“What is globalization? Here is one of the best answers. It is the ‘constant revolutionizing of production’ and the ‘endless disturbance of all social conditions.’ It is ‘everlasting uncertainty.’ Everything ‘fixed and frozen’ is ‘swept away,’ and ‘all that is solid melts into air.’ Yes, you have read this before. It is from The Communist Manifesto, by Messrs. Marx and Engels.”—The New York Times
Join us for a discussion of this most classic of socialist literature, which outlines an evergreen condemnation of capitalism and a way forward for the oppressed and exploited majority. Since it was first written in 1848, it has been banned, censored, burned and repeatedly declared “dead.” But year after year, the text grows only more influential. It has been translated into more languages than any other text, and remains required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, sociology, economics, and history. In the context of global economic crises, the Trump administration's attacks on workers, and growing income inequality, these words have a relevance and immediacy that jumps off the page. There is no better way to learn and understand this work than by reading and discussing it with others who not only want to know the text, but also want to use it for our own efforts to change the world.
Required readings are:
- The Communist Manifesto Part I, II, and IV of original text, available online at Marxists Internet Archive. Study questions start on page 194, choose several ahead of time that you would like to discuss. (see more info below)
-Meaning of Marxism, Chapter One - From Millenarianism to Marx
-Meaning of Marxism, Chapter Two - Marx's Materialist Method
“What Gasper does is to remind us how relevant the Manifesto is to our world today. His introduction and afterword are useful guides to the Manifesto and to its importance in our time. His notes give us fascinating tidbits of information which a thoughtful reader will find extremely valuable…. An indispensable addition to anyone’s library.” --Howard Zinn