Community Event: Marx-a-thon 2


When:
May 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-05-12T13:30:00+00:00
2018-05-12T21:00:00+00:00
Contact:
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/227791617975062/

Sponsored by Red May Seattle

Join us for the second of four Marx-a-thons. This is an afternoon of events stopping at 4 locations on Capitol Hill. We will feature conversations analyzing contemporary topics through the lense of Marx’s ‘Capital’.

SCHEDULE:
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12 – 1:30pm
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THE WORKING DAY
Annie McClanahan
Location: Hedreen Gallery
https://goo.gl/maps/4irHDPWDmy32
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2 – 3:30pm
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VALUE
Christopher Nealon
Northwest Film Forum
https://goo.gl/maps/9rV5i9riskB2
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4 – 5:30pm
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MARX’S ‘ON THE JEWISH QUESTION’
Chandan Reddy
Gay City: Calamus Auditorium
https://goo.gl/maps/7uVE44jT7C42
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TOPIC DETAILS:
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THE WORKING DAY
Annie McClanahan
Eight hour day? Six hour day? Twelve hour day? Since moments are the elements of profit, the workplace is always the site of a struggle over time. (Just ask anyone who works at an Amazon ‘fulfillment center’). Annie McClanahan, author of Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture introduces the ever-relevant Chapter 10 of Capital, vol 1, “The Working Day.”
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VALUE
Christopher Nealon
When it comes to capital accumulation, what is “value”? We know that it is derived from exploitation, and we also know that capitalism can only keep going if it keeps finding ways to extract it. In recent years, talk of “post-capitalism,” “post-work,” and robotization has suggested that old forms of industrial exploitation may fall away, and leave us with nothing to do, no one to work for – a recipe for long-delayed paradise, or for mass unemployment and unrest. In this talk, Chris Nealon will suggest some limits to the post-capitalist conversation and reflect on how capitalist forms of value are still linked, despite everything, to non-economic understandings of “value,” as in “our values,” or even “artistic value.
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MARX’S ‘ON THE JEWISH QUESTION’
Chandan Reddy
Marx’s, “On Jewish Question,” remains among the most pertinent works of his entire oeuvre, predicting that, unlike in Europe, the United States as the world’s first secular and liberal democratic state would, in fact, be engulfed in recurring cycles of evangelicism and Protestant fundamentalism, white supremacy, authoritarian patriarchy, and militarized security. For Marx, these recurring cycles of what we might today call violent “pathogenic white masculinity,” were entirely consonant with the progressive secular state, warning radical social movements to think about their own complicity in preserving the structures through which these violent cycles of white male rights to guns, God and war (or life, liberty, and happiness) will recur in their pursuits for social power and state recognition. In this session, we will revisit Marx’s excoriating critique of secular rights, revealing an unspoken bond between political formations as different as U.S. “Trumpian” authoritarianism and the radical free-speech movements for “openness,” “diversity” and the “commons,” that are often its most visible critic, showing how it is this bond that recodes freedom as security and makes the victims of U.S. permanent war in Coast Salish lands, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere bloody tribute for the American radical’s defense of democracy.