Kevin B. Anderson

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

[Los Angeles] Karl Marx on Capital and its Alternative: Commodity Fetishism vs. “Freely Associated Human Beings”

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Venue: Westside Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 101-102, press #22 to get into room, Culver City (LA area)

In CAPITAL, Marx takes up a society based upon “freely associated human beings,” this in a usually overlooked part of his famous discussion of commodity fetishism. How, Marx asks, could we break with the logic of capital in order to begin to create a society that overcomes both dehumanization (human relations “as relations between things”) and exploitation?  This and other aspects of Marx’s “economics” bearing on alternatives to capitalism will be the subject of free and open discussion.

Speaker: KEVIN ANDERSON, author of Marx at the Margins

Suggested reading:

  • Ch. 3 of Peter Hudis’s MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM:  “The Vision of the New Society in Marx’s CAPITAL” [Copies of book available at a discount at the meeting.]
  • See also the recently published book reviews by MARXIST-HUMANIST workers and intellectuals (LINK) and from a sympathetic/critical ANARCHIST (LINK).

Note: This is the second in a series of meetings on this topic, in preparation for Peter Hudis’ visit to LA in March.


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