Conversation for Comrades: A Few Pointers on Having a Strong, Socialist Discussion

These tips will help you when talking with family, a stranger on a canvass, and with other leftists.

Avoid fighting people when you want to fight ideas. Sometimes you have to step away from a conflict without winning, even when you’re right, and that’s okay.

Avoid negativity. Someone’s politics may not be as developed as yours. Instead of getting frustrated, try to understand where they’re at and educate them.

Socialism helps us all, whether we know it or not. Emphasize the ways socialism is positive for your shared community, and build bridges instead of walls.

Listen first, and ask open-ended questions: “does your boss do that a lot?” You can’t change someone’s mind unless you give them a chance to speak freely.

Show solidarity. If someone is saying something explicitly harmful, racist, sexist, transphobic, etc. – don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for that person.

Socialism is practical, doable, and efficient, where capitalism often leads to waste and inequality. Our socialism isn’t just pie-in-the-sky thinking, it’s a real movement.

Socialism is an extension of democracy. Freedom and equality for everyone!