Aug 05, 2020
WEBINAR: The Reimagining Systems Series: Could Democratic Socialism Reform Our Politics?
The Council's "Reimagining Systems Series" featured events focusing on different areas of policy and reform--policing, education, the political economy, and healthcare. For this installment of the series, we discussed the political economy and democratic socialism.
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About the Event
The term “Democratic Socialism” has gained popularity or notoriety (depending on who you talk to) with the more mainstream recognition and rise of politicians like Senator Bernie Sanders and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Even at the local level, self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists are winning elections across the country.
But what, exactly, is democratic socialism, and what would it look like in practice? Would it even be a viable political and economic alternative to capitalism?
About the Panelists
- Michael Kazin, PhD, Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University; co-editor of Dissent magazine; and co-editor of We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style
- Noah Rothman, Associate Editor, Commentary magazine and author of Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America.
About the "Reimagining Systems Series"
Every time we turn on the news, it seems like another tragedy confronts us and leaves us to reconcile with deep, provocative, and often painful questions about our world and our society.
From how communities are policed to who does and doesn’t have access to healthcare; from whether our politicians are serving the people or serving themselves to how we should educate children in the midst of pandemic without causing more harm than good—our institutions are facing increasing pressure and it can sometimes feel like there are no common goals for how to fix the problems that plague us.
The reality is, there are many people grappling with these issues and trying to figure out ways to reform or renew these systems. There are people with a diversity of opinions on what is and is not working now, who are thinking about what we need for these systems to work in the future, and who are actively working both from the outside of and from within policing, education, politics, and healthcare.
Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for the Reimagining Systems Series, a four-part webinar series that will touch on these questions and introduce experts in these fields who will inspire attendees to think more broadly and deeply about the issues, and how we might create a world that serves the greater good.