New and long-time comrades are invited to join a Night School series that engages with Bernie Sanders’s insurgent candidacy within the broader history of socialist strategies and perspectives on electoral politics. Each session features a brief, informal presentation followed by facilitated discussion designed to engage all levels and connect current events to foundational socialist concepts and debates. Comrades are encouraged (but not required) to review recommended readings linked below, aligned with the session topic detailed here.
Bernie is the only person running in the Democratic primary who is proposing universal programs — Medicare for All, College for All, and Housing for All, to name a few. This session asks us to consider why universal social programs are important, as opposed to the means-tested programs advocated by the Democratic establishment. We’ll also explore how, as socialists, these programs offer us the means to move beyond the goal of reforming capitalism, to the final goal of abolishing it.
Reform or Revolution (Introduction, Chapter 5: The Consequences of Social Reformism and General Nature of Reformism, & Chapter 8: Conquest of Political Power), Rosa Luxemburg (1900)
Targeted Social Programs Make Easy Targets by Meagan Day (Jacobin, 2018)
- January 30, 2020 at 7pm to 9pm
3303 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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Political Education Committee