National / International

Conflict in China: 1949 to Now

A Reading List by the DSA SF Education Committee. Introduction As working people of the world continue to suffer from multiple intersecting armageddons, there currently appears to be no organized force in existence capable of toppling global capitalism, much less ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, growing interest in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and …

‘A socialist movement that’s actually a factor’

The Socialist Awakening – John Judis Reviewed by Tom Gallagher The book was read in the DSA-SF 21st Century Socialism Reading Group. The next meeting of the DSA-SF 21st Century Socialism Reading Group is June 22.  Their next book will be “Jackson Rising” by Kali Akuno. When a friend forwarded an op-ed entitled, “Biden Has …

Michael Harrington: A Lifetime Helping the ‘Other America’

During the dark ages of American socialism, well before the first Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, a friend of mine used to say that he thought our role as American socialists was similar to that of the medieval Irish monks who would spend their days transcribing ancient manuscripts that would be largely ignored in their day …

The Case For Free College

ju·bi·lee: a clearance of debt from public records across a wide sector or a nation   Is College Worth It? It’s the time of year when college admissions letters are received and financial aid awards are extended. When sorting through options, students and their families try to balance the advantages of one institution over another. …

The Capitol, policing, rhetoric, and the Left

The January 6 failure of the Capitol police to block the entry of a mob bent on reversing the result of the presidential election altered many perceptions. Some Americans were seeing QAnoners in the light of day for the first time. Some scattered newly woke Republicans even decided they now wanted to give Donald Trump …

The Abandoned Working Class

Despite Biden’s victory, and Republican declaration as a new working-class party, both parties represent the interest of capital. In turn, lower-income voters continue to distrust both parties and remain significantly disengaged from the political process. The supposedly objective media paradigm frames the economy as a unitary thing thus obstructing working-class consciousness. For example, the generic …

Who are you speaking up for, Speaker Pelosi?

The new Democratic Administration has not even begun and Nancy Pelosi has already lost ground. A leader, who apparently cares about results before everything, supports a new stimulus bill worth less than half her previous demand. Democrats and the new Biden Administration need to make it absolutely clear whose side they are on. With mounting …

Donald Trump wants to withdraw from Afghanistan? I support that.

Before he is extracted from the White House, it appears that Donald Trump may try to implement all of the bad ideas he didn’t get around to in the past four years – attacking Iran, drilling in the Arctic, with others no doubt to come. There is one of his lame duck proposals, however, that …

DSA SF’s Red Star Caucus on the Bernie Sanders Endorsement Vote

The National Political Committee of DSA is currently debating the question of whether or not to endorse Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president. While Red Star San Francisco does not have a common stance on whether the national organization ought to endorse his campaign, we are united in a critique of it, and in an understanding of our role as socialists engaging in electoral struggles.

Stephen Robbins, Immigration Attorney and Podcast Host

Stephen Robbins is an immigration attorney from Yakima, WA who co-hosts a podcast called Redirect, devoted to immigration law. This podcast is a good way to get more familiar with some of the legal issues surrounding immigration in the U.S. Mr. Robbins was kind enough to answer our questions. Note that this interview was conducted …

Exiting the Magic Kingdom

Burned by the junta in Chile, and effectively banned from the US over copyright infringement claims, How To Read Donald Duck is a guide to exposing the ideology in mass culture and a call to extricate the aspects which teach us to subjugate and be subjugated. If It Looks Like An Empire… On September 11, 1973, a coalition …