The Higher the Hair the Closer to God

Anyone’s who’s been following the ludicrous and depressing Presidential primary spectacle knows that we’ve had to endure a lot of silly news stories about hair. Shininggleamingstreamingflaxenwaxen hair.

Now, I don’t care how much John Edwards or Mitt Romney paid for their haircuts. In my socialist utopia, we would all get $400 haircuts. As Big Bill Haywood supposedly said, “nothing’s too good for the working class”. But this is a good opportunity for some serious political reflection: which socialists had the best and worst hair?

DSA founder Michael Harrington kept up an impressive mane right up to the end of his life. He could have used a haircut, though:

Now, I don't care how much John Edwards or Mitt Romney paid for their haircuts. In my socialist utopia, we would all get $400 haircuts. As Big Bill Haywood supposedly said, "nothing's too good for the working class". But this is a good opportunity for some serious political reflection: which socialists had the best and worst hair?

DSA founder Michael Harrington kept up an impressive mane right up to the end of his life. He could have used a haircut, though:

Harrington

What about the Senate's only self-avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders?

Sanders

Hmm, a little...unkempt. No $400 haircuts there, that's for sure. Of course, Karl Marx was a rather hirsute fellow. But those 20th Century Communists who claimed to follow his example were an increasingly clean cut bunch, as can be seen from an image my Communist friends used to call "the history of shaving":

historyofshaving

Just another reason not to be a Communist, I guess. Trotsky, on the other hand, is always a contender, for sheer volume and for a certain exuberant unruliness:

Trotsky

Less well known, but just as impressive, is the Italian Communist Party theorist Antonio Gramsci:

Gramsci

And let's not make this a total sausage party. Check out Rosa Luxemburg:

Luxemburg

The floor is open for nominations. Who have I left out?


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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)