Classes and Discussions
Our classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the SMUD Customer Service Center (the "new building" closest to 65th St.), 6301 “S” St. 7-9pm
This is on S Street just west of 65th. Handicapped parking in front of the building. Plenty of additional parking immediately across S Street. The 65th Street light rail station is just on the other side of 65th.
You must sign in with the Security Guard before going to the discussion. The guard can direct you to whatever room we are in for the evening. (They have it under “Marxist School.”)
On the second Tuesday of each month we will continue viewing the lecture series by Professor David Harvey, “Reading Marx’s Capital, Vol. 1.” David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and author of numerous books. Dr. Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital for over 40 years. You can also view his lectures on his website.
Format: Dr. Harvey's lectures are each about two hours long, including some Q&A. We have been dividing each of the lectures into two parts; and we will show the video of each, having our own discussion after each. In the schedule below we have provided links to the lecture online, in case you want to watch in advance. Dr. Harvey means his lectures to be an accompaniment to reading Marx's Capital, so we have also provided links to the appropriate chapters. However, if you haven't read the chapters of Capital in advance, come anyway—perhaps you'll be inspired to try it.
On the fourth Tuesdays we will discuss articles which are readily available online. (See below for details and links.)
September 10: David Harvey Lecture 11, part 1 (Capital Chapter 25)
Read Ch. 25: The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation
September 24: Monthly Review, Vol. 65, No. 3; July-Aug. 2013: Cultural Apparatus of Monopoly Capital, by John Bellamy Foster.
October 8: David Harvey Lecture 11, part 2
October 22: Education privatization article -- to be announced.
November 12: David Harvey Lecture 12, part 1 (Capital Chapters 26-33)
Read Ch. 26: The Secret of Primitive Accumulation
Read Ch. 27: Expropriation of the Agricultural Population from the Land
Read Ch. 28: Bloody Legislation against the Expropriated, from the End of the 15th Century. Forcing down of Wages by Acts of Parliament
Read Ch. 29: Genesis of the Capitalist Farmer
Read Ch. 30: Reaction of the Agricultural Revolution on Industry. Creation of the Home-Market for Industrial Capital
Read Ch. 31: Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist
Read Ch. 32: Historical Tendency of Capitalist Accumulation
Read Ch. 33: The Modern Theory of Colonisation
November 26: No discussion (Thanksgiving week)
December 10: David Harvey Lecture 12, part 2
December 24: No discussion (Christmas eve)
(Please email us if you have trouble accessing any of the discussion materials.)
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