Mapping capitalist development from the 19th century to the present we will show how varied struggles have used Marxism as social theory to guide and comprehend their historical moment. Growing out of the workers’ movement at the turn of the 20th century (but always including an anti-work strain) Marxism became a framework of analysis and language of struggle for multiple rebellious groups. Marx’s ideas were taken up by revolutionaries around the globe from the anticolonial militants in Africa and Latin America to those blockading the streets of Paris in 1968 and Italy in the 1970s. We will find in each struggle a Marxism specific to its historical and geographic context, reflected in the various stages of capitalist development. By studying these struggles and the creative responses to conditions they faced, we will try to better understand what it means to be anticapitalist, what are the basic categories of capital, and questions of the revolutionary subject. Some of the thinkers and moments we will be studying include Marx, Frantz Fanon, selections from the Black Panthers, The Situationists, and voices from the queer Berlin squatter movement of the 1990s.
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