This session will conclude our discussion of “late” capitalism. In this meeting, we will discuss Ernest Mandel’s influential book Late Capitalism. Through this pioneering study, Mandel extended Marx’s analysis to the twentieth century. He was fascinated by novel conditions, including the rise of consumer goods and the growing extension of science to capitalist production. Mandel was also excited by the possibilities of his moment, particularly the decolonial political movements that were spreading across the globe.
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The Philly Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Marxism Reading Group meets via Zoom on alternating Wednesdays to discuss issues in socialist theory and strategy.
Each meeting, we’ll look at a specific topic, including theories of the State, gender, imperialism,hegemony, and the origin of capitalism itself. Along the way, we’ll read some of the most influential Marxist theorists, including Angela Davis, Louis Althusser, Ellen Meiksins Wood, CLR James, and Rosa Luxemburg.
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