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June
2022

K is for Karl - A film series about Marx!

Why does the Communist Manifesto still terrify the rich today, which revolution was relevant for Marx what is meant by exploitation? Five short films explore the themes of alienation, communism, revolution, exploitation and the future with machinery.

Was Karl Marx just a bearded old man whose views are now outdated? Paul Mason proves that he was quite the opposite! In this series of five short films, he explains various concepts and clarifies the political context in which Marx adopted them.

First Episode: Alienation

Berlin, 1836. At Marx’s place of study, Mason focuses on what Marx really meant by alienation. It does not only mean the state of being alienated from ourselves and from others, but also that the things we produce rule over us, rather than the other way around.  

 

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Second Episode: Communism

London, 1847. How and where did the Communist Manifesto come about? Learn more about the work that terrifies the rich and powerful now as much as then.

 

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Third Episode: Revolution

Paris, 1848. Following the 1848 revolutions, Marx reflects on the lessons learned from these events, which are still highly relevant for struggles today.

 

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Fourth Episode: Exploitation

Manchester. Mason explores the question of how the rich actually become rich. He focuses on the issues of labour, technology, and the theft of alien labour time.

 

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Fifth Episode: Machinery

Man vs. machine? In this episode, you can learn more about the significance of machines not only for capitalism, but for potentially overcoming it.

 

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