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The Political Education Newsletter

May 07, 2019

Event Announcement

Boston DSA Political Education WG is hosting an anti-fascist reading group, "Understanding Reactionary Thought Reading Series" to understand the similarities between current fascism and fascist movements of the past. Details here

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Activism in the Surveillance State: A Follow-up with Leslie James Pickering

PEWG blog follows up with Leslie James Pickering, owner of Burning Books (a radical independent bookstore in Buffalo, NY) and former Earth Liberation Front spokesperson, on living and organizing under the surveillance state as an activist after his talk in Boston.


Articles from the Web


Between the Devil and the Green New Deal
Jasper Bernes describes the often underappreciated impact that the mining of rare earth minerals (necessary for the massive expansion of renewable energy envisioned by the Green New Deal) has upon the environment and workers.

Clara Zetkin's Defense of the United Front
In this first part of a two-part series, John Riddell chronicles Clara Zetkins (1857-1933) actions in the Comintern in defense of the “united front” strategy. The united front strategy allowed communist parties to ally and coalition with social democrat parties in their own countries. The united front strategy was mainly opposed by Joseph Stalin and other prominent members of the Russian Communist party.

A Podcast to Listen to


This is Hell, Episode 1054: New World Border
For this episode, political scientist and Providence DSA comrade Thea Riofrancos discusses how ecosocialism can address capitalism-caused climate change. She explains how the choice to address either climate change or capitalism first is a false one and the fallacies of green capitalism. Thea has written extensively on ecosocialism including A Path to Democratic Socialism Means a Path To Climate Justice for In These Times and What Comes After Extractivism? for Dissent.

Some Subversive Literature


The History of May Day
English Marxist Eric Hobsbawm recounts the history behind May Day; its origin as a call for an international manifestation of working class power and its later institutionalization in many countries as a holiday. First celebrated in 1890, the day has become one of the only widely observed holidays created unofficially by a movement of the poor. The essay is illustrated with posters celebrating May 1 from socialist movements around the world.


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