July 17: Why the Working Class Can Change Society


Tuesday, July 17
7:00 p.m.
Common Good Cafe
(Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105

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Socialists talk a lot about the working class having the power to change society, but who is the working-class? Is it just white blue-collar industrial workers or does it include women, people of color and the LGBTQ community? What is it about the working class that makes it equipped to transform the world? Join us for a discussion about the role of the working-class under capitalism and in struggle.

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Study Questions:

  1. Explain why socialists don’t idealize the working class.
  2. What compels the working class toward socialism?
  3. Why do workers tend to challenge the capitalist system when they struggle? How does this contrast with peasants and middle class intellectuals?
  4. What is the working class’s unique power to make a socialist revolution?
  5. What is the difference between socialism from above and socialism from below?
  6. What do Stalinism and Social Democracy have in common?
  7. How does Proudhon, the father of modern anarchism, fit into the tradition of socialism from above?
  8. What is the difference between the elitist approach and the vanguard approach to socialism?

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