Welcome to the Jacobin Reading Group for the South Suburbs

The Southland Jacobin reading group brings people together to engage with socialist ideas in a lively, open, and non-doctrinaire environment. There are no dues to pay and no formal membership requirements. Just bring your interest, your mind and your voice. The group provides an intellectual and social space that cuts across organizational boundaries.

Be you an organizer, a worker, a student activist, or someone who is new to the Left, come join us! The group is open to people thinking about socialist politics for the first time, as well as more seasoned friends.

We meet at 7 PM on the third Wednesday of each month at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee. Watch this site or our Facebook Group for information on articles.

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Readings for May 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on May 16th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Health Care is the subject.

X-Ray Cartoon

Here are our readings for this month.

Summoning the Future – RONAN BURTENSHAW – The story of the British National Health Service, one of the twentieth century’s great working-class achievements.

A Brief History of American Health Reform – COLIN GORDON – In order to win universal health care, we have to understand what — and who — we’re up against.

Cuba and Healthcare (PDF)

Readings for March 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on March 21st at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

West Virginia Teachers

West Virginia!

The Strike Is On – AN INTERVIEW WITH JAY O’NEAL- “We’re not going back to work until there’s solid proof that our demands are going to be met,” a teacher unionist on strike in West Virginia tells Jacobin.

Do-It-Yourself Class Struggle – BY KEVIN PROSEN – One lesson from the West Virginia teachers’ strike is clear: nobody is coming to save us. We’ll have to do it ourselves.

“It Was About the Insurance Fix” – BY MEAGAN DAY – West Virginia teachers are engaged in an inspiring illegal strike. They’re also showing why we desperately need Medicare for All.

West Virginia’s Militant Minority – BY ERIC BLANC – Without the bold initiative of a core of deeply rooted, radical teachers, there would have been no strike in West Virginia.

“There Is No Illegal Strike, Just an Unsuccessful One” – BY JOE BURNS – The West Virginia teacher strike represents a return to public worker unionism’s radical roots.

Readings for February 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on February 21st at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Mean Girls Loser Meme

To Read For February (Postponed from January)

This month we’ll be discussing the second best selling book of all time.

The Communist Manifesto – KARL MARX and FRIEDRICH ENGELS
The Manifesto of the Communist Party was first published in February of 1848.

Here’s the PDF Version.

Additional Readings

The Principles of Communism – FRIEDRICH ENGELS
Marx drew inspiration and ideas for the Manifesto from this paper written by Engels in 1847.

Socialist Classics Series: The Communist Manifesto – TODD CHRETIEN
In this first installment in a series on the classics of the socialist tradition, offers you a bet about the Communist Manifesto you shouldn’t refuse.

Karl Marx, Yesterday and Today – LOUIS MENAND
The nineteenth-century philosopher’s ideas may help us to understand the economic and political inequality of our time.

Why Marxism is on the rise again. – STUART JEFFRIES
Capitalism is in crisis across the globe – but what on earth is the alternative? Well, what about the musings of a certain 19th-century German philosopher?

Readings for November 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on November 15th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Articles for November

The Story of the February Revolution – KEVIN MURPHY
Russian workers went on strike on International Women’s Day 1917. They ended up toppling tsarism.

Epilogue to a Revolution – CHINA MIÉVILLE
An excerpt from China Miéville’s new book, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution.

Catalonia: Past and Future – LUKE STOBART
As Catalonia prepares to declare independence we examine the history and politics behind its independence movement.

Liberalism – PHILOSOPHY TUBE
A 4-part series about liberalism examines how political ideologies work, the role of violence in politics, how liberalism makes exceptions, and how it markets itself as “centrist” and “reasonable.” Also, what capitalism is, how capitalism and liberalism are linked, how the English Civil War led to John Locke and more.

Socialist Classics Series: The Communist Manifesto – TODD CHRETIEN
In this first installment in a series on the classics of the socialist tradition, offers you a bet about the Communist Manifesto you shouldn’t refuse.

Readings for October 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on October 18th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Articles for October

Here Come the Kennedys
BRANKO MARCETIC
Chris Kennedy has thrown his hat — and his family’s enormous wealth — into the Illinois governor’s race. But does he really represent a progressive option?

The System Failed
DANNY KATCH
Every day Donald Trump is in the White House is an indictment of American democracy.

What Makes Scandinavia Different?
ANDREAS MØLLER MULVAD RUNE MØLLER STAHL
What accounts for the Nordic countries’ strong welfare states? Hint: it’s not white homogeneity.

The next supermodel
Editorial from THE ECONOMIST
According to The Economist, politicians from both right and left could learn from the Nordic countries.

The Problem With Saul Alinsky
AARON PETCOFF
If the Left is going to rebuild power in the age of Trump, we shouldn’t look to Saul Alinsky for a roadmap.

Readings for September 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on September 20th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Articles for September

Social Democracy Is Good. But Not Good Enough. JOSEPH M. SCHWARTZ BHASKAR SUNKARA – We need a socialism that goes beyond capitalism. And not just for moral reasons.

How Wallace Shawn Found His Voice AN INTERVIEW WITH WALLACE SHAWN – An interview with the actor, playwright, and socialist Wallace Shawn.

Fighting the Klan in Reagan’s America BRANKO MARCETIC – The KKK was on the march in the 1980s. What strategies worked to stem their rise?

Readings for August 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on August 16th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Here are the articles for this month.

What It Means to Be on the Left – PETER FRASE – The socialist project is about more than just winning a nicer version of capitalism.

Social Democracy’s Last Rounds – AN INTERVIEW WITH WOLFGANG STREECK – When business isn’t intimidated enough to accept constraints on its power, capitalism suffocates democracy.

The Rise and Fall of the Second International – SEAN LARSON – On July 14, 1889, the Second International was born to unite the workers of the world. What happened to that dream?