Night School

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: The Socialist Feminist Case for Bernie Sanders

February 18, 2020

Isn’t Bernie just another old, white man? Shouldn’t feminists instead support one of the smart, competent women on the primary ticket?

These are valid questions, but whether we’re talking about the environment, healthcare and reproductive rights, immigration, or strengthening unions, Bernie’s policies are fundamentally feminist ones. His program addresses not only issues of gender, but tackles all of the intersecting oppressions that exist under capitalism. No other candidate can make that claim. 

Join East Bay DSA's Socialist Night School on Tuesday, Feb. 18 for a panel discussion featuring reproductive rights organizer and East Bay DSA Steering Committee member Allie Lahey, Kaiser RN Luci Riley, and OEA member and organizer Vilma Serrano for a discussion of why “leaning in” is not an effective strategy for winning the 2020 election, and how a President Sanders can help improve the lives of all women. East Bay DSA organizer and SEIU 1021 member Ashley Payne moderates. 

This event is the final installment in our four-part series on Bernie 2020, capitalism, and democratic socialism. We will discuss what is absent from some Marxist analyses of capitalism: social reproduction and the many ways labor — waged or unwaged — is divided along lines of gender, race, and class.

Assigned Readings + Listening

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.

Night School on YouTube

Socialist Readings

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.

Current Campaigns

Find relevant readings on the political campaigns our chapter is currently fighting for.

Readings on our current campaigns

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.

Readings on democratic socialism

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?

Readings on critiques of capitalism

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?

Readings on capitalism and the state

Socialist Strategy

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.

Readings on socialist strategy

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.

Readings on neoliberalism and imperialism

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.

Readings on class, race, and gender

Labor History

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.

Readings on labor history