Socialism 101 Series
I. Understanding Capitalism
- October 18: Erik Olin Wright – “But at Least Capitalism is Free and Democratic, Right?”
This reading from Erik Olin Wright debunks the myth that capitalism promotes freedom and democracy. He argues that capitalism’s unequal and life-consuming demands for exploitative labor “impose a low ceiling” on the development of freedom and democracy.
- November 1: Vivek Chibber – excerpt from “Understanding Capitalism”
This excerpt from Vivek Chibber explains how the elements of capitalism (markets, wage labor, and private ownership) benefit only those in control of production and exploit those who sell their labor.
II. Understanding the Struggle for Socialism
- November 15: Meagan Day – “Democratic Socialism, explained by a democratic socialist”
Meagan Day distinguishes democratic socialists from liberals and explains why our fights require a mass movement, not just winning a policy debate.
- November 29: Ben Tarnoff – “Building Socialism from Below: Popular Power and the State”
Ben Tarnoff borrows from theorist Nicos Poulantzas to discuss how to build power in and against the state.
III. What about the Working Class?
- December 13: Ellen Meiksins Wood – “Why Class Struggle is Central”
Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that the working class are central to the struggle for socialism, and that socialism is the central emancipatory project, rather than merely one struggle among a plurality.
- December 27: Sara Nelson – “Solidarity is a Force Stronger Than Gravity”
In her speech to the DSA’s 2019 National Convention, Sara Nelson demonstrates the liberating power of solidarity by recounting its vital role in recent labor history.
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