Kevin B. Anderson

Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

[Los Angeles] Capitalist Commodity Fetishism, Human Liberation, and Dialectics

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Time: 400 - 6:00 PM
Venue: Peace Center, 8124 West Third Street, Los Angeles

The commodity fetishism section of Marx’s Capital still speaks to us today at several levels. Its portrait of the utterly dehumanized (thinglike) nature of human relationships under capitalism resonates even more deeply today than when Marx wrote. The same is true of Marx’s notion of fetishism as a veiling or distortion of reality that helps to keep capitalist domination in place. Today, the possibility Marx sketches of a human future liberated from the rule of capital seems to have receded. But such a perspective is more necessary than ever now, both in order to truly grasp the reality of capitalism and to give a philosophical grounding to the struggle to replace it with a new humanist system free of oppression and exploitation. In discussing the above issues, we will also illuminate some of the ways in which Marx is a dialectical thinker.


  • Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins and coauthor of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution
  • Melissa S., youth activist


Sponsor: West Coast Marxist-Humanists, an affiliate of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization. For more information email to