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The once marginal Democratic Socialists of America have recently become one of the most essential hubs for anti-capitalist politics in the country. This collection of stories contains debates, ideas, and analysis of the DSA at both the local and national level.
Kaiser F.
September 2021
What went down at the DSA 2021 National Convention.
Bill Mosley
September 2021
A two-decade recounting of local perspectives on the labor movement.
Woody Woodruff
August 2021
National DSA has kicked off the next phase of its Green New Deal campaign, encompassing labor and the PRO Act but moving into the highly unionized public school system.
A Discrete Socialist
August 2021
Record of what went down at the 2021 YDSA convention.
Patrick Dalton
July 2021
Socialists of all stripes should reckon that we may need to rebuild at the local level the very thing we’ve been fighting for years.
Metro DC DSA Vets
June 2021
Five socialist vets provide their thoughts on capitalism, socialism, imperialism, and the military.
Lauren Katz and Ryan Mosgrove
May 2021
One approach for mobilizing the working masses into socialist political operations.
Larry M.
April 2021
Democratic socialists should think about how we can leverage the structures and systems of the DSA to build capacity for deliberate, strategic disruption.
Patrick Dalton
March 2021
Recent critiques levied at DSA peddle in an aesthetic-radicalism that risks distracting the working-class from organizing itself into a disciplined political force.
David Schwartzman
March 2021
Should the DSA carry-forward its electoral strategy through the Democratic Party? An ecosocialist response.
Brad C.
March 2021
The socialist electoral project is the most successful it has been because socialists are contesting power using the Democratic ballot line. Eschew symbolism, prioritize victory.
Gary zZz
March 2021
An annotated discussion on capitalism and virtual realities with the creators of Preserving Worlds.
Michael Marmol
March 2021
The growing threat of fascism will require deeper attention paid to administrative security.
Kurt Stand
February 2021
Organizers in PG County have finally come together to help build socialism in Maryland.
Gary zZz
February 2021
A decade of neoliberal retrenchment is finally starting to crack. Can DC's left recognize the moment?
Bill Mosley
January 2021
This article from February 1992 set out the state of play for the single-payer movement at the time. As in 2020, a recession was making millions of Americans anxious about their own access to health care.
Kareem Elrefai
January 2021
Historical precedent shows that Democrats win when they embrace the grassroots demands of their party. If Democrats want to build a winning coalition, they will need to recruit the left to watch their back.
MDC DSA Steering Committee
January 2021
Update delivered to the chapter at the 2020 MDC DSA chapter convention
MDC's Internationalism WG
December 2020
For those looking to combat imperialism, dismantle the US war machine, stand in solidarity with comrades across borders — this piece will provide some context and guidance on where to start.
Bill Mosley
October 2020
Introduction
John G.
May 2020
How do we value the lessons learned from DSA's involvement in the Bernie Sanders campaign?
Bill Mosley
April 2020
The history of DSA's electoral and political strategy.
Bill Mosley
October 2019
Reflections on democratic socialism from 1984.
Kaiser F.
September 2019
Throughout the 2019 Convention, there were many chances outside of debating resolutions and bylaws to connect with comrades across the organization, at hosted events and informal meetups.
Elizabeth Stafford
December 2018
Where do Northern VA socialists go in 2019?
Steven Ramirez
November 2018
While the DSOC of my youth had a strong presence of 20 to 30-year olds, there was also a noticeable contingent of members in their 40s and 50s. Successful organizing will find a way to incorporate older members into the fight for socialism.
Caroline Debnam
November 2018
Democratic socialism must create ample space for a robust peace movement in material policy platforms. Authoritarianism, war, climate change and imperialism must be confronted with conviction.
A Discrete Socialist
May 2018
DSA members, including some from the MDC DSA local chapter, plan to launch a new caucus in national DSA.
David Duhalde
December 2017
Representing DSA on the international circuit.
Kurt Stand
September 2017
Working through DSA's inevitable growing pains will require balancing the optimism of a mass movement with the realism of achieving "the left-wing of the possible."
Sean Monahan
August 2017
Sean Monahan, current and retiring NPC member from Providence, R.I, , has some thoughts about what NPC members face, and what candidates and delegates need to think about.
Editorial Crew
July 2017
How could we build a caring, mutually supportive socialist society if we cannot build that environment within our own movement?
Enrique Calvo
June 2017
DSA should reject calls to leave the Socialist International.
Woody Woodruff
May 2017
Instead of consciously projecting socialism to a tier of potential activists, socialists should learn to communicate their philosophy in transactional terms.
Evan Ottenfeld
March 2017
A DSA event sparks a lively discussion on UBI, wealth taxation, and capital redistribution.
Kurt Stand
January 2017
Metro DC DSA's monthly Socialist Salon has sought to strike that middle ground by providing a pathway between gut responses and theoretical constructs.