p class=”AlignCenter”>You may not be interested in the State, but the State is interested in you.

Socialism is on the rise in America, specifically Democratic socialism. 43% of Americans now say that some form of socialism is good for the country, compared to just 25% in 1942.

President Donald Trump has already started to capitalize on the ideological rift within the Democratic Party by weaponizing the word socialism. “America will never be a socialist country,”


Join Robin D.G. Kelley, Grace Blakeley, and Brian Jones for the opening plenary of Socialism 2020 Virtual. Register for the conference at http://www.socialismconference.org.

We open the conference with a panorama of our present political landscape: a global pandemic, racialized health disparities backed by racist police violence, and the likelihood of a major economic crisis. This panel will situate our moment and prepare us for what is to come by explaining the contours of the new world we are entering, and how it has been shaped by the racialized capitalist system we still have with us.

The conference will open with a performance of Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”Socialism 2020 is sponsored by Haymarket Books, Jacobin, and the Democratic Socialists of America. Learn more at socialismconference.org.

All the panels will be recorded and available publicly online afterward at the same links.

Here are all the links you will need for viewing the conference sessions:


Opening Plenary: Racial Capitalism and Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0sAiaJf-A8

3:30 PM EDT:

Choose from one of three sessions:

Toward A Green New Future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v4ApfSXjS8

Socialist Organization and the Capitalist State: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP-Bkm3ErE0

Reparations for Slavery and Settler Colonialism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwuvF7c2PrA

5:15 EDT:

From Rebellion to Revolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWm3KS3tLd8

If you have any trouble finding the sessions you can use these tools:

The Socialism 2020 Youtube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcqXhvSDf0z0vVcSGH7v31YzpEhIGWWku

And all videos will be hosted on the Socialism website too, www.socialismconference.org.

You profess to believe, “that, of one blood, God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of all the earth,” and hath commanded all men everywhere to love one another; yet you notoriously hate (and glory in your hatred) all men whose skins are not colored like your own.[7]:345


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