November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This 4-Week seminar led by Richard Wolff will begin with an introduction and brief history of world Marxism from Karl Marx (1818-1883) through today. We will start with a brief discussion of major events and writings such as Marx, Engels, the Paris Commune of 1870 and the German, Austrian and Russian Marxisms of Luxemburg, Kautsky, Lenin and Trotsky. Following this we will look at western European Revolutions, theories, and related events in the 20th century such as Lukacs, Gramsci, the Spanish Civil War, anti-Nazi resistance and the Frankfurt School. We will also look at Mao and Chinese Marxism and begin looking at the various forms of Marxism in the Post-World War 2 period such as Sartre, Althusser and other forms in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We will also spend a week analyzing Marx’s labor theory of value and what it means for the economy and the working class and analyze the myriad realities and crisis of capitalism as well as the inequalities and relations of capitalist society with respect to race and gender. Finally, we will look at alternatives to capitalism with focus on worker coops and communism as the negation of capitalism.
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Richard WolffRichard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs, New School University, New York. His recent publications include Understanding Marxism (2019), New Directions in Marxian Theory [with co-author Stephen Resnick](Routledge, 2006), Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian and Marxian [with co-author Stephen Resnick] (MIT Press, 2012), Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism (Haymarket, 2016). Wolff produces and hosts the weekly radio and TV program, “Economic Update” broadcast on nearly 100 radio stations and to millions of US homes via Free Speech TV and other networks. He has been interviewed by Bill Moyers, Bill Maher, Amy Goodman, Fox, Business News, and many others. Published essays, interviews, radio and TV programs area available at democracyatwork.info and rdwolff.com.
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