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    • Sat, Jun 10 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Technology, Value, and the World System

    Technology, Value, and the World System: A Reading Group at the Baltimore Free School

    Convened by John Duda and Yousuf Al-Bulushi

    Remember immaterial labor?  What ever happened to those cognitive networks of production in common that were going to usher in a new era of digital communism?  The tragic euphoria of dot-com theory is repeating itself today in farcical calls for a universal basic income, as venture capitalists and wide-eyed leftists alike sell us a vision of post-work in which the commodity manages somehow to still function just like it used to before the robots ushered in our collective era of leisure. Is the abolition of capitalism really just a few more apps and “disruptions” away?  Or could it be that the relationship between labor, technology, and the production of value is far more complicated than the latest round of digital bedtime stories would have us believe, especially when we locate this intersection in the context of truly global relations of production and exchange?

     

    Over the course of this reading group, we’ll dive deep into these issues from a perspective grounded in critical social theory.  As we explore thematic clusters of shorter articles and excerpts, we’ll also work our way through the majority of Moishe Postone’s Time, Labor, and Social Domination.  Doing so will help provide a theoretical frame of reference to help understand why, as Postone notes, “increased productivity results neither in a corresponding increase in social wealth nor in a corresponding decrease in labour time, but in the constitution of a new base level of productivity.” We believe that a rigorous theoretical approach is necessary in order to illuminate the hidden ground of this counterintuitive historical trajectory, and we think Postone offers a useful starting point to do so. (A little more on Postone.)  This is a reading group, not a class that’s mapped out in advance—so the precise effects of reading this particular theoretical counterpoint in relation to or against the more grounded thematic material is not known in advance—but we’ll figure it out together!  We will make an effort to have texts available either for purchase at a discount at Red Emma’s, or, where possible, in digital form to make this group maximally affordable.

    • Sun, May 28 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Jun 25 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Jul 23 @ 2:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

    The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA's members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.

    We are activists committed to democracy as not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism — a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.
     

    WE MEET EVERY 4th SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

    Our Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreDSA/

    Our Email:
    baltimoredsa@gmail.com

    • Tue, Jun 06 @ 6:00 PM
    • Tue, Jun 13 @ 6:00 PM
    • Tue, Jun 20 @ 6:00 PM
    • and 1 more session
    (North Ave classroom)

    Yoga for Ex-Offenders

     Introduction to Yoga for Formally Incarcerated Individuals in Baltimore reoccurring each Tuesday.

    • Sun, May 28 @ 5:00 PM
    • Sun, Jun 11 @ 5:00 PM
    • Sun, Jun 18 @ 5:00 PM
    • and 4 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    Meditation

    I will hold a safe space for your to explore your breath, your mind, and your emotions. Together we will pay attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. We will breathe in different ways,  direct our focus to different things, and explore various meditation practices. Then, we will share our thoughts and experiences of the practice.

     

    Everyone is welcome. You do not need any prior experience with meditation, and you don't have to be able to sit cross-legged.

    • Mon, May 29 @ 7:00 PM
    • Mon, Jun 05 @ 7:00 PM
    • Mon, Jun 12 @ 7:00 PM
    • and 1 more session
    (North Ave classroom)

    Beginner's Yiddish

    An introduction to reading, writing, and speaking the Yiddish language.