Socialist Night School is a rolling open course that provides opportunities for East Bay DSA members to ground their political work in the rich theoretical and historical traditions of the socialist left.
Classes are down-to-earth, inclusive spaces that give East Bay comrades a chance to grow their politics together, regardless of background knowledge, affiliation, or whether you've attended a class before. You don't even have to be a member of East Bay DSA — everyone is welcome!
Climate Crisis and Capitalism 101
August 31, 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm
This fire season we’ve seen the largest known wildfire ever in California, bringing the climate crisis literally to our front doors. This is not an isolated event. Climate scientists have been warning that extreme weather would be coming if we continued to burn fossil fuels, and yet, because of capitalism, we’ve only seen the use of those fuels skyrocket. In the past month reports about this crisis have come out with dire warnings, letting us know that tipping points that mean an unavoidable cascade of the irreversible climate crisis, are approaching rapidly if they haven't had already been reached. All of this means that our task is enormous and urgent. Climate change is a direct result of the capitalist system, and we will not be able to address the climate crisis without getting rid of it altogether.
Join the East Bay DSA Political Education Committee and Green New Deal Committee as we look at why capitalism is incapable of addressing the climate crisis, and why the fight for socialism is our only way out.
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Part 1: THE CURRENT CLIMATE CRISIS
(very brief articles about the current state of the climate crisis)
Part 2: CAPITALISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(Don’t mourn organize! These are the main readings, start with the first one, or chose whichever you would prefer!)
A good place to start: a general introduction to why socialism is the only answer to the climate crisis
A deeper dive into the concepts of ecosocialism
Part 3: ON THE GREEN NEW DEAL
A review of On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein that highlights the need for class struggle in the fight for the Green New Deal
Night School on YouTube
Missed a class? Want to revisit a lecture? Check out our YouTube channel, full of insightful socialist analysis from our membership.
See other socialist readings our Night School classes have recommended. You don't need to read everything here before joining a class, but we believe these readings will provide a useful foundation for better understanding socialism.
Find relevant readings on the political campaigns our chapter is currently fighting for.
What Is Democratic Socialism?
Want to know more about democratic socialism? Get to understand the basics of what democratic socialism is and why it's the only hope for the working class.
Critique of Capitalism
We all live under the exploitative economic system known as capitalism, but what are its internal contradictions and how can we overcome it?
Capitalism and the State
How do capitalism and the state interact? What support does the state lend to capitalism, and how does capitalism rely on this support to reproduce itself?
Capitalism is an inherently unsustainable economic system, yet past socialist movements have are always met with fierce resistance from capital. These readings offer a historical and material analysis of how we can learn from these outcomes and persevere.
Neoliberalism and Imperialism
What exactly are neoliberalism and imperialism? Are they different from capitalism? What are their origins and effects? These readings provide a definition of neoliberalism and imperialism through historical insight and examples of these ideologies at work.
Class, Race, and Gender
These readings example how class intersects with racial and gender oppression, how these divisions benefit capital, and how socialists have fought against these oppressions through the years.
Any analysis of socialism would be incomplete without a history of labor. Labor struggles in previous years, both successes and failures, provide valuable lessons for future struggles.