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The Socialism Conference is a four-day conference bringing together hundreds of socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about social movements, Marxism, abolition, working-class history, and the debates and strategies for organizing today.

Every year, the Socialism conference aims to be a place where activists can share lessons from their struggles—from the BDS campaign for Palestine to the fight for gender liberation, from strike organizing and support to the struggle to stop the destruction of the planet, the fight against racism, and more.

Socialism 2022 occurred in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, September 2-5. The recordings from the sessions at Socialism 2022 will be released here.

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The Socialism Conference is a four-day conference bringing together hundreds of socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about social movements, Marxism, abolition, working-class history, and the debates and strategies for organizing today.

Every year, the Socialism conference aims to be a place where activists can share lessons from their struggles—from the BDS campaign for Palestine to the fight for gender liberation, from strike organizing and support to the struggle to stop the destruction of the planet, the fight against racism, and more.

Socialism 2022 occurred in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, September 2-5. The recordings from the sessions at Socialism 2022 will be released here.

    Yes We Do Mean Smash the State: In Defense of Revolution

    Yes We Do Mean Smash the State: In Defense of Revolution

    brian bean speaks in this session recorded at Socialism 2022. This session was sponsored by Rampant Magazine.
    https://rampantmag.com

    Contemporary capitalism exploits and degrades human beings around the world, relying on the violent power of states to create profits, guarantee the functioning of markets, and cheapen labor through violence. There is no way to build a liberated future for all of us without overthrowing capitalism, and that will mean confronting and dismantling the capitalist state, its prisons, policing, borders, and military. It’s time we talk about smashing the state.

    Learn more about the Socialism Conference at www.socialismconference.org.

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    • 38 min
    Socialism at the Workplace

    Socialism at the Workplace

    Ronnie Almonte, Paul Kirk-Davidoff, and Elizabeth Lalasz speak in this session recorded at Socialism 2022. This session was sponsored by NYC for Abortion Rights: https://abortionrights.nyc.

    Being a socialist at work means more than being the best builder of your union. Our horizon extends beyond the parameters of strengthening the union movement, our sights are on the full transformation of society, and based on a conviction that working class people have the capacity to win it all. How does this vision guide us as we face the daily grind of workplace organizing?

    Learn more about the Socialism Conference at www.socialismconference.org.

    Buy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.org

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    • 43 min
    Revolutionary Organization Today: An International Perspective

    Revolutionary Organization Today: An International Perspective

    Alejandro Bodart, Andreu Coll, and Natalia Tylim speak in this session recorded at Socialism 2022.

    Socialists from three continents discuss the ongoing necessity to build revolutionary organizations. Efforts from the last decades have faced sometimes terminal challenges, while a growing opening exists for Marxist politics, based in part on the impasse of recent broad party and reformist projects. What lessons should be drawn given that the need for revolutionary change internationally is making itself clearer by the day?

    Learn more about the Socialism Conference at www.socialismconference.org.

    Buy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.org

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    Learning from Organizing, Putting Knowledge to Work: Linking Analysis and Struggle

    Learning from Organizing, Putting Knowledge to Work: Linking Analysis and Struggle

    Gabriel Winant, Donna Murch, Mie Inouye, and Dan Denvir speak in this session recorded at Socialism 2022. This session was sponsored by n+1 Magazine.
    https://www.nplusonemag.com

    How do activists learn from struggles, and how do we put our analysis to work in our fights? This panel will feature an open-ended discussion of the relationship between intellectual work and organizing work, drawing on both historical examples and the experiences of participants.

    Learn more about the Socialism Conference at www.socialismconference.org.

    Buy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.org

    Follow Haymarket on Soundcloud for regular event recordings, book talks, political analyses and poetry readings: soundcloud.com/haymarketbooks

    • 56 min
    In Defense of Socialist Planning: Why Socialism Requires Planning

    In Defense of Socialist Planning: Why Socialism Requires Planning

    Djamil Lakhdar-Hamina, Carlos Perez, and Donald Parkinson speak in this session recorded at Socialism 2022. This session was sponsored by Cosmonaut Magazine.
    http://cosmonautmag.com

    A major goal of socialists is to win the fight for democracy by extending democracy to the economy. Capitalism is a contradictory couple of the “free market” and the dictatorship of the workplace. The “free market” implies anarchy of production and production for profit but not human-welfare. The dictatorship of the workplace means the rigorous planning of the labor process and intense exploitation of labor. For Marxists, economic democracy means planning , the planning of the economy in a way to assure the welfare of human-beings and the health of the planet. So what is planning? How is it distinguished from market mechanisms of distribution? Can there be a “free market” in socialism? How does planning contribute to the goal of democracy? What will allow for planning i.e. the social and material conditions necessary to make planning feasible? This talk hosted by three members of Cosmonaut Magazine will hope to address these questions and more. The talk is divided into three parts: 1) Basics on Planning: Definition and Values 2)Market and Capitalism, Planning and Socialism 3) Social and Material Conditions on Planning: Technology and Social Organization

    Learn more about the Socialism Conference at www.socialismconference.org.

    Buy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.org

    Follow Haymarket on Soundcloud for regular event recordings, book talks, political analyses and poetry readings: soundcloud.com/haymarketbooks

    • 57 min
    When We Fight: The Teachers Strike Wave in Retrospect

    When We Fight: The Teachers Strike Wave in Retrospect

    Yael Bridge, Daniel Denvir, and Jesse Sharkey speak in this session recorded at Socialism 2022. Find out more about the "When We Fight" documentary here: https://www.whenwefightmovie.com.

    Join Daniel Denvir, Yael Bridge, and Jesse Sharkey for a screening of When We Fight, a short documentary about the 2019 L.A. teachers' strike, and a conversation about the teachers' strike wave and its legacy as well as the state of teacher organizing today, as teachers, parents, and students experience the sharp edge of interlocking social crises.

    Learn more about the Socialism Conference at www.socialismconference.org.

    Buy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.org

    Follow Haymarket on Soundcloud for regular event recordings, book talks, political analyses and poetry readings: soundcloud.com/haymarketbooks

    • 53 min

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Excellent talks!

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Terrific, to be able to listen to sessions that One missed because they were simultaneous with others. But also great for folks who couldn’t make the conference in the first place.

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