Introduction to Marxism

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.

February 24, 2015 at 7pm - 10pm
DSA's Introduction to the Thought of Karl Marx
Joseph Schwartz
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Oh my god. you filthy commies!
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Want to do it even though I’m signing late. Maybe you can do two sessions. I’m not a stranger to Marxism, having been a subscriber to the Monthly Review for at least 16 years and am reading Ernst Fischer’s HOW TO READ KARL MARX (Monthly Review Press, 1996), but I would like to audit the course, nevertheless, and be able to ask questions. I was dismayed by Chomsky’s put-downs in THE INDISPENSABLE CHOMSKY under the subsection “Marxism”, although I understand Marx himself sayng “I am not a Marxist.”
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looking forward to this event with excitement, I am….
never too old to learn…Observer Jules
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Not sure, I am not a Marxist so I’m not sure I would fit in.
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Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch (9pm Eastern)

October 04, 2016 · 8 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

So you are now a member of DSA, but there is no local chapter where you live. You are thinking of starting a local chapter, but you're not quite sure how to do it.

In Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch you will learn:

  • how other locals got started in recent years
  • how to find out who is already a member
  • the importance of a comrade
  • how to recruit new members
  • the importance of a mentor
  • how to become a recognized organizing committee
  • how to become a chartered local
  • what works best to bring new people in.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.


  • Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

Training Details:

  1. Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have preferably headphones or else speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt 607-280-7649.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt 608-355-6568.
  6. You can participate in every webinar or just attend once in a while.
  7. Workshops will generally be on weekends or evenings.
  8. Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance -- by midnight Sunday for Tuesday's webinar.

NOTE: This training is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern Time (8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific, 5pm Alaska, 3 pm Hawaii).


DSA New Member Orientation Call

October 19, 2016 · 22 rsvps
DSA New Member Orientation

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT.