Critical Sociology, International Marxist Humanist Organization
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
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.
Kevin Anderson –Marx at the Margins, Peter Hudis – Marx on Post Capitalist Society
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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).
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Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara
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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.
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Department of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
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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.
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Westfield State University
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Heather Brown is an assistant professor of philosophy at Westfield State University, Massachusetts.
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Loyola University Chicago