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Dr. Peter Hudis, Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

The YouTube video of Saturday, April 18, 2015 is now up and available for viewing on the YouTube channel of The Open University of the Left.

Dr. Peter Hudis, Open University of the Left, 4-18-2015, Chicago, IL

 

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across from DePaul University
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Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

By Dr. Peter Hudis

One of the foremost issues confronting radical theory and practice today is articulating a viable alternative to capitalism. Although it has been widely assumed that Marx’s work offers little guidance for such an effort because of his objection to indulging in “utopian” speculations about the future, this talk will focus on largely-neglected aspects of his work which provides vital philosophical ground for envisioning an alternative to capitalist value production, statist domination, and alienated human relations. We will explore whether Marx was committed to a specific concept of a post-capitalist society that has taken on a new importance in light of the crises of existing society.

Peter Hudis is the author of Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Haymarket, 2013) and Frantz Fanon: Philosophy of the Barricades (Pluto Press, forthcoming). He has edited several books on radical theory and is the General Editor of the planned 14-volume collection, The complete works of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso; two volumes have appeared so far). He is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Oakton Community College and a member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization.

Paul Street, They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy

  • Paul Street, They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy
  • Paul Street, They Rule
  • Nov. 15, 2014, 2:30 pm
 
  • The YouTube video of Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 is now up and available for viewing on the YouTube channel of The Open University of the Left

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    http://www.youtube.com/user/OpenUnivoftheLeft/


    Join Open University of the Left on

    Saturday November 15th at 2:30 pm


    Open University of the Left
    Lincoln Park Public Library
    1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago
    Corner Racine Ave., across from DePaul University
    (Red Line: Fullerton)

    Saturday November 15th, Dr. Paul Street presents “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy.”

    Saturday November 15th Open University of the left welcomes back long time OUL presenter Dr. Paul Street. Paul is a noted activist, journalist, author, historian, political commentator and public speaker. On that day, Paul will be talking about his just recently released new book published by Paradigm Publishers titled, “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy.” This book cuts through all the political BS to reveal how the pervasive rule of big money drives the American Empire and the global capitalist economy.

     Paul’s books always provide a perspective useful to gaining insight into how this government by Representative Plutocracy dominates and subverts the democratic aspirations of the citizens of empire. This is a perspective which will not be found in the Corpo-State’s media.

Anthony DiMaggio

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Dr. Anthony DiMaggio

“The Higher Education Ponzi Scheme”

Dec. 13, 2014, 2:30 pm

 

The YouTube video of Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 is now up and available for viewing on the YouTube channel of The Open University of the Left.

  • Dr. Anthony Dimaggio, Open University of the Left, 12-13-2014, Chicago, IL

    Join Open University of the Left on

    Saturday December 13th at 2:30 pm

    Open University of the Left
    Lincoln Park Public Library
    1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago
    Corner Racine Ave., across from DePaul University
    (Red Line: Fullerton)

    Saturday December 13th, Dr. Anthony DiMaggio presents “The Higher Education Ponzi Scheme.”

    Saturday December 13th, Open University of the Left welcomes back Dr. Anthony DiMaggio. Tony earned his PhD in political science from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of at least five books. He has also written for numerous on-line and print publications including Counterpunch, Znet and Monthly Review just to name a few.

    As can be seen from the title of his talk Tony will be discussing the growing problems found in higher education in the United States. Some topics discussed will include the rapidly declining state of higher education brought on in part by the abandonment of teaching itself, as a priority. He will also address the growing and unsustainable cost of higher education, which includes paradoxically the sorry state of higher education employment and the decline of faculty job security in the neoliberal era. Tony has experienced the problems affecting higher education from a first-hand perspective over the last decade, teaching and having taught at liberal arts colleges, major state universities, and at the community college level.