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[Chicago] A series of open discussions on Socialism and the Possibility of Human Freedom

A series of open discussions on Socialism and the Possibility of Human Freedom

In the face of rampant racism, sexism, inequality, environmental destruction, and growing authoritarianism, the question facing us is can humanity become free? This is not just the problem of our era; it also the theme of Raya Dunayevskaya’s classic book, Marxism and Freedom, first published in 1958. Join us for our exploration of this work in light of the search for a viable socialist alternative to capitalism today.

Meetings every other Thursday, starting September 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., Chicago, 7th floor (Room 7N-5)

Sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

All readings are available for free by contacting us at arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org


Thursday, September 6: Why Marxist-Humanism? Why Now?

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, “Introduction” to First and Second Editions (pp. 16-26).

Facilitating the discussion: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, author of Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking Toward a New Humanity


Thursday, September 20: Marx’s Concept of the Transcendence of Alienation

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapter 3: “A New Humanism: Marx’s Early and Philosophic Writings” (pp. 53-68).

Facilitating the discussion: Peter Hudis, author of Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism


Thursday, October 4: The Impact of Class and Anti-Racist Struggles on the Formation of Marx’s Capital

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapters 5 and 6: “The Impact of the Civil War in the U.S. on the Structure of Capital” and “The Paris Commune Illuminates and Deepens the Content of Capital” (pp. 81-102).

Facilitating the discussion: Burke Stanton, organizer and activist


Thursday, October 18: Why Humanism Matters in the Fight Against Capital

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapter 7: “The Humanism and Dialectic of Capital” (pp. 103-125).

Facilitating the discussion: Omid, Iranian activist


Thursday, November 1: Spontaneous Struggles and New Forms of Organization

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapter 11,:“The Relationship of the Spontaneous Self-Organization of the Proletariat to the ‘Vanguard Party’” (pp. 177-193)

Facilitating the discussion: Ali Reza, Iranian activist and writer


Thursday, November 15: What Happens After the Revolution—from 1917 Russian Revolution to Today

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapter: ”What Happens After” (pp. 177-211)

Facilitating the discussion: J. Turk, Marxist-Humanist writer


Thursday, November 29: State-Capitalism Versus World Revolution

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapters 13 and 14: “Russian State-Capitalism vs. Workers’ Revolt” and “Stalin” (pp. 212-248).

Facilitating the discussion: Charlie Nissim-Sabat, retired civil rights attorney and labor activist


Thursday, December 13: Council, Coops, Communes: New Forms of Revolutionary Praxis?

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapter 15: “The Beginning of the End of Russian Totalitarianism” (pp. 249-265).

Facilitating the discussion: Rehmah Sufi, organizer and member, IMHO


Thursday, December 20: Automation and Human Subjectivity

Suggested Reading: Marxism and Freedom, chapter 16. “Automation and the New Humanism” and chapter 18, “Two Types of Subjectivity” (pp. 266-877 and 326-330).

Facilitating the discussion: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, author of Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking Toward a New Humanity


Meetings held every other Thursday, beginning September 6
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., Chicago
Meetings held on the 7th floor every other week, Room 7N-5.

Sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

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