Capitalism and the State: March 21 at 7 p.m.


Part 8 of Occupy Philly Education and Training Working Group’s
Dissecting Capitalism Series:
Capitalism and the State with Gabriel Rockhill and Avi Alpert of the Machete Group

Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
at LAVA space, 4134 Lancaster Ave, Philly
Gabriel Rockhill
“State-Driven Capitalism and the Neoliberal Recuperation of Economic Determinism”
This talk will explore the historical emergence of laissez-faire economics as the product of deliberate state action in order to debunk the widespread myth of a structural opposition between the state and free market capitalism. Against this historical backdrop, it will further examine the rather suspect neoliberal recuperation of economic determinism and historical teleology–two mainstays of vulgar Marxism. It will conclude by raising a central question concerning the current political and economic conjuncture: Has neoliberal economics “triumphed” by clandestinely recycling the supposedly defunct historiography of vulgar Marxism?
Avi Alpert
“Is Capitalism Like a Language?”
This talk will present a series of theses about how research into the words we use may help illuminate the economic system in which we live. The hope is that language may reveal to us both some hard truths and real possibilities for the transformation of capitalism, the state, and beyond.
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The Dissecting Capitalism series provides an introduction to capitalism, highlighting its historical, social, and political constructs as well as its systemic, global impact. Each session will feature speakers, open discussion, and for certain dates, short readings designed to facilitate participatory debate, dialogue, and popular education. We envision the series as forming a cohesive whole, and encourage participants to attend all ten sessions, if possible. The education series is free, as all education should be, but donations to West Philly’s collectively run LAVA (Lancaster Avenue Autonomous Zone; www.lavazone.org; 4134 Lancaster Ave Philadelphia, PA 19104), which is generously letting us use its space, are greatly appreciated.
Future events include:
Wed, March 28 at 7 p.m.
Part 9: Capitalism and Racism
Josh Lukin (to be announced soon)
Wed, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Part 10: Imagining a Postcapitalism (details will be announced)
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One Response to Capitalism and the State: March 21 at 7 p.m.

  1. Ian says:

    Great job guys! Very engaging and informative. Keep it up!
    -Ian

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