[Chicago] Labor is Not the Source of Material Wealth: Reading Group on the New Edition of Marx’s “Critique of the Gotha Program”
Join us for a reading group on PM Press’s publication of a new translation of Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program which also contains extensive commentary on its contemporary significance. Order your copy at: https://pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1241
Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program offers the fullest elaboration of his vision for a socialist future, free from the shackles of capital but also the state. Neglected by the statist versions of socialism, whether social democratic or Stalinist that left a wreckage of coercion and disillusionment in their wake, this new annotated translation and analysis of Marx’s Critique makes clear for the first time the full emancipatory scope of his notion of life after capitalism.
Session 1: Monday, February 13, 6:30 pm (Central time)
Labor is Not the Source of Material Wealth
“Labor is not the source of all wealth. Nature is just as much the source of use values”
This session will explore the distinction between material wealth and value and its ramifications for developing an ecosocialist alternative to capitalism.
Session 2: Monday, February 27, 6:30 pm (Central time)
Beyond Redistribution: Transforming Alienated Human Relations
“What is ‘a fair distribution’ [of wealth]? Do not the bourgeois assert that the present-day distribution is “fair”? And is it not, in fact, the only ‘fair’ distribution on the basis of the present-day mode of production?”
This session will take up why an exit from capitalism requires far more than redistributing value and surplus value.
Session 3: Monday, March 13, 6:30 pm (Central time)
The Transcendence of Value Production: Time as Space for Human Development
“Within a cooperatively organized society based on common ownership of the means of production, the producers do not exchange their products; just as little does the labor expended on the products appear here as the value of these products.
This session will focus on how developing an alternative form of organizing our time as central to Marx’s concept of a socialist or communist society.
Session 4: Monday, March 27, 6:30 pm (Central time)
What to do With the State?
“It is by no means the aim of the workers, who have got rid of the narrow mentality of humble subjects, to set the state ‘free’… [it is wrong to] treat the state as an independent entity that possesses its own ‘intellectual, ethical, and libertarian bases.’”
This session will explore non-statist forms of association that can promote the abolition of the police, prisons, and the criminal injustice system in the struggle for a new society.
Saturday, March 18—a one-day conference (via zoom) on the new edition of the Critique of the Gotha Program Watch for coming details
Sponsored by the Chicago chapter of The International Marxist-Humanist Organization
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