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ABCs of Socialism: Isn’t American already kind of socialist?

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Monday, March 27
7 PM – 8 PM

Verso Books
20 Jay St, Suite 1010,
Brooklyn, New York 11201

In March Jacobin Magazine and Verso Books will be hosting four events/classes, on a different question posed in the book: the ABCs of Socialism.

This week’s topic

Isn’t American already kind of socialist?
with Chris Maisano
Chris Maisano is a contributing editor at Jacobin and a union staffer in New York.

This event will air live from the Verso Facebook

You’ve probably seen the memes purporting to show just how socialist the United States already is by listing a bunch of government programs, services, and agencies.

The idea that any government activity is synonymous with socialism has major political and strategic implications. After all, if our country were already at least partly socialist, then all we would have to do is keep gradually expanding government.

Simply electing politicians to office or watching the government expand by its own momentum has never been, and never will be, enough. Economic power is political power, and under capitalism the owners of capital will always have the capacity to undermine popular democracy— no matter who’s in Congress or the White House.

About “The ABCs of Socialism”

The remarkable run of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States has prompted—for the first time in decades and to the shock of many—a national conversation about socialism.

This book steps into this moment to offer a clear, accessible, informative, and irreverent guide to socialism for the uninitiated. “The ABCs of Socialism” answers basic questions, including ones that many want to know but might be afraid to ask.


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