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  • How the Rich Stole Everything December 12, 2017
    How the Rich Stole Everything Ken Love U.S. Politics Trump and the Republicans are threatening to pass one of the most extreme tax bills in history before the new year. Their plan would transfer trillions of dollars into the pockets of the 1%, and ravage what little wealth and welfare the large majority of us […]
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  • 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution December 6, 2017
    100 Years Since the Russian Revolution Todd Chretien History A talk given at the Midwest Marxism conference at DePaul University in November 2017 read more
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  • What do Socialists Say About Unions? November 21, 2017
    What do Socialists Say About Unions? Caitlin Sheehan Melissa Rakestraw Socialism 2017 Labor & Unions Since industrial capitalism began, workers reacted to their conditions by combining to resist the bosses. read more
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  • Palmyra: Violence in Syria and the Ruins of Empire November 21, 2017
    Palmyra: Violence in Syria and the Ruins of Empire Bill Keach Socialism 2017 War & Antiwar The many forms of horrific violence in the war in Syria include destruction by ISIS of 2000-year-old monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra. read more
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  • A New World Order?: Imperialism and the Rise of China November 21, 2017
    A New World Order? Imperialism and the Rise of China Ashley Smith Socialism 2017 International The United States remains the world’s largest economy, with far and away the world’s biggest military footprint. But despite Washington's best efforts, the United States continues to suffer relative economic decline against its competitors, particularly China. In 1980, China’s economy […]
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  • How the Russian Revolution was Lost November 21, 2017
    How the Russian Revolution was Lost Eric Kerl Socialism 2017 History Russia’s Marxists believed that Russia could begin a revolution, but that the low level of Russia’s economic development meant that socialism could not be built there unless the revolution spread elsewhere. The practical requirement for socialism is the existence of economic abundance and a […]
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  • Lean Production: Inside the Real War on Public Education November 21, 2017
    Lean Production: Inside the Real War on Public Education Kevin Prosen Socialism 2017 Education Since the turn of the last century, capitalists have applied scientific management methods and new technologies to make production cheaper and more efficient. Today, corporate education reformers are seeking to use the latest in "management science" and technology to reshape the […]
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  • States of Resistance: The Future of Palestinian Liberation November 21, 2017
    States of Resistance: The Future of Palestinian Liberation Wael Elasady Socialism 2017 War & Antiwar A paradox confronts the movement for Palestinian liberation. read more
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  • Marxism, Exploitation, and Oppression November 21, 2017
    Marxism, Exploitation, and Oppression Jen Roesch Socialism 2017 Socialism & Marxism A frequent criticism of Marxists is that we are economic reductionists who fail to take seriously the dynamics of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. But revolutionary Marxism sees exploitation and oppression as linked, and fighting oppression as precondition for building class unity. […]
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  • Democracy Now: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America November 21, 2017
    Democracy Now: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America Amy Goodman Socialism 2017 U.S. Politics For two decades, Democracy Now! has been a constant voice for the disenfranchised and marginalized in the U.S. and around the globe. Groundbreaking reporter Amy Goodman will share some of her experiences reporting from the frontlines of struggle and discuss […]
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  • U.S. Health Care: Your Money and Your Life November 21, 2017
    U.S. Health Care Your Money and Your Life Dennis Kosuth Socialism 2017 Healthcare Health care profits have increased under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for insurance and drug companies, but the actual delivery of health care has not. In the age of austerity, we all continue to pay more and get less, even unions are […]
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  • Building Strong Branches November 21, 2017
    Building Strong Branches Kristen Sheets Camila Quarta Emily Shaw Socialism 2017 Socialism & Marxism Building a socialist organization in the “belly of the beast” is no easy task. read more
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  • Abortion Without Apology November 21, 2017
    Abortion Without Apology Akunna Eneh Michelle Farber Becca Bor Socialism 2017 Women Since abortion became legal in the U.S. it has been under attack, from the 1976 Hyde Amendment that barred federal funding for abortion, to the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the appointment of anti-abortion conservative Neil Gorsich to Trump’s Supreme Court. read more
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  • From Sensenbrenner to Trump: History and Lessons of the Immigrant Rights Movement November 21, 2017
    From Sensenbrenner to Trump: History and Lessons of the Immigrant Rights Movement Denise Romero Rigo Gogol Fermin Valle Socialism 2017 Immigration In March, 2006, and again on May 1 of that year, millions of people across the U.S. demonstrated to protest the Sensenbrenner Bill criminalizing undocumented immigrants. While the bill was defeated, subsequent legislation focused […]
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  • Introduction to the International Socialist Organization November 21, 2017
    Introduction to the International Socialist Organization Hannah Utain-Evans Frankie Cook Nico Judd Socialism 2017 Socialism & Marxism What kind of organization is the ISO? What are its basic politics, what are its activities, and what are its goals? How does it view the Democratic Party? How does it view unions, Black Lives Matter, and the […]
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  • Fighting Back on Campus November 20, 2017
    Fighting Back on Campus Jonah Ben Avraham Sam Peiffer Erica West Socialism 2017 Education The neoliberal university is a mirror of the society around it: exorbitant tuition, declining minority enrollment, precarious employment, and weakened job security for professors. University administrations are rolling back decades of hard-fought gains for free speech, threatening students for speaking out, […]
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  • Environmental Racism and the Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement November 20, 2017
    Environmental Racism and the Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement Lauren Fleer Zach Zill Todd St. Hill Socialism 2017 Environment Trump's proposed budget cuts a third of funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. Among those programs targeted is the Office of Environmental Justice, which aims to address the disproportionate environmental harms suffered by communities of […]
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  • A Users' Guide to Marxism: Social Democracy November 20, 2017
    A Users' Guide to Marxism: Social Democracy Alex Schmaus Aaron Amaral Socialism 2017 Socialism & Marxism The debate between reform and revolution—do we change the existing order from within, or do we destroy capitalism and build society anew—is as old as the idea of socialism itself. Should we “take over” the state by winning electoral […]
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  • The Struggle for Trans Liberation: Perspectives on a Marxist Approach November 20, 2017
    The Struggle for Trans Liberation Perspectives on a Marxist Approach Sherry Wolf Fainan Lakha CJ Miller Socialism 2017 LGBT Despite winning important victories in recent years, and despite marked changes in social attitudes, transgender people continue to be highly vulnerable to discrimination and violence. In 2016, according to the Human Rights Campaign, advocates tracked at […]
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  • SYRIZA, Podemos, and Beyond: Success and Failure of New Left Party Initiatives November 20, 2017
    SYRIZA, Podemos, and Beyond: Success and Failure of New Left Party Initiatives Mick Armstrong Sotiris Martalis Andrea Raboso Antello Zecca Socialism 2017 International There have been a number of new left parties that have arisen around the world—the products of new social struggles and expressions of opposition to the politics of austerity and the failures […]
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We are the Burlington, VT branch of the International Socialist Organization. We meet most Thursday nights. See our calendar for specifics or contact vermontiso@gmail.com or 802-490-3875.