What is capitalism and where is it taking us?

Karl Marx’s political work has a lot to offer us in terms of making sense of the world we live in today -a system where people are not housed when there is housing and not fed when there is food, in short where many people’s basic needs are not being met.

Karl Marx’s ideas will be explored over the next 3 monthly campaign meetings in short interactive sessions led by the artist Andrew Cooper and campaigner Eric Ogbogbo. The first session, The Bones of Capitalism, is on Saturday July 6th. Come and listen to this special series of accessible presentations which have been designed as an introduction to Karl Marx’s Capital, using drawings to help illustrate all the big ideas.

Session 1
-The Bones of Capitalism
What makes value? What are wages?
What is the source of capitalist profits?

Session 2
-Abundance and Waste
Why with increasing technological advances are so many people’s basic needs not being met like with housing and food? Why are so many people’s working lives getting longer and conditions worsening? Why will there always be unemployment in capitalism and people living in difficult circumstances.

Session 3
-Capitalism and Crisis
Why is capitalism unstable and what does it mean when we say capitalism is in crisis?
What is imperialism and why is there so much war? Why is the environment being destroyed?

Learning from the ideas of Karl Marx provides us with solid reasons why we must organise and why we should not accept the system is just ‘the way it is’. This learning can help us in our task of building a strong movement for housing today.

Come to the Focus E15 Campaign meeting to discuss session 1 and all the latest campaign developments. Saturday July 6 at 2.30pm Sylvia’s Corner 97 Aldworth Rd E15 4DN.

Knowledge is power! Let us work together to increase our collective agency and make plans for forthcoming actions. Another world is possible.

Andrew Cooper is an artist specialising in producing drawings, banners and carvings which are used in campaigns for social justice such as Focus E15. More info about this particular work can be found here:
THE MARX SHOW

Eric Ogbogbo has been actively involved in campaigns for social justice and has written about imperialism. Here is a video of an interview whilst on a housing stall-

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