Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:30pm

Hear Anand Gopal, reporter and author, just back from Syria

His book "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize

See him in a 12 minute segment from last November on Democracy Now. (He talks about Syria around 09:00)

Also Syrian-American activist Ramah Kudaimi who appeared on ...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:00pm

4 Session Special

Convened by Fred Murphy and Steve Knight

How will anthropogenic climate disruption transform alter the world’s basic political arrangements? In their new book Climate Leviathan, Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright warn that global warming will push capitalist elites toward an authoritarian imposition of “planetary sovereignty” to confront the crisis. In this four-week reading group we will examine their argument and the alternative they present: “a global, grassroots, and broad-based network … driven by a desire for a deeper form of democracy, one that provides communities with real control over those...

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 11:00am

12 sessions

Karl Marx’s Capital remains the fundamental text for understanding how capitalism works. By unraveling the commoditized forms of our interactions with nature and each other, it provides tools to understand capitalism’s astounding innovativeness and productivity, intertwined with growing inequality and misery, alienation, stunting of human potential, and ecological destruction all over the globe. In this way, Capital offers the reader a methodology for doing our own analysis of current developments.

The Capital Studies Group has been meeting on Saturdays for nearly two years. We are a diverse...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:30pm

12 sessions

Deals Made In The Shade By Those Packing Heat

Read and discuss six novels that won’t gather dust with The Anti-Bourgeois Summer Readers Group

Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett
Drawn upon his experience as a Pinkerton strike breaker in the 1920 Anaconda miners strike, Hammett creates the character Continental Op, a detective hired by a copper boss to clear the town of the gangsters the boss originally hired to break a miners’ strike. The Continental Op knows the gangsters and he knows the cops and he knows how to set them against each other—all set in the...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

Book Release

North America is in the grips of a drug epidemic; with the introduction of fentanyl, the chances of a fatal overdose are greater than ever, prompting many to rethink the war on drugs. There were more than 60,000 opiod overdose deaths in the United States in 2016—this annual death toll increases yearly. This is mass murder. While deaths across the continent continue to climb, Fighting for Space explains the concept of harm reduction as a crucial component of a city’s response to the drug crisis.

It tells the story of a grassroots group of drug users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who waged a...