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In addition to courses you can take for free in your own time, alone or with a group, we also offer live courses via video conferencing.  Contact:  carld717@gmail.com.

Top Video Courses

  • SLAVERY, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND ITS ONGOING IMPRINT ON ALL OF US. Six 20-minute interviews by Paul Jay of Real News with Gerald Horne, author of  'The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America,' 'and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow. ' Excellent for discussion groups.
  • FREEDOM RIDERS. This 110 min video is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives - and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
  • DEMOCRACY, NATURAL RIGHTS & 21ST CENTURY SOCIALISM. A 20 minute video talk by Carl Davidson at the US Social Forum in Detroit. Good discussion starter.
  • THE DOG WHISTLE OF RACIAL POLITICS. A 20 minute discussion starter with Bill Moyers and Ian Haney Lopez on how the rightwing political class uses race to manipulate elections.
  • THE WORKING UNDERCLASS. A short video, 26 minutes, that exposes the nature of work and low wages in de-industrialized New Jersey, but typical across the U.S. Excellent as a discussion starter for campaigns around the minimum wage and/or a deeper look at capitalism today.
  • SELLING CIGARETTES, BACON AND EGGS,AND WARS:  Edward Bernays: Part 1 and Part 2, Cigarettes and Sufferettes, and the Selling of Wars. The nephew of Freud, Bernays invented public relations as a tool for capitalism, not only to sell its goods, but also its wars and other policies. The key the all other media studies. Less than 20 minutes. Great discussion starter on how hegemony is manufactured.
  • Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change.In a 30 minute video with Bill Moyers, Klein, author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, says the tragic destruction of Hurricane Sandy can also be the catalyst for the transformation of politics and our economy. Good discussion group starter.
  • From Capitalism's Crises to a New Order: 11 minute David Harvey animation video. Great discussion starter
  • Reading Marx's Capital. 13 Video Lectures with David Harvey, author of 'The Enigma of Capital'. Powerful and effective, but be prepared to workk at it!
  • Ollie Stone's 'Untold History' All 10 parts of Stone's series on birth of the American Empire. Chapter 1: World War II Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace Chapter 3: The Bomb Chapter 4: The Cold War: 1945–1950 Chapter 5: The 50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World. Chapter 6: JFK: To the Brink Chapter 7: Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune Chapter 8: Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World: Revival of Fortune Chapter 9: Bush & Clinton: Squandered Peace - New World Order Chapter 10: Bush & Obama: Age of Terror
  • Discussion Starter:  Automated Green Energy Production.  This seven-minute video hightlighting Conergy, a fully automated factory producing solar cells in Germany, should open a variety of topics--the new working class, the labor theory of value, the falling rate of profit, the ability to shift to a solar-powered world, and much more.
  • Democracy, Human Rights and 21st Century Socialism.  20-minute video of Carl Davidson on the topic in 2010. Davidson is co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a national board member of the Solidarity Economy Network, and a member of Steelworker Associates. This talk, useful for discussion groups on socialism and democracy, was on a panel with four others at the 2010 USSF in Detroit, co-sponsored by Democratic Socialist of America

Top Course Outlines and Materials

    • KEY ISSUES FOR A NEW ORDER. Position papers on various features of 21st Century Socialism, in theory and practice on the web site, Envisioning a Post-Capitalist Order: A Collaborative Project. Any one article can start a discussion. Also valuable links to other site.
    • FUSION POLITICS from the Arab Spring to Moral Monday. Discussion starter by CCDS's Harry Targ.
    • PHILOSOPHY OF ABOLITIONISM by Wendell Phillips, with commentary by NOEL IGNATIEV. The essay is part of a larger group, edited for Charles H. Kerr by Ignatiev, The Lesson of the Hour: Wendell Phillips on Abolition and Strategy. The book is available from AK Press. Phillips'radicalism continued after the Civil War to the Paris Commune.  Excellent for discussion groups.
    • UNITED FRONT, POPULAR FRONT & ELECTIONS. William Z foster in this 1939 132-page booklet, 'Your Questions Answered,' gives insight of the 1930s CP on Politics, Peace, Economics, Fascism, Anti-Semitism, Race Prejudice, Religion, Trade Unionism, Americanism, Democracy, Socialism, Communism.
    • ORGANIC INTELLECTUALS. Slide Show on  Teaching and Organizing--Gramsci, Arizmendi and Ella Baker. By Carl Davidson.
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