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
- "Why Bernie is the True Feminist Choice," by Nancy Fraser and Liza Featherstone, Jacobin
- "I helped coin the term 'identity politics'. I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders," by Barbara Smith, The Guardian
- "Mapping Social Reproduction Theory," by Tithi Bhattacharya, from "Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression"
- "Big Tents and Iowa" (with Victoria Rodriguez-Roldán, Dr. Steven Thrasher, and Christine Hallquist), Hear the Bern podcast
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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.