Don't fall into the trap of asking or demanding capitalists to fulfill the role of the state. We want to strip them of their economic and political power, not expect them to save the day.
American ideology reduces enemies of the US to the worst, decontextualized moments in their history. The way to counter this is talk about countries like China, North Korea, Cuba etc, with the same historical context offered to Canada or western Europe.
At the meeting, the only "lively" moment was a vote on whether to have an internet forum for the chapter. The discussion illuminated internal DSA politics in a weird way.
We don't know if a stock exchange on the west coast will succeed, but we do know that if it does, American capitalism will become more dystopian.
Capital continues to become concentrated in less and less places. Maybe this will, someday, make socialism more attainable and likely.
Liberals oppose Sanders' worldview regarding racism. However, they lack an alternative worldview to fill in the void left if his explanation is wrong. Because of this, they lapse into right-wing conceptions of racism. I use a thread from twitter pundit David Atkins to make this point.
In this post, I give 4 points about socialism that people should keep in mind, to have a coherent, broad, and systemic understanding of socialism, to prevent being bogged down in capitalist talking points.