60 Years of Raya Dunayevskaya’s ‘Marxism and Freedom’: On Class, Race and Automation with Kevin B Anderson, Paul Mason, Dana Naomi Mills and David Black.
Since 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.
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.”
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’.
Meeting sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organisation.
Entry £3 which is redeemable against purchase in Housmans on the evening.