Thinking the Crisis: From Athens to Detroit

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

April 5th, 2014 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM
Co-Sponsored by Institute for the Radical Imagination and the journal, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination
Thinking the Crisis: From Athens to Detroit
Peter Bratsis and Bruno Gulli

Many have declared that capitalism is in crisis. Despite these declarations, capitalists are enjoying record levels of wealth and profit while the working classes are in ever more precarious and dire straits. In what sense, if any, is there a crisis of capitalism? This class will examine the current moment of capitalism from the standpoint of extended reproduction. Although capitalism is currently working well as a creator of ever-greater accumulations of wealth, it does this in ways that increasingly make it difficult for capitalist societies to reproduce themselves. From Athens to Detroit, we see the results of this fraying of the political and cultural relations and values that underpinned capitalist societies as we have known them. We are presented with an uncertain future where neither state power nor cultural norms are capable of tying markets to societies and providing the ideological and material preconditions that make capitalism itself possible. Readings will include: Karl Marx, Karl Polyani, Louis Althusser, Maurizio Lazzarato, Franco Berardi, Konstantinos Tsoukalas, and others.

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