Political Education

About

Chair: Briana Last

The political education committee organizes discussions, reading groups, and public events that explore the strategy, history and theory of socialism and support the political initiatives of the local.

Night School

The Philly DSA Night School is intended as a forum for discussing thinkers, "-isms," and current trends in socialist politics. All meetings are free and open to the public, and are designed for all people regardless of previous experience. New members are always welcome.

You can read all of our night school introductions here.

Our next Night School event is: Virtual Night School: Is This Our Great Depression? .

Marx Reading Group

Marx famously wrote in his 11th thesis on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." At the same time, Marx's descriptions of society as class society, and of capitalism, are motivated by the idea that a rigorous analysis of social conditions must inform political action capable of changing those conditions. The purpose of this group is to read and discuss works by Marx, Marxists, and other thinkers from the historical materialist tradition that describe historical changes in capitalism leading up to the present and outline the political and strategic problems faced by those who seek to intervene in history. New members are welcome.

Our next Marxism Reading Group meeting is: Marxism Reading Group: Colonialism & The Post-Colony .

Marxism and Politics Lecture Series

The Marxism and Politics Lecture Series brings political analysts and writers to Philadelphia to give seminars on their recent work. These lectures cover a variety of topics, but they share a common historical materialist lens by which to understand and analyze political struggles. Ahead of the talks, the Marxism and Politics Reading Group will read texts assigned by the upcoming lecturer and discuss.

Our next Marxism and Politics Lecture is: not scheduled .

General Meeting Speakers and Other Talks

At General Meetings, the Local assembles to hear reports from projects and committees, set policy and work priorities, and to debate and vote on resolutions. These meetings are the center for democratic deliberation and decisions; the assembled membership is the ultimate decision-making body of the Local. General Meetings also feature short political education sessions from socialist intellectuals and organizers from across the country.

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