Political education

  • The Democratic Party is a Capitalist Party

    The Democratic Party is a Capitalist Party

    “[The] Working Class doesn’t have its own political party”.  This phrase opened up Professor August Nimtz Jr.’s intriguing presentation to UMN YDSA and Twin Cities CDSA members on June 15 at the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) Folwell Hall. 

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  • Who in the world was István Mészáros, and why is he essential for 21st-century socialists?

    Who in the world was István Mészáros, and why is he essential for 21st-century socialists?

    A Political Education Snippet A book review of The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time by István Mészáros, Monthly Review Press Mészáros was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher who participated in the 1956 revolt against an autocratic Soviet-style state. He was exiled to Italy and then England, where he continued to teach, write and study Marxism.…

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  • Some Picket Line Do’s and Don’ts

    Some Picket Line Do’s and Don’ts

    One of the most fundamental labor actions is the picket line, and everyone should know how to show up. This is great to share with comrades about how to effectively show up as socialists!

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  • Twin Cities Area New Party (TCANP) and The Tyranny of the Two-party System

    Twin Cities Area New Party (TCANP) and The Tyranny of the Two-party System

    Political Education Snippet #7 Lisa Disch’s book, The Tyranny of the Two-Party System, after both a preface and Introduction, opens Chapter 1 – “The Politics of Electoral Fusion 1994-1997,” with the following paragraph:  At a sparsely attended press conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 18, 1994, a third party and an incumbent state legislator…

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  • Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 2 of 2)

    Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 2 of 2)

    Read part 1 of this political education “snippet” here. We were going to resume this story in 1918, one year after Alexandra Kollontai married Pavel Dybenko in the heat of the early days of the new Bolshevik Revolutionary government in St. Petersburg. But instead, I first need to fill in a few details left out…

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  • Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 1 of 2)

    Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 1 of 2)

    Few in the US today have even heard of Kollontai, let alone know anything about what made her so important to the world history of socialism. Have you ever wondered why all the “schools” of political theory — the “isms” — are named after men? There is not one -ism that commemorates the wisdom, actions,…

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