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:

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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.

Karl Marx, “Wage Labor and Capital

Vladimir Lenin, "Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder" Part 1 - Part 2

Friedrich Engels, "Socialism: Utopian and Scientific"

Rosa Luxemberg, “Reform or Revolution” Part 1 - Part 2

Mao Zedong, “On Practice and On Contradiction"

Mao Zedong, “Two more Essays on Philosophy

Fred Hampton, “Power Anywhere Where There’s People

Vladimir Lenin, “State and Revolution

Vladimir Lenin, “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” Part 1 - Part 2

Part 1

Part 2

Josef Stalin, "Dialectical and Historical Materialism"

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


Podcast of Session

George Jackson, “Blood In My Eye

R. Palme Dutt, Excerpts from “Fascism and Social Revolution" Part 1 - Part 2

Part 1

Silvia Federici, Excerpts from “Caliban and the Witch

Michal Kalecki, “Political Aspects of Full Unemployment

Vladimir Lenin, “What is to be Done?” Part 1 - Part 2

Robin D.G. Kelley, Excerpts from “Hammer and Hoe” Part 1 - Part 2

Marta Harnecker, Excerpts from “Rebuilding the Left

Various Authors, "Four Readings on Dialectics"

Various Authors, "Protagonism, Socialist Leadership & Socialist Organization"