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 have no discussions planned for the rest of 2016. Please watch this website for information about future meetings.

Readings for July 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on July 19th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

Focus On Neoliberalism:

Bulletproof Neoliberalism – by Paul Heideman – To understand how a body of thought became an era of capitalism requires more than intellectual history.

Rhythm and Hues – The Effect of Neoliberalism in the Real World

The Zombie Doctrine

What Is Neoliberalism?

Focus on Venezuela:

Redeeming Chávez’s Dream – by Mike Gonzalez – The Chavista bureaucracy is betraying Chávez’s legacy. But the Bolivarian Revolution’s movements can carry on the fight.

The Lessons of Chavismo

See you on July 19th!

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Readings for June 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on June 21st at Feed Arts amd Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

Why They Won – by Alan Maass and Lee Sustar – The Verizon workers’ campaign for union democracy set the stage for a successful strike.

Degrees of Austerity – by Corey Robin – Inside the budget crisis affecting the largest urban university in the United States and the half million students it serves.

The Hidden History of Muhammad Ali – by Dave Zirin – Muhammad Ali’s resistance to racism and war belongs not only to the 1960s, but the common future of humanity.

Hope to see you on June 21st!

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Readings for May 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on May 17th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

Lincoln and Marx – by Robin Blackburn – The transatlantic convergence of two revolutionaries.

The Prince Position – by Alexander Billet – It may be trite to say that Prince broke down boundaries, but that’s what made his music such a revelation.

The CTU’s War Against Austerity – by Davis Smith-Brecheisen – Workplace struggle has become the primary defense against cuts to public services.

Undeserving Capital – by Michael A. McCarthy – This Tax Day, make the wealthy pay. You made them rich to begin with.

Hope to see you on May 17th!

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Readings for March 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on March 15th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

The Sound of the Small C – by Alexander Billet – Pete Seeger represented a musical tradition that can’t be divorced from American radicalism.

It’s Their Party – by Paul Heideman – A generation ago, socialists and civil rights activists tried to transform the Democratic Party. Why did they fail?

Feminism Against Capitalism – by Nicole M. Aschoff – Ultimately the goals of a radical feminism and socialism are the same — justice and equality for all people.

Hope to see you on March 15th!

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Readings for February 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on February 16th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

Why Obama Can’t Slay Trumpism – Paul Heldeman opines that the policies President Obama outlined in his last State of the Union message will only ​reinforce the trends that produced Donald Trump.

The Man Who Fell To Earth – Alexander Billet writes about Bowie in Berlin.

Electoral Strategy for the Left – Jen Roesch offers a Marxist point of view on what it will take to go beyond the “politics of the possible.”

Hope to see you on February 16th!

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Readings for January 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on January 19th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

When Fascism Was American – Before Donald Trump, there was Father Charles Coughlin, who popularized fascism for Americans in the 1930s. Joe Allen presents a concise history.

Rebel Without a Cause – Marlon Lieber and Daniel Zamora write that the politics of The Hunger Games series aren’t as revolutionary as they’ve been hyped to be.

Fellow Traveler Frank – Though he became a Reaganite, Frank Sinatra’s early career was shaped by the Popular Front’s experiments in left-wing culture. Alexander Billet takes a look.

Hope to see you on January 19th!

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Readings for December 2015

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on December 15th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

How to Be an Anticapitalist Today – For many people the idea of anticapitalism seems ridiculous, but the hallmark of capitalism is poverty in the midst of plenty. According to Erik Olin Wright, anticapitalism isn’t simply a moral stance against injustice — it’s about building an alternative.

The Socialism of Bernie Sanders – Jacobin contributors write about Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialism speech and what his candidacy means for the Left.

How to Change Everything – Alyssa Battistoni writes that Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything is a vital book whose limitations should spark discussion about where we go from here.

Hope to see you on December 15th!

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