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Working to Death

Working to Death



6:30-9:30 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)



Stephan Hammel, Marxist musicologist

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

Mansoor M., Iranian computer engineer and cultural worker


Since the 19th century, capitalism has radically transformed work, making the worker, in Marx’s language, a mere “appendage to the machine.”  This deepened under 20th century assembly lines and has been extended globally today, as seen in places like China or Bangladesh.  In recent years, alienated labor has begun to spread from the factory floor into white collar and professional work in the U.S. and other developed countries. All of this is fueled by fear in a system wherein ever-larger sectors of the population face permanent unemployment and precarity.

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Suggested readings:

Recent New York Times article on Amazon (white collar and professional workers)

New York Times article on suicides of Apple workers in China from 2012 (factory workers)

Marx: Alienated (Estranged) Labor essay from 1844:

Marx: Fetishism section from Capital

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Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information:

Here is URL for meeting for Facebook, Twitter, etc.:

Join our Facebook page: “International Marxist-Humanist Organization”

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia:

Ruth Rikowski @ Academia:


Rikowski Point:

Ruth Rikowski at Serendipitous Moments:


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