At 4:30 PM, Mon., Jan. 14, Mac Intosh, of Internationalist Perspective, will be speaking on: “The Communist Left, Class Lines, and the New Reading of Marx.” An open discussion will follow.

Please join us at Victrola Cafe, 411 15th Ave. E., Seattle.

About the talk:

The historical Communist Left traces its origins to the revolutionary wave that erupted in 1917-1918, and then proceeded theoretically and politically to the theoretical-political critique of the emerging counter-revolution in Russia, culminating in the emergence of Stalinism and the so-called Bolshevization of the communist parties across the globe. The very class lines separating the fundamental and historical interests of the working class from those of capitalism have been clearly drawn by the communist left over the past century. Those class lines and their political underpinnings, have their own theoretical bases in the works of Marx, his analysis of the value form and its fundamental role in shaping the very modes of subjectivity of the working class, and the obstacles to its overcoming of the reified social forms to which capitalist social relations subject it. The new reading of Marx based on the publication of all the manuscripts and drafts of Capital, and their analysis, has provided a theoretical basis for understanding and politically confronting the power of capital; a basis for clearly drawing the class line.

*****Special thank you to the comrades of Red May who helped coordinate/organize the meeting in Seattle. We greatly appreciates their help that they gave us in getting the word out, finding the venue, and generally making this meeting a success. We look forward to more activities of this sort.

Listen to a recording of the meeting


  1. Great discussion.

    Quick comment on Money. If money in any form–labor chits or donuts– is used to measure labor time it takes on the principle function that enables value to form in the first place, that is capitalism. Without money specifically as a measure, commodities can not be brought into a relationship of commensurability that enables exchange in the first place. Thus, the essence of capitalism would still be intact. Exchange in the form of money is not merely a measure but essentially the representation of abstract labor time in a form that would enable the accumulation of value and the extension of credit. Equalizing labor on the basis of labor-time is the barbaric imposition of an abstract equality on real human beings. Such an “equality” is necessary feature of both the value form and democracy.

    I would like to add that the many references in the discussion to democracy as the self-evident form of proletarian political power was left un-challenged. Democracy is logically linked to the value-form and historically linked to the emergence of capitalism. I think it is not a stretch to say that democratic form is the political expression of capital. Perhaps this can be a topic for a future public discussion.

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