Community Event: Marx-a-thon 3


When:
May 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
2018-05-19T12:00:00+00:00
2018-05-19T17:30:00+00:00
Contact:
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)

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Sponsored by Red May Seattle

Join us for the THIRD 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 lens of Marx’s ‘Capital’.

SCHEDULE:
(more details on each topic at the bottom)

12 – 1:30pm
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THE 18TH BRUMAIRE OF LOUIS NAPOLEAN
Hedreen Gallery, 901 12th Ave (12th and Marion) Seattle, Washington
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly
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2 – 3:30pm
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THE HIDDEN ABODE OF PRODUCTION
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Radhika Desai
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4 – 5:30pm
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VIRTUAL POVERTY IN THE GRUNDRISSE
Gay City: Calamus Auditorium, 517 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Aaron Benanav
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TOPIC DETAILS:
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THE 18TH BRUMAIRE OF LOUIS NAPOLEAN
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly
The Marx essay often cited after the election of Donald Trump. A study of how a ridiculous and incompetent buffoon becomes head of state in an electoral coup. It contains some of Marx’s most memorable formulations: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” And also: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.” Charisse Burden-Stelly introduces Marx’s brilliant, in-depth analysis.
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THE HIDDEN ABODE OF PRODUCTION
Radhika Desai
There has always been an element of drama, even of opera, in Capital. The dramatis personae include not just buyers and sellers, workers and capitalists, classical and vulgar economists, but also capital itself, cast as a vampire. This is so particularly at key turns in Marx’s argument such as when he demonstrates that surplus value is not made in the ‘noisy sphere of the market’ but in the ‘hidden abode of production. Matters hinge around the value of labour and its use value, around the emergence of surplus despite the exchange of equivalents and around the freedoms of markets and the authoritarianism of the workplace.
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VIRTUAL POVERTY IN THE GRUNDRISSE
Aaron Benanav
The contemporary concept of the precariat (the insecure and vulnerable workforce) is often opposed to Marx’s notion of the proletariat. The latter concept invokes the image of a powerful and organized and typically male workforce – trained and drilled by the rhythm of factory life – and hardly in evidence in the US today. In reality, Marx’s worker is already the “virtual pauper,” as we see from a reading of a passage from the Grundrisse and selections from Chapter 25 of Capital V1. This other side of Marx’s conceptualization of working life provides some insight into the economy today.