Capitalism

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In recent days, anti-Semitism has returned with a vengeance, alongside Islamophobia, anti-communism, and an anti-capitalism of fools that substitutes conspiracy theory for critical theory. At the same time, political power is concentrated as never before in the hands of the far right, and wielded indiscriminately against its political opponents on the left. Spikes in anti-Semitism tend to track closely with times of war, social unrest, and economic crisis—and with upticks in nationalist, anti-communist, and anti-capitalist sentiment. How can we respond to the concurrent rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Communism, on the one hand, and in the “anti-capitalism of fools,” on the other? This panel will include antifascist labor organizers and militants from the Jewish left from a variety of political tendencies. Presenters: Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author, educator, & cofounder of OLT-NYC Tobi Erner, social worker & labor organizer Savannah Gordon, worker & cofounder of OLT-NYC Ronny Nuñez, organizer from Occupy Sandy & OLT-NYC Chair person: Savannah Format: Roundtable/moderated dialogue w/audience Q&A at the end

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The German revolution of 1918-19 attempted to overthrow capitalism and establish a Socialist Republic. Unlike the Russian revolution a year earlier the German uprising ended in defeat. Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, leading members of the young Communist Party of Germany, were murdered by reactionaries. What can we learn from this defeat in our struggle against capitalism? Come and discuss the way forward!

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What defines the capitalism system? How can we explain the dynamics of this global system and its enormous destructiveness - both of people's lives and the very ecology upon which we depend? Are workers still the potential gravediggers of the capitalist system? These are burning questions for our age. No wonder, then, that Marx's Capital, which takes up these issues, continues to excite debate and controversy 150 years after its publication. Joseph Choonara's guide, which aims to make Capital accessible to a new audience interested in socialist ideas, was first published to in the UK in 2017. Now, Haymarket books have made this work available to a US audience through a new edition of the book published this year. Join the author for a discussion of the contemporary relevance of Marx's greatest work.