Marxism Reading Group

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    02
    DEC

    Marxism Reading Group: Social Reproduction Theory

    Socialists have long been involved in the fight against gender inequality, aided by Marxist analyses of gender, the family, and domestic labor. Social reproduction theory is one of the most influential traditions to explore these matters, bringing rigor to provocative but at times cryptic comments left behind by Marx and Engels. In this session, we will read three of the most influential accounts of reproduction, including Lise Vogel’s pioneering theory and Angela Y. Davis’s bold prediction that socialism might make domestic labor “obsolete."

    Readings:

    • Vogel, "Domestic Labor Revisited"
    • Gimenez, "From Social Reproduction to Capitalist Social Reproduction"
    • Davis, "The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework"

    Suggested Additional Readings:

    • Vogel, Marxism & the Oppression of Women
    • Brenner & Ramas, "Rethinking Women's Oppression"
    • Hothschild & Machung, The Second Shift
    • Carbone & Cahn, Marriage Markets

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 02
    DEC

    Marxism Reading Group: Social Reproduction Theory

    Socialists have long been involved in the fight against gender inequality, aided by Marxist analyses of gender, the family, and domestic labor. Social reproduction theory is one of the most influential traditions to explore these matters, bringing rigor to provocative but at times cryptic comments left behind by Marx and Engels. In this session, we will read three of the most influential accounts of reproduction, including Lise Vogel’s pioneering theory and Angela Y. Davis’s bold prediction that socialism might make domestic labor “obsolete."

    Readings:

    • Vogel, "Domestic Labor Revisited"
    • Gimenez, "From Social Reproduction to Capitalist Social Reproduction"
    • Davis, "The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework"

    Suggested Additional Readings:

    • Vogel, Marxism & the Oppression of Women
    • Brenner & Ramas, "Rethinking Women's Oppression"
    • Hothschild & Machung, The Second Shift
    • Carbone & Cahn, Marriage Markets

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 18
    NOV

    Marxism Reading Group: Colonialism & The Post-Colony

    The age of imperial conquest was followed by a period of harsh occupation–as well as a wave of anti-colonial strife across the globe. Marxists took the lead in many of these struggles, looking to socialism as a pathway to freedom.

    In this session, we will read CLR James and Frantz Fanon, two of the most influential theorists of colonialism. We will examine their contributions to Marxist theory, as well as their role in the fight for a better world.

    Readings

    • Frantz Fanon, "On National Culture”
    • C.L.R. James, "Revolt in Africa”

    Optional Readings

    • James, The Black Jacobins
    • Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
    • Mariátegui, An Anthology
    • Samaddar, Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age

     

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 04
    NOV

    Marxism Reading Group: Underdevelopment & The New Imperialism

    Though the twentieth century saw a wave of independence struggles in the colonial world, some would argue that the Age of Imperialism lives on. The end of the Cold War did little to fix pronounced inequalities between the Global North and South. Rather, it brought about new forms of economic domination, wrought by international trade policy and renewed military violence.

    In this session, we will continue our discussion of imperialism. This time around, our group turns to more recent theories of imperialism. We begin with the writings of Samir Amin, a major pioneer of Dependency Theory. From there, we'll explore David Harvey's concept of the New Imperialism, used to describe the global role of "emerging economies" of China and India–as well as the US-led War on Terror.

    Email phldsapoliticaleducation@gmail.com for more information about the readings.

    Readings:

    • Amin, Unequal Development
    • Harvey, The New Imperialism

    Optional Readings:

    • Frank, The Development of Underdevelopment
    • Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
    • Meksins Wood, Empire of Capital
    • Brenner, “What is, and What Is Not, Imperialism”

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 21
    OCT

    Marxism Reading Group: Early Theories of Imperialism

    More info & readings to come for this date.

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 07
    OCT

    Marxism Reading Group: The Professional-Managerial Class

    Recent social media dust-ups about downwardly mobile millennials and “Patagonia Democrats” have reignited a decades-old controversy about the "PMC," or “Professional-Managerial Class.” In the late 1970s, Barbara and John Ehrenreich’s essay on the topic sparked a broad debate about whether or not the socialist movement should draw strength from the US Left's growing ranks of politically engaged students, radical academics, and other seemingly middle class activists. In so doing, they prompted a broader discussion about the changing nature of twentieth century class relations, politics, and capitalism itself.

    In this session, we will read Barbara and John Ehrenreich’s original essay along with a critical engagement by Erik Olin Wright. We will consider the analytic value of the concept of the PMC, as well as the political question of what this constituency signals for the contemporary socialist movement.

    Readings:

    • Barbara & John Ehrenreich, "The Professional-Managerial Class"
    • Erik Olin Wright, "Intellectuals & The Class Structure"

    Please join our mailing list to access the readings!

     

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 23
    SEP

    Marxism Reading Group: Formation vs. Location

    Marx is probably most famous as a class theorist; he was one of the fiercest critics of exploitation, and tirelessly held to the belief that working people would fundamentally alter the world. Even so, he left behind no complete theory of class, and the writings he did produce have been subject to widespread controversy. This week, in our first session on the topic of class, we will explore two influential interpretations of Marxian class theory, asking about how to better understand capitalism and the role of the working class in transforming it.

    Readings:

    • Erik Olin Wright, "Foundations of a Neo-Marxist Class Analysis"
    • EP Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

    Please join our mailing list for more information about how to find the readings.

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 09
    SEP

    Marxism Reading Group: What is Historical Materialism?

    Karl Marx boldly proclaimed that human history could be retold as a history of class struggles. The Marxism Reading Group will begin its semester by looking at historical materialism, the concept undergirding this weighty claim. Probably his most influential idea, materialism has also been one of his most enduringly controversial. In order to understand why, we'll explore a number of key concepts, including Marx's infamous base-superstructure theory of society. We'll also consider the value of these notions for contemporary socialists, asking about what is living and what is dead in the Marxist theory of history.

    Suggested Additional Readings

    • Wright, Levine, & Sober, Reconstructing Marxism
    • Brenner, “The Social Basis of Economic Development
    • Carling, “Analytical Marxism & Historical Materialism
    • Thompson, The Poverty of Theory

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800


    About the Series

    Philly DSA's Marxism Reading Group explores a range of topics in Marxist theory. Sessions will focus on big picture ideas, unpacking fundamental concepts of historical, political, and economic analysis, as well as more specific debates focused on issues such as class, the State, gender, imperialism, colonialism, hegemony, and history. Along the way, we'll read some of the most influential writers in the Marxist tradition, including David Harvey, Angela Davis, GA Cohen, CLR James, EP Thompson, and Rosa Luxemburg. Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, please join us!

    Schedule

    September 9: What is Historical Materialism?
    September 23: Class I: Formation vs. Location
    October 7: Class II: The Professional-Managerial Class
    October 21: Imperialism I: Early Theories of Imperialism
    November 4: Imperialism II: Underdevelopment & the New Imperialism
    November 18: Imperialism III: Colonialism & The Post-Colony
    December 02: Social Reproduction Theory

  • 05
    AUG

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    Zoom link


    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Review Session
    June 10: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 24: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 8: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 22: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    August 5: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 22
    JUL

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Review Session
    June 10: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 24: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 8: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 22: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    August 5: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

    Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800

     

  • 08
    JUL

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    RSVP for meeting info.

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Review Session
    June 10: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 24: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 8: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 22: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    August 5: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 24
    JUN

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Review Session
    June 10: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 24: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 8: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 22: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    August 5: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 10
    JUN

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Review Session
    June 10: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 24: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 8: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 22: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    August 5: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 27
    MAY

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Zoom call

    This series is taking place via Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800

    The Marx Reading Group approaches Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting. For this session, there will be no reading. Instead, we will be having an open review discussion of Marxism and Capital's overall argument. New members are encouraged to attend!


    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Review Session
    June 10: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 24: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 8: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 22: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    August 5: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 13
    MAY

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Zoom call

    This series is taking place via Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800

    This week we're reading Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)


    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 10: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    June 24: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 8: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 22: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 29
    APR

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    This series is taking place via Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 994 9945 0800
    Reading: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)


    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 29: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 13: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    May 27: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 10: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    June 24: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 8: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 22: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 08
    APR

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    This series is taking place via Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 629 494 8176
    Reading: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)


    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 22: Chapters 10-11 (340-429)
    May 06: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 20: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    June 03: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 17: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 01: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 15: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 29: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 25
    MAR

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual Meeting

    Zoom Invitation | Meeting ID: 643 580 965 | Please RSVP Here!

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 22: Chapters 10-11 (340-429)
    May 06: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 20: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    June 03: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 17: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 01: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 15: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 29: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 11
    MAR

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 22: Chapters 10-11 (340-429)
    May 06: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 20: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    June 03: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 17: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 01: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 15: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 29: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 26
    FEB

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 22: Chapters 10-11 (340-429)
    May 06: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 20: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    June 03: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 17: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 01: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 15: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 29: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 18
    DEC

    Marx Reading Group: Karl Kautsky

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    Karl Kautsky is arguably the grandfather of democratic socialism. He walked a middle course between the reformist strands of German social democracy and the Soviet revolutionary model. In this session, we’ll read the entirety of his influential The Road to Power (1909), debating the relevance of his example for contemporary politics.

    Reading: Kautsky, The Road to Power

  • 09
    DEC

    Marx Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marx Reading Group typically meets every other Wednesday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

    For this session, we'll be reading two major texts by the famed writer Rosa Luxemburg. Despite an untimely death at the age of 47, Luxemburg has been a persistent influence on political theory and a touchstone for a number of crucial debates in the history of socialism. Join us to read two of her most important works!

    Readings:

     

  • 06
    NOV

    Marx Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marx Reading Group meets every other Wednesday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

    For this session, the Marx Reading Group will be reading two key texts: “The Civil War in France” and Critique of the Gotha Program. Though Marx generally refused to give exact political instructions (a function of his belief that the future was anything but certain), the writer carefully studied the past, and he thought long and hard about how an alternative economic system might lead to greater human flourishing. Join us as we read these two classic essays, deepening our understanding of Marx’s historical imagination–and his ambitious political vision.

    Readings

  • 23
    OCT

    Marxism Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Wednesday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

    For this session, we will be reading two texts: 1844 Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts and The German Ideology. Originating before the more infamous period of political economic writings, these works introduce a different side of Marx. In particular, they dive deeper into core political questions concerning the nature of alienation under capitalism, the development of ideology, and the means by which radicals can challenge the dominant ideas of their age.

    Readings

  • 09
    OCT

    Marxism Reading Group: The Grundrisse

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Wednesday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

    This week, we continue our study of Karl Marx’s writings, reading an abridged version of his infamous, sprawling Grundrisse. Often cited as a pivotal text in Marxism (though it is probably mentioned far more often than it is actually read), this series of notebooks was abandoned by Marx in 1858; it would remain unpublished for nearly a century. Contained within the work, however, is a series of potent ideas that anticipate Marx’s later systematic writings–and link his economic theories to major questions about society, history, and politics.

    Join us–whether you are brand new to Marxist economics, or want to deepen your understanding of Marx even more!

    View the reading here.

  • 25
    SEP

    Marxism Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    For this session of the Marxism Reading Group, we’ll be reading Marx's Wage Labor and Capital (1849; 1891). Written prior to his monumental Capital, Engels later revised the work to reflect the results of their mature research. In its final form, the pamphlet offers a miniaturized version of their broader political-economic theory; it was largely through this text that their views circulated among the working class. This session will be a great introduction to Marxian political economy, or a nice recap if you’ve already read Capital.

    View the reading here.

  • 24
    JUN

    Marxism and Politics Summer Series: Guest Lecture by Rene Rojas

    First Unitarian Church, Parish Room

    Join PHL DSA for the kick-off of our Marxism and Politics Summer Lecture Series. Throughout June, July, and August, we are bringing political analysts and writers to Philadelphia to give seminars on their recent essays with us. First, we will have a session where we read a contemporary political article or essay and discuss it, getting a sense of its arguments and themes, as well as questions that it raises or problems with the argument. Then, we will host the writer, who will deliver a brief lecture and then lead a seminar where we can go more in depth on the argument, and pose questions that came up in the previous session.

    For our inaugural lecture, we have Rene Rojas, a sociologist and political scientist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His research is on neoliberal development and politics in Latin America, where he spent years as an activist. Rojas will be delivering a lecture the rise and fall of Latin America's Pink Tide movement. Considered the most promising development for the global left in decades, the Pink Tide is now in retreat. To understand its decline, Rojas compares its rise and achievements to the rise of the region’s classical left, which emerged following the Cuban Revolution. His thesis is that whereas the classical left’s accomplishments were rooted in the structural leverage of industrial labor, the Pink Tide has been based on movements of informal workers and precarious communities.

    The Marxism and Politics Reading Group will be meeting the week beforehand (on Monday, June 17th at 7 PM in Chapterhouse Cafe) to discuss his essay on Latin America's Pink Tide

  • 17
    JUN

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    UPENN Bookstore

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

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    This week we'll be discussing:

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

  • 03
    JUN

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

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    This week we'll be discussing:

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

  • 20
    MAY

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

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    This week we'll be discussing:

     

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

  • 06
    MAY

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

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    This week we'll be discussing:

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

  • 08
    APR

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

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    This week we'll be discussing:

    Class Struggle and The New Deal, Chapters 3 and 4

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

  • 25
    MAR

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

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    This week we'll be discussing:

    Chapters 1-2 of Rhonda Levine's Class Struggle and the New Deal

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

  • 11
    MAR

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

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    This week we'll be discussing:

    Karl Marx, "Eighteenth Brumaire"

    Ralph Miliband, "Marx and the State"

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

  • 11
    FEB

    Marxism and Politics Reading Group

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    The Marxist Reading Group meets every other Monday, 7-9 pm at Chapterhouse Gallery. All are welcome to attend!

    This week we'll be discussing:

    POULANTZAS Problem of the Capitalist State

    MILIBAND Reply to Poulantzas

    BLOCK The Ruling Class Does Not Rule

     

    Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history.

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