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Socialist Night School – Socialist Mythbusters

June 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

In light of the recent uprisings sparked by the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the members of the Socialist Night School planning team decided it would be more useful to re-focus our discussion. While we didn’t feel it was appropriate to rush a session on racial justice and police violence, as the planning for night schools often takes weeks of deliberation, consultation, and reading to organize, we did think it would be appropriate to address a question that has come up repeatedly in the Night School and has been part of the discourse around the week of protests: what is private property? What is a socialist response to looting? Is there a racial unconscious to the idea of looting? In that vein, we have scrapped all the readings for Sunday but a few paragraphs of Marx’s “Private Property and Communism,” and a short paragraph from an early essay by Marx on the “theft of wood” by peasants from private forests in Europe. We have also included a short essay by Vicky Osterweil, “In Defense of Looting.” We will spend the first half of the Night School discussing Marxist ideas of private property, and the social relations it expresses in a white supremacist, capitalist nation. The second half of the session will be more open, focused around our experiences during the protests as well as what role we think a socialist organization can play at such a time. While the readings are quite short (several pages), and we hope you can find them useful, as always, we welcome anyone to the discussion. The Osterweil essay is uploaded here, as are the two Marx quotes and questions for both. If you would like to the read the entirety of the Marx pieces, they are also attached but we will not be discussing them.

Socialist Night School”

Readings: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14_3AJFbVq1-xgRvL0VGMnQCvCETQsd_c/view?usp=sharing

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June 7
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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