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[Chicago] CANCELED – Socialism as “True Democracy”: Transcending the Capitalist Law of Value

THE EVENT IS CANCELED

 

As you are no doubt aware, many civic organizations have taken steps to safeguard our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chicago Public Library is among them and has suspended meetings at its locations. We therefore must suspend the series of classes on “Envisioning Socialism: Class, Race and Gender in the Struggle for New Human Relations.” Please watch for announcements from us about new dates for the four remaining sessions. Meanwhile please continue to visit the International Marxist-Humanist Journal for analysis and news.

 

 

Join the Chicago Chapter of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization for a new series of discussions on… 

Socialism as “True Democracy”: Transcending the Capitalist Law of Value

Although socialism is often viewed as a “fair” redistribution of income and resources, Marx’s critique of capital extends far deeper. We will explore this by reading one of his most detailed discussions of socialism alongside Luxemburg’s critique of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Reading: Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program (1875); Rosa Luxemburg, On the Russian Revolution (1918); Raya Dunayevskaya, “The New Moments Discovered by Marx in his Last Decade” (1981), in Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution.

Leading off the discussion – Alireza, Iranian socialist activist in Chicago.

 

This is the fifth and final session in a series of discussions on:

Envisioning Socialism:

Class, Race and Gender in the Struggle for New Human Relations

Is it possible to develop a socialist alternative that goes beyond both reformism and statist authoritarianism? In what ways do the social movements of the past 100 years provide insights for how to overcome capitalism? How do recent mass upsurges in Chile, Ecuador, Lebanon, France, and India illuminate the organizational forms best suited for creating a socialist alternative? We will explore these and related questions by studying select writings of Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Frantz Fanon, and Raya Dunayevskaya.

 

All readings are available for free on pdf files here.

All meetings held every third Wednesday, at 6:30 pm (Beginning February 26, 2020)

Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., Chicago, Room 7 #N5 (Room across from 7th floor elevators)

Sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization