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: Social Reproduction and Capitalism
March 19, 2019
Social reproduction—the often gendered labor that goes into creating workers and the conditions under which people can work—is a critical concept in socialist theory that has gained new currency from the teacher’s strike wave, including right here in Oakland. Come join us to learn and talk about the connections between emerging worker's movements and socialist analysis of gender and how labor is reproduced.
- "What Is Social Reproduction Theory?", Tithi Bhattacharya, Socialist Worker
- "Contradictions of Capital and Care," Nancy Fraser, New Left Review
- "Caring Enough to Strike: US Teachers’ Strikes in Perspective," Tithi Bhattacharya, Rebel
- "Caring in the City," Johanna Brenner, Jacobin
- More on the theory of social reproduction: "Capital, Labor Power, and Gender Relations," Susan Ferguson and David McNally, Introduction to Lise Vogel, Marxism and the Oppression of Women: A Unitary Theory
- Social reproduction, migration, and the global labor supply chain: "Precarious Migrants: Gender, Race, and the Social Reproduction of a Global Working Class," Susan Ferguson and David McNally, Socialist Register
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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.
What exactly is neoliberalism? Is it different from capitalism? What are its origins and its effects? These readings provide a definition of neoliberalism through historical insight and examples of this ideology 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.