OFF-SITE - Bhaskar Sunkara - The Socialist Manifesto


Join us May 7th at the Chopin Theatre as we welcome Jacobin founder Bhaskar Sunkara as he discusses his new book The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (4/30/19 Basic Books) with Jacobin's managing editor, Micah Uetricht.

Each ticket comes with a copy of Sunkara's book. He will be available after the talk to sign copies.


About the book: 

From one of the most prominent voices on the American Left, a galvanizing argument for why we need socialism in the United States today

The success of Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign revived a political idea many had thought dead. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in America look like?

In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism’s history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future. The editor of Jacobinmagazine, Sunkara shows that socialism, though often seen primarily as an economic system, in fact offers the means to fight all forms of oppression, including racism and sexism. The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare, education, and housing, and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and communities. A primer on socialism for the 21st century, this is a book for anyone seeking an end to the vast inequities of our age.

"Sunkara describes the socialist tradition from Marx to the present and outlines the benefits of a socialist society.... A sharp, hopeful, and useful primer."-- Kirkus Reviews

"In this erudite call to action, Sunkara, publisher of Jacobin magazine, draws lessons from the history of various socialist movements to imagine how socialism could rise in the U.S..... His recommendations for today's socialists are logical and well-informed."-- Publishers Weekly

"A brilliantly compelling vision of why the US is ripe for socialism in the 21st century, from one of the brightest stars of the American left. Essential reading for anyone who wants to build a new society based on people's needs, not profit for the elite."-- Owen Jones, Guardian columnist and the author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

"Thanks to the dysfunctionality of contemporary capitalism, 'socialism' has reentered the American political vocabulary, especially among the young. In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara gives us a lively account of socialism's history and current meanings, and makes the case for a genuine alternative to our deeply unequal social and political order."-- Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton professor emeritus of history, Columbia University

"Accessible, irreverent and entertaining, Bhaskar Sunkara has delivered a razor-sharp guide to socialism's history, transformative promise, and path to power. This book also serves as an irresistible invitation to join in building that power, and in shaping the radically democratic future that is our best hope in these make-or-break times."-- Naomi Klein, New York Times-bestselling author of This Changes Everything and No is Not Enough

"American politics is gripped by the worst kind of debate over socialism: one where everyone has an opinion, but few know what they're talking about. In this book, Bhaskar Sunkara, one of America's leading socialists, shows what socialism is and how it might work. Whether you consider yourself a socialist or just want to argue with socialists, this is the place to start."-- Ezra Klein, founder and editor-at-large of Vox

About the author: Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin, a columnist for The Guardian US, and the author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality. 

About Micah Uetricht: Micah Uetricht is the managing editor of Jacobin magazine. He is the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity. He has written for the Guardian, the Intercept, the Chicago Reader, VICE News, and elsewhere. He lives in Chicago.





Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

In short, no, there are no age requirements. The Chopin Theatre does serve alcohol. An ID is required for any purchase of alcohol on the premises.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Chopin Theatre is located at the Milwaukee/Ashland/Division intersection in Chicago's Noble Square/Wicker Park neighborhood. The Division Street Blue Line El stop is across the street from the venue. The Metra Clybourn stop is a little over 1 mile walking distance from the theatre. The theatre can also be accessed by North Ave, Milwaukee Ave & Division Ave bus lines. Street parking is metered.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Volumes staff can be contacted by phone at 773-697-8066 or via email at

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be honored if done before April 30th. Afterwards if someone can no longer attend, please let us know right away - we will give someone else a seat and you will have a signed copy of the book waiting for you for pick up at Volumes Bookcafe the day after the event.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Either a printed ticket or a copy of the ticket on your smartphone will suffice.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

This can easily be remedied by contacting us before the event to let us know of the switch.


Event date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60642
The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541617391
Published: Basic Books - April 30th, 2019