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How does Capital speak to today’s resistance?
Date Sunday July 30
Time 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz)
Oakland
Event Type Meeting
Organizer/AuthorRon Kelch
Emailbanandl [at] yahoo.com
On the 150 Anniversary of the first edition of Marx’s Das Kapital:
How does Capital speak to today’s resistance?

Global capitalism is again in the midst of a collapse in the rate of capital accumulation. In the pre-WWII period such a collapse led to fascist nationalism, disarray, constantly shifting alliances and total war. The post-truth, helter-skelter world of Trumpism and Putinism is no fluke, but is organic to capitalism, its fetishism of the commodity. Marx's prediction of a collapse in the rate of accumulation is again "topical." More relevant is Capital's capturing of this epoch's spirit as a commodity fetishism, which is a recreation of Hegel's self-estranged spirit.

Hegel distinguished his concept of freedom from self-estrangement where things like money are power over self, calling this post-truth condition the absolute inversion and estrangement of thought and reality. The logical result is the ego run amok, a pure negativity that has no positive within itself, a freedom which is an absolute terror...
How does Marx's dialectic, which is indebted to Hegel's self-estranged spirit, go further, beginning from a more internal, profound concept of freedom in live human beings confronting this reality in their everyday life activity?

Why have so many revolutions, especially the great 1917 Russian Revolution of 100 years ago, been transformed from within into their opposite?

Can the multi-dimensional, multi-linear concept of freedom in everyday life activity address the question of our age: what happens after the revolution?

Discussion sponsored by News and Letters Committees
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