Join us June 1st-3rd for a weekend long workshop with professor Joshua Ramey.
What Do We Owe Each Other? Reciprocity in An Age of Radical Inequality
We are living in an age of extreme wealth inequality. This inequality not only affects our individual quality of life but our ability to share, interact, and communicate with others. Capitalist societies were built on the premise that markets would facilitate growth and improve standards of living, but depended on colonialism, slavery, and imperialist warfare to come into being. And to continue, capitalism now depends on the police state and neo-fascist fantasies, as people desperately search for security in a world of mass migration, ecological devastation, and the disappearance of meaningful work. Poverty and indebtedness are isolating, driving people apart just when they need one another the most.
In a context where nearly no one has what they need, how much sense does it make to ask what we owe each other? Can we reasonably ask one another to sacrifice what little wealth and security we have, in order to give to those who have less, or should we be finding ways to collectively share and resource one another outside of the demands of the competitive market? How can we create a world not based on money? What is the meaning of reciprocity in an age of radical inequality?
In this weekend workshop, Joshua Ramey, PhD, will lead participants through reflections on the nature of money and the contradictory logic of capital, unmasking the disempowering myths enforcing our capitulation to inequality and injustice. He will also lead explorations—both intellectual and energetic—of what reciprocity could be like, beyond the trauma and disempowerment we individually and collectively carry.
(Accommodations and farm to table meals available and priced separately.)
Meals will be gluten free vegetarian with vegan options, all sourced from the organic produce grown on our farm.
Mealtimes include the following:
-Day 1: Dinner: lite fare after the dance.
-Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
-Day 3: Breakfast and snacks
About the Presenter:
Joshua Ramey, PhD, is the author of two books, Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency (2016) and The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal (2012). Since 2003 he has been a professor of philosophy at a number of institutions including Haverford College and Grinnell College. He is currently developing a number of projects, including this weekend workshop, designed to bring critical social theory into local communities to empower people to develop the historical and philosophical perspectives needed to generate creative and collective responses to the ecological, social, and spiritual ravages of global capitalism.