Das Kapital 2.0: The Next 150 Years - Part 1

Host/Sponsor: 
Critical Sociology, International Marxist Humanist Organization
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Abstract: 
Das Kapital was and remains the most insightful text analyzing the nature of modern capitalism as it first emerged in the steam powered "satanic" textile mills of Manchester to eventually become the dominant form of political economy throughout the world. His analyses of class conflict, exploitation- the appropriation of surplus value as the foundation of capitalist wealth, alienation, use value, exchange contradiction etc. remains as insightful today as when his observations and analyses were first made 150 years ago. That said capitalism has seen enormous changes from its early steam factory-based mode of production to the contemporary globalized moment dominated by the rise of robotic production and digitally-based financialization. Nevertheless, many of the problems that Marx noted, alienation and exploitation etc. vast inequality, the alienation and degradation of the masses rendered bereft of creative agency, devoid of recognition, without community, community, estranged from species being and left with a truncated, distorted subjectivity.
Panel Track: 
Kapital 2.0
Reading List: 
Kevin Anderson –Marx at the Margins, Peter Hudis – Marx on Post Capitalist Society
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Lauren
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Langman
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Loyola
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Lauren Langman is a professor of sociology at Loyola University of Chicago. He has long worked in the tradition of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, especially relationships between capitalism and culture, identity and politics/political movements. His latest books are on American Character, God, Guns, Gold and Glory (Brill) and Thomas Piketty and Inequality in the 21st C (forthcoming).
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Kevin
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Anderson
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Kevin B. Anderson teaches at UC Santa Barbara. Among his books are Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism, Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary) and Marx at the Margins. He is a member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
David
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Schweickart
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Department of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
David Schweickart has published extensively on the alternatives to capitalism, primarily market socialism in which coops, communes and collectives enable worker ownership, management and thus the transcending of private property, alienation and exploitation.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Heather
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Brown
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Westfield State University
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Heather Brown is an assistant professor of philosophy at Westfield State University, Massachusetts.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Lauren
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Langman
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Loyola University Chicago
 

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