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!
Next Class: Gentrification and the Capital City
July 2, 2019
In recent years, Oakland, San Francisco, and cities across the country have been drastically reshaped by gentrification: new development causes rents in formerly affordable neighborhoods to skyrocket, pricing working people out of their neighborhoods — often where their families have lived for generations — and leaving many people without homes altogether.
Who or what is driving gentrification? How has gentrification played out in Oakland in particular? And what can be done to address the crises of displacement and homelessness caused by gentrification?
Join East Bay DSA’s Socialist Night School on Tuesday, July 2 to discuss these questions and more.
- Samuel Stein, Gentrification is a Feature, Not a Bug, of Capitalist Urban Planning, Jacobin
- Branko Marcetic, The Zombie-Investor Apocalypse, Jacobin
- Isaac Harris, NIMBYs and YIMBYs think they're enemies. But they both side with the ultrarich, Majority
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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.