LEFT FORUM SESSIONS
WITH CARL DAVIDSON and his related groups—the Online University of the Left, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and the Solidarity Economy Network
11 Talking Points on 21st Century Socialism
Session 3 E326 Sat 03:40pm - 05:20pm
A Slide Show presentation by Carl Davidson on the core features of socialism in today's world, followed by responses and discussion. Issues will include technology, human rights, the role of markets, mixed economies and strategic allies.
Online University of the Left
Speakers: Carl Davidson, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; David Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green Party; Dario Cankovic, Northstar.org
Shift Change: potential and limits of worker cooperatives in building a sustainable future
Session 4 W615 Sat 05:30pm - 07:10pm
In SHIFT CHANGE, a new documentary that visits coops in the US and Mondragon, worker owners share some practical challenges of a democratic workplace, and how coops can help build a more just and sustainable society. Clips from the film will be shown, with comments from panelists, and discussion involving workshop participants about broad issues of economic democracy and a more ecological future.
Gar Alperovitz, author, What Then Must We Do;
Carl Davidson, Solidarity Economy Network
Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young, filmmakers
Left Third Party Organizing: Challenges and Opportunities
Session 6 W211 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm
In an age of two-party domination and neoliberal hegemony, what opportunities exist for left electoral politics through third party campaigns? Why and when should leftists focus on third party campaigns, as opposed to Democratic Party primaries? Where should the left focus its electoral resources, and how might it overcome division? Should third-party politics be thought of in terms of consciousness-raising, or is the left in a position to affect public policy by taking power?
The North Star
Seamus Whelan, Socialist Alternative
Tim Horras, Philly Socialists
Carl Davidson, CCDS
Ursula Rozum, Green Party