Thursday 2nd February // 7:30pm
CB2 Cafe, Norfolk StMarxism and Alienation
Speaker: Dan Swain ( Author, Alienation: an introduction to Marx's theory)
We live in a world in which our capacity to transform and control our lives has never been greater. And yet for most people the world is radically outside their control. Their lives are dictated but the demands of employers and politicians.
This is part of the phenomenon of alienation that the young German Karl Marx began to diagnose in the early 1840s, and remained preoccupied with throughout his life. As he analysed the system of capitalist production he identified the profound social, physical and mental ills that it creates.
Dan Swain will discuss the development of the concept of alienation from the enlightenment onward, showing the continued relevance of it in a world shaped by climate change and economic crisis.
A is for Alienation article by István Mészáros, May 2007
Alienation: A small book that makes big idea simple to grasp A review of Dan Swain's Book