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The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Edited by Peter Hudis
This is the first volume of a major project to publish the complete works of a remarkable social theorist
Book Launch and Discussion Deciphering Capital: Marx’s Capital and its Destiny With Alex Callinicos
Discussants: Christopher Arthur and Michael Roberts Chair: Gilbert Achcar
Monday, 10 November 2014, 7pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) at SOAS, FREE
Alex Callinicos’s new book deals extensively with the question of Marx’s method and its relationship to Hegel’s Science of Logic. It emphasizes Marx’s understanding of capital as a set of relations constituted by two separations – that of workers from the means of production, giving rise to the exploitation of wage labour, and that between capitals, from which arises their competitive struggle.
This understanding also informs the book’s presentation of Marx’s multi-dimensional conception of crises. Marx strove to make Capital a study of capitalism as a global system, and not merely a portrait of the mid-Victorian British economy: the cycle of financial bubble and panic that he investigated has come in the neoliberal era to regulate the world economy, with the devastating effects witnessed in the 2007-8 crash.
Alex Callinicos is Professor of European Studies at King’s College London and editor of International Socialism. His recent books include Imperialism and Global Political Economy, Bonfire of Illusions, and most recently Deciphering Capital (Bookmarks, 2014)*.
Christopher Arthur taught philosophy at the University of Sussex. His books include Dialectics of Labour and Marx’s Capital and the New Dialectic.
Michael Roberts is a Marxist economist who blogs at: http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/ *
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Inequality is more than just economics, it is the culture that divides and makes social mobility almost impossible. Leading geographer Danny Dorling goes in pursuit of the latest research into how the lives and ideas of the 1% impact on the remaining 99%; and the findings are shocking.
Inequality in the UK is increasing; more and more people are driven towards the poverty line. Even before birth, being born outside the 1% will have dramatic impact on the rest of your life: it will reduce your life expectancy, educational and work prospects, as well as your mental health.
In this book, filled with illustrations and infographics that bring the facts to life, Dorling convincingly proves that the cost of the super rich is just too high for us.
This is a fascinating and often moving account of the life of Siegfried Moos, a German Communist and workers’ theatre activist in the years before Hitler came to power, and later exiled in Britain; it casts valuable new light on the advent of Nazism and the opposition to it. Ian Birchall, London Socialist Historians Group, author of ‘Sartre Against Stalinism’