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Karl Marx

MARX’S EARLY WRITINGS ON TRANSCENDING CAPITALISM

SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014

6:00-8:00 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)

 

Speaker:

ALI KIANI, Iranian Marxist activist and translator

 

In contrast to the traditional view that Marx’s work is restricted to a critique of capitalism and does not contain a detailed or coherent conception of its alternative, this presentation will focus on aspects of his early critiques of political economy, from the POVERTY OF PHILOSOPHY (1847) through the GRUNDRISSE (1857-58). We will discuss the notion, developed recently in Peter Hudis’s MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM, that Marx was committed to a specific concept of a post-capitalist society that informed his critique of value production, alienated labor, and capitalist accumulation. Instead of focusing on the present with only a passing reference to the future, Marx’s emphasis on capitalism’s tendency towards dissolution is rooted in a specific conception of what should replace it. We will critically re-examine that conception in the context of the quest for an alternative to capitalism, something that has taken on increased importance today.

Suggested reading: Ch. 2 of Peter Hudis, MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM (Haymarket Books, 2013)

 

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

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Critical Education

Critical Education

REPRESENTING CAPITAL: A READING OF VOLUME ONE

New in Paperback:

REPRESENTING CAPITAL: A READING OF VOLUME ONE

By Fredric Jameson

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NEW BOOK: Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s Capital

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REPRESENTING CAPITAL is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score. The textual landscape that emerges is the setting for paradoxes and contradictions that struggle toward resolution, giving rise to new antinomies and a new forward movement. These immense segments overlap each other to combine and develop on new levels in the same way that capital itself does, stumbling against obstacles that it overcomes by progressive expansions, which are in themselves so many leaps into the unknown.

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“This book is both an introduction to and an intervention in the history of Marxism … one is glad he has written it, because it remains the case that no one in the academy has quite the same energy as Fredric Jameson, and that no one writes books with sentences quite as forceful as these.” – MONTHLY REVIEW
http://monthlyreview.org/2012/04/01/fredric-jameson-on-the-reserve-army

“Fredric Jameson is possibly the Anglophone world’s preeminent Marxist theorist” – MARX & PHILOSOPHY 

http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2012/497
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Paperback / ISBN: 9781781681572 / $19.95 / £9.99 / $22.95CAN / 176 Pages

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES – BOOK LAUNCH

Karl Marx, The Revolutionary as Educator

By Robin Small

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON, CASS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

STRATFORD CAMPUS

Wednesday 29th January 5.30 – 7 Room 2.04

Convened by Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria

In Springer series on Key Thinkers in Education

·         Presents new scholarship on Karl Marx’s educational ideas, drawing on original sources

·         Brings Marx’s educational ideas to life by setting them in their biographical and historical context

·         Demonstrates Marx’s relevance to the educational issues of the twenty-first century

This book is an introduction to Karl Marx as a radical educational thinker. Marx’s own schooling and education are examined to show his interest in educational issues was informed by his own experience. Educational themes in Marx’s thinking are identified, including the role of education in capitalist society, the contribution of education to human development and the character of education in a future society. These are placed in a historical setting by the author and related to public debates over educational policy.

Throughout his career, Marx identified education as key to the prospects of the working class. The story of this engagement adds a new dimension to the picture of his work as a philosopher, political economist and socialist revolutionary. The aspects of education that concerned Marx matched prominent features of his theoretical and political activity, and educational themes provided him with a critical application for many of his most important ideas.

The author explores Marx’ work on the British factory school system, his use of evidence from the reports of school inspectors, and the contemporary movement that led to the establishment of modern systems of public schooling. The final chapter relates Marx’s thinking to questions about the place of education in today’s society, showing how relevant it is for the twenty-first century.

ROBIN SMALL is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Auckland University and author of Marx and Education, as well as books on Nietzsche and phenomenology.

Karl Marx, The Revolutionary as Educator is published by Springer in softcover and as an eBook from springer.com/shop

At Springer: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/book/978-94-007-7656-2

At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Karl-Marx-Revolutionary-SpringerBriefs-Education/dp/940077656X/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390560088&sr=1-9

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Robin Small

Robin Small

AestheticsART IN INTERESTING TIMES

Art in Interesting Times

16th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
March 27-29, 2014

Keynote Speakers:

Fredric Jameson (DukeUniversity)

Kim Stanley Robinson (University of California, Davis)

Nicholas Brown (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Call for Papers … [Extended Submission to 24th January]

Call for Papers: http://www.english.ufl.edu/mrg/conf/2014cfp.html

About the Marxist Reading Group: The Marxist Reading Group was formed in 1994 to facilitate an engagement with Marxist theories at the University of Florida. We host monthly reading sessions and annual conferences dedicated to maintaining a Marxist critique within the academic community.

You can contact us at: theufmrg@gmail.com.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

KARL MARX ON CAPITAL AND ITS ALTERNATIVE: COMMODITY FETISHISM VS. “FREELY ASSOCIATED HUMAN BEINGS”

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014

6:00-8:00 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)

 

Speaker:

KEVIN ANDERSON, author of Marx at the Margins

 

In CAPITAL, Marx takes up a society based upon “freely associated human beings,” this in a usually overlooked part of his famous discussion of commodity fetishism. How, Marx asks, could we break with the logic of capital in order to begin to create a society that overcomes both dehumanization (human relations “as relations between things”) and exploitation?  This and other aspects of Marx’s “economics” bearing on alternatives to capitalism will be the subject of free and open discussion.

 

Suggested reading:

Ch. 3 of Peter Hudis’s MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM:  “The Vision of the New Society in Marx’s CAPITAL”

[Copies of book available at a discount at the meeting.]

See also the recently published book reviews by MARXIST-HUMANIST workers and intellectuals http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/articles/marx-alternative-capitalism-review-symposium-karel-ludenhoff-marija-krtolica-dale-parsons

and from a sympathetic/critical ANARCHIST: http://www.anarkismo.net/article/26446   

[This is the second in a series of meetings on this topic, in preparation for the author’s visit to LA in March.]

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

MARX, BOURDIEU AND EDUCATION

A Seminar at the University of East London

6th November 2013, 4.00-6.00pm

University of East London

The Cass School of Education

UEL Stratford Campus

Room ED2.04.

Two papers will be presented:

On the relations between Marx and Bourdieu – by Professor Donald Broady, Uppsala University, Sweden

Capitals and strategies in the space of upper secondary and higher education: The case of Sweden – by Tobias Dalberg, Uppsala University, Sweden

RSVP: Veronica Burton: v.a.burton@uel.ac.uk

Convenor: Alpesh Maisuria

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Etienne Balibar

Etienne Balibar

IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE: JOHN LOCKE AND THE INVENTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

by Etienne Balibar

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 “Etienne Balibar was one of the brilliant group of students around Althusser in the early 1960s. Since then he has established himself as one of France’s foremost philosophers on the Left.” – Radical Philosophy

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A new reading of Locke as a continental philosopher by a leading French thinker

John Locke’s foundational place in the history of British empiricism and liberal political thought is well established. So, in what sense can Locke be considered a modern European philosopher? Identity and Difference argues for reassessing this canonical figure. Closely examining the “treatise on identity” added to the second edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Etienne Balibar demonstrates Locke’s role in the formation of two concepts central to the metaphysics of the subject— consciousness and the self—and the complex philosophical, legal, moral and political nature of his terms. 

With an accompanying essay by Stella Sandford, situating Balibar’s reading of Locke in the history of the reception of the Essay and within Balibar’s other writings on “the subject,” Identity and Difference rethinks a crucial moment in the history of Western philosophy.

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Praise for THE PHILOSOPHY OF MARX by Etienne Balibar

 A very intelligent and creative work—succinct and informative. It would certainly have a privileged place on the shelf of contemporary studies of Marx – Fredric Jameson

A trenchant and exciting analysis of the philosophy of Marx. It is intelligent and original, and makes us understand the ways in which reading Marx lucidly can be very useful to us today. No dogma here and no banalities. A refreshing book- Immanuel Wallerstein.

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Paperback / ISBN: 9781781681343 / $23.95 /  £14.99 / $26.95CAN / 208 pages

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Jonathan Sperber

Jonathan Sperber

JONATHAN SPERBER’S NEW BIOGRAPHY SEEKS TO BURY KARL MARX, NOT PRAISE HIM

Karl Marx, A Nineteenth Century Life
By Jonathan Sperber,
Liveright Publishing, 2013

A Review by Barry Healy

Barry Healy

September 26, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — In life Karl Marx lived a tumultuous, revolutionary life and in death he has likewise been less than tranquil. Alive, he was the best hated man in Europe. For the ruling classes and police spies he personified the “spectre” that was haunting the continent, the demonic rise of communist revolution.

After his death he was bleached of his humanity, canonised by his admirers and slandered by his bourgeois enemies. Both misrepresented him.

His enormous collection of notes and half-formulated writings were bequeathed first to his long-time political collaborator Frederick Engels and later to the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). Engels laboured long and hard and managed to produce the second and third volumes of Capital.

Stumbling across Marx’s notebooks on anthropological research, Engels also managed to write The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, the classic Marxist statement on the topic. Karl Kautsky of the SPD cobbled together the volumes of the Theories of Surplus Value, which formed the last instalments of Capital.

Along the way Kautsky and the SPD turned themselves into the arbiters of Marxism, the font of all wisdom on the man and his work. Kautsky was even referred to as the “Pope of Marxism”.

The messy details of Marx’s life – such as fathering an illegitimate child – were buried and the image of the prophet who foretold the inevitable collapse of capitalism was manufactured.

Below that edifice was buried Marx’s radicalism. Within the German SPD, social reform replaced revolution – the perfect justification for the party’s bureaucratisation and adaptation to peaceful coexistence with capitalism.

A leading SPD intellectual, Eduard Bernstein, propagated a version of Marxism in which the working class would slowly take over and socialise society — through building the SPD. This would be an organic process based on social evolution driven by scientific developments, which would take an extended period.

That strand of defanged Marxism exposed itself when the SPD supported the German government in WWI. However, as if in an historical horror show, the Stalinised Soviet Union took over the care of this mummified version of Marxism.

The Communist Party of Great Britain symbolised this process in 1954 by moving Marx’s remains and erecting the granite monolith that glowers over Highgate Cemetery today. The simple, original gravestone lies broken at the first grave.

The Stalinists seized control of Marx’s intellectual legacy by gathering all his writings and overseeing the production of his collected works (known by their German initials as the MEGA). Careful selection kept Marx’s dangerous thoughts from the eyes of the masses.

With the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, these collected papers have been translated by a new group of academics, producing what is known as MEGA2. This enlarged body of work is available for scholars. We can expect in years to come that historians and others will be mining it for nuggets of information similar to how Jonathan Sperber has done in this minutely researched volume.

Selective

Sperber, an expert in early 19th century Germany and the German language, should be perfect for this task of revealing the real Karl Marx. In many ways he is, but unfortunately his eye is selective.

He has come not just to dust off the accretions of history from the real Marx, but to bury Marxism for all time. Sperber’s tome, which he sets the mission of being the authoritative text on Marx has some peculiar assertions and omissions.

The book begins quite insightfully, exploring Marx’s early history by situating him in the revolutionary times in which he lived. By delving into the faction fights in which Marx engaged, not only is Marx’s point of view reported, but also the arguments raised against him, which fills out the record.

However, Sperber revels in any hostile gossip that opponents piled onto Marx or Engels. Any tirade is accepted as fact, whereas Marx’s polemics are subjected to minute, critical examination.

Sperber’s method at times turns peculiar. He insists that this famous sentence from the Communist Manifesto is mistranslated: “All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned and man is at last compelled to face, with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.”

He contends that in English it should read: “Everything that firmly exists and all the elements of the society of orders evaporate, everything sacred is desecrated and men are finally compelled to regard their position in life and their mutual relations with sober eyes.”

Why does he insist on a bland translation? Because Sperber’s project is to demonstrate that Marx is irrelevant to this century and his translation is part of his case.

Marx was not describing the epic results of capitalism on society in that sentence, Sperber says. He was only commenting on the bourgeois overthrow of feudalism (“the society of orders”). Sperber’s point is that the Manifesto was only looking backwards, not referring to the ongoing revolutionising effects of capitalism.

Such an argument is a wilful misreading not only of the Manifesto, but of the entire body of Marx’s works. Sperber pronounces that, being mired in old-fashioned irrelevancy, Marxism means nothing today.

Oddly, in this he refracts, as if though a glass darkly, arguments that Bernstein raised against the Communist Manifesto. For Bernstein the Manifesto was a product of a younger, hot-headed radical Marx, emerging from the conspiratorial matrix of the French Revolution and should not be considered relevant to the modern age.

Positivist?

Sperber also goes into a long-winded critique, covering many pages, in which he insists that Marx was not a dialectician, but was an unconscious, though inconsistent positivist. Now this really is passing strange.

Logical positivism was still evolving during Marx’s lifetime. But its progenitor, Auguste Comte, wrote in the early 19th Century and had followers in and around the workers’ movement. Marx ripped into Comte, calling his work “trashy”.

Positivism held that society was evolving towards a more sophisticated future through scientific advancement.

Sperber, while arguing his positivist case against Marx, does not actually define what he means by the term. By inference it appears that it includes, for him, the collection of evidence and the analysis of data – in short the scientific method – plus a teleological belief in the steady advance of human civilisation. These are certainly elements of positivism and lend it its semi-religious flavour, even though it is secularist. Positivism is an extreme form of empiricism that reifies the scientific method and imposes it on sociology.

The degenerate bureaucrats of the German SPD were certainly influenced by positivism, because it let them off the hook of having to organise and lead the class struggle. Stalinism, with its mechanical materialist worship of the Five-Year Plan wilfully mixed dialectics with positivism.

Sperber says that philosophically Marx was stuck halfway along a line that stretched from Hegel at one end, with his “distrust of empirical evidence”, and positivists at the other end with their “scientific method and scientific form of empiricism”.

Now, to say that Hegel, who studied the scientific developments of his day, “distrusted empirical evidence” is quite something. To picture Karl Marx as a kind of philosophical muddle-headed wombat is to take a leap into void.

Hegel taught that every moment contains within it the possibility of future developments. This future-that-is-not-yet-present is a metaphysical concept. Hegel used the word geist (spirit) to describe the motivating force that drove these possibilities to fruition.

Marx stripped the metaphysics out of Hegelianism, turning Hegel on his head as it were, and developed what is now known as historical materialism to explain how history is driven forward.

Sperber has it wrong. Above all, Marx believed that the possibility of social progress depended on human intervention – revolutionary activity expressed through class struggle. Positivism passively depends on the advancement of science.

Marx’s argument against positivism was that it failed to discern the inner dynamics of society, which dialectical social science could expose. He granted that Comte, as a mathematician and physicist, was certainly “superior” to Hegel in scientific knowledge. However, “even here Hegel is infinitely greater when one considers the whole”. In fact, Marx said, “compared with Hegel” Comte was “wretched”.

‘Static’ economics?

Sperber is also at pains to criticise supposed failings in Marxist economic theory, which he delves into over 10 pages. It is a brave writer who tries to summarise Marxist economics in such a brief space and Sperber more than fails the job.

Following on from his inability to understand Hegelian or Marxist dialectics, Sperber can’t see the dynamic thrust of Marx’s economics. For Sperber, Marx’s grasp of economic reality was “static”, effectively “snapshots of the 1860s”.

However, just opening volume I of Capital and reading the list of contents confounds this. The process of the production of capital, the relationship of use value and exchange value making up the commodity, the fetishism of the commodity, the transformation of money into capital, the labour process and valorisation process, etc. Every page is drenched in the application of dialectics, which is the understanding of reality in movement, to economics.

To drive his points home Marx quotes from the British government factory inspectors’ reports to illustrate of the reality of working class conditions (these are “snapshots” according to Sperber).

Sperber is on slightly surer ground when he criticises Marx’s theorising about the tendency of the rate of profit to decline over time. Over the years Marx made several different attempts at explaining this tendency and never succeeded to his own satisfaction.

Sperber also delves into Marx’s newspaper editorships, indicating that his papers were dominated by strident, unreadable polemics. However, he makes no mention, for example, of the prominence of poetry in Marx’s newspapers. S.S. Pawer, in Karl Marx and World Literature, available since 1976, records the trouble to which Marx went to get the best of contemporary radical poets into his papers.

Sperber thinks that Marx’s literary allusions in his journalism were unintelligible to a mass audience, whereas Pawer shows that that his contemporaries were able to pick up the references easily. Interestingly, Sperber totally misses the myriad Biblical references and advanced use of theological logic in Marx’s writings.

Similarly, for Sperber, Marx’s organising activities to keep Britain from entering the American Civil War on the side of the Confederacy are absent. In fact, Marx’s keen interest in North American events appears right in the preface to Capital volume I and his activity was immense.

The development of Marx’s thinking about British rule in India Sperber dismisses as a strain of “petit-bourgeois” radicalism. The evolution and intellectual vigour of Marx’s engagement with the question is masterfully discussed in Kevin Anderson’s Marx at the Margins, which was available while Sperber was at work on his book, but rates no mention.

On and on it goes. Sperber’s conclusion is that Marx’s ideas are stuck in “the matrix of the early nineteenth century, the age of the French Revolution and its aftermath, of Hegel’s philosophy and its Young Hegelian critics, of the early industrialisation of Great Britain and the theories of political economy emerging from them”.

Sperber misses the point

Sperber completely misses the point: when Marx inverted Hegel’s dialectics and applied it to political economy he did not just create a new economic theory with some attendant radical posturing. Marxism is a philosophy of human action aimed at the complete liberation of the entire human race and the rescue of the planet from capitalist over-exploitation.

Marx was a critic of capitalism and, ironically it is capitalism that has kept its nemesis, Karl Marx alive. Capitalism’s myriad oppressions demand analysis and resistance. In that, the ideas and revolutionary example of Karl Marx are vibrant.

It is only with the death of capitalism that Karl Marx will finally be buried, because we will no longer have need of his world historic contribution. Notwithstanding Jonathan Sperber, Marx will then rest in peace with the grateful blessings of all humanity.

[Barry Healy is a member of Socialist Alliance in Perth, Western Australia. A shorter version of this review appeared in Green Left Weekly.]

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Karl and Jenny Marx

Karl and Jenny Marx

THE YOUNG MARX LONDON READING GROUP

London Young Marx Reading Group

Starting at Birkbeck College, London, 10 October

We are reading the ‘young Marx’ and will begin with Marx’s  “Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”.

The online text can be found here: http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/download/ Marx_Critique_of_Hegels_ Philosophy_of_Right.pdf 

Then maybe we should go on to the Paris Manuscripts (this is all up for discussion): http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/1844/ manuscripts/preface.htm

And then perhaps we can aim to squeeze in ‘Comment on James Mills’ “Elements of Political Economy”‘ (1844): http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/1844/james- mill/index.htm

We can play it by ear but this may take us up to the end of term (or longer). If we are willing and able we can then tackle “On the Jewish question” and “The Poverty of Philosophy” in the following Spring Term.

Please find below the room bookings for next term. We are at Birkbeck University of London. We can aim to read the first chapter for the first meeting, or as much as possible …

10th Oct – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

24th Oct – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

7th Nov – Reading Week – no room booked.

14th Nov – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

28th Nov – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

12th Dec – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

Map: https://maps.google.co.uk/ maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0& msid=116236913161085608084. 00048b5563538358f1878

Please visit the group online forum at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/london-marx-reading-group

Or send email to: london-marx-reading-group@googlegroups.com

Copied to: farout.left@gmail.com

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Economics

Economics

INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR THE PROMOTION OF POLTICAL ECONOMY TRAINING WORKSHOP IN MARXIST POLITICAL ECONOMY

Following the success of previous Training Workshops, the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy will run a one-day introductory training workshop in Marxist Political Economy on 6 November 2013 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, the day before the start of the annual Historical Materialism Conference (also at SOAS).

We are seeking an audience of engaged participants, including undergraduate, postgraduate students, junior academics and activists, who have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with the basic principles of Marxian political economy.

As this is an introductory workshop, it will assume no prior knowledge and will be led by Simon Mohun and Alfredo Saad-Filho.

If you wish to attend the workshop, please send your name and occupation to Elisa Van Waeyenberge <ew23@soas.ac.uk> before 15th of October 2013.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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CLR James

CLR James

REVOLUTIONARY DIALECTICS AFTER MARX: C.L.R. JAMES AND RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013 

6:00-8:00 PM

WestsidePeaceCenter

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)

 

Speaker:

Brian Lovato, author of a book in progress on James and Dunayevskaya

C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya both emerged out of the radical wing of the anti-Stalinist left during the 1940s. Before their break in 1955, they worked together in the “Johnson-Forest Tendency,” which elaborated new perspectives on race and class, on state-capitalism, on non-vanguardist forms of organization, and on dialectics. This meeting will concentrate on the latter point.  In 1948, James wrote “Notes on Dialectics,” an exploration of the dialectic in Hegel, Marx, and Lenin.  During this period, Dunayevskaya translated and commented upon Lenin’s “Philosophical Notebooks” and composed her “1953 Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes.”  Later, Dunayevskaya developed her version of the dialectic further, in works like “Philosophy and Revolution” (1973). We will explore this rich dialectical heritage as a crucial resource for today’s left.

Suggested readings:

“Review and Leninist Interlude,” from James, “Notes on Dialectics”: http://www.marxists.org/archive/james-clr/works/dialecti/james4.htm

1963 Dunayevskaya letter to Erich Fromm on Hegel’s “Phenomenology,” from Dunayevskaya, “Power of Negativity,” ed. Hudis and Anderson: http://newsandletters.org/issues/2008/Feb-March/FTA_Feb-Mar_08.htm

 

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

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

BEYOND MARX

Confronting Labour-History and the Concept of Labour with the Global Labour-Relations of the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Karl Heinz Roth in collaboration with Max Henninger

Capitalism has proven much more resilient than Marx anticipated, and the working class has, until now, hardly lived up to his hopes.
The Marxian concept of class rests on exclusion. Only the ‘pure’ doubly-free wage-workers are able to create value; from a strategic perspective, all other parts of the world’s working populations are secondary. But global labour history suggests that slaves and other unfree workers are an essential component of the capitalist economy.
What might a critique of the political economy of labour look like that critically reviews the experiences of the past five hundred years while moving beyond Eurocentrism? In this volume twenty-two authors offer their thoughts on this question, both from a historical and theoretical perspective.

Contributors include: Riccardo Bellofiore, Sergio Bologna, C. George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, Niklas Frykman, Ferruccio Gambino, Detlef Hartmann, Max Henninger, Thomas Kuczynski, Marcel van der Linden, Peter Linebaugh, Ahlrich Meyer, Maria Mies, Jean-Louis Prat, Marcus Rediker, Karl Heinz Roth, Devi Sacchetto, Subir Sinha, Massimiliano Tomba, Carlo Vercellone, Peter Way, Steve Wright.

http://www.brill.com/beyond-marx

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-the-hm-book-series-beyond-marx

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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