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:

What is Fascism and How Can We Fight It? 

Tuesday, September 29th

7-9 PM on Zoom (Link below)

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, and even more so in recent months, the Left is paying increasing attention to the rise of the right-wing and fascism. In response to the popular uprisings against racism and police brutality, fascist violence and organizing is on the rise in the US and is likely to increase as we approach the elections in November. We see this on the internet, where facist memes and personalities spread wildly, and in the streets, where fascists assault and murder protesters and others in the name of their ideology. 

But what exactly is fascism? Who are fascists, and what do they actually want? What’s the difference between fascists and run-of-the-mill racists, conservatives and cops, and what’s the relationship among them? How has fascism been successful in the past, and how has it been defeated?

Join East Bay DSA for a remote Night School on Fascism in 2020. Our speaker will be Craig Johnson, member of East Bay DSA and UAW 2865 at UC Berkeley, where he studies the history of fascism and the radical right. Our discussion will begin with our speaker, followed by breakout groups, and closing with group discussion and a Q&A session.

Required readings: 

David Renton Right populism or neofascism? Tempest 

Kathleen Belew The Christchurch Massacre and the White Power Movement Dissent

Paramilitaries at Your Protest: An Activist Field Guide to the Far Right

Optional deep dive readings:

Roger Griffin Fascism 

Robert Paxton Five Stages of Fascism  

Dylan Riley What is Trump? 

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