Red Start

Red Star runs an ongoing educational series, Red Start, which began in early 2020. The original goal was to provide an accessible, friendly, political education series for DSA members amidst the isolation associated to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You can register for upcoming sessions here:

For a bit more detail, check out the FAQ.

Below is an archive of the past sessions of Red Start. There are links to the collaborative Google Doc that we used as the reading material for the sessions, some of which are excerpted in a way that you might find useful, as well as the Podcast episodes of the session and any Audio books we record of our excerpts, available on Spotify:

Author Reading Spotify
Karl Marx “Wage Labor and Capital” N/A
Vladimir Lenin "Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder" Part 1 - Part 2 N/A
Friedrich Engels "Socialism: Utopian and Scientific" N/A
Rosa Luxemburg “Reform or Revolution” Part 1 - Part 2 N/A
Mao Zedong “On Practice and On Contradiction" N/A
Mao Zedong “Two more Essays on Philosophy” N/A
Fred Hampton “Power Anywhere Where There’s People” N/A
Vladimir Lenin “State and Revolution” N/A
Vladimir Lenin “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” Part 1 - Part 2 Part 1 - Part 2
Josef Stalin "Dialectical and Historical Materialism" Episode
Kwame Nkrumah “Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism" Part 1 - Part 2 Part 1 - Part 2
Frantz Fanon “The Wretched of the Earth” Part 1 - Part 2 Part 1 - Part 2
William Foster “Organizing Methods in the Steel Industry” Audiobook - Podcast
George Jackson “Blood In My Eye” Episode
R. Palme Dutt “Fascism and Social Revolution" Part 1 - Part 2 Part 1
Silvia Federici “Caliban and the Witch” Episode
Michal Kalecki “Political Aspects of Full Unemployment” N/A
Vladimir Lenin “What is to be Done?” Part 1 - Part 2 N/A
Robin D.G. Kelley “Hammer and Hoe” Part 1 - Part 2 N/A
Marta Harnecker “Rebuilding the Left” Episode
Various Authors "Four Readings on Dialectics" Episode
Various Authors "Protagonism, Socialist Leadership & Socialist Organization" Episode