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[London, UK] 60 Years of Raya Dunayevskaya’s ‘Marxism and Freedom’: On Class, Race and Automation

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DY
7 November 2018. 7 pm.

Entry 3 pounds (redeemable against purchases)

Raya Dunayevskaya’s classic, ‘Marxism and Freedom’, was published in New York in 1958 with preface by Herbert Marcuse. There have since been several later editions and numerous translations.

Speaking at this event will be:

  • Kevin B Anderson, author of ‘Marx at the Margins’.
  • Paul Mason, author of ‘Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future’
  • Dana Naomi Mills, author of a critical study of Rosa Luxemburg (forthcoming with Reaktion Press).
  • David Black, author of ‘The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism’.

As Paul Mason wrote recently in the New Statesman:

“As Dunayevskaya understood, the impulse towards freedom is created by more than just exploitation: it is triggered by alienation, the suppression of desire, the humiliation experienced by people on the receiving end of systemic racism, sexism and homophobia. Everywhere capitalism follows anti-human priorities it stirs revolt – and it’s all around us. In the coming century, just as Marx predicted, it is likely that automation coupled with the socialisation of knowledge will present us with the opportunity to liberate ourselves from work. That, as he said, will blow capitalism ‘sky high’. The economic system that replaces it will have to be shaped around the goal he outlined in 1844: ending alienation and liberating the individual.”

Meeting sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organisation.