Socialism in the Air
The popularity of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is evidence of widespread anger at class inequality, the glaring extremes of wealth and poverty, and injustice, such as the police assault on Black lives, that plague this country. Imagine that. In a country that has always claimed that socialism is a “foreign” concept, polls show huge numbers of young people expressing interest in it.
But what is socialism? It means many things to many people. Socialism is more than increased social welfare or higher taxes on the rich. It’s about the majority of exploited and oppressed people coming together and themselves building a new world.
At Socialism 2016, you can find out about the history of the socialist, Marxist, and radical traditions. You’ll learn about “socialism from below,” the real Marxist tradition, the fight for women’s liberation, the history and politics of Black liberation, the relationship between capitalism and climate change, and many other topics. So save the date, and join us in Chicago.
What past participants had to say
The annual Socialism conference is unlike any other conference. It’s a chance to step back from the day to day struggles and ask big questions about the past, the present, and our collective future on this planet. And it’s a chance to do so with more than a thousand people who are both organizers and thinkers. The Socialism conference is challenging, thought-provoking, inspiring… and fun! One piece of advice: leave extra room in your suitcase, because you’ve never seen so many radical books available in one location!
—Brian Jones, educator, socialist, 2014 Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor of NY
No matter how many times I attend the Socialism conference, I always learn something new–not only from the awesome presentations, but also from the many debates and discussions. Maybe most importantly, it is always incredibly energizing to spend four consecutive days with so many other people who want to change the world.
—Sharon Smith, author, Women & Socialism
The Socialism conference is a vital part of my political foundation: the education from the sessions, the inspiration from so many brave activists, and the people I’ve met who have become lifelong collaborators.
—Danny Katch, author, Socialism…Seriously
Socialism conferences embody the spirit and camaraderie of Occupy, the intellectual intensity of the best class you ever took and the political radicalism that all badass rabble-rousers hunger for. It is the single greatest antidote to the political confusion and doldrums that the US Left endures, and I always leave with greater clarity, a few new friends and a ton of incredible books.
—Sherry Wolf, author, Sexuality & Socialism
This August I’ll be in Brazil to cover the Olympics in Rio. Attending Socialism 2016 is my boot-camp for being able to debate and discuss the issues I’ll face: the debt, militarization, hyper-nationalism, displacement and resistance to the Olympics itself. The combination of radical seminars and informal conversation is a necessity for me to understand not only Rio but all of the confused tumult gripping the globe. Hope to see you there!
—Dave Zirin, Sports Editor, the Nation
The United States is so racist that the simple phrase “Black lives matter” is controversial. If you are a radical, you owe it to yourself to come to a conference where people are on the same page about some basic things–like the need for Black liberation, women’s liberation, LGBTQ liberation, and open borders; about the need for a world without war or prisons; about the fact that capitalism is destroying the planet, etc. Because out of that agreement, there are many questions to be answered and debates to be had. I can think of no better place than Socialism 2016 to get together with others who are dedicated to the fight for a better world, roll up our sleeves, and figure out how to advance the fight for socialism this year. We have huge challenges and enormous opportunities–let’s make the most of them.
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