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Marx’s Capital Vol 1 Reading Group: First Session!
September 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
The Political Education Committee of Chicago DSA would like to extend an invitation to all members to join a Capital Vol I reading group. The reading group will meet once every three weeks or so, with about 50 pages a session, and we expect to finish the book in about 6 months. This will be a great opportunity for active organizers and activists to deepen their socialist analysis and broaden their strategic horizons. It will also be a great way to engage in longer and open-ended discussions about the nature of our economic system and we can think strategically about challenging it.
For our first introductory session of the Capital reading group, we’ll be discussing chapter 1 of The German Ideology: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/german-ideology/ch01.htm. The German Ideology is an early essay that lays out Marx’s way of thinking, historical materialism. It’s a long argument with idealists, people who think ideas change world. Marx felt that this way of thinking was bourgeois and abstract and felt that radicals need to understand how the political economy shapes ideas, not the other way around.
(If you are interested in reading Marx, but do not have the time to read over a long period, tackle an 800-page book, and/or are new to DSA, we also recommend you attend the Socialist Night School, in which we read shorter, though equally complex and engaging, Marxist/ish texts: https://www.facebook.com/events/639304276564971/.)
Given the occasional difficulty of Marx’s texts as well as the complexity of his ideas, the discussions will be facilitated according to feminist processes. We aim for the reading and discussion to be text-based, inclusive, comradely, and above all democratic in spirit. The reading group is not for experts to flex their chops, it is a space for active socialists to discover one of the most important texts in the socialist tradition — and to become better socialists in the process.
Note about membership: To keep the reading group welcoming and practical, we will be limiting spots to DSA members who are active and engaged in work in or chapter or nationally. We will also be working to maintain a welcoming gender balance in the space. If you would like to join, please join us, but bear this in mind.