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The Political Education Newsletter

November 06, 2018

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Psychology for Socialists, Part 3: Know Your Enemy

In the third and final installment of this multi-part series, Jonathan K discusses theories of intergroup conflict, loss aversion, and authority and conformism as they relate to socialist organizing.

On Gun Violence

Cam W reflects on the current debate over gun violence and describes how socialists should tackle the issue through confronting interwoven issues of police brutality, imperialis, military-industrial complex, mental health and domestic violence.

Articles from the Web

Democratic Socialists Distribute More N95 Masks than the City

Writing for San Francisco Weekly, Ida Mojadad reports on San Francisco DSA’s work distributing thousands of protective face masks in the wake of recent wildfires, including more than 1,600 distributed in collaboration with the SF Homeless Outreach Team. You can donate to support SF DSA & Mask Oakland's efforts by Venmoing @DSASF or @MaskOakland (include “mask” as note).

From Piikani to Ponca, Tribes Rally to Support Mashpee Wampanoag to Fight Trump’s “Thankstaking” Termination

Native News Online recaps the rally held on Wednesday, November 14th in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's struggle for sovereign land rights and their ongoing fight against the Trump administration's controversial land trust ruling.

Period-Tracking Apps Are Not For Women

Kaitlyn Tiffany critiques so-called “femtech” such as period-tracking apps, arguing that they don’t truly serve people who menstruate, but rather venture capitalist investors, hypothetical fetuses, and marketers.

What We Talk about When We Talk about Solidarity: An Interview with Bini Adamczak

In this interview with Jan Ole Arps, German scholar and historian Bini Adamczak discusses the concept of solidarity and how current leftists can build and organize around it at a time when fascism is on the rise. (Translated by Jacob Blumenfeld)

The Philosophy of Our Time

In this piece, Ronald Aronson describes Jean-Paul Sartre’s personal and political journey into Marxism and his efforts to create existentialist non-communist Marxism by finding common ground in man’s freedom to transform and historical determinism as the basis of the revolution.

A Podcast to Listen to

 

This is America #42: Boston Nazis Removed, #CampFire Rages

The digital collective It’s Going Down discusses the various antifascist actions across the US and its borders, from Boston (featuring our comrade Mike G) to Portland to Tijuana, how to support the migrant caravan and the consequences of the raging fires in California.

Some Subversive Literature

 

Thanksgiving 

In this 2016 essay, the scholar Keguro Macharia uses the image of the Thanksgiving table surrounded tensely by a politically divided—yet racially and kinfully united—white family to theorize “white reconciliation” as a sustaining practice of white supremacy in US culture and politics.

     

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