This article accompanies Liberation School's new study guide for Mumia Abu-Jamal's book, Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? Mumia Abu-Jamal...
In the final class, we uncover how the prerequisites for capital came to be (theft of land, divorcing peasants from the means of subsistence, repression, slavery, and colonialism).
This class covers different "compositions of capital," how and why they change, and what this means for capitalist accumulation and the lives of workers.
This class covers chapters 16-24 and includes a discussion of productive and reproductive labor, the different forms wages can take, and the relationship between economic production, the legal system, and ideology.
This class covers the struggle over the value of labor-power (and the role of the state) and the production of relative surplus-value.
In class 4, we get at the first definitions of capital, labor-power, and surplus-value.
In class 3, we take up exchange and money, where the C-M-C circuit makes its first appearance.
Class 2 covers the first chapter on "commodities," where Marx begins laying the conceptual building blocks for his investigation.
The first class in our 9-part course
The final class analyzes China's internationalist orientation, specifically its contemporary relationship with the Global South, and its struggle for territorial integrity.