Democratic Socialists of America – Introduction to Marxism

Young Democratic Socialists of America

DSA On-Line Virtual “Socialist School” Course

The course will be 1.5 hours during the 7 – 10 PM EST slot on Feb 24, Mar 24, April 28 and May 26.

There will be either one or two sessions each night, depending on the number of members who sign up. Sign up deadline is Feb 17.  

“A Basic Introduction to the Thought of Karl Marx”

Co-facilitators: Joe Schwartz, DSA Vice Ch, and Jared Abbott, Ch DSA Strategy Comm.

Open to all DSA and YDS members relatively new to Marx.  This will be a virtual discussion group.

In this period of continuing global economic crises, the question of an alternative to capitalism is increasingly being asked.   Marx’s analysis of the workings of capitalism as a system provides a basis for thinking about both the political economy in which we live and act and the possibilities of change.

This 4 session mini-course is designed to help socialists’ link theory with day to day activity.  We will cover a manageable selection of Marx’s reading – and signing up for the course means committing to doing these readings.

All of the readings are from Robt Tucker’s The Marx-Engels Reader, 2nd edition.  You can buy this book at low cost or you can download from the web here:

Space is limited: deadline for signing up is Feb 17.  Sign up sooner rather than later – but make the commitment to do all 4 sessions.

When you register for the course, you will receive a list of readings.


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1 Response to Democratic Socialists of America – Introduction to Marxism

  1. DL. says:

    Good luck reading Karl Marx (Engels? Maybe)! Marx couldn’t write to save his skin… I mean, try reading Das Kapital on your own!….totally freaking illiterate (from a writer’s perspective that is)…and what these numb skulls attending these classes will never be told is that Frederick Engels ACTUALLY WROTE nearly everything Marx ever “wrote.” And lest I forget, Engels also financially supported Karl Marx’s wife and children, since Marx couldn’t bother to give them the time of day, let alone feed them writing his Marxist tripe. (And Lenin wasn’t much better…the man was a walking contradiction…in fact, other than Engels, the only other easy Commie reading stuff was written by Stalin. Seriously. As for Mao, he always wrote with a Chinese way of writing things…that way, he could deceive everyone more easily.)–from someone whom has read a lot of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao in my late teens and early 20s.

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