Socialist Education Reader
- What are the four basic conceptions of racism in the Marxist tradition? How are they similar and how are they different?
- Why does Cornel West believe that traditional Marxist thought fails to adequately address the issue of racism? What does it leave out?
- How does racism function in the psychological and cultural spheres?
- In what ways is racism detrimental to the development of a Democratic Socialist Society
- In what ways could a YDS chapter put up “cultural barriers” that might hinder the participation of people of color?
- Why is this piece entitled “Toward a Socialist Theory of Racism?”
7) What impact does domestic labor law have on where international corporations choose to locate their factories? Why does this matter for immigration?
8) What are the dangers of a “guest-worker program” in terms of divisions within the working class, xenophobia, racism, and diminishing standard worker rights?
9) Who should lead the immigrant rights movement and what role ought socialists play in this movement? 10) YDS does not believe in open borders. We believe, however, the current system is flawed because it prevents people from migrating who are suffering from corporate globalization. How do you think a fair immigration system would look?
8) Unions have not always been a force on the political left in the United States. Organized labor, like any institution in American society, has dealt with problems of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and even classism. Yet, Bernard reminds us unions build social solidarity and remain the most diverse institutions in civil society. How does the collectivism of unions differ from the narrow individualism promoted by capitalism?