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  • NYS Writers Institute

Rebuilding the Republic: Socialism in the Age of AOC & Bernie Sanders

Today's Rebuilding the Republic event features a discussion with Bhaskar Sunkara and Kristen Ghodsee on the topic: Socialism in the Age of AOC & Bernie Sanders

Bhaskar Sunkara is the author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (paperback 2020), a history of the economic idea and a realistic vision for its future. Naomi Klein said, “Accessible, irreverent and entertaining, Bhaskar Sunkara has delivered a razor-sharp guide to socialism's history, transformative promise, and path to power.” Sunkara is the founder and editor of Jacobin, a socialist quarterly for a new generation. Noam Chomsky called Jacobin, "a bright light in dark times." In 2020, Sunkara was named to Fortune magazine's "40 Under 40" list under the "Government and Politics" category.

Kristen Ghodsee is the author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence (paperback, 2020), an irreverent primer on the benefits of socialism for women. The reviewer for Oprah’s O. Magazine said, “With acumen and wit, [Ghodsee] lays bare the inequities women face under capitalism and the desirability of decoupling ‘love and intimacy from economic considerations.’” An expert on the post-socialist upheavals of contemporary Eastern Europe, Ghodsee is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the author of ten books, a lover of basset hounds, and an avid collector of manual typewriters.

Buy these books from the local, independent Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Bhaskar Sunkara's The Socialist Manifesto:

Kristen Ghodsee's Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism:

Links of interest

Bhaskar Sunkara articles for The Guardian

Kristen Ghodsee's website: and podcast:

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