Proles of the Book Club

Proles of the Book Club

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We are a group of comrades from the Proles Discord and these are our book club discussions.

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We are a group of comrades from the Proles Discord and these are our book club discussions.

Cover art photo provided by Soviet Artefacts on Unsplash: unsplash.com/@soviet_artefacts

More places to listen

Dialectical and Historical Materialism - Bonus
Stalin the eco-Marxist? Is China socialist? Some extra discussion on Stalin's 'Dialectical and Historical Materialism'. Enjoy! Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
28:03
November 11, 2019
Dialectical and Historical Materialism - Stalin
This 1938 piece is crucial to understanding the Marxist dialectical method and the conditions of material life and society. We explore the ever mobile, ever shifting state of nature and, with our biggest group yet, try to tackle the central ideas of Marxist-Leninist philosophy.  Join us as we discuss the extremely concise and approachable 'Dialectical and Historical Materialism' by Joseph Stalin.  Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources.  If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod  Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan  Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
1:42:02
November 6, 2019
Capital #11 - Surplus Value, Co-operation and the Division of Labour (ch. 11-14)
While the capitalists expropriate our surplus value, we learn how we work better together despite our alienation from one another. But is even this basic human co-operation stolen from us too? In this episode the Proles dive into 'Chapter 11 - The Rate and Mass of Surplus Value', 'Chapter 12 - The Concept of Relative Surplus-Value', 'Chapter 13 - Co-operation' and 'Chapter 14 - The Division of Labour and Manufacture' from 'Capital - Volume I' by Karl Marx. Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources or have any questions. If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod  Our comrades are out there making brilliant communist content, check out www.prolespod.com/ussp for more podcasts. Thanks to  @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here:  http://tiny.cc/keenan  Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord! Resources: The Marxist Project - Fundamentals of Marx: Surplus Labour and Value https://youtu.be/xzqm9QHls60
1:15:01
October 21, 2019
Capital #10 - The Working Day (ch. 10)
Feel like you're always at work? In this wide-ranging discussion we cover the working-day, reproductive labour, the gig economy, unpaid internships and more.  Listen to the Proles as they take on 'Chapter 10 - The Working Day' from 'Capital - Volume I'  by Karl Marx.  Diagram mentioned: Working-day 1: A–––B–C.  Working-day 2: A–––B––C.  Working-day 3: A–––B–––C. Works and writers mentioned: Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation - Silvia Federici; Alexandra Kollontai; Leslie Feinberg; Breaking the Chains - A Socialist Perspective on Women's Liberation; Capitalist Realism - Mark Fisher; The Condition of the Working Class in England - Friedrich Engels.   Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need  links to companion resources. If you'd like to join the book club, you  can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles  of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their  work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
1:25:00
September 20, 2019
On Protracted War - Mao
In this underrated text, written during the War of Resistance in mid-1938, Mao Zedong stood strong in the face of criticism from temporary allies, the Kuomintang, and analysed the political situation with incredible clarity and prescience, leading to ultimate victory against the imperialist Japanese invaders. In this episode we discuss Mao's analysis, the contradictions in Chinese society at the time, how we can apply Mao's teachings to struggles in the present day and the contemporary People's Republic of China. Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
1:16:29
September 12, 2019
Capital #9 - Constant and Variable Capital; and the Rate of Surplus Value (ch. 8-9)
As Marx clarifies and consolidates his theory of surplus-value; we talk 'dead-labour', 'living-labour' and the laughing-stock that is Nassau William Senior's 'last-hour theory'. Join the Proles and listen in to this week's discussion on 'Chapter 8 - Constant and Variable Capital', and 'Chapter 9 - The Rate of Surplus-Value' of 'Capital - Volume I' by Karl Marx. Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources.  If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod  Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan  Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
55:09
September 4, 2019
Capital #8 - The Labour Process and the Valorization Process (ch. 7)
The workers built the world! Join us in our lengthy discussion on how human beings impose their will on the natural world and how how our old friend Mr. Moneybags expropriates the surplus value that we create. Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
1:34:53
August 29, 2019
Capital #7 - Bonus
Like (almost) always, there's some bonus talk in this session. Enjoy!  Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
26:04
August 22, 2019
Capital #7 - The Buying and Selling of Labour-Power (ch. 6)
Wanna see how the free man converts himself into a slave for a fixed amount of time in exchange for a living wage? Join us in our discussion of Ch.6: The Buying and Selling of Labour-Power. This week we finish up Part 2 of Capital: "Transformation of Money into Capital". Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
29:52
August 20, 2019
Capital #6 - The General Formula for Capital (ch. 4-5)
M-C-M? C-M-C? Join us as we learn how money becomes capital! In this episode we continue on our journey through Karl Marx's masterpiece 'Capital Volume I' and we take on 'Chapter 4: The General Formula for Capital' and 'Chapter 5: Contradictions in the General Formula'.  Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources.  If you would like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join the discord server of our parent podcast, Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan  Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us record these on Discord!
36:51
August 11, 2019
Combat Liberalism - Mao
Join the Proles as we read through Mao's deeply insightful pamphlet 'Combat Liberalism' from 1937. We look at how these ideas applied to their own historical context, to our current times as well as challenging each other to confront our own personal liberalisms. Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you'd like to join the book club, you can chip in a dollar to join our parent podcast's discord server. Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us to record via Discord!
1:07:33
August 5, 2019
Capital #5 - Bonus
Like always, there's some bonus talk in this session. Enjoy!  Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub, and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you want to join us, chip in a buck to join the discord for our parent podcast, Proles of the Round  Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us record these on Discord! Read Marx, Read Lenin!
24:10
July 30, 2019
Capital #5 - Money continued (ch. 3)
The Proles finally finish up the notorious behemoth that is Chapter 3: Money, or the circulation of commodities. Have faith! If you can make it through this chapter, the rest of the book becomes much more manageable! Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you would like to join the book club, you can chip in a buck to join the discord server of our parent podcast, Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us record these on Discord!
46:19
July 30, 2019
Capital #4 - Bonus
Like always, there's some bonus talk in this session. Enjoy!  Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub, and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you want to join us, chip in a buck to join the discord for our parent podcast, Proles of the Round  Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us record these on Discord! Read Marx, Read Lenin!
35:06
July 10, 2019
Capital #4 - Money (ch. 3)
The Proles continue onto Chapter 3: Money, or the Circulation of Commodities. Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you want to join us, chip in a buck to join the discord for our parent podcast, Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us record these on Discord!
48:57
July 8, 2019
Capital #3 - Bonus
Like always, there's some bonus talk in this session. Enjoy!  Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub, and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you want to join us, chip in a buck to join the discord for our parent podcast, Proles of the Round  Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us record these on Discord! Read Marx, Read Lenin!
20:07
July 2, 2019
Capital #3 – Exchange (ch. 2)
In this episode, the Proles get a well-needed respite from the behemoth that was Chapter 1, and discuss Marx's chapter on Exchange.  Follow us on Twitter at @prolesbookclub, and shoot us a DM if you need links to companion resources. If you want to join us, chip in a buck to join the discord for our parent podcast, Proles of the Round Table: https://www.patreon.com/prolespod Thanks to @NunezKeenan for the intro theme; you can find more of their work here: http://tiny.cc/keenan Thanks to the Craig bot for helping us record these on Discord!
40:21
June 27, 2019
Capital #2 – Bonus
Some more sweet bonus content for our lovely comrades! The session was edited by Tadici.  Intro/Outro music based on "Proles Pod Theme" by Ransom Notes  READ MARX READ LENIN Listen to Proles of the Roundtable Solidarity forever
15:05
May 8, 2019
Capital #2 – The Commodity, continued (ch. 1)
In this session auni, Comrade Jess, beetlejuice16 (Fayez), comrade cangetajobS, JoeySteel, Landlord_Executioner, and 2Hotsky4Tr*tsky finish their discussion on the first chapter of Capital by Karl Marx.   This time we discuss the evolution from the elemantary or accidental form of value to the money form and commodity fetishism. Here are companion books, podcasts, reading guides and stuff we mentioned in the episode:  David Harvey's "Reading Marx's Capital" lectures and his companion book Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho's Marx's Capital David and Nathan's podcast Marx Madness and their first episode Robert Paul Wolff's lectures on Marx David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years Rosa Luxemburg's The Accumulation of Capital - Chapter 04 Corrections: We meant the Palau people, when the Tonga were mentioned. There was a misquote from Harvey's companion about Adam Smith, so here is the right one: "In Smith's ideal world, the state would create the institutional framework for perfectly functioning markets and private property and then watch the wealth of the state and the welfare of the citizenry rapidly improve as individual initiative and entrepreneurialism coordinated through the hidden hand of the market would produce a result that was beneficial to all. In such a world, Smith thought, the intentions and motivations of individuals (varying from greed to social mission) did not matter, because the hidden hand of the market would do the work." The session was edited by Tadici.  Intro/Outro music based on "Proles Pod Theme" by Ransom Notes  READ MARX READ LENIN Listen to Proles of the Roundtable Solidarity forever
1:06:17
April 30, 2019
Capital #1 – Bonus
There was still some interesting discussion after we wrapped so here ya go. Intro music based on "Proles Pod Theme" by Ransom Notes READ MARX READ LENIN Listen to Proles of the Roundtable Solidarity forever
18:56
April 24, 2019
Capital #1 – The Commodity (ch. 1)
In our very first book club session auni, Comrade Jess, beetlejuice16 (Fayez), DirtyProle1917, JoeySteel, and 2Hotsky4Tr*tsky tackle the behemoth that is Capital by Karl Marx. This time we discuss the French preface, the commodity, its use and exchange value, aswell as the relative and equivalent form. Here are our meeting minutes on it. We didn't go unprepared into it and here are some of our companion books and podcasts: David Harvey's "Reading Marx's Capital" lectures and his companion book Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho's Marx's Capital David and Nathan's podcast Marx Madness and their first episode The session was edited by Tadici. Intro/Outro music based on "Proles Pod Theme" by Ransom Notes READ MARX READ LENIN Listen to Proles of the Roundtable Solidarity forever
1:05:25
April 24, 2019
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