What is Socialism?

What is Socialism?


For our first session of the new semester of Socialist Night School, we’ll tackle the question of socialism.

• What is capitalism?
• What is socialism?
• How does what DSA does help us get there?
• How can you get involved (or more involved) in DSA?

While everyone is welcome, this session is designed for newer members and those who are relatively new to socialism. The session was led by Socialist Night School co-organizer David Kaib.


Below, you will find a recommended reading list and a recording of the session.

Reading List

Feminism for the 99%: A ManifestoCinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser
Women, Race and ClassAngela Davis
“Socialists Think”Asad Haider
“Capitalism and Disability”Marta Russel and Ravi Malhotra
Historical Capitalism with Capitalist CivilizationImmanuel Wallerstein
The Origin of CapitalismEllen Meiksins Wood
How to be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st CenturyErik Olin Wright