Monthly Archives: January 2017

Book discussion: Remaking An American City

Join us for a book party & discussion:

Remaking An American City

How the Richmond Progressive Alliance turned a company town into a model for municipal action in the Trump Era!

Guest speaker:
Steve Early

Former CWA organizer, Labor for Bernie activist, & author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of An American City, and other books.

Introduced by Rand Wilson, local labor and political organizer.

January 25 from 7:00–8:30 P.M.
Porter Square Books, 25 White St. Cambridge, Mass.

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Refinery Town

Who should attend: Economic justice campaigners, immigrant rights defenders, foes of big money in politics, rent control advocates, Blue-Green alliance builders, public safety reformers, Bernie Sanders supporters taking "Our Revolution" to the local and state level.

"This timely book offers ideas for making change where it counts the most—among friends, neighbors, and fellow community members."  –  from the Foreword by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Co-­Sponsors: Beacon Press, CWA Local 1400, IBEW Local 2222, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, Labor Notes, Solidarity, Socialist Alternative, Democratic Socialists of America.

For more event information, call: 617­-930-­7327.

Download a PDF Flyer HERE.

DSA/D&S Movie Night

Democratic Socialists of America, Boston and the Dollars and Sense Collective present: 

The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel

Date:   January 12, 2017
Place:  Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108-4701 (Near Park St. T)
Time:  7 PM

Discussant:  Autumn Beaudoin of Dollars and Sense

Disconnecting Adam Smith the economist from Adam Smith the moral philosopher has led to tragic distortions that have profoundly shaped our global economic system, as well as a complete misrepresentation of what Smith meant by a “free market.”  

“The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel”, part of documentary series on capitalism,  shows how a

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Capitalism

misinterpretation of Adam Smith has led to distortions that have tragically shaped our global economic system.  The underpinnings of contemporary capitalism lie in an ideology born in the 19th century; one which privileges greed over other equally deep-seated human drives.   Smith did not favor a completely unregulated free market – in fact, he thought it would be disastrous.

The film features interviews with Noam Chomsky, economist Ha-Joon Chang, and Smith biographer Nicholas Phillipson, as well as archival footage of free market ideologues such as Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman.

Autumn Beaudoin believes that educating individuals about their personal finances is the first step in creating awareness around the ways in which the current capitalist financial industry is exploitative of the individual. In their role on the Dollars and Sense collective, Autumn directly engages in creating awareness of the necessity to change our current political and economic systems of oppression.

Film courtesy of Icarus Films.