Austin Democratic Socialists of America

Socialist Night School

Why “Progressive” Isn’t Enough December 2019.

“Democratic socialism” is a phrase that is, suddenly, unavoidable. Our organization, the Democratic Socialists of America, has now grown to over 60,000 members nationwide (with well over 1,200 here in Austin). But the phrase is poorly understood, especially by those outside of our ranks. So what do we mean when we talk about “democratic socialism?” How does it different from progressivism? And how can we talk about it to our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members?

Join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday, December 18 at the AFL-CIO Hall downtown (1106 Lavaca St) to discuss the texts below and learn about Democratic Socialism in a friendly group setting. We will be discussing the readings below. Reading is encouraged but not required to participate, we will present an overview at the start of the meeting before breaking out into discussion groups.

Why We’re Socialists, Not “Progressives”, Natasha Fernández-Silber, Jacobin

Why the Differences Between Sanders and Warren Matter, Zaid Jilani, Jacobin

Accountable Capitalism or Democratic Socialism?, Stephen Maher, Jacobin

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