Socialist Night School is a rolling open course that provides opportunities for Olympia DSA members to ground their political work in the rich theoretical and historical traditions of the socialist left.

Classes are down-to-earth, inclusive spaces that give Olympia comrades a chance to grow their politics together, regardless of background knowledge, affiliation, or whether you've attended a class before. You don't even have to be a member of Olympia DSA —everyone is welcome!

Socialism 101 Otcotber 24th 3:00-4:30pm Want to spend your Covid-19 isolation sharpening your analytical senses and building your historical knowledge? Join the Education Committee for the inauguration of our Socialist Night School! This will include a lecture followed by a discussion informed by selected optional readings. Register here to participate in this online meeting.

Our next session, on October 24 at 3pm, will address the question of socialist strategy. We know that the problem is capitalism. We know that the answer is socialism. But how do we get there? This is an open question, and within DSA we have lively and productive disagreements about the answers, but this presentation will survey the fundamental agreements and some of the most significant particular lines of thinking.

Readings:

Why Socialists Should Fight for Structural Reforms by Meagan Day

The Political Revolution Goes to Work by Jane Slaughter

Building a Mass Socialist Party by Sam Gindin

Picking up the Threads of Struggle (audio version and transcript) an interview with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor by Dan Denvir

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Socialism 101 Saturday, October 10th 3:00pm-4:30pm Want to study the history and theory behind the work we do in DSA with comrades, learn why socialism offers a unique hope for a better day, and build analytical skills to plot the revolution? Join the Education Committee for the Autumn session of our Socialist Night School! This will include a lecture followed by a discussion informed by selected optional readings. Register here to participate in this online meeting.

This lesson will be focused around defining democratic socialism, explaining its rise in popularity over the past four years, and dispelling common myths and misconceptions around democratic socialism.

Discussion Readings

Democratic Socialism, Explained by a Democratic Socialist by Meagan Day

Building Socialism from Below: Popular Power and the State by Ben Tarnoff

Struggle for Democratic Socialism (video) with Angela Davis

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Socialism 101 Saturday, October 3rd, 3pm-4:30 Want to study the history and theory behind the work we do in DSA with comrades, learn why socialism offers a unique hope for a better day, and build analytical skills to plot the revolution? Join the Education Committee for the Autumn session of our Socialist Night School! This will include a lecture followed by a discussion informed by selected optional readings. Register here to participate in this online meeting.

Our first session will address the question What is Capitalism? Democratic socialism is about fighting for a better world, but it is essential that we understand where we start from and the problems with our current society before we can fix them.

Readings

Listenings

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