The next of The Commune’s London reading groups on ‘communism from below’ takes place from 6:30pm on Monday 23rd March at the Old Red Lion, near Angel tube station.
The subject of the discussion will be “capital, alienation and commodity fetishism”. Does the alienation of labour only exist in an economy where commodities are produced for the purpose of market exchange? How is alienation from the natural environment related to workers’ alienation from their labour? To what extent can we see a “humanist” trait in Marx? The suggested reading is:
– The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof (section four of the linked page, from Capital volume one)
– The Labour Process or the Production of Use-Values (section one of the linked page, from Capital volume one)
– Estranged Labour (from the 1844 Manuscripts)
A comrade will also be giving a lead-off on the subject of Istvan Meszaros’s work Marx’s Theory of Alienation, although such is the size and density of this text, it is not necessary preparation for the discussion.
All are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or if you would like to be posted printed copies of the texts.