[act-ma] Two Classes to note starting in January at CCAE 1) Marx and Lincoln and 2) Marx's Ecology

Andrew McLeod andrewmboston at gmail.com
Thu Dec 27 13:43:54 PST 2012

Dear Friends,

My friend is teaching two fantastic classes at the Cambridge Center for
Adult Education.

He has asked me to spread the word.  Please advise if you have another
venue that would be more appropriate.

Thank you,


*Marx's Ecology*
 Rafael Pereira
Marxism is usually presented as one more version of technological
determinism and thus as functioning within the framework of a "conquest of
nature" position. Yet Marx's writings on capitalist agriculture and soil
ecology, his philosophical naturalism, and his evolutionary theory provide
a more subtle perspective, one that renders real clues about how to
adequately deal with environmental problems. Here we will read and discuss
John Bellamy Foster's masterpiece Marx's Ecology in order to understand the
"ecological rift" that has been created by capitalist civilization,
resulting in human estrangement from both the natural and social world. By
reconstructing Marx's environmental sociology, we hope to point to a more
sustainable solution to the ecological crisis. Limited to 16.
*Sec. 01: 10 Mondays, 8:00-9:30 pm. Begins Jan. 14, 42 Brattle St. | $186*

 The Socialist and the Republican: Marx and Lincoln on the Civil War Rafael
Current attacks on "socialist" policies are meant to portray any form of
radicalism as foreign to American society. Yet if we look back at history,
we find that Horace Greely, a founding father of the Republican Party,
employed Karl Marx as European correspondent for more than a decade at the
New York Tribune, while Lincoln appointed Charles Dana, a son of
Massachusetts and Marx's editor, as his Assistant Secretary of War. In
London in 1864, the first official business of the newly formed
International Working Men's Association (IWA) was to congratulate the
re-elected Lincoln and organize opposition to the European recognition of
the Confederacy. Running against the grain of our present political
culture, we will explore why, how, and when Republican and Socialist
political and intellectual interests coincided. Limited to 16.
*Sec. 01: 10 Mondays, 6:15-7:45 pm. Begins Jan. 14, 42 Brattle St. | $186*
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