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The socialist movement did not survive the 20th century. To understand why the socialist movement has failed up to this point, we have to understand what it sought to do and what it actually accomplished. Yet this history has largely been forgotten, and what is remembered is obscure and painful to discuss.

This channel is determined to reclaim this history. This cannot mean simply affirming it any more than rejecting it out of hand. We must work through this history, in order to learn its lessons.

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The socialist movement did not survive the 20th century. To understand why the socialist movement has failed up to this point, we have to understand what it sought to do and what it actually accomplished. Yet this history has largely been forgotten, and what is remembered is obscure and painful to discuss.

This channel is determined to reclaim this history. This cannot mean simply affirming it any more than rejecting it out of hand. We must work through this history, in order to learn its lessons.

    Future of the class struggle [What is a socialist party? Session 3]

    Future of the class struggle [What is a socialist party? Session 3]

    This was the third session of a course for members and fellow travelers of the Socialist Party of Southern New Hampshire and the Socialist Party USA, titled "What is a socialist party?"

    The readings for this session, "Future of the class struggle", were:

    - Karl Kautsky, The Class Struggle (1892)
    -- Chapter IV. The Commonwealth of the Future: https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1892/erfurt/ch04.htm
    -- Chapter V. The Class Struggle: https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1892/erfurt/ch05.htm

    A video version of this recording is available here: https://youtu.be/UfV4tGPJH3A

    If you are interested in learning more about this course, please feel free to contact me: rkotlas @ gmail . com

    For more information on the Socialist Party USA, visit: socialistpartyusa.net

    • 1 hr 58 min
    "The Defender of Individual Liberty": Platform of the Socialist Party of America, 1904

    "The Defender of Individual Liberty": Platform of the Socialist Party of America, 1904

    The 1904 Platform of the Socialist Party of America.

    Available here: https://medium.com/@reidkane/socialist-party-of-america-platform-1904-d6da4cad879e

    • 15 min
    Origins of the class struggle [What is a socialist party? Session 2]

    Origins of the class struggle [What is a socialist party? Session 2]

    This was the second session of a course for members and fellow travelers of the Socialist Party of Southern New Hampshire and the Socialist Party USA, titled "What is a socialist party?"

    The readings for this session, "Origins of the class struggle", were:

    - The Erfurt Program of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1891): https://www.marxists.org/history/international/social-democracy/1891/erfurt-program.htm
    - Karl Kautsky, The Class Struggle (1892)
    -- Chapter I. The Passing of Small Production: https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1892/erfurt/ch01.htm
    -- Chapter II. The Proletariat: https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1892/erfurt/ch02.htm
    -- Chapter III. The Capitalist Class: https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1892/erfurt/ch03.htm

    A video version of this recording is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtnt9jT4IYA

    If you are interested in learning more about this course, please feel free to contact me: rkotlas @ gmail . com

    For more information on the Socialist Party USA, visit: socialistpartyusa.net

    • 1 hr 56 min
    The stakes of socialism and its defeat [from Philip Cunliffe's Lenin Lives!]

    The stakes of socialism and its defeat [from Philip Cunliffe's Lenin Lives!]

    A passage from Philip Cunliffe's 2017 book, "Lenin Lives! Reimagining the Russian Revolution 1917-2017"

    You can find it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2uaL0oW

    • 31 min
    What is a socialist party? An introduction to the course

    What is a socialist party? An introduction to the course

    This was the first session of a course for members and fellow travelers of the Socialist Party of Southern New Hampshire and the Socialist Party USA.

    It seeks to raise the question, "What is a socialist party?", by exploring how that question was answered historically.

    We will begin with a unit covering the major works of Karl Kautsky, the leading theorist of the Second International and intellectual successor of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.

    The readings for this introductory session, "What is socialist politics?", were:

    - Karl Marx, Programme of the Parti Ouvrier (1880): https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/05/parti-ouvrier.htm
    - Socialist Party of America, 1904 Platform (1904): https://medium.com/@reidkane/socialist-party-of-america-platform-1904-d6da4cad879e
    - Eugene Debs, "Competition versus Cooperation" (1900): http://marxisthistory.org/history/usa/parties/spusa/1900/0929-debs-competitionvcooperation.pdf
    - George Herron, “Why I Am a Socialist” (1900): http://marxisthistory.org/history/usa/parties/spusa/1900/0929-herron-whyiamasoc.pdf

    Other pieces referenced in this video:

    - Rida Vaquas, “What’s a good political education? A debate from the SPD": https://theclarionmag.org/2018/06/25/whats-a-good-political-education-a-debate-from-the-spd/
    - Marx, Letter to J. Weydemeyer: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/letters/52_03_05-ab.htm
    - Engels, Letter to August Bebel: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1882/letters/82_10_28.htm

    If you are interested in learning more about this course, please feel free to contact me: rkotlas @ gmail . com

    For more information on the Socialist Party USA, visit: socialistpartyusa.net

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Julius Wayland - The Duty of Socialists (1900)

    Julius Wayland - The Duty of Socialists (1900)

    "The duty of socialists is as plain as day — support men who represent what you want. We have no interest in other parties or those that represent them. It matters not to us whether McKinley or Bryan is ruler over us. They both believe in private capitalism. Both are opposed to socialism. Their platforms are cunningly phrased sentences to obtain votes and get them into power.

    "Neither of them can wholly ruin the country. Its land and people will be here when they are forgotten. The working people of all countries have been divided between parties put up by the upholders of the existing system. Each election the voters have been deluded into believing they would be benefitted by the success of this or that party...

    "The Democratic Party is no more to be trusted than the Republican Party. The mass of Republican voters believe their party will bring good conditions. They are as honest and sincere as the Democrats. But they both are mistaken. Good conditions cannot come so long as trusts and monopolies own the industries. Socialists want the people to own them...

    "Our duty is to show a great growth and thus encourage others who are timid. Quit voting the ticket of your masters. Vote for what you want. Don’t throw away your vote by downing socialism and upholding what you do not want."

    Text of the article: http://marxisthistory.org/history/usa/parties/spusa/1900/0723-wayland-debsdenial.pdf

    On Youtube: https://youtu.be/ePKkfkzkqOY

    • 4 min

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