We welcome the publication of George Caffentzis’ latest book—In Letters of Fire and Blood. While information technology, immaterial production, financialization, and globalization have been trumpeted as inaugurating a new phase of capitalism that transcends its violent origins, autonomist Marxist George Caffentzis argues that instead of being in a period of major social and economic novelty, the course of the last decades has been a return to the vehement conflicts present at the advent of capitalism. Emphasizing class struggles that have proliferated across the social body of global capitalism, Caffentzis shows how these struggles are so central to the dynamic of the system that even the most sophisticated machines cannot liberate capitalism from class struggle and the need for labor. The writings draw upon a careful rereading of Marx’s thought in order to elucidate political concerns of the day and document the peculiar way in which capital perpetuates violence and proliferates misery on a world scale.
George Caffentzis is a political philosopher and founder of the Midnight Notes Collective. He is also a founding member of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa and a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern Maine.
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY BRECHT FORUM
With Chris Harp and Grai Rice from HoneybeeLives
January 25 & 26, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm
This popular two-day weekend workshop will help get you started with beekeeping. Chris and Grai take a natural and biodynamic approach to beekeeping: they teach beginning beekeepers to understand the responsibilities of the beekeeper and develop an understanding of the instincts and community of the bees. A philosophy of gentle care is imparted, as well as practical knowledge in preparation for starting hives in the spring. This class is also helpful for current beekeepers who are looking for a culture of nurturing.
Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring (Saturday 10am - 6pm)
Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive, the tools involved, elements of site selection, where you can obtain honeybees and equipment, and an understanding of a naturalist approach to their needs. There is a hands-on demonstration of assembling a wooden hive, and extensive class handouts to help new beekeepers.
Understanding and Caring For Your Bees (Sunday 10am - 6pm)
Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony (including Top Bar Hives); Honeybee health and disease management the natural way; seasonal concerns and methods to help keep your honeybees strong.
Preregistration is required. $200 per person for the full weekend, or $100 for one day. Contact Grai at HoneybeeLives