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.
Given the structural limitations of the American electoral system, organized socialists’ orientations toward the Democratic Party have long been an important and contested topic. This session situates DSA’s support for the Bernie campaign within the broader landscape of socialist perspectives towards the Democratic Party—ranging from those who seek to ‘take over’ the party, to those who abstain from Democratic Party politics entirely, to those to seek a strategic engagement with the Democratic Party. Recommended readings offer distinct perspectives on whether or not strategic engagement with the Democtratic Party is possible, and what forms it may take.
The Democratic Party Cul-de-sac (Chapter Nine from On New Terrain: How Capital is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War), by Kim Moody (Haymarket Books, 2017)
It’s Party Time: DSA and Post-Realignment Electoral Strategy by David Duhalde (DSA Socialist Forum, 2019)
- March 26, 2020 at 7pm to 9pm
3303 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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Political Education Committee