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Contemporary Capitalism, and Why We Need Marxism

The attached essay, composed by CPEG members Mel Rothenberg and Bruce E. Parry over the past year, argues that a Marxist materialist analysis is fundamental in understanding and articulating the current international social/economic conjuncture. They note about the essay, “We sketch the theoretical framework underlying such an analysis, apply this framework broadly to describing the key phenomena defining our era, and draw some general strategic conclusions on what political approach and tasks revolutionary Marxists should be currently focusing on. To do all this in a relatively short essay necessitates a necessarily cryptic and schematic presentation, but we felt this was worth doing in view of the absence of such analysis among Marxist activists. There are a number of worthy lengthy and more detailed treatises written by scholars and academics, some of the most relevant of which we reference. Unfortunately these works are often theoretically dense and do not ordinarily find their way to left activists, the primary intended audience of this essay.

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CPEG Presentations: Jobs, FTT, and Labor in Wisconsin

Members of the Chicago Political Economy Group recently gave several workshop presentations which are now available online.

At the NATO People’s Counter Summit in Chicago, CPEG’s Bill Barclay (along with Susan Hurley, Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice) conducted a workshop on a proposed Financial Transaction Tax for Illinois. His powerpoint, “A Speculation Sales Tax for Illinois” is now available for download here (.ppt).

Other CPEG members at the summit presented a seminar entitled “Confronting the Job Crisis“, focused on three issues: jobs, taxes and political mobilization. The workshop was covered nicely by the Red Line Project Blog.

At the Community Media Workshop, during a workshop on “The Great Wisconsin Resistance”, CPEG’s Mel Rothenberg presented his discussion paper “Labor and Occupy: Insights from Wisconsin“. The paper examines the role of contemporary trade unions in a revival of a mass political left versus their role as the center of a revived social movement. It is now available for download here (.pdf).