining which feature a close reading of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. We will look to connect cultures and their human rights struggles. We will also explore those who influenced Gramsci, particularly Marx, but also Machiavelli and Croce. This seminar is accessible to people at all levels of familiarity with Gramsci’s work, including those just beginning their studies of Gramsci. Join at any time.

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Ecosocialism in the Shadow of Covid

Mon, November 15, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Tue, November 23, 2021

$10.00 – $20.00

We will read and discuss three books: The Corona Crash (Verso), by Grace Blakeley, details how the pandemic is ushering in a new era in which the corporate economy collapses into the arms of the state, and behemoths like Amazon and Netflix balloon in profit and power. White Skin, Black Fuel (Verso), by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective, takes a comprehensive look at how extreme-right currents are responding to ecological crises with with authoritarian and xenophobic proposals while remaining ardent supporters of fossil capital – black fuels to support white supremacy. And A People’s Green New Deal (Pluto), by Max Ajl, engages critically with various Green New Deal proposals and sketches out a radical alternative committed to degrowth, anti-imperialism and agro-ecology.

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New York City and the Experience of Modernity, Fall session

Tue, November 16, 2021 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, November 16, 2021

$10.00 – $70.00

In the year 1877, the signals were given for the rest of the century; the black would be put back; the strikes of white workers would not be tolerated; the industrial and political elites of North and South would take hold of the country and organize the greatest march of economic growth in human history. They would do it with the aid of, and at the expense of, black labor, white labor, Chinese labor, European immigrant labor, female labor, rewarding them differently by race, sex, national origin, and social class, in such a way as to create separate levels of oppression – a skillful terracing to stabilize the pyramid of wealth.” —Howard Zinn

This is a seminar about New York City and its people. It is not a study of architectural styles and objects, - although the physical stuff of cities does play a role—but it is a course about the experience of the way in which modernity builds and destroys cities.

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The Warehouse: Workers and Robots at Amazon with Alessandro Delfanti

Tue, November 16, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

“Delfanti has done here what more critics of Amazon should — listen carefully to the people whose work makes the corporation function. Those of us fighting for a better future than Amazon's dystopia have much to learn from this book”.  — Dania Rajendra, Inaugural Director, Athena Coalition

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The Invention of the White Race

Tue, November 16, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, December 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

Theodore W. Allen spent 30 years researching the primary sources and writing The Invention of the White Race (2 volumes), which provides a historical materialist analysis of racial oppression and the white identity which emerged as a principal form of social control over rebellious laboring class of European and Africans in the pattern setting colonies of Virginia and Maryland in the late 17th early 18th century.

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The Essential Political Writings of Hubert Harrison

Thu, November 18, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 2, 2021

$25.00 – $55.00

Jeffrey B Perry describes Harrison “as the most class conscious of the race radicals and the most race conscious of the class radicals in those years” adding that he is “a key link in the two great trends of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle—the labor and civil rights trend associated associated with A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the race and nationalist trend associated with Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X.”

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Grundrisse: The Chapter on Money (The first two notebooks)

Sat, November 20, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, November 20, 2021

$10.00 – $20.00

“Forces of production and social relations - two different sides of the development of the social individual - appear to capital as mere means, and are merely means for it to produce on its limited foundation. In fact, however, they are the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high...” —Karl Marx, The Grundrisse

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Everyone a Legislator with author Michael Denning

Sat, November 20, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

“Perhaps Gramsci’s political science is … a “necessary expression of his time, the short twentieth century, an era now ended, the ae of three words divided between Fordist capitalism, bureaucratic communism and the post-colonial settlements of decolonization. If this is true, is there a future for Gramsci’s legacy?” —Michael Denning

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Revenge Capitalism with Max Haiven

Sun, November 21, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $26.00

In Revenge Capitalism, Max Haiven argues that this economic vengeance helps us explain the culture and politics of revenge we see in society more broadly. Moving from the history of colonialism and its continuing effects today, he examines the opioid crisis in the US, the growth of 'surplus populations' worldwide and unpacks the central paradigm of unpayable debts - both as reparations owed, and as a methodology of oppression. Revenge Capitalism offers no easy answers, but Max has made a powerful call to the radical imagination: “When you live in someone else’s utopia, all you have is revenge. We live in capitalism’s utopia, a world almost completely reconfigured to suit the needs of accumulation. And the world’s alight, and ours is an age of vengeance. It is vengeance, sadly, that is usually directed at those who least deserve it and which leaves those whose actions led to the current state of affairs, or who benefit from it, free or even more empowered.”  —Max Haiven, from his introduction to Revenge Capitalism

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Ecosocialism in the Shadow of Covid

Mon, November 22, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Tue, November 23, 2021

$10.00 – $20.00

We will read and discuss three books: The Corona Crash (Verso), by Grace Blakeley, details how the pandemic is ushering in a new era in which the corporate economy collapses into the arms of the state, and behemoths like Amazon and Netflix balloon in profit and power. White Skin, Black Fuel (Verso), by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective, takes a comprehensive look at how extreme-right currents are responding to ecological crises with with authoritarian and xenophobic proposals while remaining ardent supporters of fossil capital – black fuels to support white supremacy. And A People’s Green New Deal (Pluto), by Max Ajl, engages critically with various Green New Deal proposals and sketches out a radical alternative committed to degrowth, anti-imperialism and agro-ecology.

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The Invention of the White Race

Tue, November 23, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, December 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

Theodore W. Allen spent 30 years researching the primary sources and writing The Invention of the White Race (2 volumes), which provides a historical materialist analysis of racial oppression and the white identity which emerged as a principal form of social control over rebellious laboring class of European and Africans in the pattern setting colonies of Virginia and Maryland in the late 17th early 18th century.

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The Essential Political Writings of Hubert Harrison

Thu, November 25, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 2, 2021

$25.00 – $55.00

Jeffrey B Perry describes Harrison “as the most class conscious of the race radicals and the most race conscious of the class radicals in those years” adding that he is “a key link in the two great trends of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle—the labor and civil rights trend associated associated with A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the race and nationalist trend associated with Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X.”

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Brecht’s Communist Manifesto Today!

Fri, November 26, 2021 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Free – $23.00

Brecht closes his Manifesto replying to Marx and Engels closing line in their Manifesto, “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win,” by answering, “How may the workers break their own class chains? Only by breaking everybody’s chains.” Marx once said that there are historical moments when the working class must gain class-consciousness and become historical subjects. We are at just such a historical moment. Are we up to the task?

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The Art of Diane Esmond

Fri, November 26, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free – $5.00

Diane Esmond (1910-1981) left an under-appreciated legacy of paintings. Although her artistic eye ranged over many subjects, her culminating evocations of the tropical forest have taken on added importance in the decades since her death. Based for most of her life in France, she displayed her work in Paris in the 1930s and internationally from the ‘50s through the ‘70s. Forced into exile in 1940, she spent the intervening years in New York; the paintings she left behind were seized (and many destroyed) by the Nazi occupation regime

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The Invention of the White Race

Tue, November 30, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, December 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

Theodore W. Allen spent 30 years researching the primary sources and writing The Invention of the White Race (2 volumes), which provides a historical materialist analysis of racial oppression and the white identity which emerged as a principal form of social control over rebellious laboring class of European and Africans in the pattern setting colonies of Virginia and Maryland in the late 17th early 18th century.

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December 2021

The Essential Political Writings of Hubert Harrison

Thu, December 2, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 2, 2021

$25.00 – $55.00

Jeffrey B Perry describes Harrison “as the most class conscious of the race radicals and the most race conscious of the class radicals in those years” adding that he is “a key link in the two great trends of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle—the labor and civil rights trend associated associated with A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the race and nationalist trend associated with Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X.”

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Women Write on the Verge of Historical Change: Last session

Thu, December 2, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 16, 2021

$15.00 – $25.00

During this term, the MEP Literature Studies Group will read novels by women writers which explore the intersections of life in their communities, both at home and in the metropoles of Europe, India and the Philippines. These stories will take us to places and introduce us to people facing many of the dilemmas posed during late-stage capitalism, when the looming tipping points begin to collide. Reading and discussing these important writers could very well bring us to a broader sense of time and place. We will discussion Aminatta Forna and Gloria Apostol on December 2, 9, and 16.

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A Guide to The Communist Manifesto with Phil Gasper

Sat, December 4, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

IF YOU CANNOT OURCHASE ON OUR SITE, TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/203494927807

Since Phil produced this edition, the English-reading left has had an authoritative introduction to history’s most important political document, with the full text of The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels. This beautifully organized and presented edition of The Communist Manifestois fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader. Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into more languages than any other modern text. It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared “dead.” But year after year, the text only grows more influential, remaining required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics, and history.

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Parade of the Old New with artist/author Zoe Beloff

Sun, December 5, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

A discussion by Zoe Beloff about her new 40-panel accordion book that reproduces, Parade of the Old New, an epic panorama on cardboard panels, a 40 meter long  allegory of the American body politic. The title is taken from a 1938 poem by Bertolt Brecht that inspired the theme of this work; now more than ever, we are not finished with the past and the past is not finished with us. The project was launched with Trump's inauguration and continued until he was defeated at the ballot box. It begins with the president's triumphal entry into Washington DC.Parade of the Old New is distributed by Booklyn, Inc. (booklyn.org). Booklyn also represents Beloff's work within the library and academic market.

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The Invention of the White Race

Tue, December 7, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, December 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

Theodore W. Allen spent 30 years researching the primary sources and writing The Invention of the White Race (2 volumes), which provides a historical materialist analysis of racial oppression and the white identity which emerged as a principal form of social control over rebellious laboring class of European and Africans in the pattern setting colonies of Virginia and Maryland in the late 17th early 18th century.

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Women Write on the Verge of Historical Change: Last session

Thu, December 9, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 16, 2021

$15.00 – $25.00

During this term, the MEP Literature Studies Group will read novels by women writers which explore the intersections of life in their communities, both at home and in the metropoles of Europe, India and the Philippines. These stories will take us to places and introduce us to people facing many of the dilemmas posed during late-stage capitalism, when the looming tipping points begin to collide. Reading and discussing these important writers could very well bring us to a broader sense of time and place. We will discussion Aminatta Forna and Gloria Apostol on December 2, 9, and 16.

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Disputing the Deluge with Darko Suvin joined by Editor Hugh O’Connell and special guests

Sun, December 12, 2021 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$4.00 – $14.00

Darko Suvin’s writings from the early 2000s investigate the function of literary genres and reconsider the relationship between science fiction and fantasy, the essays collected here highlight the value of science fiction for grappling with the key events and transformations of recent years. Suvin’s interrogations show how speculative fiction has responded to 9/11, the global war on terror, the 2008economic collapse, and the rise of conservative populism, along with contemporary critical utopian analyses of the Capitalocene, the climate crisis,COVID19, and the decline of democracy. This collection allows new generations of students and scholars to engage directly with his work and its continuing importance and timeliness.

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The Invention of the White Race

Tue, December 14, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, December 14, 2021

$15.00 – $45.00

Theodore W. Allen spent 30 years researching the primary sources and writing The Invention of the White Race (2 volumes), which provides a historical materialist analysis of racial oppression and the white identity which emerged as a principal form of social control over rebellious laboring class of European and Africans in the pattern setting colonies of Virginia and Maryland in the late 17th early 18th century.

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The Condition of the Working Class in Turkey

Wed, December 15, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Moving beyond headlines and personalities, uncovered are the real working class conditions in modern Turkey. Combining field research and interviews, cutting-edge analyses of workplace struggles, trade unionism, the AKP’s relationship with neoliberalism, migration, gender, agrarian change and precarity, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on workers are presented succinctly. Brought together by a broad range of Turkish activists and scholars who consider what the dynamics and contradictions of working-class resistance against Turkey’s neoliberal authoritarian regime have become.

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Women Write on the Verge of Historical Change: Last session

Thu, December 16, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, December 16, 2021

$15.00 – $25.00

During this term, the MEP Literature Studies Group will read novels by women writers which explore the intersections of life in their communities, both at home and in the metropoles of Europe, India and the Philippines. These stories will take us to places and introduce us to people facing many of the dilemmas posed during late-stage capitalism, when the looming tipping points begin to collide. Reading and discussing these important writers could very well bring us to a broader sense of time and place. We will discussion Aminatta Forna and Gloria Apostol on December 2, 9, and 16.

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Rethinking Alternatives with Marx: Economy, Ecology and Migration

Sat, December 18, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free – $3.00

The dual aim of this collective volume is to contribute to a new critical discussion on Marx’s critique of political economy and to develop a deeper analysis of certain questions, like ecology and migration, to which relatively little attention has been paid until recently.

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Book Special Redux! Marx Dead and Alive: Reading Capital in Precarious Times

Mon, December 27, 2021 @ 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
$12.50

This is for ordering the book only. Andy has an upcoming talk on Sunday, January 23. We are offering this important book for $12.00 inclusive of postage (US and Puerto Rico only), until one week after Andy's presentation on Henri Lefebvre and Louis Althusser.

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January 2022

We Are “Nature” Defending Itself: Entangling Art, Activism and Autonomous Zones

Sun, January 2 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Chronicles the story of the ZAD (zone to defend), a resistant land occupation emerging out of a decades-long struggle which stopped a new airport project. Fremeaux and Jordan blend rich eyewitness accounts with theory, inspired by a diverse array of approaches, from neo-animism to revolutionary biology, insurrectionary writings and radical art history.

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50 Years of Anti-Imperialist Writing: Galeano, Rodney, and Ghosh

Mon, January 3 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 31, 2022

$25.00 – $55.00

A reading group to celebrate and reflect on two classic works of anti-imperialist writing first published fifty years ago but with an ongoing worldwide impact: Eduardo Galeano’s OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA (1971) and Walter Rodney’s HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA (1972). Extending our scope to Asia and bringing matters up to the present day, we will conclude by reading Amitav Ghosh’s just-published THE NUTMEG’S CURSE: PARABLES FOR A PLANET IN CRISIS.

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Siegebreakers: A discussion of Justin Podur’s novel set in Gaza

Thu, January 6 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Thu, January 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM

$9.00 – $15.00

Under the crushing weight of the siege of Gaza, Laila and Nasser are members of the Palestinian resistance fighting desperately to free their people. Together, they learn of a plan to unite the disparate Palestinian factions and break Israel’s siege. Unknown to them, Ari, a brilliant Israeli spy, has decided that his conscience can no longer allow him to participate in the starvation of Gaza. A double agent whose every move is under mounting suspicion, Ari reaches out to the American contractors who trained him with a secret plan. As they all struggle to break the siege, they face the wrath of the Israeli military machine.

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A People’s History of Detroit

Sat, January 8 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Mark Jay and Philip Conklin outline the complex sociopolitical dynamics underlying major events in Detroit's past, from the rise of Fordism and the formation of labor unions, to deindustrialization and the city's recent bankruptcy. They demonstrate that Detroit's history is not a tale of two cities—one of wealth and development and another racked by poverty and racial violence; rather it is the story of a single Detroit that operates according to capitalism's mandates.

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50 Years of Anti-Imperialist Writing: Galeano, Rodney, and Ghosh

Mon, January 10 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 31, 2022

$25.00 – $55.00

A reading group to celebrate and reflect on two classic works of anti-imperialist writing first published fifty years ago but with an ongoing worldwide impact: Eduardo Galeano’s OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA (1971) and Walter Rodney’s HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA (1972). Extending our scope to Asia and bringing matters up to the present day, we will conclude by reading Amitav Ghosh’s just-published THE NUTMEG’S CURSE: PARABLES FOR A PLANET IN CRISIS.

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Power Despite Precarity

Fri, January 14 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Power Despite Precarity is part history, part handbook and a wholly indispensable resource in this fight. Joe Berry and Helena Worthen outline the four historical periods that led to major transitions in the work-lives of faculty of this sector. They then take a deep dive into the 30-year-long struggle by California State University lecturers to negotiate what is recognized as the best contract for contingents in the US.

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50 Years of Anti-Imperialist Writing: Galeano, Rodney, and Ghosh

Mon, January 17 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 31, 2022

$25.00 – $55.00

A reading group to celebrate and reflect on two classic works of anti-imperialist writing first published fifty years ago but with an ongoing worldwide impact: Eduardo Galeano’s OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA (1971) and Walter Rodney’s HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA (1972). Extending our scope to Asia and bringing matters up to the present day, we will conclude by reading Amitav Ghosh’s just-published THE NUTMEG’S CURSE: PARABLES FOR A PLANET IN CRISIS.

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Siegebreakers: A discussion of Justin Podur’s novel set in Gaza

Thu, January 20 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Thu, January 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM

$9.00 – $15.00

Under the crushing weight of the siege of Gaza, Laila and Nasser are members of the Palestinian resistance fighting desperately to free their people. Together, they learn of a plan to unite the disparate Palestinian factions and break Israel’s siege. Unknown to them, Ari, a brilliant Israeli spy, has decided that his conscience can no longer allow him to participate in the starvation of Gaza. A double agent whose every move is under mounting suspicion, Ari reaches out to the American contractors who trained him with a secret plan. As they all struggle to break the siege, they face the wrath of the Israeli military machine.

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States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia and China

Sun, January 23 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, January 23, 2022

Skocpol asserts that social revolutions are rapid and basic transformations of a society's state and class structures. She distinguishes this from mere rebellions, which involve a revolt of subordinate classes but may not create structural change, and from political revolutions that may change state structures but not social structures. What is unique about social revolutions, she argues, is that basic changes in social structure and political structure occur in a mutually reinforcing fashion and these changes occur through intense sociopolitical conflict. A convergence of peasant rebellion on one hand and international pressures causing state breakdown on the other hand cause revolutionary social movements.

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50 Years of Anti-Imperialist Writing: Galeano, Rodney, and Ghosh

Mon, January 24 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 31, 2022

$25.00 – $55.00

A reading group to celebrate and reflect on two classic works of anti-imperialist writing first published fifty years ago but with an ongoing worldwide impact: Eduardo Galeano’s OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA (1971) and Walter Rodney’s HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA (1972). Extending our scope to Asia and bringing matters up to the present day, we will conclude by reading Amitav Ghosh’s just-published THE NUTMEG’S CURSE: PARABLES FOR A PLANET IN CRISIS.

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50 Years of Anti-Imperialist Writing: Galeano, Rodney, and Ghosh

Mon, January 31 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 31, 2022

$25.00 – $55.00

A reading group to celebrate and reflect on two classic works of anti-imperialist writing first published fifty years ago but with an ongoing worldwide impact: Eduardo Galeano’s OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA (1971) and Walter Rodney’s HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA (1972). Extending our scope to Asia and bringing matters up to the present day, we will conclude by reading Amitav Ghosh’s just-published THE NUTMEG’S CURSE: PARABLES FOR A PLANET IN CRISIS.

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After Wampum, the Evolution of Money in Colonial America

Mon, January 31 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 31, 2022

$7.00 – $11.00

A TALK WITH PETER FAY We will travel back in time to colonial New England and New York to closely examine Marx’s views on money at the periphery of the British empire. Scarcity of British currency forced many commodities toward the role of “universal equivalent”: Indian corn, tobacco, pieces of eight. But it was colonial thirst for luxury commodities like beaver pelts that finally drove an explosive growth in the one money-commodity facilitating that trade: wampum.

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The MEP Bookstore, Fall 2021/Winter 2022 (inclusive of shipping—US and Puerto Rico only)

Mon, January 31 @ 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, January 31, 2022

$5.00 – $95.00 4 tickets left

Books that will be used during the Winter of 2021 sessions—good for a lifetime of learning. There are Socialist Registers for 2020 and 2021, Pluto's Wildcat and FireWorks series. The any four, five or six books offers do include shipping.

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February 2022

The Necessity of Social Control by István Mészáros

Wed, February 2 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, February 16, 2022

An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, February 16, 2022

$15.00 – $35.00

During these remaining eight sessions we will do an ongoing close reading of Mészáros’ The Necessity of Social Control (Monthly Review Press). This read in order to better understand the fundamental contradictions of capitalism, the forms of domination and exploitation inherent in its logic, historical efforts to develop an alternative economy and society, and the challenge of sustainable development and substantive equality. We aim to develop our own knowledge of the necessary conditions for emancipation and discuss the relevance of the text for our lives today.

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The Necessity of Social Control by István Mészáros

Wed, February 9 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, February 16, 2022

An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, February 16, 2022

$15.00 – $35.00

During these remaining eight sessions we will do an ongoing close reading of Mészáros’ The Necessity of Social Control (Monthly Review Press). This read in order to better understand the fundamental contradictions of capitalism, the forms of domination and exploitation inherent in its logic, historical efforts to develop an alternative economy and society, and the challenge of sustainable development and substantive equality. We aim to develop our own knowledge of the necessary conditions for emancipation and discuss the relevance of the text for our lives today.

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The Necessity of Social Control by István Mészáros

Wed, February 16 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, February 16, 2022

An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, February 16, 2022

$15.00 – $35.00

During these remaining eight sessions we will do an ongoing close reading of Mészáros’ The Necessity of Social Control (Monthly Review Press). This read in order to better understand the fundamental contradictions of capitalism, the forms of domination and exploitation inherent in its logic, historical efforts to develop an alternative economy and society, and the challenge of sustainable development and substantive equality. We aim to develop our own knowledge of the necessary conditions for emancipation and discuss the relevance of the text for our lives today.

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March 2022

Part One of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

Sun, March 13 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, March 27, 2022

$20.00 – $50.00

These seminars are accessible to people at all levels of familiarity with Gramsci’s work, including those just beginning their studies of Gramsci. This first session will be followed by consecutive sessions.

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Part One of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

Sun, March 20 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, March 27, 2022

$20.00 – $50.00

These seminars are accessible to people at all levels of familiarity with Gramsci’s work, including those just beginning their studies of Gramsci. This first session will be followed by consecutive sessions.

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Part One of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

Sun, March 27 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, March 27, 2022

$20.00 – $50.00

These seminars are accessible to people at all levels of familiarity with Gramsci’s work, including those just beginning their studies of Gramsci. This first session will be followed by consecutive sessions.

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April 2022

Marx’s Grundrisse: Last two weeks until spring term

Sat, April 2 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, April 9, 2022

$12.00 – $24.00

“Forces of production and social relations – two different sides of the development of the social individual – appear to capital as mere means, and are merely means for it to produce on its limited foundation. In fact, however, they are the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high…” —Karl Marx, The Grundrisse

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Marx’s Grundrisse: Last two weeks until spring term

Sat, April 9 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, April 9, 2022

$12.00 – $24.00

“Forces of production and social relations – two different sides of the development of the social individual – appear to capital as mere means, and are merely means for it to produce on its limited foundation. In fact, however, they are the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high…” —Karl Marx, The Grundrisse

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May 2022

NEW! Year-long (12 months) Pass : Now through May 15 of 2023

Mon, May 16 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 16 of the month, repeating until Mon, May 15, 2023

$85.00 – $375.00

12 Month Pass — good through May 15, 2023. Single person at sliding scale. Each additional person with same-time purchase for $85 for the same year—adding as many people as you would like is allowed and encouraged.

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4 Month Pass Offering Through September 30, 2022

Mon, May 23 @ 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Mon, May 23, 2022

$60.00 – $200.00

The four month pass is now $50 less than when initiating these passes. All events, classes and more for stated sliding scale fees until end of day, September 30, 2022.

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