Date:    Monday 16th July 2018, 7.30pm
Venue: the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

May 2018 saw the bicentennial of the birth of the influential thinker Karl Marx whose books, including “Das Kapital”, have influenced the intellectual, economic and political history of the world since they were written in the mid-nineteenth century. Marx’s criticisms of what he called “capitalism” have seen renewed interest in western countries since the beginning of the financial crisis ten years ago. The leading Humanist Steven Pinker’s new book “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress” includes a defence of modern market capitalism as an important component in achieving Humanist objectives in the twenty-first century. Our June meeting was a discussion led by group chair John Hawkins on the relevance of Marx to contemporary Humanist discourse and asking the question “Has Market Capitalism Delivered?”

John said of his talk:
“I will give an outline of Karl Marx’s life and work, showing that whatever the failures of Capitalism of his time, he and Engels made their living by means of it, and go on to maintain that the Russian and Chinese Revolutions which to which their ideas contributed, caused more misery and mass starvation that could directly attributed to capitalism up to 1960. I will go on to argue that Paul Mason’s recent book ‘POSTCAPITALISM’ is a heroic failure because its impressive scholarship is not matched by sufficient analysis of the global, social and economic realities of our time and the world’s ‘political infrastructure’. However, we are greatly in Mason’s debt for an account of some of the major problems that face contemporary statesmen and women.”