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Now Up on YouTube: Dr. Mel Rothenberg

The YouTube video of Saturday, October15, 2016, “Contemporary Capitalism and Why We Need Marxism,” is now available on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. Melvin Rothenberg: “Contemporary Capitalism and Why We Need Marxism.”

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday October 15 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave (at Damen). Chicago, free parking, wheelchair accessible, (Red Line: Fullerton).

Dr. Melvin Rothenberg will present the paper: “Contemporary Capitalism and Why We Need Marxism.”

Dr. Rothenberg along with Dr. Bruce Parry authored this paper in which they argue that a Marxist materialist analysis, whose basics they sketch, remains fundamental in understanding the political, social and economic character of our current international capitalist order. They assert that, specifically, any political movement that aims to radically transform this order in the direction of socialism must have a strategy based on Marxism. They argue for this position by doing a wide ranging analysis of current imperialism and its particular contemporary character, emphasizing, as Marx would, the fundamental technological developments that have altered the relations of production over the past fifty years and the critical impact this has had on the lives of working people both in the imperialist centers and in their neo-colonies.
For a free copy of this paper, send an email to: ContemporaryCapitalism@gmail.com

Dr. Melvin Rothenberg is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics from the University of Chicago. He is an author of books and articles on economics and political topics of interest to the left. He has been a political activist for 60 years. Dr. Bruce Parry is a retired Economics Professor from the University of Baltimore and writes on Marxist political economy. He has been a political activist for 40 years. Both are members of the Chicago Political Economy Group (CPEG).

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Now up on you-tube: Video of Vincent Emanuele 09-24 “Creating an Effective Left for an Unstable Future,”

The video of Saturday, September 24, 2016, “Creating an Effective Left for an Unstable Future,” is now available on YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Vince Emanuele presents: “Creating an Effective Left for an Unstable Future”

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday September 24 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. (Cross street Damen) Chicago, free parking, (Red Line: Fullerton)

Vince Emanuele presents: “Creating an Effective Left for an unstable Future”

Social movements around the globe are losing. Capitalism continues to devastate both humans and non-humans alike; militarism is expanding; and climate change threatens our very existence. People are resisting, but with limited results. Why? How can the Left better address current concerns while preparing for an uncertain future?

Vincent Emanuele is a writer, activist and radio journalist. After his second tour of duty in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps, Vincent refused a third deployment and subsequently joined the anti-war movement. since then, he has worked with social movements around the world. Vincent’s writings have appeared in Z Communications, CounterPunch, Truthout, teleSUR English and AlterNet. He currently hosts the weekly radio program “Meditations and Molotovs” which airs every Monday at 2:00 pm (EDT) on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Joe Allen presents: The Package King: A Rank and File History of UPS

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday August 20 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library (corner Racine)
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Open University of the Left welcomes back Joe Allen. Nineteen years ago (August 3, 1997) UPS/Teamsters with pilots and machinists began a successful three week strike that has been virtually erased from the public memory.

Major biographies of the era, make no mention of the UPS strike. This deliberate act of political amnesia extends to the Teamster leadership of today who while celebrating the strike on appropriate occasions, fail to even mention Ron Carey who led it. Yet, the contract campaign and strike live on in other surprising ways. Looking back two decades now, it is not difficult to see that it was one of the parents of today’s Fight for $15 movement as well as other campaigns for social justice up and down the logistics supply chain. It’s time for this generation to bring those struggles back to UPS.

Joe Allen worked for nearly a decade at UPS. Starting out as a part-time loader, he worked his way through a series of part-time sorting and driving jobs until in his final year at UPS he was a package car driver in Chicago’s Loop. Allen’s work life has largely revolved around different sections of the freight and logistics industry. He has been a member of several Teamster local unions and a member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union. He campaigned for Ron Carey’s reelection in 1996. He has lived in Chicago for two decades.

His previous books, Vietnam:The (Last) War the U.S. Lost and ‘People Wasn’t Made to Burn’: A True Story of Race, Murder, and Justice in Chicago were both published by Haymarket Books. Joe Allen has been a socialist since he was in high School. He studied for several years at U-Mass Boston. Allen has written over the years for Socialist Worker (U.S.), Counterpunch, In These Times and other publications.

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Now Up on YouTube, Jerry Harris, “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy”

Now Up on YouTube, Jerry Harris, “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy”

The YouTube video of Saturday, July 9, 2016 is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Jerry Harris: Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy

Saturday July 9 at 2:30 pm
Lincoln Park Public Library (corner Racine)
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Jerry Harris: Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy
Open University of the Left welcomes back Jerry Harris. Democracy is in crisis. Throughout the world millions suffer under neo-liberalism and austerity but are unable to force their governments to address their needs. This book undertakes the examination of capitalist democracy, globalization and of the emergence of a transnational capitalist class and what is needed to develop a strategy for implementing democracy beyond the current impasse.
Worker ownership and cooperatives may be the first step in constructing such a society alongside sustainable economics and governmental public financing.
Harris’ book will spark productive controversy among theorists and activists precisely as to what is required if we are to find progressive non-capitalist alternatives. He makes a critical contribution to understanding the times in which we live and possible solutions to the increasingly acute crisis of global capitalism. His ideas should be widely studied and debated.
Jerry Harris is the National Secretary of the Global Studies Association and on the International Executive Board of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism. He is the author of The Dialectics of Globalization: Economic and Political Struggle in a Transnational Era. His research on globalization has been translated into several languages.
He is a former professor of History at DeVry University in Chicago.

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Now Up on YouTube, Dr. William Pelz, ” A People’s History of Moder n Europe”

Now Up on YouTube, Dr. William Pelz, ” A People’s History of Modern Europe”

The YouTube video of Saturday, June 18, 2016, is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. William Pelz presents: A People’s History of Modern Europe

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday June 18 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. (corner Racine) Chicago, free parking, (Red Line: Fullerton)


Open University of the Left welcomes back Dr. William Pelz. From the monarchical terror of the Middle Ages to the mangled Europe of the twenty-first century, A People’s History of Modern Europe tracks the history of the continent through the deeds of those whom mainstream history tries to forget. Europe provided the perfect conditions for a great number of political revolutions from below.


The German peasant wars of Thomas Muntzer, the Bourgeois revolutions of the eighteenth century, the rise of the industrial worker in England, the turbulent journey of the Russian Soviets, the role of the European working class throughout the Cold War, the student protests in 1968 and through to the present day where we continue to fight to forge an alternative to the barbaric economic system. With a focus on the role of women, we sweep away the tired platitudes of the privileged and provide an opportunity to see our history differently.


William Pelz is the Director of the Institute of Working Class History in Chicago and a Professor of History at Elgin Community College. His recent works include Wilhelm Liebknecht and German Social Democracy (Haymarket Books, 2016), Karl Marx: A World to Win (Pearson, 2012) and Against Capitalism: The European Left on the March (Peter Lang Publishing, 2007).


(A People’s History of Modern Europe) — “Presents a challenging alternative to the conventional narratives of European history, putting the sufferings and the resistance of working women (often written out of history) and men at the centre of the story.” – Ian Birchall, author of The Spectre of Babeuf.


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