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The Political Education Newsletter

April 23, 2019

Political Education Events

Published on our Blog

How We Win Reportback

Boston DSA member Sam Jaffe reports back from a nonviolent direct action workshop conducted by the veteran activist George Lakey while on tour for his new book “How We Win."

Articles from the Web

The Only Way Out is Through: A Reply to Melinda Cooper

Kate Doyle Griffiths responds to Melinda Cooper’s recent book on the family under neoliberal capitalism, questioning some of Cooper’s assumptions about Social Reproduction Theory (and Marxism in general) with attention to queerness and the queer family.

The Innovation Cult

John Patrick Leary writes an abstract analysis of the term innovation and its evolution from a phrase used to denounce conspiracy theorists and false prophets, to a word that alienates technological developments from the labor that directly creates them. Leary describes how the term is used to prescribe an almost mythical notion to developments under capitalism.

Socialism, But in Iowa

In an antidote to a certain recent piece on the glamorous world of Brooklynite socialism, Elaine Godfrey describes the committed on-the-ground efforts of DSA organizers in the rural Midwest, where tenant organizing takes the place of electoral campaigns in the strategy to spread socialist common sense.

Bernie Sanders Versus Open Borders

In response to Bernie Sanders' recent pronouncement against open borders, Tatiana Cozzarelli points out that a politics against open borders isn't a politics for US workers or workers anywhere, but for the capitalist class that uses borders to divide workers, drive wages down, and undermine working class unity and solidarity.

A Podcast to Listen to

 

Trillbilly Worker's Party Episode 93: McMansion Heck

Kate Wagner, Baltimore DSA member and creator of the cult architecture blog McMansion Hell talks with the Trillbillies about a host of issues from design to degrowth to the Notre Dame fire.

Some Subversive Literature

 

The State and Revolution

Written shortly before the October Revolution, The State and Revolution is a piece by Vladimir Lenin both asserting the Marxist theory of the state and challenging the then-dominant trend of European social democracy (chiefly represented by Karl Kautsky), which he saw as distorting the works of Marx and Engels. In Chapter 1, Lenin presents the state as a body that arises out of the “irreconcilability of class antagonisms,” and exists under capitalism to manage the interests of the whole ruling class. Drawing directly from Marx and Engels’ writing, he analyses features of the state that the oppressed will inevitably interact with (police, courts, prisons and the military), the need to seize the state from the ruling class, and how (and why) the state “withers away” after a revolution.

     

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