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Chicago Marx’s Philosophy of Liberation: Its Meaning for Today (Feb 20 to May 1)

February 20, 2019 to May 1, 2019

This series of discussions is aimed at providing theoretical and experiential resources that can aid the ongoing effort to develop a viable socialist alternative for our time. We will do so by re-examining the full expanse of Marx’s work, as discussed in Raya Dunayevskaya’s Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution.  All readings can be obtained free of charge from [email protected]

Session 1—Wednesday, February 20: Rethinking Marx’s Thought in Light of Today’s Struggles of Women, Labor, and Black and Latinx peoples

Suggesting reading: Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution: Introduction (pp. ix-xii)

Presenter: Peter Hudis, author Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

Session 2—Wednesday, March 6: Marx Discovers a New Continent of Thought and of Revolution: 1841-48

Suggesting reading: Rosa Luxemburg…chapter 9 (pp. 115-132)

Presenter: Thomas Burke, Marxist-Humanist activist and writer

Session 3: Wednesday, March 20: From the Grundrisse to Capital

Suggesting reading: Rosa Luxemburg…chapter 10 (pp. 133-152)

Presenter: Reza Omid, Iranian activist

Session 4: Wednesday, April 3: Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg’s Theories of Accumulation of Capital, its Crises and its Inevitable Downfall

Suggesting reading: Rosa Luxemburg…chapter 3 (pp. 31-50)

Presenter: Lautaro Tapia, Marxist-Humanist activist and writer

Session 5: Wednesday, April 17: The Philosopher of Permanent Revolution Creates New Ground for Organization

Suggesting reading: Rosa Luxemburg…chapter 11 (pp. 153-164)

Presenter: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, author Neither Victim nor Survivor

Session 6: Wednesday, May 1: The Last Writings of Marx on Non-Western and Indigenous Societies

Suggesting reading: Rosa Luxemburg…chapter 12 (pp. 175-198)

Presenter: Ali Reza, Iranian activist and writer, and Charles Nissim-Sabat. retired civil rights attorney

Meetings held every other Wednesday, at 6:30 pm
Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., Chicago, Room 7 North

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