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!
Socialist Quarantine School - The Left’s Response to COVID-19
March 24, 2020
The capitalist class never lets a good crisis go to waste, and the rapid spread of COVID-19 (the disease caused by the new coronavirus) is no exception. How will corporations use this crisis to further privatize our society? How will the right wing take the rapid spread of disease as an impetus to further marginalize racial minorities? How can the left resist these efforts and offer an alternative for a rational society based in democracy?
To discuss these questions and more join East Bay DSA's Socialist Night School (by Zoom conference call) on Tuesday, March 24 from 7 to 9pm. Thanks to the wonders of our Silicon Valley overlords, Zoom will allow us to break out into small groups and give everyone the opportunity to share their thoughts and experience.
Zoom link coming soon - please see the event page on Facebook for updates.
Assigned Readings + Listening
- "Coronavirus Capitalism — and How to Beat It," Naomi Klein, YouTube video, 9 minutes, The Intercept
- "Mike Davis on Coronavirus: “In a Plague Year”," Mike Davis, Jacobin
- "Bill Gates Wants Socialist Medicine to Combat Coronavirus — Without the Socialists," Leigh Phillips, Jacobin
- "We can’t stop coronavirus without confronting rightwing nationalism," Tobita Chow, Organizing Upgrade
- "Go on Strike for Your Health and Safety," Ryan Bruckenthal, Jacobin
- "Health Nativism," Stephanie DeGooyer and Srinivas Murthy, Dissent
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.