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Friday 11:45am

Marxism 101 - Work, eat, sleep, repeat: understanding working class oppression

Marxism 101
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Introduced by Red Flag newspaper contributing editor and author, Louise O’Shea.

What workers do all day and how we think about society really matters to capitalists. Not only do they rely on our work to keep the profits rolling in, they are also conscious that aggrieved workers can quickly destablise and threaten their system. For this reason, workers must be subject to an enormous amount of social control and oppression. Capitalism simply can’t work unless workers accept that we labour all day for someone else, buy what we need from and to enrich big corporations, and live by the social, sexual and economic norms that are imposed on us from birth. This session will investigate how this happens, and why there is still the possibility of resistance.

Readings

Frederick Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England

Rick Kuhn (ed), Class and Struggle in Australia

Michael Zweig, The Working Class Majority: America’s Best-Kept Secret

Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century

Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb, Hidden Injuries of Class

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