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.
For the time being, at least, there will be no new meetings of this group. The website and Facebook group will remain as resources for anyone interested.
Thanks to all who have participated in this reading group over the years.
Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on October 17th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.
Articles to Discuss
What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? By Andrew Flowers – The idea of a universal basic income is as simple as it is radical: Rather than concern itself with managing myriad social welfare and unemployment insurance programs, the government would instead regularly cut a no-strings-attached check to each citizen. No conditions. No questions. Everyone, rich or poor, employed or out of work would get the same amount of money.
The Case Against a Basic Income BY DANIEL ZAMORA – A universal basic income would shore up the market. We need ideas that shrink it.
The Rich Already Have a UBI BY MATT BRUENIG – 10 percent of all national income is paid out to the 1 percent as capital income. Why not give it to all as a universal basic income?
Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on September 19th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.
The readings this month center on the wide variety of Socialists and what they believe.
Articles to Discuss
What Is Democratic Socialism? BY NEAL MEYER – Everybody’s talking about democratic socialism these days. Here’s what you need to know about it.
What Do Socialists Mean By Socialism? BY TODD CHRETIEN – Conservatives are hopelessly confused by the revival of an old enemy: socialism. Not surprisingly, socialists are better at explaining what’s going on.
Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on August 15th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.
The readings this month center on what to do about elections, and what sort of party we should build. What does it do? How does an organization committed to revolution, not reform, compete within the framework of a system that is reformist by its very nature? What is the role of the party right here and now? What should be its organizing principles?
Articles to Discuss
The Ballot and the Break BY ERIC BLANC – Minnesota’s Farmer-Labor Party, the most successful labor party in US history, is rich in lessons for challenging the two-party system.
From Realignment to Reinforcement BY KIM MOODY – Leftists looking to take over the Democratic Party will confront even more roadblocks than in the past.
Revolutionaries, Elections and the Democrats BY TODD CHRETIEN – What Will Build a Revolutionary Socialist Movement?
The U.S. Left in Transition BY JOE ALLEN
The Two Souls of Democratic Socialism BY KIM MOODY
Marxists and Elections BY PAUL D’AMATO
What Do We Do About Elections? BY BRIAN NOE
Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on July 18th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State – Friedrich Engels
How to Socialize Love – Jon Fox and Sofia Cutler
Transgender, Dead, and Forgotten – Samantha Allen
Who needs gender? A Marxist analysis – Sherry Wolf
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.
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)